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Art Historian and Veteran Curator Named Director of the Lowe

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Art Historian and Veteran Curator Named Director of the Lowe


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Jill Deupi

Jill Deupi

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 3, 2014) – The University of Miami has appointed Jill Deupi, the current director and chief curator of University Museums at Fairfield University, as the new director of the Lowe Art Museum.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Lowe Art Museum as it embarks on an exciting new chapter in its rich and storied history,” Deupi said. “The museum is perfectly poised to catapult itself to the next level, building upon its tremendous resources and past successes while embracing 21st-century museum practice, contemporary art and culture, new education modalities, and, above all, participatory learning.”

Deupi credits the Lowe’s solid foundation and Miami’s effervescent arts scene for her decision to join UM, beginning August 11. One of her goals for the museum is “to connect its remarkable collections to the contemporary art world and current cultural trends.” She hopes to accomplish this partly with enhanced public accessibility to the Lowe’s holdings via an online, user-friendly database.

“We selected Dr. Jill Deupi as the new director of the Lowe after an extensive search,” said UM College of Arts & Sciences Dean Leonidas Bachas. “Her distinguished museum experience and academic background in art and art history as well as her enthusiasm to involve our students in experiential learning are a perfect combination for the Lowe to expand its reach as a didactic resource for the University and local community.”

In addition to her leadership roles at the University Museums at Fairfield University, Deupi also has served as an assistant professor of art history since 2008. Under Deupi’s leadership as founding director, the Bellarmine Museum of Art has welcomed thousands of visitors since it opened to the public in late 2010. Deupi has curated nearly 20 temporary exhibitions at the Bellarmine and at Fairfield’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, which she also has directed since 2013.

Opened in 1952, the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum is Miami-Dade County’s oldest and only comprehensive visual arts institution, featuring the region’s most diverse collection of world art. The Lowe’s distinguished permanent collection spans 5,000 years of western and non-western art history, highlights of which can be seen in the museum’s nine galleries. Brian Dursum, director of the Lowe Art Museum since 1990, announced his retirement in September 2013.

Part of the UM College of Arts & Sciences, the Lowe also mounts distinguished temporary exhibitions throughout the year, accompanied by an array of complementary programming. With its mission to serve the University of Miami, greater South Florida communities, and national and international visitors as a teaching and exhibiting resource, the Lowe presents a unique art experience, with broad-based collections and one-of-a-kind works of art.

A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Deupi wrote her doctoral dissertation on art and cultural politics in 18th century Naples. Her prior museum experience includes work at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Wallace Collection, London. Although her area of scholarly expertise is 18th-century European art, neoclassicism, and museology, Deupi possesses an impressive breadth of art historical knowledge: she has curated exhibitions devoted to 20th- and 21st-century photography; mid-century American painting; contemporary sculpture; ancient Chinese funerary sculpture; 20th-century portraiture; and 20th-century Venetian glass (among others).

Highlights from Deupi’s programming achievements include the establishment of a distinguished lecture series in the visual arts, funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation; the implementation of a successful Family Day program at the Bellarmine Museum; and the development of a broad range of programming in arts education and engagement, including a cultural tours abroad program. She also worked tirelessly to secure significant external support from a range of donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

Deupi received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, graduating summa cum laude. She holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of London’s Birkbeck College and the University of Virginia, respectively. She serves as a board member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) and co-chair of the New England Museums Association’s (NEMA) Academic Professional Affinity Group. She also sits on the steering committee of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County’s Executive Directors Network and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), the College Art Association (CAA), and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Deupi has juried a number of art competitions and exhibitions and has served as an external reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has authored numerous exhibition publications as well as the chapter “The Antique Legacy from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment,” which appears in A Companion to Greek Art (Blackwell Publishing, 2012).

Deupi currently lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children.

 

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Outgoing Lowe Art Museum Director Brian Dursum Honored for His Years of Dedication and Service

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Outgoing Lowe Art Museum Director Brian Dursum Honored for His Years of Dedication and Service


By Margot Winick
UM News

Brian Dursum

Brian Dursum

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 23, 2014) — After more than 40 years of dedicated service, Brian Dursum, director and chief curator of the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum, will step down in August.

In honor of Dursum’s contributions and longstanding partnership in support of the museum, Beaux Arts, the Lowe’s volunteer organization, has acquired and donated to the museum an art object valued at $35,000. Located on UM’s Coral Gables campus and part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Lowe is Miami’s first and most comprehensive art museum, with a collection spanning more than 5,000 years of world art history. Read the full story

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Beaux Arts Children’s Spring Art Classes and Camp Registration Opens


Registration is now open for spring classes and spring break camp at the Lowe Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Children’s Pavilion. Children ages 5 to 12 will participate in drawing, painting, sculpture, papier-mache, ceramics, textiles, and other media. Proceeds from the classes and camp benefit children’s art appreciation programs, art acquisitions, and museum improvements at the Lowe. For more information and to register, click here. A 10 percent discount is offered to a second child from the same family registered for camp, or for members of the Lowe Art Museum.

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Beaux Arts Festival of Art Draws Thousands

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Beaux Arts Festival of Art Draws Thousands


By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

More than 230 fine art juried exhibitors showcased works in 10 media, from oil and acrylics to ceramics, photography, sculpture, and watercolor.

More than 230 fine art juried exhibitors showcased works in 10 media, from oil and acrylics to ceramics, photography, sculpture, and watercolor.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 19, 2014) — Wielding a pencil between the toes of his bare left foot, Patrik Norstrom sat on the periphery of the Lowe Art Museum’s driveway and sketched a remarkably detailed picture of a crowd of people. “The secret to drawing a good crowd scene is to draw the background and elements around the people,” said Norstrom, as passersby stopped to look and wonder at his drawing and how he created it.

Born with no arms, the 48-year-old Norstrom relies on his feet for nearly everything—to drive, cook, use a smartphone, and create his beautiful drawings. Read the full story

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Lowe Art Museum Collections Now Available Online


In addition to visiting the Lowe Art Museum to view its permanent collections, you can now explore the artwork through a searchable online database. The museum, part of the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences, has catalogued nearly 8,200 items in the database, which includes information on each work, such as title, artist, period, type of artwork, description, and path of ownership.

Objects are searchable by artist, materials, geographic region and other methods. The online gallery is expected to be used extensively by students researching class projects and assignments, and by faculty utilizing it in course work. But, it is also available to the public, making it a resource for art enthusiasts far and wide.

“This has been a goal of ours for quite some time,” said Kara Schneiderman, assistant director of the museum. “We have these amazing collections and people should know that they are here and should be able to see them at the Lowe or online.

“The system has a lot of flexibility and it’s easy to use,” she said.

Schneiderman and her team have been cataloguing the items for the past several years, and just recently launched the virtual gallery at emuseum.miami.edu. Each item is photographed, and associated data is checked and rechecked. The team hopes to have all art items – a total of 18,799 – catalogued and entered into the online system by the spring.

At any given time, the Lowe Art Museum displays about 6 to 8 percent of its permanent collections.
Geographic collections that are currently all online include: Central and South American; Egypt and the Near East; North American; Caribbean; and Native North American.

The following collections are expected to be added by early next year: African; Asian; European; Ancient American; Native Central/South Americas; and Ancient Mediterranean.

“One of the benefits of this is that it provides access to collections that are in storage,” said Schneiderman.

Schneiderman and Raymond Mathews, communications specialist for the museum, said the new system allows faculty to create unique packages of art tailored to specific courses, and should enable faculty to make better use of the permanent collections, and those artworks in storage.

“There are a lot of creative ways departments are using the collections,” said Mathews. “This drives interaction with the museum, but it’s not a substitute to visiting the museum.”

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