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Faculty Member Martin Wannam part of a online panel discussion about group exhibition featuring his work.

April 29, 2024

Martin Wannam will be part of an online panel discussion from a group exhibition which will be on view until May 10, 2024 at the 1st Floor Gallery at 20 Cooper Square, New York City.

Please join him on May 2 at 6PM for an online panel featuring the nine artists from the current exhibition “Re-Collections” in conversation with curator Daniel Arturo Almeida.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/803474131757?aff=oddtdtcreator

You can also read more about the exhibition and artists and curator at the exhibition website.

Student Film Screening: Creative Roots: Qatanum Expressions

April 18, 2024

CREATIVE ROOTS: QATANUM EXPRESSIONS (BTS Presentation)
Xe’il ech Txumu’n: Xhk’a’tnaquil Qatanum
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 6 – 7PM
ROOM 3408 – Frank Porter Graham Student Union (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Join Brenda Palacios Rodriguez (BFA Honors 2024), the director and producer of the documentary film CREATIVE ROOTS: QATANUM EXPRESSIONS, for an open discussion about her film in-production and her Awakatek (Qatanum) Mayan community roots. Learn about her documentation process, behind-the-scenes work, and lessons learned in production.

“This project shares the story of my Awakatek community as storytellers of time, where you will learn about the Awakatek Mayan cosmovision, stories of five Awakatek changemakers, and indigenous knowledge that must be preserved. Learn about what being Qatantum means today, and how the lessons learned through these relational realities help us create a more loving, understanding, and respectful world made of advocacy work for BIPOC communities across the world” – Brenda (Docu-film Director & Producer)

MFA candidate Molly English Awarded 2024 MFA Dedalus Award in Painting and Sculpture

April 11, 2024

Congratulations to Molly English for being announced as a recipient of the 2024 Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. The MFA Dadelus Awards are given annually to final-year students who are graduating from an MFA degree program in the United States. Four fellowships are awarded every year, each carrying a stipend of $15,000.

Molly English’s tapestries use strategies of narrative tapestry for a reimagining of storytelling through fiber. English refers to Western tapestry’s history of justifying state and religious dominance both in form and content, while rejecting the flattening warp and weft of the loom and embracing the wild textures of the ignoble tufting gun.  In material hybridity, the profusion of candy colors, fiber and glittering evoke a sense of domesticity and historic notions of the feminine, into tactile narratives that portray an ecological antithesis to centuries of human-centric, male domination. From English’s own lived and researched understandings of Irish Catholicism, Anarchism, Feminism, and Animism, the works grapple with the fallibility and necessity of liberatory and salvatory beliefs in a nihilistic world.

Molly English (b. 1993) is an artist from Chicagoland. She received her BA in studio art and poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2016, and will receive her MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina in 2024. In her work, English reimagines the traditional flatness of narrative tapestry as a more abundant form—one that positions faith as both a necessary and fallible mode of relating to an increasingly nihilistic world.

Congratulations to Departmental Phi Beta Kappa honorees for 2024

April 4, 2024

Congratulations to the following Department of Art and Art History students who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this spring:

Isabelle Lilly Anderson, art history minor
Louise Celeste Covington, art history minor
Lauren Ashley Flach, art history minor
Lauren Sage Guillemette, studio art major
Andrew Robert Knotts, studio art major
Sydney Kates Martin, studio art major
Toni-Ann Ocloo, studio art minor
Glorianna R Tarlton, studio art minor

MFA Candidate Mark Anthony Brown in group show at Sibyl Gallery in New Orleans

March 26, 2024

I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE…CURATED BY SHABEZ JAMAL

29 MARCH – 5 MAY 2024

Sibyl is pleased to present I’ve been here before…, a group exhibition curated by multidisciplinary artist and scholar Shabez Jamal (b. 1992, St. Louis,  MO). I’ve been here before is a group exhibition that explores the recursive nature of photography through the lenses of ten emerging Black artists in the United States. The exhibition examines the relationship between the Black community and the photograph and how, through interactions with the medium, Black people have been able to create and recognize language and symbols that are vital to the continued formation of an ever-changing Black artistic canon.

Though many of the artists engage with different media including video, installation, painting, ceramic, sound, and sculpture, all ground their practice in the photographic image. Each artist recognizes the inherent ability of the photograph to conjure simultaneous feelings of loss and restoration. The memorial nature of the photograph allows space for the artist to look back with a knowing eye, and to generate new futures from the images and ideas of the past.

Curator Shabez Jamal directly cites Teena Marie’s song “Deja Vu” for its descriptions of many cosmic returns to both physical and emotional spaces. The photograph has a unique capacity to transport its viewer backwards and forwards through time, as Shawn Michelle Smith notes in her book Photographic Returns. Its potent connection to memory and potential to freeze and capture time makes photography a crucial source for those concerned with engaging the past in service of a better future.

I’ve been here before… features work by John AlleyneJustin CarneyMark Anthony Brown Jr.Sean G. ClarkJen EverettFelicita “Felli” MaynardAmbrose Rhapsody MurrayLola Ayisha OgbaraKristina Kay Robinson, and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

About Shabez Jamal

Donny Bradfield (b. 1992, St. Louis) better known as Shabez Jamal, is an interdisciplinary artist based in New Orleans, LA. Their work, rooted in still portraiture, experimental video, and performance, interrogates physical, political, and social-economical space by using queerness, not as a means of speaking about sexuality, but as a catalyst to challenge varying power relations. Often turning the lens on themself, Jamal utilizes self-portraiture as a means of radically redefining the parameters of racial and sexual identity. Jamal received their BIS from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2019 and received their MFA from Tulane University in the spring of 2022 where they were also awarded a Mellon Community-Engaged Research Fellowship. In 2020 Jamal was also an inaugural member of Harvard Universities Commonwealth: In the city Fellowship.

Image: MARK ANTHONY BROWN JR.WHO CAN SEE FOREVER ON A CLEAR DAY?, 2023

Studio update from MFA alumnus Eric Pickersgill

March 15, 2024

So much has changed for me and the world since my last update. We are now a wild family of five, our amazing kids (Corbin 7, Tessa 4, and Sam 2) have kept me very busy. I love being thier stay at home dad while mom (Angie) serves our city of Charlotte, NC and beyond as a super pediatrician!Below is info about some upcoming events. I am hitting the studio hard and will be sharing new work and updates on a more routine basis.Thanks for sticking around!


Exhibitions


Removed, Compiler Pop-Up Series, Barcelona Edition, Nou-StudiosBarcelona, Spain

 

I’m thrilled to introduce Compiler, a new nonprofit newsroom “launching in 2024 to relentlessly report on the people, institutions and global forces shaping our digital future.” To kick off this exciting launch, Compiler will be hosting an exhibition of my Removed series in Barcelona next week!

If you are in Barcelona you can click here for tickets to the opening celebration.

Purchase the first edition of Compiler here which features selections from my Removed series as well as the newly released Removed photographs I created in India.


Removed, Compiler Pop-Up Series, Austin Edition, Women & Their WorkAustin, TX

 

Compiler will take over the innovative contemporary art museum Women & Their Work for The Austin Edition during South by Southwest. A special multimedia installation of artist Eric Pickersgill’s work will provide the perfect backdrop for tech policy conversations and to engage, unplug, and reflect.


REMOVED, India


     

      

In 2017 I was invited to expand my Removed series by traveling to India and making photographs in Delhi, Mumbai, Rishikesh, Shillong, and Kolkata. The experience was one of my favorite trips of my life and I shared the several week journey with an extremely dedicated team of filmmakers. When I returned home we hoped to create a feature length film and I learned how challenging it can be to work on such an ambitious project. Although the team and director produced a strong film, we have yet to launch it. I think the work still matters, if not more now than it did then. I stalled the release of these images so that they could be released into the world when the film was. I decided a few months ago that I needed to release these images and so here they are. If you wish to see more you can go here.


Protecting REMOVED


I have been using Pixsy since 2016 to protect my work against theft. Pixsy is scanning the entire web 24/7 for potential illegal use of my photographs. Once found, Pixsy lists the usage on my dashboard and I am able to select whether or not a takedown notice or other legal action needs to be taken. If you feel that your content is being used without your consent I highly recommend creating an account so that you do not have to safeguard your work alone.


For editorial and media requests contact Julie GrahameFor print / exhibition inquiries contact Info@ericpickersgill.comI am currently available for editorial assignment and speaking engagements, please contact for booking information.

www.ericpickersgill.com

www.removed.social

All content © 2024, Eric Pickersgill, All rights reserved.My mailing address is:info@ericpickersgill.com

Alumnus Michael Bramwell Moderating MFA Boston Symposium in May

February 19, 2024

Alumnus Michael Bramwell, who is MFA Boston’s Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art, is moderating a symposium on “New Discourses on Folk and Self-Taught Art.” See below for more details:

Sam Doyle, Jackie Robinson (detail), about 1983. Paint on found, weathered, corrugated roofing tin. M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund, Harry Wallace Anderson Fund, and Robert Jordan Fund.
Sam Doyle, Jackie Robinson (detail), about 1983. Paint on found, weathered, corrugated roofing tin. M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund, Harry Wallace Anderson Fund, and Robert Jordan Fund.

Thursday, May 23, 2024
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36)
Ticket Required
Members

Join us for a symposium bringing together leading art experts to explore new definitions for folk and self-taught art in the 21st century. Explore how the equitable integration of art into museums promotes cultural competency by deepening appreciation for art and people from diverse backgrounds.

Speakers

Dr. Gabrielle H. Berlinger, folklorist and associate professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kinshasha H. Conwill, deputy director emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture
Jori FinkelNew York Times writer and American art critic
Lonnie B. Holley, American artist

Moderated by Michael J. Bramwell, Joyce Linde Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art

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Assistive listening system

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Wheelchair accessible

Sponsors
Lunder Institute at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lunder Institute @ the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was made possible through the support and partnership of the Lunder Institute for American Art, the Colby College Museum of Art.

Generously supported by the Joyce Linde Endowment for Folk Art.

Studio Art Undergraduate Scholarship winners

January 31, 2024

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients!

The winners of the Studio Art Undergraduate Scholarships have been chosen.

Congratulations to the following scholarship recipients:

The Alexander Julian Prize
Qiaoan Gu

The Anderson Undergraduate Studio Award
Marin Carr-Quimet

The George and Joyce Kachergis Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Isabella Gamez
Isabel Schomburger
Charlotte Allsbrook
Cora Mcanulty
Grace Fei
Hope Mutter

The Johnathan E. Sharpe Scholarship
Timothy Anderson
Lashayla Stephens
Briar Rose
Naari Short

Award Letters will be Forthcoming