Exhibit: In Harmony with Dow: Art, Harmony and Mindfulness, Wednesday, 10/18-Friday, 12/23This series of compositions was created by students of Arthur Wesley Dow while he was a professor in art education at Teachers College from 1904-1922. Heavily influenced by Japanese paintings and woodblock printing, Dow taught art education that blended processes from Eastern and Western traditions, which was groundbreaking at the time. Dow encouraged his students to embrace viewing and producing art as a practice in their daily lives, not just as decoration for an exclusive audience. In his book Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers, Dow identifies the element of art as the "putting together of lines, masses and colors to make a harmony."
Similar to mediation, which is the practice of creating mindful inner-balance, coloring can bring about moments of tranquility in an otherwise frenetic environment. Anxiety in students has been shown to drop dramatically when they were given mandalas (circular patterns)to color, whereas freeform doodling had no effect on the subjects stress levels (Curry and Kasser, 2005).*
The Gottesman Libraries invite you to create your own harmony and art from the elements of work created by Dow's students; apply your own thoughts on color to the lines and compositions of their work. We hope you will share your work in the gallery, or tag the library in social media (Twitter: @LibraryTC #DowShallColor).
Where: Offit Gallery, Third Floor
* Gary, N. A., and Kasser, T. (2005). Can coloring mandalas reduce anxiety? Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 22(2)81-85.
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