Sunday, November 13 through Sunday, December 18


Ruth S Harley University Center Gallery
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Faculty Spotlight: Cindy Maguire

Ongoing Event, Art Exhibition

Art & Design Education professor Cindy Maguire Sabbatical Exhibition  |  November 13 – December 18, 2016 with a reception will be held on November 30th from 5-7pm.

Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery
Monday-Friday: 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Mauvaise Foi (bad faith) is a philosophical concept used by existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to describe the phenomenon where human beings under pressure from social forces adopt false values and disown their innate freedom hence acting inauthentically.[1]

Free-floating anxiety is defined as a generalized, persistent, pervasive fear that is not attributable to any specific object, event, or source.

My work explores the impossibility of free-floating anxiety (I mean, when in our lives do we not have some specific object, event, or source making us anxious?) and its intersection with resisting Mauvaise Foi. 

We are constantly fielding generalized, persistent, pervasive fears or uncertainties grounded in realities that run from the mundane to the extraordinary. They emerge from the past, exist in the present, and form in anticipation of the future. We experience them at a distance – military conflicts, political elections, global warming. We experience them up close – workplace politics, our relationships, a death in the family. Even in moments of ease, relaxation, joy – we co-exist with this undertow. The imagery I work with is drawn from family history, including documentation that ranges from family photos, objects and letters to symbolic imagery reflective of the world in these particular moments. Play is critical in this project. ​

In line with my interest and commitment to collaboration and socially engaged artmaking, I also create and participate in collaborative community-based art making experiences and exhibition opportunities with children and youth globally. This work is aimed at fostering individual and community transformation. For recent collaborative work see ArtsAction Group.

Tagged: Department of Art and Art History, Art Galleries
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