MURRAY, Ky. — The department of art and design at Murray State University presents “So Much Between,” a new exhibit featuring the work of Danielle Mužina and Ariel Lavery, on display in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery from Nov. 17 through Dec. 6.
“So Much Between” is a dialogue between two artists whose works use the language of the domestic sphere to muse on a vast landscape of discontents regarding identity and behavior from the personal to the national scale. Both Lavery and Mužina use their art to reflect on conditions of their respective childhoods and hint at the ways that familiar spaces can be much more than their objective structures.
Mužina and Lavery work with multiple processes and formats, incorporating found objects and digital methods into two- and three-dimensional practices. The images, maps and direct experiences referenced are historical records of human observations that become enlivened and re-contextualized through the artists’ creations and conversations.
Mužina is an artist and educator from Cleveland, Ohio, who now works as an assistant professor of painting at Murray State and maintains strong connections to her family’s Croatian heritage. She first earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Ohio Wesleyan University before completing her master’s degree in studio art at Eastern Illinois University and her MFA in painting from Miami University. She has studied painting abroad at the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy, was part of Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program and was recently a resident artist at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York. Mužina has exhibited her work nationally and has received several grants and awards for her work in both painting and poetry. She currently lives and works in Murray and is looking forward to an upcoming residency at the Vermont Studio Center this winter.
Lavery graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in 2007 and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. She has exhibited extensively around the country and has work in private collections in Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Colorado and Connecticut. She has also organized, curated and juried several exhibitions in Maine, Massachusetts and Tennessee in addition to being a member of COOP Gallery, a Nashville-based art collective. Lavery is a 2013 recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which helped her develop a project based on the culture of Murray. In 2016, she was part of the inaugural class of artists participating in Nashville’s Metro Arts Learning Lab, which was funded by a National Endowment for the Arts initiative designed to aid artists in developing methods of civic engagement in their practice. Lavery currently serves as the assistant professor of sculpture at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville.
“So Much Between,” featuring Mužina and Lavery’s work, will be on display in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on Murray State’s campus. A meet and greet with the artists will take place during the opening Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.