MA candidate Morgan McKeehan receives Kress Foundation Scholarsip for SEI 2015

Congratulations Morgan! The announcement of the scholarship below:

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA-VRAF Summer Educational Institute Co-Chairs, I am pleased to announce the recipients of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarship for SEI 2015:

  • Ryan Brubacher, Occidental College
  • Heather Green, Louisiana State University/New Orleans Public Library
  • Morgan McKeehan, University of North Carolina/Sloane Art Library
  • Traci Timmons, Seattle Art Museum
  • Mandy Tomasik, National Inventors Hall of Fame

The SEI planning committee is grateful to the Kress Foundation for its continued support of SEI participants.

SEI 2015 will be held at the University of Illinois, June 9-12. SEI is an intensive educational opportunity intended to provide in-depth instruction in visual resources and image collection management. The SEI 2015 curriculum will stimulate participants’ thinking about intellectual property, metadata, imaging, digital preservation, and expanding professional roles, and includes the opportunity to participate in dynamic discussion sessions. If you would like to register for SEI 2015 visit our website at


Meghan Musolff
Special Projects Librarian for LIT and Omeka Coordinator
University of Michigan Library


Greta Bahnemann
Metadata Coordinator – Minnesota Digital Library
University of Minnesota

News from Alumnus Ben Alper

Adrift Now Available from Flat Space Books


I am incredibly happy to announce the release of my first artist book, Adrift. This project is the culmination of a grant that I received last summer from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. Additionally, the completion and release of this book coincides with the launch of Flat Space Books, a new publishing imprint co-founded by myself and Josh Shaw, which is based in North Carolina and Brooklyn. While Adrift marks the inaugural release, FSB will continue to expand in the coming months.

To find out more about the book, or to purchase a copy, click here.

Adrift, 2015
Published by Flat Space Books
68 pages, 38 color images
Softcover, perfect bound
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Edition of 150
ISBN: 978-1-942749-62-2
Each edition is hand numbered and comes with a 4 x 6″ print from the original album

New Website

I recently redesigned my website and added work to various projects. Have a look! Any and all feedback is welcome.

Happy (Almost) Spring,
Ben Alper

Visit me here:

A New Nothing
The Archival Impulse

Upcoming Shows for MFA Candidate Eric Pickersgill

Shaking off the cold  /  Spring 2015 


Finding Loss #19, 2015
Here’s a look at whats ahead for me this spring and where you can find my work. Above is an example of new work from a series titled Finding Loss. I have sourced found 35mm color slides and altered them by breaking any contact the subject has with the photographer / viewer.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Regarding Leisure
The University of Northern Florida Gallery of Art


Two pieces from Soak were selected for a group show at The University of Northern Florida that runs from March 5 – May 5, 2015.

Virtual Insanity
Whitdel Arts – Detroit, MI


Three photographs from Removed are on exhibit in Detroit, MI at Whitdel Arts from March 13 – April 25, 2015.

The Land of No Things: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2015

Ackland Art Museum / Curated by Chris Vitello


Constructing Archives
The Carrack Modern Art / Durham, NC


I am thrilled to have been selected for a solo exhibition at The Carrack Modern Art in Durham, NC May 4 – 15. Opening reception is May 8 at 7pm. I will be giving an artist talk about my practice and the show on May 15th at 6:30pm.

In Print



I am incredibly excited to have made the FotoFilmic ’15 Shortlist #01. The other 29 artists on the list are amazing photographers working with film photography and are seriously worth checking out. I really am honored to be among this group. If I am selected for the final round then I will be invited to exhibit in a traveling group show that will make stops in New York, Vancouver, and Seoul. Fingers are totally crossed!

Indy Week 

Indy Week ran one of my photographs to promote my popup show at Golden Belt Studios which they selected as an Indy PIck of the week! Here is a wide shot of the installation.


Gesche Würfel selected for NY Times Annual Portfolio Review

MFA Candidate Gesche Würfel was selected among 3,500 applicants to present her work at The Third Annual New York Portfolio Review on April 11, 2015 organized by the New York Times and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. 150 photographers were selected in total.

Post-Doc Fellow Lavar Munroe participating in 56th Venice Biennale

Lavar Munroe announces his participation the 56th Venice Biennale
















Pinocchio’s Half-sister
Acrylic, spray paint, latex house paint, fabric paint, tennis ball, rope, buttons, staples,  string, thread and found fabric on cut canvas
98” x 102”Bill and Christy Gautreaux Collection , Courtesy Nomad Gallery Brussels

56th Venice Biennale
Lavar Munroe to exhibit artwork at the 56th Venice Biennale

It is with great pleasure that I announce my participation in the 56th Venice Biennale. I was invited by the current director of the biennale Okwui Enwezor to exhibit three large format paintings in the biennale’s group exhibit, All the World’s Futures. The show will run in Venice from 9 May to 22 November 2015. I will be in attendance so please come by and say hello!

This opportunity is possible because of your continued support, following and faith in my career. To my many supporters, both known and unknown to myself, a sincere thank you.


Lavar Munroe 

Glaire Anderson receives 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award for The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia

Congratulations to Associate Professor Glaire Anderson on winning the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award!

2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award Winner (American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies)

This year’s committee received an unprecedented 22 entries that all merit high praise for their contributions to the history of art and architecture in Iberia.  As a committee, we unanimously voted Glaire Anderson’s The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia: Architecture and Court Culture in Umayyad Córdoba the winner of the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award.

Anderson’s book, which examines the aristocratic villas and court culture of Córdoba during the Umayyad dynasty, is unique in several respects.  A deeply synthetic study, it draws on a wide range of material including – but not limited to – medieval Arabic texts, ivory carving, agricultural treatises, and archaeological findings to shed light on this important facet of Umayyad architectural patronage.  As well as reconstructing the Islamic villa as an architectural entity, Anderson’s book presents it fully within a rich social and political context; considerations of decor, ceremony, and agricultural productivity are key to the study.  Of particular importance is Anderson’s nuanced analysis of the villa’s patronage, which fell to members of the “unfree elite.”  A major theme of the book is its recognition that the munyas of Umayyad Córdoba belong to the long tradition of Mediterranean villas which began in the Roman era and continued in Christian European and New World locales.

This publication met and surpassed the stipulated award criteria of “originality of conception, thoroughness of research, rigor of argument, brilliance of insight, significance of findings, and clarity of expression.”  Although the book will engage and satisfy specialists in Islamic art and architecture, Anderson’s clear prose makes it accessible and valuable to anyone with an interest in a host of related fields.


The 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Award Committee

Julie Harris (Committee Chairperson)
Adjunct Faculty
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Chicago, IL

Felipe Pereda
Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor of the Humanities
Department of the History of Art
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Tara Zanardi
Assistant Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
Hunter College
New York, NY

MFA Alumna Meg Stein featured in lobby of Raleigh Artspace in February

Meg Stein
A Throat of Roses

February 6 – 28, 2015
First Friday Gallery Walk: February 6, 6-10pm

Meg Stein, Untitled (Mouth), pacifiers, pillow stuffing, table salt, food dye, kitchen caulk, resin clay, plaster, 14 x 18 x 16 in

Meg Stein creates work that unnerves the viewer by presenting unsettling juxtapositions of several dichotomies: familiarity and mystery, comfort and discomfort, innocence and corruption, intimacy and hate, safety and pain, organic and man-made, life and decay. The forms she uses most often are soft, round, spindly, bone-like, alien, knobbly, animal, hollow, sexual or bodily. Several of her sculptures include fleshy, organ-like, possibly sexual aspects, as well as forms that suggest body parts like breasts or legs. Stein’s sculptures combine disparate elements to create uncomfortable, stimulating dissonance. In “Untitled (Mouth), tongue shapes are used as legs and then are covered in a salty, crusty surface. One sculpture could suggest many things at once. For example, the shape of “Untitled (Lines)” could be seen as a leaf, ribs or as the legs of a centipede-like creature.

Artist Bio:

Meg Stein is a sculptor, image-maker, installation artist and animator from Durham, NC. In 2014 she earned her MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014, where she was also a teaching fellow and online instructor for the Art Department. She has nationally exhibited work, including solo shows Proximity to Permanence at the John and June Allcott Gallery in Chapel Hill, NC (2014) and For Your Consideration at the Green Gallery in Durham, NC (2013). In 2014 she was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace NC in Raleigh, NC. In spring 2015 she will be in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. More information and work is available at

Meg will present a Tactile Talk in Artspace’s Lobby February 12, at noon! More information here.

Current and Upcoming Shows from Alumna Lauren Frances Adams

American Catastrophe ReportAmerican University’s Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, Washington, DC (August 2014 – May 2015)


Leaving Home, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK (April – June 2015)

Animalia Agitatus, Bruce Gallery at Edinboro University, PA

Untitled No. 5, Randall Scott Projects, Baltimore, MD (February 20 – March 21)

UnloadedSpace Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (February 13 – April 26, 2015)

Make Things (Happen), Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA (as part of Christine Wong Yap’s participatory project)

WPA Select, Washington Project for the Arts, Artisphere, VA (January 29 – March 6, 2015)

Skowhegan SPACE/LAUNCH Publication, December 2014