Cameron Visiting Artist Lecture: Jake Winiski

Tuesday, February 25th

4:30 in JHN 304, Johnson Building


Jake Winiski is an artist on the research and design team for rapidly expanding company Ecovative Design, where fungi is transformed into rigid molded materials. Ecovative is working to replace styrofoam with environmentally friendly mycelia packaging.  In his own work, Winiski explores the image as a shared space between the fabrication of the model, it’s expansion and metamorphosis behind the window of the photograph. His mixed media images underscore the free-associative manner in which internal fantasy can project itself into the world. Sponsored by the Studio Art Program and The Cameron Family Arts Enrichment Fund.

Annual Student CAPP Award

Every year the Committee on Art in Public Places honors a senior major in the Program in Studio Art for outstanding artistic achievement. The chosen student receives a modest cash prize, and a work from his or her oeuvre is selected to be displayed somewhere on campus for a period of two years.

For 2015 the Committee has chosen to honor Sally Caruso ’15. Sally’s work will be installed this summer in the lower lobby of the Mahaney Center for the Arts.

Exhaust Drawing 03, Boston and Back, by Alex Russo
Exhaust Drawing 03: Boston and Back, by Alex Russo ’14


Sum of All Parts, by Ann Ulrich
Sum of All Parts, by Ann Ulrich ’13


Previous CAPP Award Winners

2014: Alex Russo
2013: Ann Ulrich
2012: Julia Sisson
2011: Ryan Scura
2010: Jack Reed
2009: Madeleine Terry
2008: Kristin Link
2007: Brett Foreman
2006: Daniel Houghton
2005: Luke Carson
2004: Rebecca Potts
2003: Gigi Gatewood
2002: John Joy
2001: Brian Guercio
2000: Eliza Collins
1999: Peter Brooks
1998: John Crane
1997: Caroline Griffith

Studio Art Learning Goals

We want our students to possess a high degree of visual literacy and intellectual curiosity about art and culture.

Our teaching practice gives students the tools to understand art from the experience of making it. These tools are informed from the study of art history and contemporary practice.

Studio students are required to relate their knowledge of art to larger intellectual and cultural discourse within the liberal arts. Our teaching nourishes ideational cross-pollination between Studio Art and other departments.

Connecting the practice of art-making and visual communication to the greater culture beyond Middlebury is a primary goal.

Our students develop skills in making drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and new media. Our teaching imperative is for students to understand and apply fundamental principles of these disciplines.

For all senior work we require students to demonstrate their understanding of art making through comprehension of the history of art and it’s contemporary practice.

In all senior work it is vital that our students develop critical-reasoning skills. They learn to articulate these in one-on-one and group critique sessions. Specifically, we require students to independently advance one or a series of intellectual ideas by creating a body of visual artwork that codifies their thesis. Through oral and written analysis, technical revision, and public exhibition of these results, we instruct our students so that they are able to gain greater understanding of themselves and their place in the larger world.


The Studio Art program is housed in the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building. A classic of 1960's architecture, the Johnson Building boasts large art studios overlooking the idyllic town of Middlebury. Two-story windows flood the studios with natural light and provide extraordinary views of the Green Mountains. Our building's centerpiece is the open, three-story atrium space used for critiques, demonstrations, performances, installations, student shows, and public events. A 1,200-square-foot contemporary art gallery is also available for more formal exhibitions. The Johnson building is also home to the Architectural Studies track within the History of Art programs.

Student exhibit 'The Sum is Greater' appears at 51 Main

51 Main in downtown Middlebury hosted an art exhibition entitled “The Sum is Greater,” featuring the artwork of students enrolled in the winter term course “Invoking the Third Mind: Conversations & Collaborations Between Artists,” co-taught by Louisa Conrad & Lucas Farrell. The title of the course paid tribute to William Burroughs, who argued that through the process of collaboration an anonymous, disembodied, and superior “third mind” is created. Students have researched and discussed a history of direct influence, pursued their own collaborative projects, and embraced the notion that art can emerge from dialogue, transcend the limits of an individual’s imagination, and have a social component.