Open August 2 - September 26, 2020

According to Greek myth, the artist Pygmalion carved a woman from marble, his ideal of feminine beauty, only to fall hopelessly in love with his creation. In contrast, Surrealist Meret Oppenheim’s 1936 sculpture Ma Gouvernante was considered so obscene that a female viewer smashed it to bits while on display in Paris. The idea of the “beautiful” and the “grotesque” are rapidly shifting cultural concepts, though their ability to elicit reactions of pleasure and disgust remains a constant. Artists have the unique opportunity to exemplify, subvert, and redefine these concepts, as well as to play in the fertile ground where these apparent opposites intermix, adding their voices to a dialogue as old as humanity itself.  ​

Juror: Ivy Brenneman


Ivy Brenneman is an Indiana-based, Atlanta born artist specializing in paper media. She enjoys food, sexuality, the absurd, and “being very close to very small, very detailed things.” While she will always be a draftswoman at heart, she is currently pursuing her MFA in Printmaking at Indiana University Bloomington, having received her BA in Visual Arts, German Studies and Creative Writing from Brown University in 2016.​