Many current and alumni MFA exhibitions in Durham this month

UNC is taking over Durham in July and August! You can see work by some of our current and alum MFA students at the following:

The Scrap Exchange

Alison Tierney in the Green Gallery, Between Intuition and Reason, through August 9

The Carrack Modern Art

William Paul Thomas and Antoine Williams, Nah/Mean?!, through July 26. See the fantastic IndyWeek review here.

Golden Belt Studios

Open Studio on Third Fridays with Lile Stephens, Durham Art Guild Artist-in-Residence


On View Now, Ackland Exhibition curated by Russell Gullette

Congratulations to Art History graduate student Russell Gullette on the fine exhibition he curated at the Ackland Museum! Contemplating East Asia: Mark Tobey and Sam Francis brings together works from the Ackland and the North Carolina Museum of Art, including some very rarely seen works. On view until 31 August 2014. Make it your first stop when you get back to campus for the fall semester!

Jina Valentine collaborative project at The Drawing Center in New York

Through 24 August 2014.

The Drawing Center will present The Intuitionists, a collaborative project by artists Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine. Inspired by Colson Whitehead’s novel The Intuitionist, the exhibition considers how the collection, the database, and the aggregate serve as complementary models for the organization of information and objects in flux. Using the keywords that organize The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program database as a point of departure, the exhibition installation will feature works by over 60 Viewing Program artists. The Lab will feature a collaboration by the artists Hart, Jemison, and Valentine inspired by Whitehead’s book, using letters of the alphabet to form an interpretive drawing.
Images: From The Intuitionists, detail from (left) Nyeema Morgan, Like It Is: Prelude, 2014. Dimensions and media variable. Courtesy of the artist; (right) From Small., Paul Chiappe, Untitled 48, 2010. Pencil on paper, 5 5/16 x 6 7/64 inches. Collection Lea Weingarten.

The Intuitionists is made possible by the support of The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Passing of Professor Emerita Frances E. Huemer

Frances E. Huemer, professor emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 4. Professor Huemer’s career spanned 30 years in the university’s art department. Before joining the UNC faculty in 1959, she taught at Smith College and New York University. An expert on the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens, she focused her research on his close association with a circle of Italian intellectuals, including Galileo and Justus Lipsius. She was the author of two books and several articles and essays on Rubens, as well as articles on the architectural theories of Michelangelo and Francesco Borromini, many produced after she retired from the University in 1989.

Professor Huemer was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1921 to Ludwig Huemer and Josefine Zamazal Huemer, who came to this country from Vienna, Austria at the turn of the century. After graduating from Barringer High School in Newark, she attended Duke University and did her graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she received her doctorate in 1959. She was the recipient of many grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Europe in 1949, one of the first granted after the war.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Marlis Schlegel Steadman and her husband Broeck of Rumson, New Jersey; Francesca Huemer Kelly and her husband Ian of Highland Park, Illinois; Philip Schlegel and his wife Beverly of Mendham, New Jersey; and David Huemer of Maplewood, New Jersey. In addition, she has many grandnieces and grandnephews and a loyal coterie of friends and former students.

The family is planning a celebration of Professor Huemer’s life and achievements this October. – See more here

Published in the Raleigh News & Observer June 8 to June 15, 2014

MFA Candidate Gesche Wurfel Book Launch at Word Up in New York

UPDATE: Here is the preview in the NYTimes!

Basement Sanctuaries Book Launch

Please join me for the Basement Sanctuaries Book Launch at the Word Upbook shop in NYC on May 31, 2014 from 4-6pm.  I will discuss the book with Joanna Castro, Program Director, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), and afterwards sign books. 

Address: 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10032, which is in Washington Heights, one of the neighborhoods where the images were taken.

You can purchase Basement Sanctuariesfrom Word Up, order it from the Schilt Publishing website, or from any bookstore that sells fine books. 

You can see a preview of the book here.


The Basement Sanctuaries book was reviewed by the UK magazine Amateur Photographer and the German magazineZEIT ONLINE.  

The project was highlighted in an article on urban photography by Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo in the Colombian magazine Fujifilm Capture.

Thank you!

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and Book

Basement Sanctuaries was exhibited at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London, UK with the other shortlisted and winning entries.  Basement Sanctuaries was selected for the Professional Shortlist in the Architecture category.  

You can 

view the shortlisted and winning entries in the official publication


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Have a wonderful summer!

Best wishes,