Current Exhibitions



On View Now

  • Christopher Payne, "Asylum Buffalo Ward," photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

    Christopher Payne Asylum

    Exhibition Dates: September 13 - October 8, 2022

    The Fine Arts Gallery of the ZMA is pleased to present a selection of photographs from Christopher Payne’s haunting series, Asylum. From 2002 to 2008, Payne visited seventy institutions in thirty states, photographing palatial exteriors designed by famous architects and crumbling interiors that appeared as if the occupants had just left. Additionally, he also documented how these hospitals functioned as self-contained cities, where almost everything of necessity was produced on site: food, water, power, and even clothing and shoes. Many of these places have since been demolished. The photographs from this powerful series serve as the final, official record of these sites. Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals was published by MIT Press in 2009 and includes an essay by Oliver Sacks.  

     Payne states, “We tend to think of mental hospitals as “snake pits”—places of nightmarish squalor and abuse—and this is how they have been portrayed in books and film. Few Americans, however, realize these institutions were once monuments of civic pride, built with noble intentions by leading architects and physicians, who envisioned the asylums as places of refuge, therapy, and healing. For more than half the nation's history, vast mental hospitals were a prominent feature of the American landscape. From the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth, more than 250 institutions for the insane were built throughout the United States; by 1948 they housed over half a million patients. But over the next thirty years, with the introduction of psychotropic drugs and policy shifts toward community-based care, patient populations declined dramatically, leaving many of these massive buildings neglected and abandoned.”  

    • Christopher Payne specializes in architectural and industrial photography. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by design, assembly, and the built form. His first book, New York’s Forgotten Substations: The Power Behind the Subway, offers rare views of the behemoth machines hidden behind modest facades in New York City. Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals, which includes an essay by Oliver Sacks, is a journey through America’s abandoned state mental institutions. North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City, explores an uninhabited island of ruins in the East River, providing a glimpse into a city’s future without people. 

      Payne’s recent work has veered away from the documentation of the obsolete towards a celebration of American craftsmanship. Making Steinway: An American Workplace, is a tour through the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens, where skilled workers create some of the finest musical instruments in the world. Payne captures moments of the choreographies of production, and inspects the parts and pieces of the instruments that will never be visible outside of the factory, telling a story of intricacy, precision, and care he fears is becoming all too rare in the modern workplace. 

      His next book about American manufacturing will be published by Abrams in 2023.  


    Virtual Exhibitions 

    • Cosmic O's Cereal

      Senior Portfolio Exhibition, Spring 2022

      A virtual exhibition featuring the Art4980 Senior Portfolio, Spring 2022, Professor Kristine Hwang Kim

      Featuring senior students:
      Jessica Albert
      Tyree Baptiste
      Josh Branton
      Binal Desai
      Curran Harrison
      Brooke Hopkins
      Kayla Mack
      Maggie McCulloch
      Haley Michels
      Arielle Nasr
      Ashlynn Russell
      Aaron Simpson
      Julia Trahan
      Edward Valdez

      Featured work: Brooke Hopkins, “Cosmic O’s” Cereal packaging design, 2021. This fun and healthy cereal is made for all of us who are children at heart. Made with modern design, fun colors, and a maze on the back.
    • Detail of “Lush Shopping Bag” created by Marina Cavanagh

      Senior Portfolio Exhibition, Fall 2021

      A virtual exhibition featuring the Art4980 Senior Portfolio, Fall 2021, Professor Kristine Hwang Kim

      Featuring senior students:
      Sueda Akaybicen
      Lizzie Butler
      Marina Cavanaugh
      Asha Ford
      Abbie Lawrence

      Featured work: Marina Cavanagh, “Lush Shopping Bag”, shopping bag, 10 x 5 x 13 inches, 2020. 
    • Detail of work by Emily Lafebre

      Senior Animation Reel Capstone Exhibition, Spring 2021

      A virtual exhibition featuring capstone animation reels in Professor Sandee Chamberlain's ANIM4660 class. 

      Featuring senior students:
      Chase Ashford
      Kayla Bowden
      Miles Carter
      Khadijah Coleman
      Christopher Jourdan
      Randall Kooistra
      Emily Lafebre
      Jade Le
      Gabrielle Talbot
      Sierra Turpin
      Asia Walden

      Featured work by Emily Lafebre
    • Detial of colorful abstract work by Jimmy Roberts titled "Creation," created with oil pastel on toned paper in 2020.

      Capstone Exhibition - Studio

      Senior Portfolio (ART4990), Spring 2021
      Professor Robert Sherer

      Featuring Senior Students:

      Kaitlyn Blade
      Gloria Chan
      Alexandria Hankins
      Sierra Kazin
      Deona Lizette
      Marc Mills
      Mary Beck Pinkston
      Jimmy Roberts
      Tiffany Sanchez
      Michael Windley

      Featured work: Jimmy Roberts, Creation, 20 x 25 in. oil pastel on toned paper, 2020 (detail image). 
    • Artwork by Lindsay Hardiman, Senior Graphic Designer, Graphic Communications Concentration, May 2021 Graduate.

      Capstone Exhibition - Graphic Communications

      A Virtual Capstone Exhibition featuring graphic design students from Art4980, Spring 2021, with Professor Carole Maugé-Lewis. 

      Featuring senior students:
      Kimberly Balila
      Elizabeth Brumley
      Megan D'Errico
      Lindsay Hardiman
      Davis Henderson
      Jonah Holcomb
      Abbey King
      Briana Lovelace
      Karsten Nebiker
      Neelu Noori
      Ansley Petty
      Lauren Spratt
      Xuconoxtli Xenia

      Featured artwork, above, courtesy of Lindsay Hardiman, Senior Graphic Designer, Graphic Communications Concentration, May 2021 Graduate. 
    • Still image of two individuals from Michael Kartawinata's senior capstone animation reel.

      Capstone Exhibition: Senior Animation Reel

      A virtual exhibition featuring capstone animation reels in Professor Sandee Chamberlain's ANIM4660 class featuring senior students:

      Sarah Amandolia
      Grant Carter
      Robert Davison
      Jasmine Etienne
      Kayla George
      Mitchel Guzman
      Stephanie Heubel
      Michael Kartawinata
      Diana Kreminski
      Cyprus Meraz
      Catherine Pawlowski
      Will Stordy
      Michael Thomas
      Kenneth Todd

      Featured artwork by Michael Kartawinata. 
    • Vans

      Capstone Exhibition: Graphic Communications

       A virtual exhibition featuring capstone projects in Professor Kristine Kim's ART4400 and ART4980 classes from senior students:

      Jordan Crowl
      Valeria Diaz
      Shane Lobsinger
      Michael Valenti

      Featured artwork: Vans Pro Classics Family, vans ad campaign, various sized prints and packaging, 2019, courtesy of Shane Lobsinger. A team composed of Shane Lobsinger, Emily White, Kyla Resnick and Karsten Nebiker, created an ad campaign for Vans Pro Classics Family.
    • Fireworks

      Capstone Exhibition: Art Education

      A virtual exhibition for Art Education, with professor Dr. April Munson, featuring senior students:

      Autumn Baxley
      Tori Lane
      Erin Light

      Featured artwork: Fireworks Series | Erin Light, 2020 | Burned fireworks on 6x6 in. canvases