2015 Senior Group Exhibition

Currently showing at the CWAM are two exhibitions--Walter Zurko's "Looking up to look down," and the "2015 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition." Both run through May 10, 2015.



Summer 2015 Hours

Please note that the CWAM will be OPEN on June 4-6, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for Alumni Weekend, which will feature the two exhibitions listed below.

The CWAM will be CLOSED for the remainder of the summer. Visit Upcoming exhibitions to see what is happening at the CWAM in the 2015-2016 academic year!


2015 Studio Art Senior Independent Group Exhibition

Sussel Gallery

The Senior Independent Study (I.S.) at The College of Wooster is a year-long project with one-on-one support and guidance by a faculty advisor. For studio art majors, the culmination of this in-depth experience is a week-long, one-person exhibition in the MacKenzie Gallery, located in the older section of Ebert Art Center. The group exhibition features work selected from each student's solo exhibition. Enjoy!

  • Installation Images

  • Advisor: Amber Kempthorn, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art: Julia Cropper '15; Morgan Hughes '15; Lauren Perrino '15; and Young Jae Shin '15
  • Advisor: Bridget Milligan, Associate Professor of Art: Adam Brinson '15; Jessica Friesen '15; Melissa Hackett '15; Gabrielle Morrison '15; and Aniecia Patridge '15
  • Advisor: Walter Zurko, Professor of Art: Colin Bauman '15; Sam Donnorummo '15; Min Sung Kim '15; Grace Lawton '15; and Bjorn Olsen '15


April 7-May 10, 2015

WALTER ZURKO looking up to look down

Burton D. Morgan Gallery


Scholar rocks are carefully selected limestone fragments or roots that first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (CE 960–1279). Typically found in the scholar's studio, they functioned as objects for contemplation by encouraging the scholar to "look up" at the big picture—nature. Walter Zurko's new sculptures riff on this idea by recycling construction materials to rephrase the originals' resemblance to mountains, promontories, and other geological phenomena.

Unlike traditional scholar stones, Zurko's sculptures are crafted from cheaply manufactured products such as Oriented Strand Board (OSB), plywood, and cardboard. By "looking down" and returning such quotidian and visually unappealing substrates and packing materials to the ideal of the natural world, Zurko conflates time, histories, and place to reflect on the evolution of scholarship.


The work in this exhibition was produced during a 2013–2014 Faculty Research Leave. Assistance in realizing this project came from many people. I would like to thank the following for their expertise in both helping to create this work, and in presenting this exhibition: Kim Pallagyi '15, Summer Research Assistant and Urban Studies Major/Studio Art Minor; John Hansen, Departement of Art and Art History Studio Art Technician; Doug McGlumphy, CWAM Preparator/Collections Manager; and Kitty McManus Zurko, CWAM Director/Curator.


Walter Zurko studied ceramics at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Selected solo exhibitions include those at the Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Olin Art Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH; and the Hudson Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Zurko received Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in 1986, 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2006. He has been an artist-in-residence at: Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO; The Artists' Residence, Herziliya, Israel; the Foundation Svoboda, Prague, Czech Republic; and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Zurko taught a weeklong course on woodworking and sculpture at Anderson Ranch in 2010, and was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT, in Summer 2011. A Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The College of Wooster since 1981, Zurko teaches ceramics, sculpture, and drawing, in addition to other courses.