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LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2020 - Finalist Announced - Jiyong Lee

The LOEWE FOUNDATION is pleased to reveal the names of the 30 shortlisted artists for the 2020 edition of the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize. Each finalist’s work will be exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 21 May to 12 July 2020, when the overall winner will be announced.

The finalists, hailing from 18 different countries, range from newly emerging artists to esteemed leaders in their fields. This year’s finalists were chosen by a panel of experts from 2,920 total submissions —a 15% increase since last year.

The Craft Prize 2020 recognises the shortlisted artists as having made fundamentally important contributions to the development of contemporary craft.

Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, Executive Secretary of the Craft Prize Experts Panel, stated: ‘We are seeing works of the highest cultural and aesthetic ambition, inspired by themes that reflect the state of the world. For all this, the plurality and openness of the Prize promises so much today and into the future.’

Key Dates · LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2020
31 Oct. 2019: Submissions close
February 2020: Shortlist of finalists announced
May 19: Winner announced
21 May to July 12: Exhibition of finalist works at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

Jiyoung Lee Mitosis

Name of finalist: Jiyong Lee
Country of entry: United States
Name of work: 'Mitosis'
Category: Glass
Materials: Optical glass

The segmented, geometrical forms of this cold-constructed structure are inspired by the process of cellular mitosis. Perfectly fitting parts symbolise the atomic building blocks of life, while the translucency of the glass alludes to mysteries within the life sciences. This unique surface is created through grinding and polishing optical glass.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir - South Africa Interactive Residency

Professor Najjar Abdul-Musawwir was one of six African American artists invited by the Director Isaack Mokwana of Esther Mahlangu Foundation and President Renee B. Franklin of Sister Cities Saint Louis Missouri–Senegal to participate in an interactive residency with world-renowned artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu of Mthambothini, South Africa. Dr. Mahlangu is an 83-year-old expert in the traditional style of Ndebele painting and beadwork.

Images (below):

  1. Dr. Esther Mahlangu critiquing Najjar's Ndebele painting, created with chicken feathers and paints made from natural pigment.
  2. Najjar holding his completed Ndebele painting.

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Najjar Abdul-Musawwir - All Colors Visual Arts Invitational & Juried Exhibition

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Professor of Fine Arts, was invited to exhibit into a national group art exhibition titled, “All Colors.” This invitational exhibition runs from January 18th thru February 29th.

Opening Reception: January 18th, 6 - 8 pm

Tuesday - Friday | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Louis Artists' Guild,
12 North Jackson Ave,
Clayton, MO 63105

For more information, call (314) 727-6266 or visit https://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/upcoming-exhibitions.

Art Faculty of Southern Illinois University Featured Upstate

SIU Faculty Show Flyer 2019

The Art Faculty of Southern Illinois University (To view full-sized event flyers in PDF form, click the thumbnail images to the left.)

Urbana's Cinema Gallery will display art by SIU faculty October 16–November 30, 2019.

Reception: October 26, 6-8 pm.
Location: 120 West Main | Urbana, IL 61801
217-367-3711 | 10 am–5 pm | Wednesday–Saturday

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir - Exhibition at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

the-violinist.jpgNajjar Abdul-Musawwir, Professor of Fine Arts, was invited to exhibit into a national group art exhibition titled, “All Colors.” It runs from October 4th thru November 30th at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108.

For more information, call (816) 474-1919 or visit www.leedy-voulkos.com.

Emerging Arts Administrators Fellowship

Robert A. LopezRobert A. Lopez, SIU School of Art & Design, was recently nominated and selected as a 2019-20 National Council of Arts Administrators fellow.

"Robert A. “Rob” Lopez is a designer and educator with experience in a wide range of 2D and 3D design. He is an Associate Professor of Design and currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is also the co-founder of Deft Lunch, a small design team based in Carbondale. He received his BFA and MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (UIUC).

His most recent creative work includes: incorporating VR technology into the product development process, concept development as a design consultant for Boom Design, and research and design development for a book project titled: “Diseñemos Latino/Hispanic Industrial Designers in the United States”. Rob also serves as Design Director for a range client-based projects as part of his Collaborative Design Studio course. This course, run through the Design Program’s Design Research Studio, brings together students from the Communication Design and Industrial Design specializations. Clients include Emerson Tool Company, St. Louis, MO; Elan Polo International, St. Louis, MO; Harman International, St. Louis, MO; School Outfitters, Cincinnati, OH; Symrise Inc., Teterboro, NJ.

Previous to his appointment at SIU, he was an Assistant Professor of 3D Design at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Industrial Design Department at UIUC, and an adjunct faculty member for the Graphic Design and Narrative Media Departments at UIUC

Rob Lopez- Interim Director School of Arts & Design - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL is being mentored by Michael Henderson - Sam Houston State University."

--View 2019-20 NCAA Fellows here»


riddles-shang.jpgXuhong Shang, SIU Professor of Painting has a multi-media project featured in "Across the Divide - Beauty of Visual Language as Art" at San Francisco Public Library from August 18th to November 14, 2019.

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir - N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir's painting at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Najjar is one of 39 artists on exhibit at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Main Gallery. 

Inspired by Langston Hughes poem I, too, am America. The exhibition seeks to spotlight the artistic sector in Detroit and its influence building the creative ecosystem throughout the world. I, too, am, Detroit is an exhibition that focuses on diversity and inclusion within the culture of Detroit and beyond. It encapsulates the history of freedom and democracy. 

The exhibition runs July 19 – September 28, 2019. 

Najjar's painting is at the end on the right hand side of the figure sculpture.