My honors project for the Spring semester was to come up with a display of Native American art for the Ketchum House, which is the Native American living group of OSU. After careful consideration of the location and semi-permanent nature of the display, the artwork of Willard Stone was chosen to be displayed The project involved not only research, making labels and handling the art in the collection but also overcoming a number of logistical problems. It took a lot of cooperation from many individuals for this display to come together and coordinating everyone was probably the most difficult part of the project.
The really enjoyable parts of this project involved some sort of discovery. For instance, the piece Faith was uninteresting to me until I discovered that the sculpture includes Willard Stone’s disfigured hand. There were also many far more mundane discoveries that were nonetheless thrilling, like discovering that the key for the glass case (which I had been told may be non-existent) had been found.
I learned a lot by working on this project and got a taste for the many challenges that an exhibit organizer has to overcome to create a something worthy of being seen. In the end, I think that an interesting display of Native American artwork was created that will hopefully enrich the time students spend in the Ketchum House.
Lora Webb, an art history major, completed her honors project curating an installation of the work of Willard Stone in the Ketchum House in the summer of 2010.