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TAPPED 4 | Manifest Gallery, Cincinnatti, OH


TAPPED is an exhibition that focuses on the relationship between art students and their professors. Even when this bond is left unstated, we carry our professors' voices forward in time as we mature as artists and people. We eventually realize that the instruction given by our teachers during our relatively brief careers as students continues to expand within us. We realize that the learning they inspired (or insisted upon) is a chain-reaction process that develops across our lifetime. Out of respect for this student-teacher bond, and in honor of professors working hard to help their students tap into a higher mind relative to art and life, we offer TAPPED, an annual exhibit that will present works of art by current or former professor/student pairs in our galleries in Cincinnati.  -Manifest Gallery


Chosen from over 150 submissions, this National/Juried exhibition highlights the artistic dialogue between 8 student/teacher pairs who were chosen from institutions including; Indiana University, Bowling Green the Kansas City Art Institute, and the University and Arizona States' Herberger Institute for Art, among others.


Exhibition Dates December 13th- January 10th, 2014

Opening Reception December 13th 6-9pm

black and white chalk on hand-toned paper, 22x16", 2011
red and black chalk on hand-toned paper, 28x20", 2011

(L) | Jessie Fisher, Associate Profesor in Painting, Kanss City Art Institute, 22 x16"

(R) | Amy Erickson, Painting '14, Kanss City Art Institute, 28 x20"

Study of Torso of a Dancing Satyr, 2nd Century Roman Copy of a Greek Original

 Chalk on hand-toned paper, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2011


Amy Erickson- November 2013


My professor Jessie Fisher and I made these academic studies of the Torso of a Satyr, a Greek sculptural fragment at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.  The reason for making an academic drawing is that it provides the artist with an opportunity to absorb by close scrutiny some of the artistic greatness of the master artwork. The drawing must embody as much grace and interrelatedness of the original as possible, while also possessing a unique artistic interpretation of the subject matter.  I chose the Torso to study because of it's Greek origins (I'm a bit of a purist at heart) and I was intrigued by the challenge of grasping the anatomical complexity of the torque that hinges between the torso and the abdomen. Jessie helped me nurture this work to completion, supplying me with structural and compositional advice throughout the drawing process.  I owe any technical skill I've acquired in school to her for her fabulous drawing instruction.





Jessie Fisher - November 2013


Ingres told his students to study from the masters at the museum, stating that, "...they are alive and I am merely an assistant in their school."  Cezanne told his students; "Go to the Louvre!", and you can see in his drawings from the collection how he distilled the anatomy for his own purposes while simultaneously accessing the works’ rhetorical qualities. It is exactly this practice that allows an artist to gain the authority of invention. It is essential that the painting student make a comprehensive study of form; in nature and in the museum. It is thrilling to be able to spend the afternoon at the museum with a group of students discussing structural antomy, precedent and composition. One student particularly devoted to this discourse is Amy Erickson. Amy is extremely talented and driven, and I am honored to be chosen to show with her.



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