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Visiting Artists



November 5 – Akio Takamori

Posted on October 23, 2014 by School of Art

Akio Takamori was born and raised in Japan. He has been exhibiting in the United States, Europe and Asia since the mid 1980s. Takamori received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1978.

Takamori’s recent solo exhibitions include Ground (2013), at James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA and Equivalent (2013), at Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland.

Takamori’s work is included in numerous collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Los Angels County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011). Takamori lives and works in Seattle where he has a studio.

Akio Takamori: http://akiotakamori.com/


October 22 – Philip Ross

Posted on October 9, 2014 by School of Art

Philip Ross is an artist, inventor, and scholar whose internationally awarded and exhibited research is focused on biomaterial design and life support technologies. A thought leader on biomimicry, Philip’s innovations are globally recognized as foundational to the invention of mycotecture, the practice of building with mushroom materials. His work has recently been showcased by the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley’s Zero1, the Moscow Biennale, and Germany’s Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In 2013, his mycelium-based furniture won Ars Electronica’s Award of Distinction for Hybrid Art. Philip has been a visiting lecturer and professor at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of San Francisco.

Phil Ross: http://philross.org/

 


October 8 – Seth Papac

Posted on October 2, 2014 by School of Art

Seth Papac is a Lecturer in the Jewelry and Metalwork Department at San Diego State University. He received his BFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing in 2004 from the University of Washington and his MFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing in 2009 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seth’s work is exhibited and published in Europe as well as the United States. He is the recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Peter S Reed Foundation NY, NY grant as well as the Tobey Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR and the Rotasa Foundation, Mill Valley, CA.

Seth Papac: http://sethpapac.com/



October 1 – Anna Neimark

Posted on September 15, 2014 by School of Art

Anna Neimark is a founding partner of First Office, a design studio based in downtown Los Angeles. Recent projects include a collaboration on the Pinterest Office Headquarters in San Francisco, a temporary Screening Room at the MAK Center for Art in Architecture in Los Angeles, a rehabilitation of a Shotgun House in Lexington and a series of essays in Perspecta 46, Project 1, and Log 31. Anna is full-time faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Anna Neimark: http://www.firstoff.net/



September 10 – Richard Ross

Posted on August 26, 2014 by School of Art

Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to complete work on Architecture of Authority, a critically acclaimed body thought-provoking and unsettling photographs of architectural spaces worldwide that exert power over the individuals confined within them. Ross’s Guggenheim support also helped launch an investigation of the world of juvenile corrections and the architecture encompassing it. This led to Ross’s most recent work, Juvenile In Justice, which turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Working at over 300 institutions of confinement, detention and treatment in 31 states and interviewing 1,000+ juveniles, Ross has frequently given use of the work gratis to non-profits advocating for changing social and political policy to the betterment of these juveniles. A book and traveling exhibition of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change. His work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern (London), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (New York), Palais du Tokyo (Paris), The British Museum, City Hall Galleries (Belgrade), Galerie Steinech (Vienna), etc.

Richard Ross: http://richardross.net/


April 30th – Deborah Sussman

Posted on April 28, 2014 by School of Art

Deborah Sussman is recognized as a pioneer of environmental graphic design for creating arresting visual imagery and designing its highly imaginative applications for architectural and public spaces. Her passion for the marriage of graphics and the built environment, fueled by her early career at the Eames Office, has led to collaborations with planners, architects and clients.

Deborah’s work, informed by perceptive observation and rigorous documentation of communities and cultures, has found its place in projects for cities, arts and entertainment venues, commercial developments and the private sector around the world. She began to work with architects in the late sixties and seventies; then incorporated as Sussman/Prejza & Co., with husband Paul Prejza. Deborah has led the firm in designing an array of notable projects. S/P has, and continues, to design venues in the cultural and civic sectors.

Selected Honors Include: Laureate, Art Directors Global Hall of Fame New York, (ADC), 2012, Golden Arrow Award (SEGD), 2006, Medalist, American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), 2004, Doctor of Humane Letters (Bard College), 1998, First woman to exhibit in New York’s School of Visual Arts’ “Master Series”, 1995, Fellow, Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), 1991, Honorary Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1988, Elected Member, The Trusteeship, International Women’s Forum, 1987, Elected Member, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), 1987, Fellow, AIGA /LA, 1986, Founder, AIGA/LA, 1986.

For more information: http://www.aiga.org/medalist-deborahsussman/


Art and Social Media Symposium – Sunday April 27, 2014

Posted on April 21, 2014 by School of Art

The Drawing and Painting program presents “Art and Social Media Symposium” featuring a lecture from Sharon Butler, author of the book “Two Coats of Paint” at 2pm in PH1 room 140; and a panel discussion featuring Ms. Butler as well as Art Critic and Curator Doug Harvey, and artists Kio Griffith, Julia Schwarz, Grant Vetter, with moderater Dane Klingaman from 3:30-5:30. From 5:30-6:30 there will be open studios to the MFA painting program as well as gallery openings in our campus galleries. Please join us!

 

 


April 15, 2014 – Edgar Heap of Birds

Posted on April 10, 2014 by School of Art

Internationally acclaimed artist, Edgar Heap of Birds, will lecture about his work on
Tuesday, April 15, at 7:00 pm in the William Link Theater (UT-108). Heap of Birds has shown internationally, in major museums and galleries worldwide, and will be discussing his work, from his paintings and sculptures to his public art interventions. There will also be a book signing afterwards, of Heap of Birds’ book from the 2007 Venice Biennial including a DVD will be available for purchase and a book singing will take place immediately following the lecture. For more information, please click here; or for artist’s website here.

March 26th – Olga Koumoundouros

Posted on March 20, 2014 by School of Art

Olga Koumoundouros’ provocative practice actively engages ideas of labor, class and human sustenance that shake the very core of the American Dream. The artist’s dexterity and commitment to materiality is her tour de force. Working with industrial materials–plywood, corrugated fiberglass, plaster and tar, among others–Koumoundouros’ sculptural objects and installations resonate with brute, elegant force, exploring the many social, economic and political ideologies that shape our relationship to both past and present. In A Roof Upended (2007), a project the artist undertook in Bellevue, Wash., she recovered sections of asphalt shingle from a derelict ranch-style house and reconstructed the roof tilted on end, supported by columns of stacked cans of beans filled with concrete. Here, the artist explored the tension between development and community, while contemplating the displacement of people and their histories.

For more information: http://olgakoumoundouros.com/


March 19th – Ayomi Yoshida

Posted on March 14, 2014 by School of Art

Ayomi Yoshida is an artist who seeks to cross borders between art and design. Born to an illustrious Japanese family comprised of three generations of painters and print-makers, she challenged woodblock conventions by making installations that utilize prints, blocks and even wood chips. More recently she has embraced product design.

A graduate of Wako University in Tokyo, she has exhibited at venues including the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Nagoya City Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is now working on an installation to be held in March 2014 at the Yokohama Art Museum.

For more information: http://www.ayomi-yoshida.com/e/index.html