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Emily Guerry, BA 2007 and recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Cambridge, will be speaking on "American Gothic--Tips and Tales for Navigating the Study of the Middle Ages" in the University Room of Hyde Hall on 21 March 2013 at 5:30 pm at the invistation of the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Jessica Dupuis, MFA 2010, will be debuting new work at The Kenmore, currently located within GAllery 1724, Houston, TX. "Miniature" will be on view from 21 March 2012 (opening reception 7-10 pm) through 31 May 2013. This exhibition is in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) taking place in Houston this spring. The ceramic works featured in this exhibition are composed of slip and discarded materials such as newspaper, card and gift boxes.
Congratulations to Leo Mazow, Ph.D. 1996, for his recent lecture at the Louvre! On 4 February 2013, Leo presented on "American genre painting: communication and transmission.) In the 1980s, an American advertising campaign boasted the use of long distance telephone under the slogan "Reach out and touch someone." Pun on the act of touching physically and emotionally touching, this slogan suggested that the network of transcontinental cables allow users to abolish distances and bring together those who were in fact very far. Railways, hotels, river systems, telegraphs and newspapers that are often found in American art have long constituted and similarly in the history of the promises of communication and transmission. Exploring the themes of transport and communications in American genre painting of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, this conference suggests that the ideas of connection and relationship - as well as the distance and detachment - appear repeatedly as visual responses to a changing world due to industrialization, urbanization and immigration. Particular attention will also be paid to the theme of the speech and listening as a means of communication and transmission. This demonstation will be based on the works of many famous artists, including Richard Caton Woodville, George Caleb Bingham, Lilly Martin Spencer, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, William Glackens and Thomas Hart Benton. Leo G. Mazow is professor of art history at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) since autumn 2010. Previously, he served for eight years curator of American art at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University. Among the exhibitions held there with publications include Picturing the Banjo (2005), Shallow Creek: Thomas Hart Benton and American Waterways (2007), Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth-Century American Art (2011). Leo Mazow has published articles on regionalism, New York Dada and landscape painting in Art Bulletin, American Art and Winterthur Portfolio. His book, Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound, published in 2012 by Penn State University Press, has received support from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication. He is currently working on a book entitled Hopper's Hotels: Edward Hopper and the Promise of American Mobility.
Paul Valadez, MFA 2003, will be displaying his newest work in an exhibit at the Weslaco Museum in Weslaco, TX. "Lessons in Scorn" is an installation of over 500 individual works on paper. "This is a mysterious, all encompassing, and encyclopedic exhibition.” says Paul, "I want the viewers to be involved with the perception of the show. Everything to everyone and at the same time meaning nothing to anyone; desires, false starts, dreams, and aspirations, snake oil, get rich, lose weight/gain weight all at the same time, all those ploys rolled into one singular art installation. I want my audience to experience the positive and the negative, the true and the false. This is a very powerful piece of work.” An opening reception is Tuesday, 19 February 2013, 7 pm-9 pm. The exhibition will be on display from 19 February-20 March 2013.
Carolyn Goodridge, MFA, will be part of a group show by the Black Artists of DC at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. "Show Me What You're Working With" opens 11 February 2013, with a reception on 16 February from 5-8 pm and a Meet the Artists panel discussion on 9 March from 2-4 pm. The work will be on view through 6 April 2013. More information available here.
Emily Wilmoth, MFA 2007, is currently teaching Typography, Drawing and all levels of Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Raleigh Durham. She was also part of a group exhibition "Rhymes in Time" at Meredith College's Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery in October 2012. The show sought to identify and explore women’s roles, female stereotypes and myths found in nursery rhymes, visually addressing hidden concepts and historical references found deep within the poems. The nursery rhymes featured in the exhibit were Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Little Miss Muffett, The Old Woman that Swallowed the Fly and Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater. The installation blended many historical references together in artwork to bring an entirely new perspective to old nursery rhymes recited by generations of children.
Congratulations to Jessica Dupuis, MFA 2010, for receiving a 2012-2013 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council.
Carolyn Goodridge, MFA, will be exhibiting a piece of her work next to the work of her students from workshops she conducted at Jarrett Thor Fine Art. The "alumni" exhibition at Jarrett Thor will be on view through 6 January 2013.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Chew, Ph.D. 2000, on her brand new job! Elizabeth has accepted a position as Director of the Curatorial and Education Division at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC and will be beginning work in the New Year. Welcome back to North Carolina!
Christina King, MFA 2011, has a solo exhibition currently open at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC. Cutting People In is a portfolio of new street photography and collage work that comments on the practice of photographing people. King uses collage by cutting people's shapes out of her photographs and gluing decorative papers behind the vacancies. Not only does she change the composition and color scheme of each work, but she carves windows into her photographs that allow the viewer to look into the framed world. While King's first step was to photograph people, her final goal of inviting the viewer to become the subject is achieved by making some of the figures non-specific. By cutting individuals out, the focus is turned back to the viewers and how they can imagine each setting. On view until 1 December 2012.
Yael Rice, BA 1998, has an article in the current volume of Ars Orientalis. "Mughal Interventions in the Rampu Jami' al-tavarikh" is based on apaper presented at the Second Biennial Symposium of the Historians of Islamic Art Association. Held in October 2010, Objects, Collections, and Cultures brought curators, art historians, and other specialists from across the globe to the Freer and Sackler Galleries for three days of presentations. With nearly twenty essays—and a corresponding website featuring three essays on the cinema of the Middle East—this expanded volume also marks the first printing of Ars Orientalis with color illustrations.
Marc Leuthold, MFA 1988, has a show of his work opening in New York at George Billis Gallery on Thursday, 18 October 2012, with a reception from 6-8 pm. The show will be on view until 17 November 2012
Carolyn Goodridge, MFA, is one of 28 young artists who have been selected as part of Hampton University Museum's nationally juried exhibition New Power Generation 2012. The show opens with a reception on 12 October 2012 from 5:30-8:00 pm and will run through March 2013. Congratulations on having three works selected for the show!
Leah Bailis, MFA 2005, has a new show opening at LUMP (teamlump.org/home.html) on 5 October. Ain't Got No/I Got will have an opening reception on Friday, 5 October, from 7-10 pm during First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Raliegh. Bailis uses different strategies to isolate filmic and pop cultural moments. With Ain't Got No/I Got, she focuses on people and characters (Nina Simone, Roy Orbison, Genesis Breyer P’Orridge, and the daughter in the film Killer of Sheep), who have invented themselves, using objects (wigs, masks, accessories, adornments) as tools of concealment, transformation, and empowerment. The show will run until 27 October. Image of Nina Simone from the show is below.
See new video of a multimedia installation by Severn Eaton, MFA 2003 that was at Push Skate Shop and Gallery in Asheville at the beginning of the year. "See What Inspired Me?" uses footage filmed by Severn's brother Frank.
Lauren Adams, BFA 2002, has had a very busy summer. She has just accepted a new position at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. And her work has been in the following shows since April: Out of Fashion, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC; Unravelling the National Trust, Nymans House and Gardens, Sussex, England (on view until November 1); A Cloak Over the Ocean, Back Lane West, Redruth, England; Hoard, Solo Project in the Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO; EXPO Chicago at the Navy Pier, Chicago, IL; Home Work: Domestic Narratives in Contemporary Art, Green Hill Center for Art, Greensboro, NC; and Unlived Histories, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC, coming in October. Below is an detail from the wallpaper she produced for EXPO Chicago.
Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, MFA 2011, has a solo show, "Intrusions of Grace," opening on 22 September 2012 at ArtGallery in Norfolk, VA. The artistic endeavors of sculptor Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet are rooted in her Southern heritage and are described by the artist as Southern Gothic. Like the notable authors of the Southern Gothic literary tradition (think Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee), Spencer-Stonestreet focuses on the American South, examining cultural values and social norms. Drawing from her Southern upbringing, Spencer-Stonestreet’s artworks are somewhat autobiographical and manifest as visual commentary. According to the artist, “Like the literary genre, my work presents the complicated (darker) side of American life – cultural complexities of our domestic roles and expectations.” Fascinated by the layers of meaning, signals and desires that exist within the home, Spencer-Stonestreet manipulates furniture and other domestic objects - she claws, shoots, and scratches, as well as fixes, improves, and elevates. These familiar forms, deconstructed and then reconfigured, attempt to raise questions in the viewer about his or her relationship to family and objects. Even though much of Spencer-Stonestreet’s work centers on what she refers to as the complicated side of life, not to be overlooked are the intrusions of grace – moments of tenderness, redemption and purity – almost imperceptible, but there none the less. The show will be on view until 2 November 2012.
Jennifer Jeffers, recent B.A. graduate, is the monthly featured artist for September at Caffe Driade. Stop by the Caffe for coffee and alumni art! More information can be found here: http://caffedriade.com/2012/08/28/artist-for-september-jennifer-jeffers/
Michael Yonan, Pd.D., is an associate professor at University of Missouri-Columbia. He has several articles that have just come out or will shortly: “Kunsthistorisches Museum / Belvedere, Vienna: Dynasticism and the Function of Art. “ In The First Modern Museums of Art, ed. Carole Paul. (Los Angeles: Getty Publications), forthcoming in fall 2012; “The Wieskirche: Movement, Perception, and Salvation in the Bavarian Rococo.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 41 (2012), 125; “Toward aFusion of Art History and Material Culture Studies.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 18, no. 2 (FallWinter 2011). Michael will also be reading a paper at the University of Bern, Switzerland in November and at CAA in New York in 2013.
Michael Yonan with some stuffed mountain lions in Colorado.
Travis Donovan and Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, both MFA 2011, have work in a new group show, "Home Work: Domestic Narratives in Contemporary Art," opening at the Green Hill Center for NC Art (www.greenhillcenter.org) in Greensboro, NC on September 14, 2012. An exhibition curated by Edie Carpenter bringing together 28 of North Carolina’s artists to communicate their emotional responses to contemporary domestic life. Artists use sculpture, installations, painting, and photography to explore four thematic areas: Repose, Nourishment, Pastimes, and Chores. On view through November 3, 2012. Travis will be making thermal imaging photographs as part of an art party associated with the exhibition, "House Warming: a hands-on art party", taking place on October 5 as part of Greensboro First Friday.
Jessica Dupuis, MFA 2012, will have work on display at LIGHT Art+Design (www.lightartdesign.com) as part of their show Red White Black and Blue: Leigh Suggs, Recent Work, on view from September 7-October 25, 2012.
During academic year 2011-12, Samantha Baskind, Ph.D. 2001, had two major articles published: an extensive discussion in Winterthur Portfolio on Howard Chandler Christy's monumental painting The Signing of the Constitution of the United States (1940) and a co-authored state of the field essay, with Larry Silver, on modern Jewish art in Jewish Quarterly Review. Her most recent book project, Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America, considers the proliferation of biblical themes by Jewish painters, printmakers, sculptors, and book illustrators. This book has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. It will be published by Pennsylvania State University Press in December 2013. She has also recently been appointed editor of Pennsylvania State University Press' new book series: "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Jewish Experience and Culture.
Travis Donovan and Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, both MFA 2011, recently received North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships. Artist Fellowships in the amount of $10000 support the creative development of North Carolina artists by allowing them to set aside time to work, pursue projects that further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas, buy supplies and equipment, and fund expenses related to studio construction or improvements. Congratulations Travis and Tracy!
Neill Pruit, MFA 2012, received an honorable mention for Oustanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, awarded by Sculpture magazine. Neill's awarded piece, Periodic Examination, was one of 22 honorable mentions out of 434 applicants from 174 colleges and universities worldwide. All of the award winners will be recognized in the October 2012 issue of Sculpture and on their website at www.sculputre.org. Congratulations Neill!
Lee Delegard (www.leedelegard.com), also abrand new alum, MFA 2012, was recently part of a joint exhibition with Allison Wade at ACRE (www.acreresidency.org) called May or May Not. Open from June 17-30, May or May Not presented everyday objects and materials--papers, ceramic, fabric, surveyors sting, concrete and gum--as neither transformed nor transcended. Rather, they are used for what they are, evoking a material logic that thwarts definitive coherence or resolution. Both Delegard and Wade juxtaposed disparate found materials with haptic sculptural elements. The exhibition was a result of their 2011 Summer Residencies with ACRE. Below, Lee's image is on the left and Allison's is on the right.
Chris Musina, brand-new alum, MFA 2012, is one of 15 recent MFA graduates nationally to be awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Chris is only the second UNC alum to receive this prestigious prize! The annual MFA Grant Program was created in 1997 to assist painters and sculptors who are receiving their MFA degrees. With these grants the Foundation aims to further the recipients' artistic careers and to aid, upon graduation, in the transition from academic to professional studio work. Each recipient will receive an MFA Grant in the amount of $15000. To date the Joan Mitchell Foundation has awarded 192 MFA Grants. These grants are given in recognition of artistic quality to artists chosen from a body of candidates put forth by nominators from the academic art community across the United States.
Image Credit: Chris Musina, Welcome to the Anthropocene (Exhumation>Resurrection), 2012, oil and gold leaf on canvas
Beth Saunders, BFA 2005, is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. She was recently awarded the 2012-2013 Marian and Andrew Heiskell Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. Congratulations Beth!
Michael Yonan, Ph.D., has been very busy of late. His new book, Empress Maria Theresa and the Politics of Habsburg Imperial Art was recently published by Penn State University Press. He is editing a new series by Ashgate, The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950. And he was just elected President of the association of Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture. Congratulations on a busy and productive year Michael!
Congratulations to Samantha Baskind, Ph.D. 2001, for her recent promotion to Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University!
Molly Medakovich, Ph.D. 2012, has just been hired as a Master Teacher in the Education Department of the Denver Art Museum. Congratulations Molly!
Taj Forer, MFA 2008, has an installation of photographs and objects, Stone by Stone, opening on 5 April 2012 at LeadApron in Los Angeles. Forer's masterful and poetic exploration of the materials that make our world is more than an ode, but a cry of the wild to add to the folklore of where we are today as a species. Reconnecting us with the magic of our past and a premonition of our abuse of power, Forer's synesthetic approach to storytelling lures us back, beyond the gloss and gimmickry of the artifact of culture to regions of our pre-verbal brain and yet fast forwards us to the present reminding us of our duty and responsibility to mother earth. Taj Forer is a photographic artist, publisher and educator. He received his MFA in Photography from UNC-Chapel Hill (where he is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art) and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is a Cofounder of Daylight, the celebrated international photography publisher. Forer is the author of two books of his own photography, Stone by Stone (Kehrer Verlag, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany) and Threefold Sun (Charta Editions, 2007, Milano, Italy). His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries, around the world, with notable solo shows at Yossi Milo (New York, NY) and SENDA (Barcelona, Spain). His work can be found in private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe including those of The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), The Sir Elton John Collection (London, UK), The Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte, NC) and The Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA). The show will be on view through 19 May 2012.
Carolyn Goodridge, MFA, has a solo show, "Om, The Cosmology of Now" opening at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts in Colonial Beach, VA on 13 April 2012. These are 20 new encaustic paintings of celestial bodies. The show will be on display through 3 June 2012.
Jerstin Crosby, MFA 2005, is part of a joint exhibition opening 18 February 2012 with Michael Hegedus at Pittsburgh's Artists Image Resource, where they are both resident artists. Each year, AIR invites select artists to work in-residence at the print facility on Pittsburgh’s Northside. As they explore creative ideas and complete new work, Resident Artists have full access to the printmaking shops and equipment at AIR, and are provided with all materials and staff and volunteer assistance. Jerstin Crosby creates videos and multimedia projects which reflect on our relationship to nature. Through interdisciplinary forms he references the language of mass media, and blurs the lines between social critique, and the surreal. Jerstin currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, but also spent several years in Pittsburgh, where he was in residence at AIR, and exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and The Mattress Factory. His AIR project was recently featured on the printmaking blog, Printeresting.org. The animations will be shown at AIR during the exhibition opening. Link
Sarah Walker, MFA, has an exhibition of paintings and drawings, EYEFINGER, opening 2 February 2012 at the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, with a reception and artist talk from 2-5 pm. This is the artist's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Walker’s new works offer themselves as a contemporary version of Chinese scholar’s rocks – those objects of meditation that are equally space and solid, form and formlessness, and which function as filters for unconscious creative processes. Walker’s unusual process-oriented techniques underscore the visual multiplicity of her paintings. Working with layers of acrylic paint that are by turns poured, pooled, filled and wiped away she uses the natural proclivities of the liquid medium to establish a rhythm of organic patterns that she fills with intricate geometric structures. A personal rule holds that nothing on any layer may ever completely vanish. As a consequence the works build relentlessly while ensnaring fragments of their history. Whether reservoir or memory bank each painting beckons the viewer to filter in not out the complexity of the world. In these paintings Walker implies that objects are momentary solidifications at a crossroad where process, time and space entangle. Forms reminiscent of islands, mountains, clouds, spores, meteors and other heavenly bodies serve by turns as objects, territories and screens for projection. Here at this perspectival point we are invited to contemplate objects as portals to multi-dimensional perception. Image: Hover, 2011, Acrylic on panel, 30 x 40 inches.
Paul Valadez, MFA 2003, was selected to present new work as part of the MACLA fourth Chicana/o Biennial, an exhibition and public forum conceived to take inventory of and invite reflection every two years on the continuously emergent energy, critical edge, and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. Featuring new work by Cande Aguilar, Eric Almanza, Efren Alvarez, Natalia Anciso, Jesus Barraza, Carlos Bautista, Melanie Cervantes, Betty A. Davis, Caleb Duarte, Eric Garcia, Paul J. Gonzalez, Jaime Guerrero, Rogelio Gutierrez, Geri Montano, Nicholas Munoz, Tony Ortega, Viva Paredes, Daniella Rascón, Sandy Rodriguez, Paul Valadez, Linda Vallejo, Cristina Velazquez | Exhibition Dates: January 18, 2011 – March 10, 2012 | Friday, February 3, 2012, Opening reception with artists talk for MACLA donors from 6pm -8pm | Friday, March 2, 2012 Artists Talk: Join the artists for a gallery walk through and engaging conversation about their work at 7pm | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana , 510 South First Street (in between William & Reed Streets), San Jose, CA 95113, (408) 998-ARTE, firstname.lastname@example.org
MJ Sharp, MFA 2007, recently opened a show of her night photography at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham. "Light Cache" will be on view until 28 January 2012. MJ stays up all night making photographs. Her images, which she typically exposes for anywhere between 2 minutes and 2 hours, reveal scenes that are markedly different from those able to be seen with the naked eye. While human perception of a scene is limited by the available light, film exposed for minutes or hours has no such limitation. Light can accumulate on film to reveal exquisite details that we perceive in real time only as undifferentiated shadow. Whether that scene is a domestic one exposed by refrigerator light or a lone Scottish sheep by the North Sea, exposed by the bright moon of deepest winter, the resulting photographs are eerie, poetic meditations on what we otherwise overlook. Image credit: Solitary Sheep (by the North Sea, Scotland), 40 minute large-format film exposed by moonlight, 2010
Push Skate Shop and Gallery in Asheville is the site of a new multimedia installation by Severn Eaton, MFA 2003. "See What Inspired Me?" opens 9 December 2011 with a reception from 7-10 PM and will be ongoing through 17 January 2012.
Rob Neilson, MFA 1998, was appointed the Frederick R. Layton Professor of Art at Lawrence University in 2010. The endowed professorship was established in 1983 in part from a trust established by the assets of the Layton School of Art and Design as well as funds raised by Lawrence and supports a permanent position in the art department. More news about Rob, including a recent project to re-design manhole covers for Appleton's College Ave, can be found on the Lawrence blog here.
Several abstract paintings by Carolyn Goodridge, MFA, have been selected for the Renaissance Art Jubilee and Sale Group Exhibition, on view until 4 December 2011 at Unity Renaissance Church in Chesapeake, VA. More info is available on Carolyn's website here.
Congratulations to Samantha Baskind, Ph.D. 2001, Associate Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University, on the recent publication of Jewish Art: A Modern History, co-written with Larry Silver, James and Nan Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Covering nearly two centuries, Jewish Art: A Modern History examines the art made by Jews across Europe, America and Israel. Written by two leading scholars in the field, this is the first broadly accessible book to address the subject in both an introductory and a critical manner. This lavishly illustrated volume, featuring numerous works published for the first time, offers a coherent discussion of the vexed question of what constitutes Jewish art today.
Congratulations to Alex Mann, BA 2002, who is finishing his Ph.D. in the History of Art at Yale University. For the past two years, he has worked as the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the RISD Museum of Art in Providence, RI. His next curated exhibition for the museum, opening on February 3, 2012, is Pilgrims of Beauty: Art and Inspiration in 19th-Century Italy. Alex has also just been appointed the new Joan and Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA and will take up his new post in October.
Lydia McCarthy, MFA 2011, is featured in the 11&18 July 2011 print and online issue of The New Yorker with a big color photo of Antonia to promote her current smash show, Refraction, at the Cooney Gallery through 29 July 2011.
Lydia Anne McCarthy, Antonia, 2010
Hannah Lamar Simmons, The Paths I Trace Are the Stories You Tell, 2011
Congratulations to Lori Esposito, M.F.A. 2008, who will be starting a new appointment as a full-time assistant professor teaching drawing and design at RISD in fall of 2011.