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The Dayton Art Institute hosts a variety of lectures and gallery talks throughout the year. Speakers include Art Institute staff, local and nationally known artists, art historians, museum professionals, collectors and more. Unless otherwise noted, lectures and talks are held in the NCR Renaissance Auditorium.


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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Artist Talk & Book Signing with Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens will be at the museum on September 17 to speak about her photographs, featured in the current exhibition Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered. A book signing with Stevens follows the talk. Tears of Stone is on view at the museum through October 4, in conjunction with the special exhibition Call to Duty: World War Posters.

About the Artist
"As a teenager vacationing on the East Coast, I found myself one day gazing out the window. Within my view I saw sand dunes, beach grass waving gently in the breeze, and the gray Atlantic Ocean ebbing and flowing in the distance. It was sundown, and the sky glowed with a subtle blend of blues and pinks. Seagulls were calling; the air smelled like wild roses and salt and seaweed. Without thinking, I reached for my ever-present camera, ready to record that magical moment. Then I paused… and slowly put the camera down.

"It dawned on me that no photograph could replicate the experience of being in that place at that very moment. This realization caused me to reconsider what I photographed and how, and it continues to influence my approach to the medium to this day."

Today, the Cincinnati-based photographer is a highly respected photographic artist and educator. She won Individual Artist grants from the Ohio Arts Council in 1990 and 2002. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY, and the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Gallery. She has exhibited extensively abroad, including in Finland, Ukraine, Belgium, Germany, and Brazil. Stevens’ photographs are included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo, Brazil. She is Professor Emerita of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati.

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How To Go

Artist Talk & Book Signing with Jane Alden Stevens
Date: Thursday, September 17, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
            (book signing follows)
Location: NCR Renaissance Auditorium
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members

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