Closing Reception for "A Few of my Favorite Things" exhibition curated by Dean Royce W. Smith
- Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
- Cheever Hall - view map
Royce W. Smith, the Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture, presents "A Few of my Favorite Things" at The Dean's Gallery in the College of Arts & Architecture Dean's Office (217 Cheever Hall) through Friday, February 24th. Please join us for a closing public reception on Wednesday, February 22nd from 4 to 6 pm.
Dean Smith is a graduate of Wabash College. He earned his master’s degree in English from Purdue University as well as a series of awards that enabled him to study and work in Australia, including the Commonwealth of Australia International Postgraduate Research Fellowship, the University of Queensland International Postgraduate Research Fellowship and the Rotary International Ambassadorial Postgraduate Research Fellowship. He earned a second master’s degree as well as a doctorate, both in contemporary art history and theory, from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Royce became Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture in July of 2016.
Dean Smith's Artist Statement:
"Change is an inherent part of university culture. Students, faculty and staff come and go—each making an impact on the traditions, practices and goals of their Colleges. As a new dean, I have found that dialogue and sharing have underpinned my first semester at Montana State University—asking questions, listening to dreams and ambitions, learning the ways to be an advocate for the things that creative practitioners need to be and do their best. As I have tried to learn more about the staff, students and faculty for whom I have the pleasure of serving, I have also wondered: Do they know who I am and what I love?
A Few of my Favorite Things is a simple exhibition really—a few works of art that I have collected over time: each with its own special history, each creating an impact that has changed the ways in which I think about contemporary creativity. Sharing a bit of what I like and who I am here is in some ways a little unnerving—putting my own tastes on display for others to view, to enjoy, to critique. Yet, taking risks informs who we are and what we do in the College of Arts & Architecture—putting it out there, starting conversations and seeing where the journey takes us.
Thanks for letting me be your Dean. I hope some of what has brought me immense enjoyment brings you some, as well!"
The Dean's Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
- College of Arts and Architecture