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#tumblingbodies #academiccartographies

20feb(feb 20)12:00 pm15mar(mar 15)12:00 pm#tumblingbodies #academiccartographies(february 20) 12:00 pm - (march 15) 12:00 pm


february 20, 2016 12:00pm - march 15, 2016 12:00pm

Event Details

Art Education Professor, Sara Scott Shields is exhibiting her work #tumblingbodies #academiccartographies in the William Johnston Building Gallery February 20 – March 15, 2016.

Over the past two years, we have each found ourselves provoked by varied embodied considerations as we graduated from the same doctoral program in art education and transitioned into tenure-track positions at different universities. Our physical movements tracked us toward four cities in the southeastern United States, and as researchers/artists/educators the aesthetic embodiment of such movements emerged in our experiences. 

Our work is informed by what becomes manifest in and through female bodies as they move through academic spaces. For this exhibition, we turn to cartography and other arts based modes of representation to help fully realize the creative potential of our narratives. On the tails of the representative debate, the arts emerged as a viable means of challenging what representation means and how researchers might both live in/with, and make sense of, our inquiries. With the fundamental understanding of knowing as an embodied encounter and embracing the visual arts’ ability to seek out qualitative nuances that provide empathy, give new perspectives and tell about our capacity to engage with life. 

Dr. Sara Scott Shields (FSU) curated the show at FSU but the work is from all four researchers – Dr. Brooke Hofsess, Appalachian State University; Dr. Gloria Wilson, Middle Tennessee State University; Dr. Kelly Guyotte, University of Alabama; and Dr. Sara Scott Shields, Florida State University.  The gallery is open Mon-Thurs from 12-4 and can be opened other hours by emailing Sara at

The WJB Gallery (room 1085 William Johnston Building) is an 1100-square-foot exhibition space shared and managed by four departments of the College of Fine Arts: Art, Art Education, Art History, and Interior Design.  The 24 x 46-foot glass-walled gallery stretches the length of the central five-story atrium in the Johnston Building, providing rich natural lighting and secure but vivid public exposure for exhibitions. School of Art & Design faculty and students curate exhibitions in consultation with a gallery committee of representatives from each department and the Museum of Fine Arts.

For more information, read the WJB Gallery facilities page.