Education Gallery
April 5 – May 26

Artificial Intelligence looks at our increasing dependency on new technologies and our relationship with an ever increasingly isolated society. Collaborators Kiel Fletcher and Ron Sparks seek simple solutions to complex issues through their use of new media. Through interactive displays and short video works, Artificial Intelligence attempts to complicate the simple solutions in our everyday lives.

Kiel Fletcher is a new media and video artist living in Oregon. His work deals with the exchange between humans and technology, explored through interactive installations. His work has been shown at the Tate Britain, dOCUMENTA(13), Disjecta Contemporary Arts, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and is in the Yale University Library. He is currently the Program Lead of Studio Arts at Oregon State University, Cascades Campus.

Ron Sparks leads teams, founders, product owners, and CEOs to reimagine and remap their product experiences in the age of automation. He drives cutting-edge strategy, apply future facing technology, and works with tech companies to go from idea to market. Formerly of Magento, eBay and Nike Innovation Teams. Currently, Ron leads mobile innovation design for international tech company, partners with start ups, and writes about the intersection of machines and humans and the digital products we make.


2nd Floor Lobby, Hulman, & Schell Galleries
April 6 – May 19

In 1966, Director Howard E. Wooden suggested that the Swope, in cooperation with the Vigo County School Corporation, hold a student exhibition to showcase the excellence of both the area’s young artists and the area’s art teachers. Wooden believed that the perspectives of young talent revealed the health and cultural awareness of a community, as well as the success created when teachers encourage self-expression along with technical disciplines. The inaugural show opened May 16, 1967. Wooden’s tradition of celebrating students and teachers alike continues with the 52nd exhibition which features student artwork from each school in the Vigo County School Corporation, as well as several other area private schools. Additionally, at the high school level, the show is open to surrounding counties and home-schools and functions as a juried exhibition.

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