Past Exhibitions

    • S Yong James

      Sonya Yong James: One Hundred Blossoms and the Sweetest Scent

      Curator: Sarah Higgins

      Sonya Yong James’ year-long solo exhibition on the ZMA stairwell project wall, One Hundred Blossoms and the Sweetest Scent is a large-scale mixed-media installation.

      Taking inspiration from the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, artist Sonya Jong James weaves together fiber, flowers, roots, and found objects to explore the themes of this fable and their evolution over time. She says, “The girl and wolf inhabit a place, call it the forest or the human psyche, where the spectrum of human sagas converges, and their social and cultural meanings play out.”

      • Louder than words

        Louder than Words

         February 2 – May 5, 2019

        Curator: Teresa Bramlette Reeves

        This exhibition features artists who, in a variety of ways, privilege silence, non-linguistic sounds, symbols, and gestures over words as tools of communication. Within the often-performative space of their work, they may surrender their own power in order to shine a light on the condition of powerlessness. They may use their bodies to convey complex emotions or simulate sensations that focus your experience. Some, who work within the imposed condition of deafness, reveal the gaps inherent in communication—what is missing, misunderstood, intentionally ignored, or entirely invented. An emphasis on action over words reveals an opportunity for silent protest, suggesting the possibility of fearlessness in the nonverbal. In other work, sounds and words are muted, restricted, and undermined. The loss of this information is then made palpable, drawing attention to questions of intention and what this choice may mean socially or politically.

        • Sahwha/Resurgence by Hicham Berrada


          February 2 – May 5, 2019

          Curator: Joe Thomas

          In observation of the KSU’s Year of Morocco in 2020-21, the ZMA presents Sahwha/Resurgence: works by Hicham Berrada. Originally trained as a scientist in Morocco, the work of Paris-based artist Hicham Berrada exposes the beauty that can result from disruptive interactions. Represented in this exhibition by six video works, these collisions of chemicals in solution or man-made interventions in the environment create an efflorescence—or rebirth—into something new, a quality conveyed by the Arabic word sahwha. The resulting dreamlike visions represent a resurgence of something mundane or unappreciated into something eerily beautiful.

          • Fall Senior Exhibitions I and II
          • Pedro: Menaboni's Lost Story
          • Trajectory
        • At the KSU Galleries 2012 

          • Lyle Ashton Harris: Accra My Love
          • Room with a View: Murals by Athos Menaboni
          • Engaging History: Continuities of Textile Traditions in the Andes 
          • Tales from the Lonesome City
          • Not What it Seems 
          • Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross
          • Modern and Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection 
          • Invisible Body, Conspicuous Mind: Contemporary Romanian Art from the Collection of Ambassador Nicholas F. Taubman and Mrs. Jenny Taubman 
          • Light of Day: Realism by Joe Remillard 
          • Unmasking Creativity: Process and Product 
          • Water Works, Phase I 
          • Linda Anderson: An Artful Memory