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New Exhibit, Reimagining the Wilcox Classical Museum

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Students and faculty from the Department of Classics and the School of Architecture & Design have spent Spring 2021 engaged in a collaborative project planning for the future of the Wilcox Classical Museum in Lippincott Hall. An exhibit celebrating the fruits of their unique collaboration opens on May 14 in the museum.

Details about the faculty and students involved and their activities include:

  1. A designbuild studio (16 students) instructed by Associate Professor of Architecture Chad Kraus are worked in-person and remotely in two cohorts to explore options for a complete renovation of the museum’s interior gallery and seminar room, which has as a focal point a new permanent exhibit, “The Parthenon Frieze in Color.”
  2. Another class, a Visual Communication Design Studio (11 students), instructed by Associate Professor of Design Jeremy Shellhorn, has spent the entire semester rebranding the museum. Shellhorn’s students are considering a new name for the museum, and a new graphic identity (signs, labels, banners, even “merch”).
  3. In addition, in a a course on ancient Roman Art (15 students), students majoring in Classics, History, Anthropology, and other fields led by Associate Professor of Classics Phil Stinson are studying the scientific evidence for the lost polychromy, or colorful surface painting, of ancient sculptures represented by casts in the Wilcox Collection (late 19th – early 20th c. acquisitions).

A large exhibit, Reimagining the Wilcox Classical Museum, opens at the Wilcox Classical Museum on Friday, May 14, from 11 am to 6 pm. The exhibit will be on view for only this day before the Museum closes for the summer. It features the creative hands-on results of student projects, including proof-of-concept mockups, models, and rebranding concepts.

Funding for this project has been generously provided by the Research Excellence Initiative (REI) of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), and the Department of Classics.

Please join us on May 14 for this one-time look at the amazing work of these KU students!