December 6, 2013
Work by Amanda Lilleston (MFA 2012) is featured in the North American Print Biennial, open Oct. 27 - Dec. 20 at Boston’s 808 Gallery.
The Boston Printmakers and Boston University College of Fine Arts present The 2013 North American Print Biennial at 808 Gallery. Curated by Dennis Michael Jon, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, these 135 prints were selected to represent the “diverse currents of contemporary printmaking” in North America today. The show is exhibiting from October 27 – December 20, 2013.
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 5 pm – 8pm, Saturday – Sunday: 1 pm – 5pm
Gallery Website: http://www.bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts/galleries/808gallery/
December 6, 2013
Collin McRae (MFA 2012) is the Digital Media Artist-in-Residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO from Oct. 9 - Dec. 19th. She is currently working on a hand-painted 3D animation as well as composing music from paintings.
December 6, 2013
Melanie Manos (MFA 2008) will be an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Dec. 2013 through early Jan. 2014. She will be working on a new project involving recent time-based projected “climbing” imagery and large drawings, introducing a variety of scales from Lilliputian to Brobdingnagian, with imagery of abstracted landscapes referencing both natural and built elements and loosely based on an earlier drawing series titled Floating Civilizations.
November 28, 2013
Amanda Lilleston (MFA 2012) is featured in the Atlanta Print Biennial, an international exhibition of works on paper, on display from Nov. 30 - Dec. 7 with an opening reception Nov. 15 from 7 - 9 pm.
Barbara Archer Gallery is pleased to join again with the Atlanta Printmakers Studio and this year with Erikson Clock, to present the Atlanta Print Biennial, an international exhibition of works on paper This year’s distinguished juror is Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor Professor and James R. Cox Professor of Art, School of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
364 Nelson St SW, Atlanta, Georgia
November 15 - December 7, 2013
Opening reception: November 15th 7:00 - 9:00pm
November 22, 2013
The winners in 53 categories of the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards were announced at an awards banquet at the Hotel Albuquerque Friday, November 15th. Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait with Photographs by Craig Varjabedian won for Best Art Book, published by the University of New Mexico Press.
Varjabedian, winner of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage’s Outstanding Photography Book in 2010, is a fine art photographer and instructor. He is also the author of Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, Four & Twenty Photographs: Stories From Behind the Lens and En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico.
“In this moment I find myself humbled and without words yet a line from Twelfth Night appears in my mind: ‘I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks…’ I send this thank you out to the good jurors of the book award and to everyone who purchased a copy of the book,” said Craig Varjabedian after receiving the news.
Landscape Dreams, A New Mexico Portrait presents a selection of Craig Varjabedian’s photographs, made over the nearly three decades that he has lived and worked in New Mexico, range over all the image-making forms—landscape, portrait, and still life—to offer a remarkably complete, varied, and original portrait of what many call the “Land of Enchantment.” White sand desert, cloud-capped peaks, ancient adobe ruins, groves of autumn cottonwoods—all find their place here. Intimate, personal, and yet iconic, the photographs capture a land and its people in a collection that will be warmly welcomed by those who already love New Mexico but serve also as an inviting introduction for newcomers to its diverse and captivating uniqueness. Fittingly, the photographs, all beautifully presented in elegant duotone reproductions, celebrate the hundred years of New Mexico’s statehood begun in 1912. Here, paired with images of Native American sites that go back to earlier millennia, such as the ruins at Bandelier National Monument, are artifacts of the modern world, like the familiar outline of a pumpjack in an oil patch and a lowrider Cadillac outside the wall that protects the Santuario de Chimayo. The book is available at fine book stores and Amazon.com.
November 22, 2013
A sense of the eternal and the ephemeral pervades Craig Varjabedian’s work. Throughout his photographic oeuvre, we perceive the history that infuses the western landscape through the momentary illuminations brought to it by seasonal storms or crystalline light. So too, his portraits reveal the spark of the individual while often representing long standing cultures and traditions. His views of vernacular architecture exhibit similar characteristics—iconic, yet very much alive. In the West, we are accustomed to temporal layers, and sometimes just the right light has the capacity to transform our awareness. Herein lies the magic of this artist who is joined to his subject and all its intricacies. As Varjabedian states, “Western landscape has long been a part of the American imagination. But rather than focus on a specific imaginative idea, my work communicates directly to the imagination: not the land, but what the land does to us. I look at intimate relationship with landscape and its elements, such as light and texture, to create metaphors. Therefore, the work transcends the boundaries of ordinary perception. It is as much about receptivity as it is creativity.” While he has made New Mexico his home, Varjabedian’s pursuit of the unique qualities of the American West has compelled him to explore the heights, crevices, and plains of the greater Rocky Mountain region. This exhibition of Varjabedian’s photographs will appeal to anyone who has experienced an illuminating moment under a western sky, as well as anyone who would like to. “There’s something fresh and now about his work, even though it’s really classical. People can feel like it’s happening today, and to them, right at this place.” —Cathy Wright, Director, The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
Under a Western Sky: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian
December 6, 2013 – January 10, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, December 6, 2013, 5–7 pm
Hours: Mon–Sat, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
William R. Talbot Fine Art
129 W. San Francisco St. (second floor)
Santa Fe, NM 87501
November 22, 2013
The Flint Institute of Arts will host its 5th Annual Print Fair on Saturday, November 23 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, November 24 (1pm-5pm). (The Institute is located at 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503.) The fair includes six print dealers featuring prints from Old Masters to contemporary works. This is an ideal opportunity for novice collectors to start a collection and for connoisseurs to add works to existing collections. The fair is free and open to the public. The fair will include work by several members of the Stamps School community: alums Norman Stewart (BFA 1969, AM 1972) and Susan Stewart (BSDes 1970, MA 2000), Emeritus Professor Paul Stewart, and current Professor Endi Poskovic.
November 18, 2013
As the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it recalls the edgy creativity and entrepreneurial spirit at play during its founding with the presentation of new works by Detroit-based artists Design 99 (Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope), Jessica Frelinghuysen, Scott Hocking, Nicola Kuperus & Adam Lee Miller, Russ Orlando and Stamps alum Frank Pahl. While each are connected by their environment, the reactions these artists have to the swift socioeconomic changes happening in Detroit is vastly different and intensely powerful.
Frelinghuysen’s installation, ‘My City is Your City’ is a physical and audio representation of her 4+ years in Hamtramck, Michigan a 2.2 square mile city within Detroit. It is a collection of images and sounds and talk from neighborhood residents; it is about who they are and shared experiences that inform daily life. The installation presents similarities between the cultural and immigrant histories of Detroit and Pittsburgh. Making work that engages itself physically with its public, Frelinghuysen created a forest in the gallery with collected wood from alleyways and tin cans that house sounds collected from Hamtramck and Detroit. She collected the sounds with her ongoing performance ‘Sound Collecting Suit’ which is also on display. Visitors can listen to Churchbells, Mosques, interviews on Polish heritage, barbershop chatter, and Krishna parades and all sorts of multicultural celebrations that exemplify the diversity and quirkiness of this part of Detroit. The installation, ‘My City is Your City’ is part of DETROIT: ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE at the Mattress Factory and runs until May 25, 2014.
November 12, 2013
Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) exhibits explorations in painting and fiber from her fall 2013 residency at Red Bull House of Art in Detroit, MI. The opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 from 7 - 11 pm at Red Bull House of Art, 1551 Winder St, Detroit, Michigan. Gallery hours are Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM. The exhibition will run through January.
November 1, 2013
Angel Oak #3, a photograph of a South Carolina 500-year-old oak tree by Joseph Jurson (BFA 1979), will be part of the Josephine Herrick Project Modern Masters of Photography Benefit Auction to be held on November 4, 2013 in NYC.
The Josephine Herrick Project will hold its first public photo auction in 35 years on November 4. The 2013 Modern Masters of Photography Benefit and Auction will be held at the Aperture Gallery, located at 547 W. 27th Street in Chelsea. Past and present students, including notable photographers and artists Man Ray, Douglas Kirkland, Art Wolfe, Barbara Kinney, Mike Yamashita, Joseph Jurson and Amy Arbus, will participate in the benefit. Over 90 prints have been donated by 84 photographers and will be available at the gallery showing.
The non-profit organization, originally named War Service Photography, began in 1941, and has been transforming the lives of ordinary people and students through the power of photography. Josephine Herrick began photographing hospital-ridden soldiers during World War II and sending the pictures back to family members with a personalized note as a way of bringing families closer. “Josephine is not just a pioneer in community service, but as a woman who transcended the social boundaries for women at the time,” said Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of Josephine Herrick Project. “Even today, our mission remains to assist those who want to express themselves through photography. This is attributable to the work done by Josephine Herrick.”
November 1, 2013
Stony Brook University recently commissioned Bill Barrett (B.S. Design 1958, M.S. Design 1959, MFA 1960) to create an 11-foot bronze wall relief for the lobby of the Physical and Quantitative Biology Department.
I was asked to view images of the DNA Double Helix and create a sculpture from those images, which to me resembled a double ladder. We arrived at a mutually agreeable bronze model that was then enlarged to scale for the lobby. The work QUEST is a very successful artwork for this project. I created a number of DNA maquettes for their selection, as I always do for this type of commission.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines physics as “[t]he science of matter and energy and the interactions between the two.” It is a definition that strikes at the heart of my own art, and describes the very sculpture that I am proposing to make for the Laufer Center at Stony Brook University. The artistic process - the one leading to the creation of this model, and the one that will lead to its eventual, large-scale form - is physics, exactly. It is the exploration of matter and energy’s interactions, both dynamic and subtle. And yet, while the sculpture Quest embodies the definition of physics by way of its creation, it is also visually representative of the definition by way of its final composition and structure. Using a DNA strand as its reference point, it is visually meant to show us an exchange between matter and energy, to provide us with an example of physics. However, while the sculpture will hang on the wall as a testimony to physics, its meaning will not be, and is not meant to be, overt or overly pragmatic. Rather, it is meant to join the empirical - the definition of physics - together with the more subjective, emotional realm of art. Within Quest’s composition, the shapes themselves are bits of matter. Visually, their forms dance and mingle through the sculpture’s central ribbon, a metaphor for the double helix itself. These shapes twist in motion; they move up, down, in front of, and behind the center strand. When viewing the sculpture from different angles and sides, you will see a change in direction and speed. The abstract shapes interact with one another and with the central ribbon in a completely new and invigorating way. Fresh energy is brought to the matter at hand, thus changing the resulting interactions and sculptural composition. Seen on a larger scale, this effect will be all the more pronounced and dynamic, and the interplay between the forms - the energy they create simply by sharing space and being next to one another - will result in continuously engaging and viewing experiences, with the overall result being the interactions of matter and energy, as articulated in sculptural form.
November 1, 2013
Seth Weiner’s (BFA 2005) Choir Corridor, a score for a site - and space - specific performance in the Main Hall of Vienna’s MAK Museum, will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 26.
In collaboration with a professional choir, the work examines the interplay of human interaction and space in regard to group dynamics, mechanisms of crowd control, protest movements and the potential for voice to approximate a barrier. - Curated by Marlies Wirth “Unable to immediately turn in any direction the entrance stretches through the corridor, prolonged by a view of itself from above. Unplugged faces, rehearsing one another’s limits, voices approaching the sensation of stability. Working with whatever together becomes, each wall holds its own set of instructions; an almost-object with a minimum of sixty-five members. The group unravels into its figures, the architectural consequences of all of those bodies pressed together in space.”
8.00 P.M., Tuesday, Nov. 26
MAK Nite Lab - MAK Columned Main Hall
The Museum of Applied Arts Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, AT
November 1, 2013
Don ZanFagna (BFA 1953), well-known artist and academic, died Wednesday, October 23rd at the age of 84.
Born in Providence, Don grew up on the ocean in Saunderstown, RI. This sea environment always remained an important influence in his work. A working artist since 1950, Don held advanced degrees from the Universities of Michigan and Southern California in Painting, Art and Architecture. During his youth he excelled in sports, becoming the star quarterback at U of M and being scouted by the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers because of his 3rd base and batting excellence. He served during the Korean War as a fighter pilot- radar dome commandant and was honored for saving the lives of a pilot and a General aboard a lost plane. He received a Fulbright/Italian Government Grant for study in Italy 1956 -7. Don and Joyce, who had met at the University of Michigan, were married in Rome in 1957.
During the 1970’s and 80’s he held the Department Chair in Art at Rutgers University and was sought after to lecture in ecological design, as well as being one of the principal speakers at the first Earth Day in NYC. He was visiting Eco-Architecture Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. His work is represented in private collections and has been exhibited in over 200 galleries and museums in the US and Europe. The White Gallery on Sullivans Island, owned by his nephew and niece, Everett and Joanna White, had ongoing retrospectives of ZanFagna’s work from October 2009 to 2011. His life and work was the subject of a PDA documentary, ‘Rediscovering ZanFagna,’ shown at the Charleston International Film Festival in May 2011 and won the Best Documentary Award. Recent one-man shows were held at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado and the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida. Charleston was able to appreciate his work in an exhibition showing his Pulse Dome series which took place at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston SC, October 19 – Dec 8, 2012.
During the last five years, The Don ZanFagna Foundation team has inspired art lovers, many in the Charleston area, to collect his work. His legacy will continue as new shows are upcoming in Art Basel, Miami and NYC. Progress can be followed by visiting http://donzanfagna.org .
Don is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Joyce; his great nephew and niece, Everett and Joanna White and their four children of Summerville, SC; his uncle Joseph Zinno of Federal Way, WA; nephews, David DiCarlo and Ronald Carchia and niece Linda Rochetti and her son from Providence RI; niece, Nancy Roberts and her two daughters of Southwick, Ma; as well as many cousins in Providence, Rhode Island, Florida, California, Northeast US, and Italy. His wife Joyce’s family in Georgia and Michigan also have counted Don as an important relative in their lives. Don joins the spirit of his son Robert Piero, born in California in 1959, whom he and Joyce lost to Hodgkin’s Disease in 1989. No services are planned at this time, however, in memoriam, donations can be sent to The Don ZanFagna Foundation, 201 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483, to help perpetuate the legacy of his ideas and work through museum and gallery exhibitions, books, seminars, environmental architectural projects and much more.