Prof. Miles, former students exhibit works Oct. 29-Dec. 15

Saturday, October 19, 2013
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"Absent Minded Professor" from the series "Relatively Polite Vandalism," 2013. It is an altered public domain photograph, circa 1920.

In a quirky spin on the traditional sabbatical exhibition, DePauw University sculpture professor Lori Miles has invited six of her former students to create a massive, collaborative exhibition.

Though sparked by themes central to Miles' own work, the exhibit will be conceived, designed and executed collectively by the six artists, all recent MFA recipients.

The public is invited to view "Dogs of Doubtful Origin" at DePauw's Richard E. Peeler Art Center in an exhibition that opens Tuesday, Oct. 29 and runs through Sunday, Dec.15.

A free public lecture with Miles, professor of art and art history at DePauw, is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Peeler auditorium.

Overtly exploring the vertical exchange of information from teacher to student, the project also delves deeply into horizontal knowledge; those cultural memes that spread laterally through transfer, imitation, and replication.

"Dogs of Doubtful Origin" refers both to an incorrect research loop referenced by cryptozoologists and to the ambiguous artistic ownership of the exhibit itself.

The exhibition space will be open during installation and construction phases, turning the gallery into an artistic laboratory that pulls back the curtain on the creative process.

"Dogs of Doubtful Origin" features the works of Professor Miles, Jacob Stanley '05, Mike Treffehn '06, Dan Solberg '06, Matt Kalasky '08, Travis LaMothe '09 and Ryan Blackwell '09.

The galleries of the Peeler Art Center are open Monday-through- Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. (closed during DPU breaks and holidays).

Persons can visit the Peeler Galleries online for more information about special events associated with the exhibition or may contact Craig Hadley at 658-6556 or at

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