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Ephemera is an exhibit open to all mediums. Works selected for this exhibit will explore the notion of time, impermanence, illusion, ruin, and/or the temporary as primary characteristics. Ephemera may apply to any process, material, subjects or ideas inherent to the work. Both experimental and traditional approaches are encouraged.
Milwaukee Art Museum Director Daniel Keegan has worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum since 2008. Previously, Mr. Keegan was Museum Director at the San Jose Museum of Art from 2000 to 2008 and prior to that was the Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City from 1997 - 2000. Prior to his museum work, he spent over twenty years in higher education teaching and leadership roles. Mr. Keegan received an MFA from Southern Illinois University and a BA in Communication Art from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.
It was a great pleasure to serve as juror for Ephemera at The DeLuce Gallery of Northwest Missouri State University. I commend the Northwest Art Department for attracting high caliber entrants offering a great diversity of interpretation of the ephemera theme. It was quite a challenge to reduce the large number of entries to a choice few selections for inclusion in the exhibition.
Entries covered a wide range of ideas, materials, techniques and content covering wide ground thematically, esthetically and technically. This diversity of work mirrors the diversity of approaches in the contemporary art scene today. Artists are placing less emphasis on traditional materials and forms, shunning the specifics of narrative, and stressing a delicacy and transience over permanence that is reflective of our times.
As the exhibition prospectus points out, the term ephemera can take on many meanings. Time, impermanence, memory, illusion, the accidental and the found are all represented in one way or another in this exhibition. In retrospect, these qualities serve as the threads pulling the exhibition together in spite of the diversity of approaches. It is as if each work is loosely tethered to a collective energy brought forth by the exhibition as a whole.