The NAU Art Museums’ Clara M. Lovett Art Museum is proud to participate in a multi-venue exhibition:
Things Not Seen: Art and Healing through Narratives of Hope, Grief, Loss, and Struggles for Self-Acceptance
Venue and events dates:
Reception at the Beasley Gallery 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022
Reception at the Murdoch Community Center, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022
Beasley Gallery, September 8 – October 31, 2022
Clara M. Lovett Art Museum September 15 – November 22, 2022
Artist Panel Discussion at the Clara M. Lovett Art Museum, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022
Art display at the Murdoch Community Center, September 8 – October 28, 2022, call (928) 226-7566 for hours
Please check back here for additional events revolving around this exhibition.
The Clara M. Lovett Art Museum and the Beasley Gallery at NAU, with the Murdoch Community Center, present a new exhibition of juried artworks, Things Not Seen: Art and Healing through Narratives of Hope, Grief, Loss, and Struggles for Self-Acceptance, this fall. Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m. in the Beasley Gallery.
Visitors can explore the exhibit in the Beasley Gallery from Sept. 8 –to Oct. 31, and at the Clara M. Lovett Art Museum from Sept. 15 to Nov. 22,. To learn more about upcoming related events, visit the websites for the Beasley Gallery, the Lovett Art Museum and the Murdoch Community Center.
A campus and community art project, Things Not Seen: Art and Healing through Narratives of Hope, Grief, Loss, and Struggles for Self-Acceptance addresses suicide awareness/mental health and the ways the arts and humanities use their voices to interpret the topic through personal narratives. The foundation of the project began in 2020 with student artistic interpretations of the topic following in fall 2021 and spring 2022. The pandemic led to a rise in mental health issues on campus and throughout the globe. However, the stigma attached to struggles with mental health keeps most students silent from acknowledging their issues or seeking assistance. Things Not Seen provides a space for students to express and engage with grief, loss, hope, and the struggle for self-acceptance through the creative arts.
“Things Not Seen was created to take advantage of a media-driven society where visual images can give voice to current topics and issue-driven subjects,” said Debra Edgerton, an assistant professor in the School of Art. “Artworks were created through an assignment-driven focus on mental health and an end goal of students seeing an application of classroom assignments into a transferable end product.”
Edgerton and NAU Art Museums’ senior curator, Ty Miller, adjudicated student works for artist inclusion and venue selection. Faculty mentors will display their artwork along with those of their students at the Art Museum.
Visitors can find the Clara M. Lovett Art Museum on the second floor of the Old Main building at 620 S. Knoles Drive on the historic North Quad of NAU’s Mountain campus. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Scheduling your visit to the museum through our Plan Your Visit webpage is encouraged. Admission is free; a $2 per person suggested donation is appreciated.
The Beasley Galley is located at 1115 S. Knoles Drive on the second floor of the Performing and Fine Arts building of campus and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (call for daily hours at 928-523-5945). Admission is free.
To see the art display at the Murdoch Community Center, call (928) 226-7566 for hours.
Please visit https://in.nau.edu/university-transit-services/guest-parking/ for information about parking on campus.
This exhibition was made possible in part with 2025 – Elevating Excellence Impact Funding support, an initiative of Northern Arizona University’s President’s office.
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Trace Glau, Assistant Librarian at Cline Library has listed some reading materials on the topics covered by this exhibition. Look for the “Library Resources” button on left side bar.