Effusions Returns!

Last May Effusions published our first print issue since 2019! This journal was a shared effort by dedicated students elevating the work of their peers. The journal launched in the closing weeks of the spring semester with an exhibition of featured work in the Lobby Gallery of the Art Building and a party with snacks and free issues.

As always, we are also publishing this issue online, which is available both below and in our Archives (linked above). We hope you enjoy Effusions 2023, and we look forward to the continued success of the journal!

Black History Month: Week 2

This week we will be exploring the work of African American portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley.

Wiley was born in Los Angeles, California. His father is Yoruba, from Nigeria, and his mother is African American. He is now based in New York City and known for his highly naturalistic paintings of Black people, frequently referencing the work of Old Master paintings. Older Master refers to any notable painter in Europe before 1800 or a painting by such an artist. An “old master painting” is a painting made by an artist of that period.

Wiley’s paintings blur the lines between traditional and contemporary modes of African American representation. He portrays his figures in a heroic manner, giving them poses that connote power and spiritual awakening.

Wiley’s representation of power and spiritual awakening has been an instrumental tool in curating black excellence across art forms amongst social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, as well as the first African American presidency. Wiley’s work has benefited the representation and appreciation of African American visual arts in bountiful ways.

Artist Spotlight

Senior studio art major, Danny Sofa has made strides during his time at Miami. He has spent the last three years working on his abstract expressionism style of painting. Check out some of his work!

Under Soft Fuzzy Light, Danny Sofa, Oil on Unstretched Canvas.
Under Moon with Bird, Danny Sofa, Oil on Unstretched canvas.

Letting the Moon Speak, Danny Sofa, Oil on Unstretched Canvas.

Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Cleveland, Ohio. If you live in the area or there is a touring location near you, don’t miss out! Here are some awesome pictures and videos from the exhibit.

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, Van Gogh
Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige), Van Gogh

Join Effusions!

Hey guys, my name is Elise Clawson and I’m editor-in-chief for the 2021-2022 Effusions journal. I’m really excited to put out a great journal this spring, but I need more people to get involved to get the ball rolling. Connect with us on Instagram @mu_effusions or post to the blog!!

The 2020-2021 Issue

Effusions presents: The 26th volume of Miami University’s journal that showcases art from students of all grade levels and backgrounds.

A note from our Editor-in-Chief, Aubrey Woodard:

With the continuation of the global pandemic, I am proud to present Effusions’ second annual online journal. Despite challenges that students have faced within the past year, they have continued to create. There is no better way to celebrate than to compile all of these works into a publication. Having to hold Effusions meetings via Zoom from remote locations, it just made sense to present the 2020-2021 journal in an online format, just as we did last year. Through this option of publication, we have made the journal accessible to anyone and everyone, whether they are located on or away from campus.

I could not have completed this journal without the help of our graphic designer, Emily Drexelius, and our editor Sydney Herrick. Additionally, I would like to thank Dr. Annie Dell’Aria as a mentor, professor, and Effusions advisor during this past year, as the journal would not be possible without her guidance.

I am honored to have been the Editor-In-Chief of Effusions this past year, and I look forward to seeing many more online and physical editions of Effusions in years to come. We hope you enjoy what Miami students have worked so hard to present.

Written by: Aubrey Woodard, Class of 2021, 2020-2021 Editor-In-Chief

To access the issue, please click on the image.

Effusions 2019-2020 is Here!

Click image to open Effusions 2019-2020

It is my pleasure to announce the release the 25th volume of Effusions!

This past year has posed unprecedented challenges for the Effusions Team. In 2019 we heard of the loss of Adrienne Boggan. Adrienne attended a few Effusions team meetings with her sister Camille Boggan (Miami University ’19) who was a Content Editor for two years. Adrienne was an extremely talented student artist and kind person. We wanted to recognize her and her art in some way and decided to include a Memorial Section in this year’s issue of Effusions. Our hearts are with the entire Boggan Family.

With the spread of COVID-19 and the closure of Miami University’s campuses in mid-March, the Editorial Team was forced to disband at the most crucial time in the journal’s production. The team unanimously chose not to cancel the 2019-2020 journal and opted for a fully online version. We received numerous submissions from amazing student artists and we are so excited that we can still share their work with you!

I am immensely grateful for the hard work of our graphic designer Emily Drexelius throughout this year and especially during quarantine. Without her help and talent, the journal would not be possible. I also want to thank our faculty adviser Dr. Annie Dell’Aria for her continued support and guidance during this time.

It has been my honor to be the Editor-in-Chief for this year’s edition of Effusions and I will be forever grateful for the friends and experiences this publication has given me. I hope you enjoy Effusions 2019-2020!

Written by: Diana Kate Karsanow, 2019-2020 Editor-in-Chief

Join Effusions in 2020!

Effusions is back and we are quickly approaching our submission deadline for our 2020 issue! We are in search of new members for our editing team so if you are interested in art, art history, writing, editing, graphic design, marketing, or publishing you should join! Our first meeting of the semester is next Tuesday 2/11 at 3pm in the Art Building Lobby. We hope to see you there! Email mueffusions@gmail.com with any questions.


The Effusions Team is so excited to announce that submissions for our 2020 issue are open! All Miami University students can submit work and all artistic mediums are welcome! Email mueffusions@gmail.com with your submissions or with any questions!