Statement on Student Art Installation

The art installation, “Cry Closet,” in the J. Willard Marriott Library was created by a graduating senior in the College of Fine Arts. The piece – a project from the student’s woodshop class – was installed on April 22 and will remain in the library until May, 2. The installation, available for use by all students, has sparked dialogue about expressing emotions, particularly those in public spaces. It is an example of how art has the power to catalyze important conversations and engage the public.

Statement by student artist Nemo Miller:
“I am interested in humanity and the inherent complexities of the human condition. In my work, I reflect on my experiences and explore what it means to be human. One aspect of humanity that I am currently exploring is connections and missed connections through communication. It’s been interesting to watch the response to this piece about human emotions, and I’m proud to see the power of art in action.”

Statement from John W. Scheib, dean of the College of Fine Arts:
“We’re proud of our Department of Art & Art History senior, Nemo Miller, whose art installation has sparked conversations about how we, as a campus community and as humans more generally, handle emotions and particularly those in public spaces. This is a fine example of how art has the power to reflect our humanity, to provoke thought and change the way we move forward together. We commend Nemo’s bravery, creativity and thoughtfulness.”

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