Spring 2011 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

January 26, 2011 – James Hyde
Hyde has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fallk Visiting Artist, Greenwich House Pottery Artist and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Museum collections include Museum of Modern art, Ny Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY, Brooklyn Museum of art, Brooklyn, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC, and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

February 9, 2011 – Vivian Beer
Born in Bar Harbor, Maine in 1977, Vivian Beer holds a BFA from the Maine College of Art (2004) and recently completed a three-year residency at the Penland School of Craft. She lives and works in Manchester, NH, and teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally. Selected exhibition venues include The Mint Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, SOFA Chicago, Palm Beach 3, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and Pritam and Eames Gallery. Represented by Wexler Gallery (Pennsylvania) and The Courthouse Gallery (Maine). Selected work experience includes the Penland Residency, Designer/Project/Manager/Blacksmith for Fine Architectural Metalsmiths, and public art projects at Winslow Park in Portland, ME.

February 23, 2011 – David Brooks
David Brooks was born 1975 in Brazil, Indiana, and currently lives and works in New York City. He was featured in the PS1 MOMA Greater New York 2010 show, and was a recipient of the prestigious Marie Walshe Sharpe studio program. His work explores ecological crisis through physical collisions of natural and manufactured materials. Most recently, he has been planting living trees in cement, allowing this literally living sculpture to die over the course of the exhibition.

March 9, 2011 – Maria Rogel
Through diverse investigations of visual culture, representation, and identity formation, Maria Rogal explores the construction of culture and the imaginary in the Americas. Her graphic design work and writings on these themes include interdisciplinary projects on Mexican visual culture. She also designs for development projects that empower marginalized people. Maria Rogal is an Associate Professor in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida and an Affiliate Faculty of the university’s Center for Latin American Studies.

March 16, 2011 – Jennie C. Jones
Jennie C. Jones received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Awards include the william H. Johnson Prize, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation. Pollock-Krasner Grant Recipient and the Wheller Foundation. Jones has had exhibitions at Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts in San Francisco, LAQ ART in Los Angeles, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co. in New York, Lawrimore Projects in Seattle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, and the Art Currents Institute in New York.

March 23, 2011 – Lois Dodd
Lois Dodd (b. 1927) studied at The Cooper Union in the late 1940s. In 1952 she was one of the five founding members of the legendary Tanager Gallery, the first artist run cooperative gallery in New York. Since 1954 her work has been the subject of over 50 one-person exhibitions. In May 2012 her work will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.

April 13, 2011 – Ambreen Butt
With a BFA degree from the National College of Art, Lahore, Pakistan, and an MGA degree from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Ambreen Butt is able to meld two traditions, Persian miniature painting and western abstraction and figuration. Her work is inspired by both ancient and modern poetry. Her delicate paintings and prints, often done as diptychs and triptychs, gracefully entangle her heroines in arabesques and moral struggles. Rather than personal illustrated diaries, they are the artist's ruminations on the ambiguities, contradictions, and sheer craziness of the times.

April 20, 2011 – Josiah McElheny
Josiah McElheny was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1966, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He recived a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and apprenticed with master glassblowers Ronald Wilkins, Jan-Erik Ritzman, Sven-Ake Caarlson, and Lino Tagliapietra. McElheny is a recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation AWARD (1995) and the 15th Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass, McElheny has had one person exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela. His Work has been exhibited at SITE Santa Fe and the Whitney Biennial (2000).