Circling Round Featured Artist: Austin Cathey

Austin Cathey has been selected as a featured artist in the Miami University Art Museum 2020 Student Response Exhibition! Cathey is a graduate MFA printmaking/painting student at Miami. He is from Canton, North Carolina. He chose to attend Miami for graduate school because of the excellent professors who are dedicated to helping students develop and for the opportunities available within his department. In his free time, he likes to read sci-fi books and go for hikes with his wife.

His featured artwork, Samsara: Spiraling Within the Void, was inspired by his work with atmospheric sensibilities. “I’ve always been interested in looking beyond the human experience, as well as pretty obsessed with images captured from space. One one level, I was playing with the idea of capturing a cosmic storm. However in a different sense, this work is informed by a kind of existential musing in regards to how small we are in the universe,” said Cathey.

This year’s SRE topic was Circling ‘Round, where students thought about what a circle meant to them and how they might interpret it in art. Nearly 100 submissions were received. 32 works by 58 students were chosen to be featured in the Spring 2020 exhibition. As a juried exhibition, all works were selected through a formal process by a committee.

The exhibition will open Tuesday, January 28 and will remain through alumni weekend, closing on June 13. Voting will be open until April 11, 2020. There will be an artist celebration and award ceremony held on April 14, 2020, from 6 to 8 PM where three works will be awarded prizes totaling over $800. The awards are sponsored by the Art Museum Membership Association.

Come see Austin Cathey’s artwork along with the rest of the student response exhibition, Circling ‘Round, at the Miami University Art Museum!

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