Bryan Leister, an assistant professor of visual arts in the College of Arts & Media, was recently awarded a month residency and a commission to create an installation for the Parthenon Museum of Art in Nashville, Tenn.
The international call for proposals asked artists to submit social sculpture, performance and video works to be presented inside the museum or on the grounds of the museum at Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. Leister’s exhibition, “FLEX IT! MyBody My Temple,” will be up for three months in fall 2014.
The theme of Leister’s exhibit is to address health and obesity issues through interactive art and performance. His proposal includes creation of an augmented reality mobile game that will encourage exercise around the grounds of the museum. He will be installing five to 10 large sculptures on the grounds that will interact with his mobile game application.
Leister was one of the three artists selected for exhibiting on the grounds out of 41 proposals that were received. Five additional artists will be creating work for the interior spaces. The other artists selected come from California, Seattle, Massachusetts and England.
The selection committee consisted of professional museum curator Susan Shockley of the Parthenon Museum and artist/curator Adrienne Outlaw. Shockley has been curator of the Parthenon Museum since 1994. Outlaw is a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist whose work has been shown in museums throughout the United States.
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