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What?s Holding Us Back?

The Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet presents RELEASE, the third installation in the 2016-17 series, from November 1 through 29 in the White Box Gallery. An opening event will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1.

Amidst the frustration through tantrums and struggles in our lives, we lose hope and fail to forgive. Will we ever celebrate and see the beauty?

This is RELEASE. Creative Lead Tyler Hamilton poses the questions: “What walls do we build around even the simplest parts of ourselves? Others? How do others see us? How can we actively let go of these impressions, which might not really be what they seem at all?”

This installation is a continuation of the 2016-17 theme of QUEST, following a journey from problem space to creative solutions as students and participants engage in the generation’s greatest obstacle — one’s self.

Hamilton is a graduate of West Virginia University with a focus in sculpture and earned his MFA from the University of Cincinnati. After working as an adjunct professor at Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, Hamilton now works as the Senior Art Preparator at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati. Hamilton draws his inspiration for art from his heritage of the Appalachian culture in the mountains. He finds interest in using raw yet repurposed materials to reflect on and also alter from an intended use.

Hamilton’s perspective of creating RELEASE centers on building materials commonly used in housing construction. When encountering plaster, we only think of it as its purpose married to a wall. But Hamilton challenges participants in this installation to recontextualize these raw ingredients, as they guide us through a space of purpose and reflection.

The design for RELEASE will feature an interaction with these repurposed objects. As Hamilton says, “brick is red; brick is for walls.” How might we engage in a new perspective of encountering these unassembled materials? What does it mean to encounter bricks but no wall?

The White Box Gallery is where curriculum for the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation at ArtStreet comes to life. These 4-D immersive experiences transfer information – in this case, creative theory – into space for the students to absorb and apply. Hosting six world premiere installations annually, the White Box Gallery’s mission is to bring vision to reality through 4-D (sight, sound, space and emotion) immersions that challenge social, industrial, cultural and academic perspectives.

The White Box Gallery is located within the ArtStreet facility on the 300 block of Kiefaber Street at the University of Dayton. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday; closed November 24-27 for Thanksgiving break. For more information about IACT/ArtStreet events, call 937-229-5101 or visit


November 1- 29, 2016
White Box Gallery
ArtStreet, University of Dayton

OPENING EVENT: Tuesday, November 1, 5-7pm

When striving through tantrums and struggles, we lose hope, we fail to forgive. Will we celebrate and see the beauty?

Creative Lead: Tyler Hamilton

The 2016-17 IACT Installation Series will take us on a connected journey from one’s own selfish “I” to the need for a collaborative “we.” Join us in the QUEST from problem space to solution as we creatively grapple with this generation’s greatest obstacle — one’s self.

Please note: ArtStreet will be closed November 24-27 for Thanksgiving break.

Press release written by Kiersten Remster '17. 

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