Exhibition Dates:
October 6, 2017-October 6, 2018
Lethander Art Path and Museum Grounds

Out of the Box is a biennial competition that begin in 2013 in our celebration of the museum’s 10-year anniversary. Now in our third iteration, our program continues in its goal of presenting engaging works of art to our university audience and broader community, as well as actively pursuing the growth of our permanent collection of outdoor sculpture. The exhibition is co-curated by curatorial assistant Jessica Hughes and assistant director Andy Tennant.

Out of the Box is supported in part by the Haynes Family, in memory of Julian Roberts Haynes and Dr. Lucille McGehee Haynes, and Grace and David E. Johnson with additional funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts.

2017-18 Award Winners

1st Place – Stacey Rathert, You Are Here

2nd Place – Fumi Amano, Voice

Honorable Mention – Hye Yeon Nam, Floating Identity in Auburn

JCSM was pleased to host Jean Shin as the 2017-18 juror. Ms. Shin’s work, MAiZE, is on view inside the museum through January 7, 2018.

Jean Shin is an internationally recognized artist who works with multiples of objects to transform the everyday into decadent interpretations of identity and community. She uses materials that range from prescription pill bottles to sweaters, and often obtains them as second-hand objects from people in participating communities. These objects transform into her media and become complex, conceptual and beautifully intricate works of sculpture. Her work is distinguished by her labor-intensive process, and these breathtaking installations seem to capture the essence of communal and societal issues that everyone faces in their day to day life.

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been widely exhibited in over 150 major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at The Crow Collection in Dallas, Texas Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York. Shin has received numerous awards and has been featured in a multitude of publications world-wide. In 2016, Jean Shin will complete a major commission for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York at the 63rd Street Station on the new Second Avenue Subway line as well as a public art commission for the City of Seattle, Washington. She lives and works in New York, New York.


Fumi Amano

Kurt Dyrhaug

Ira Hill

Gregory Johnson

Benjamin Jones

Ben Lock

Hye Yeon Nam

Matthias Neumann

Stacey Rathert

Steve Rossi

Eric Troffkin

Adam Walls

For more information on Out of the Box or to join the mailing list for our 2019-20 exhibition, email Jessica Hughes at hughej3@auburn.edu.

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