Visiting Artist Program 2016–2017
Presented by Southern Illinois University Carbondale's School of Art & Design and funded by the Fine Arts Activity Fee. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Public Lecture: 7:00 pm
Jennifer Crescuillo is an internationally exhibited artist living and working in Silver Point, Tennessee with her family. She first started working with glass at Bowling Green State University where she completed her Bachelors of Fine Art. She then continued her research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she received her Masters of Fine Art in 2010. She operates a contract cold working company with her partner, Andrew Najarian, named High Polish Studio.
Jennifer has been featured in New Glass Review 34 and 36, and she was granted a fellowship at Wheaton Arts at The Creative Glass Center of America in 2014. Jennifer has also worked and taught in many glass studios around the United States such as Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and the Appalachian Center for Craft.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Public Lecture: 7:00 pm
Objects exist for decades, centuries or even millennia. Their functions transform over time from utilitarian to symbolic, from direct use by their owners to a ritual, indirect use. Despite their inanimate existence they stipulate a sense of space and time with their tactile and visual sensations. I am attracted to their quiet, flexible but robust presence. Objects are loaded with their stories and functions as well as the trace of hands that have touched them.
Masako Onodera’s work is the means to awake the viewers and wearer of the objects. It aims to make them conscious of their own bodies and the evanescence of time. The art object becomes a theater for the indelible physical and emotional memories of everyday. They are both sensual and peculiar. They suggest an experience of the body that is altered by the tactile and visual characteristics of the article.
Engaging craft as process is an important part of Masako’s work. Because craft and body beautification methods signify an obsession with ideal beauty, a human fantasy only objects are able to embody.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Public Lecture: 7:00 pm
Professor Hannah B. Higgins has been teaching at UIC since 1994. Her research and course topics examine twentieth century avant-garde art with a specific interest in Dadaism, Surrealism, Fluxus, Happenings, performance art, food art and early computer art. Her books and articles argue for the humanistic value of multimodal aesthetic experiences.
Higgins is solo author of Fluxus Experience (University of California Press, 2002) and The Grid Book (MIT Press, 2009) and co-editor of with Douglas Kahn of Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Art (University of California Press, 2012). She has received the UIC University Scholar Award, DAAD, Getty and Philips Collection Fellowships and is co-executor of the Estate of Dick Higgins and the Something Else Press.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Kelli is an artist/designer and tinkerer who is always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences.
She draws, photographs, cuts, prints, codes, and creates a variety of designed things for herself and others. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends in her studio which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions. Kelli also teaches art history at Pratt every summer.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Public Lecture: 7:00 pm
Grabner considers herself a conceptual artist, and her work seeks Platonic ideals of orderliness and routine. In her early work, she pursued these principles through her domestic environment and everyday life (crocheted blanket patters, paper towel patterns, etc.) and in her later abstract work through repetitious vocabulary, simple mathematical ordering, the Archimedean spiral, and basic radial compositions. In her most recent work, she has revisited the domestic realm through use of fabric and gingham patterns. She sees this work in relationship to the work of Eleanore Mikus, Anni Albers, and Sheila Hicks. Critic Barry Schwabsky writes that, “Her paintings refer to the traditionally feminine realm of the domestic by way of the metaphorically loaded imagery of fabrics and textiles—not only blankets and curtains but rugs, clothing, and so on. They might therefore be seen as a Pop rereading of the abstractionists' grid, in the tradition of the Dutch artist Daan van Golden's work of the '60s, or as continuing the recovery and reevaluation, in the feminist-inspired Pattern & Decoration art of the '70s, of the “secret language” and “covert imagery” (as Miriam Schapiro and Melissa Meyer put it in 1978) of women's domestic productivity.”
Her work is in the collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin; Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg Mudam Museum, Luxembourg; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
In November 2012 Grabner was chosen to be one of three curators for the 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York.
Previous Visiting Artists from 2016
Sept. 15, 2016
Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Rob Swainston received a BA in Art and Political Science from Hampshire College, Amherst, and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Marie Walsh Studio Program, and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He is an alumnus of the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi, and founder and master printer at Prints of Darkness—a collaborative printshop in NYC. He has had solo shows with Marginal Utility, Philadelphia; Neuwerk Kunsthalle, Konstanz, Germany; David Krut Projects, New York; and BravinLee Programs, New York. Numerous group exhibitions and public projects include: The Bronx Museum; NYC Parks; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Arlington Arts Center; Provincetown Art Association and Museum; The Queens Museum; Canada Gallery, NYC; and the Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami. His work has been featured in Art in Print, V-magazine, Printeresting, and Art21 blogs. Swainston is Assistant Professor of Art and Design in Printmaking at SUNY Purchase. He lives and works in Brooklyn and Queens, NY.
Tim Berg & Rebekah Myers
Sept. 26, 2016
Tim Berg and Rebekah Myers are a studio art collaborative based in Claremont, California. Berg and Myers have participated in multiple solo exhibitions including Site Unseen at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA (2014); Honest to Goodness at Santa Barbara City College, CA (2014); An Embarrassment of Riches at Dean Project Gallery in New York, NY (2013); On the Brink at Dean Project Gallery in New York, NY (2011); and As Luck Would Have It at Nääs Konsthantverk Galleri in Göteborg, Sweden (2009). Over the years Berg and Myers have also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the US, Mexico, South Korea, Qatar and Kuwait. Their work is included in many private and public collections including The Betty Woodman Collection at the University of Colorado and the Biedermann Museum in Germany.
Berg additionally works as an Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and a freelance curator. He has curated a number of exhibitions including Tannaz Farsi - Crowd Control (2012) and The 67th Scripps Ceramic Annual - Making Fun (2011).
Berg received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY in 2003 and BFA magna cum laude from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Boulder, CO in 2000. Myers received her BFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Boulder, CO in 2000 and continued her studies in graphic design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA.
Safaa Abd El Salam
Sept. 29, 2016
Public Lecture: University Museum
Art Exhibition: “Mosaics, Collages and Paintings”
Sept. 26–Oct. 1, 2016, Vergette Gallery
“Conservation and Preservation of Cultural History: Background and Introduction to scientific research”
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