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2014–2015 Faculty News

Xuhong Shang's Work Selected for Exhibition at Beijing Normal University Art Gallery in Beijing, China

Xuhong Shang Across the Divide

Professor of Painting, Xuhong Shang's digital mixed media paintings have been selected for the invitational juried exhibition 2015 Across the Divide International Art and Design High Education Exchange Exhibition at Beijing Normal University Art Gallery in Beijing, China on June 5, 2015. A full-color Exhibition Catalogue has been published by the Beijing Normal University Art Gallery.

Travis Janssen's Work Selected for New Prints 2015/Summer at the International Print Center in New York

Travis Janssen Orange Drop

Travis Janssen, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, had his work selected for inclusion into New Prints 2015/Summer at the International Print Center New York, on view from June 11th to July 31st, 2015. Janssen was one of forty artists selected from approximately 2400 entries by jurors Grayson Cox (Artist & Professor, Pratt Institute), Jennifer Farrell (Associate Curator, Department of Drawings & Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Tom Freudenheim (Art Critic & Retired Museum Director), Evelyn Day Lasry (Director, Two Palms Press: NYC), William Steiger (Artist), Barbara Takenaga (Artist & Professor, Williams College). Janssen was also invited to deliver an Artist Talk concurrent with the exhibition’s reception held on June 18th.

Xuhong Shang Presents at International Conference Hosted by Beijing Normal University College of Art and Mass Media

Xuhong Shang International Conference

Xuhong Shang, Professor of Painting and the Head of 2D Studio Area, gave a presentation titled “A Gateway Towards Artist’s Self Discovery, Graduate Studio Experimentation Course Stretcher” at the 2015 Invitational International conference “The Forum of Across the Divide–Thoughts and Dialogues on International Art Education and Intercultural Perspectives”. Organized by Beijing Normal University College of Art and Mass Media on June 6th & 7th in Beijing, China. As one of the most reputable institutes in China, Beijing Normal University has been recognized for its achievements in pedagogical research and teacher training, as well as for its active role in China’s strategic planning in educational policies. In support of the BNU College of Art and Mass Media and its endeavor of organizing this international conference, the Art Education Committee of Chinese Artists Association declared their partnerships for this event.

Mark Pease Exhibits in New American Paintings: Midwest Edition at the Elmhurst Art Museum

Mark Pease unknown

Mark Pease is showing in New American Paintings: Midwest Edition May 16 to August 23 at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

For the first time in its 20 year history, the critically acclaimed publication, New American Paintings, which presents a juried exhibition-in-print with each issue, will jump from the page to the Museum walls. New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by Elmhurst Art Museum Chief Curator, Staci Boris.

Donors’ Preview and Opening Reception:
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Opening Weekend Public Program: Conversation with NAP Artists
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm

More information: elmhurstartmuseum.org


Xuhong Shang Has Solo Exhibition at the Shanghai Hongqiao Contemporary Art Museum

Xuhong Shang Sleep Walker poster

Xuhong Shang, professor in painting, will have a solo exhibition of paintings, mixed media projects, digital printed works and video installation titled Sleep Walker at the Shanghai Hongqiao Contemporary Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view at 650 Xianxia Road of Hongqiao Development Zone in Shanghai, China from July 1 to July 10, 2015. An artist lecture will be held on Sunday, July 5 from 9:00am to 11:00am.


Haley Farthing Exhibits in Contemporary Women Artists XVII

Haley Farthing House Plant

Haley Farthing, Lecturer, was selected to be part of the exhibition Contemporary Women Artists XVII- Reimagining Femmage, on view February 20–April 3 at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, MO. Contemporary Women Artists is an international biennial exhibition organized by the St Louis chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. This year’s juror was Lisa Melandri, executive director of the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis. The theme Reimagining Femmage is inspired by the work of feminist artist Miriam Schapiro.

More information can be found at www.wca-stl.org

Jeremy Brooks invited to exhibit work in ErotiCLAY

Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics, Jeremy Brooks has been invited to exhibit work in the ErotiCLAY exhibition at The Clay Studio, February 6–March 1, 2015.

With the exhibition ErotiCLAY, The Clay Studio carries on the tradition of erotic imagery in art that can be traced back to the Paleolithic Era, through the explicit imagery of Ancient Greek pottery, the racy images of Indian miniature paintings, Japanese shunga, objects found in European cabinets of curiosity and many other zones of the art world. This “modest” exhibition of immodest work will be shown in our compact Bonovitz gallery. A veritable smorgasbord of sexual expression in a rainbow of flavors will lurk, titillatingly behind a red velvet curtain. Curated by our former Curator of Artistic Programs, Garth Johnson, this is one exhibition that needs to be seen to be believed, but one that viewers won’t be able to “unsee.”


Barbara Bickel Begins Artist Residency in Canada

During her professional development leave this semester, Barbara Bickel began her artist residency on Vancouver Island. Barbara is an Associate Professor of Art Education and the Director of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at SIU.

View a short news story about Barbara’s exhibition here.

Barbara is documenting her experience at barbarabickelart.tumblr.com

Jeremy Brooks Juried into the 2015 NCECA Biennial

Jeremy Brooks Coming Out

Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics, Jeremy Brooks had 2 pieces juried into the 2015 NCECA Biennial. The exhibition runs January 24–March 29, 2015.

For more info visit: www.brown.edu

Marie Bukowski Exhibits at Gallery 19 in Chicago

Director and Professor, Marie Bukowski has been invited to exhibit her work in printmaking at Gallery 19 in Chicago February 7–March 1, 2015.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir to Juror Cedarhurst Art Center 41st Scholastic Art Awards

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Associate Professor of Painting, is a Juror for The 41st Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition at the Cedarhurst Art Center in Mt. Vernon, IL. Other jurors include Debbie Wilson and Daniel Overturf.

Perhaps no other exhibition represents Cedarhurst’s commitment to its various communities in the region than The Scholastic Art Awards, which spans two galleries during this exhibition time slot. Junior and senior high school students from 25 counties, including 330 school districts, have an opportunity to enter this juried competition. The show is an important aesthetic and educational program that serves as a beacon representing Cedarhurst’s support for local and regional public schools. January 18 - February 15, 2015.


Travis Janssen's work selected for 50/50: New Prints at the International Print Center New York

Travis Janssen Slate Concentrics

Travis Janssen, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, had his work selected for inclusion into 50/50: New Prints 2015/Winter at the International Print Center New York, on view from January 15th to March 14th, 2015. Janssen was one of thirty-five artists selected from over 2000 entries by jurors Joseph Goddu (Art Advisor & Dealer), Jodi Hauptman (Senior Curator, Department of Drawings & Prints, The Museum of Modern Art), Jane Kent (Artist & Professor, University of Vermont), Andrew Mockler (Master Printer, Jungle Press Editions), Cary Pollack (Artist, Educator, Avenues: The World School), and Marc Schwartz (Collector).”

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir Exhibits in African American Art Exhibition in Louisville

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Associate Professor of Painting, is exhibiting work in the 21st Annual African American Art Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky from Jan. 6–Feb. 15.

Laurel Fredrickson Receives Research, Scholarly, Creative Activity Award

Laurel Fredrickson, Assistant Professor of Art History, has been selected to receive funding through the Joint Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and University Women’s Professional Advancement (UWPA) Research, Scholarly, Creative Activity Awards program.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir Exhibits in Get Juked!

Najjar Abdul-Musawwirr, Associate Professor of Painting, had work featured in the Black Art In America Get Juked! exhibition at Brisky Gallery during Art Basel Miami in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, FL. “Traveling Spirit and Visual Melodies: works by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir” was a two-person installation with Najee Dorsey from December 4–7, 2014.


Cynthia Roth Authors Poetry Chapbook, Two More Poems Published

Cynthia Roth, Lecturer in Design, published her poem titled “To Hunger” in Word Riot and the poem “Song of Penelope, Song of Myself” in Amarillo Bay this year. She also authored her first poetry chapbook, Ekphrasis (Dusie Press, 2014). It was released in time for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Seattle and *traded/sold out. She read from Ekphrasis February 28, 2014 at the Dusie Kollektiv AWP Off-Site Reading, Pike’s Brewing Pub, 1415 First Avenue in Seattle.

*Traded out means freely exchanged for books with other chapbook and book authors, a common practice at writing conferences.

Stacey Sloboda Authors a New Book

Stacey Sloboda, Associate Professor of Art History, has authored a new book titled Chinoiserie: Commerce and Critical Ornament in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014).

Available for purchase here.

Alex Lopez in Fragile Relations, Art + Nature + Environment Exhibition

Alex Lopez Fragile Relations

Alex Lopez, Associate Professor, is part of an exhibition titled Fragile Relations, Art + Nature + Environment November 23, 2014–March 15, 2015 at the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center in Whittington, IL. 

Fragile Relations highlights the work of 14 Illinois artists inspired by nature and the environment. The exhibition is organized by Jane Stevens, ISM Associate Curator of Art.

“Moonrising” (detail) by Alex Lopez is featured above promoting the exhibition.

Xuhong Shang Featured in the 2014 Collision + Confluence Exhibition

Xuhong Shang, Professor of Painting, has been participating in the 2014 Collision + Confluence exhibition at Manhattan Gallery, The Asian Culture Center in New York City. His Painting and Digital project has been selected to be part of the exhibition catalogue Collision + Confluence from page 106-109, published by Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson University (ISBN# 9780-0-29663-9).

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir Lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Associate Professor of Painting, along with Alpha Bruton and Peter Nguyen, lectured for “Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Spirituality” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago last Sept. 24, 2014.


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