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Visiting Artists



December 3 – Rebecca Morris

Posted on November 20, 2014 by School of Art

Based in her hometown of Los Angeles, Rebecca Morris is an abstract painter of uncommon inventive powers.  Her large canvases incorporate drawn elements—linear gesture, repetitive line, intimations of depth—but in a distinctly painterly manner, with great sensitivity to facture and tonality.  Indeed, drawing has always been a significant part of Morris’s process; she periodically takes time out to execute a body of drawings, and these highly coloristic works refresh and inspire her painting.  Dazzling and often quite humorous, Morris’s drawings show her special manner of using formal means to prod and pry at other kinds of meaning, be they connotative, emotional, or literal.  Blocks of color, splatter, loose grids of varying line weight, washes and deft use of resist, occasional words and dates spelled in sweeping strokes – these are works that span available techniques and materials for potency and deliver the goods.  The paintings are utterly delicious, compiling fragments into a constellation or luring with the possibility of resolution, then holding out, like a dissonant last chord.

She received her BA from Smith College, her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin, Germany) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago). Her solo exhibitions include: The Bonnefanten Museum (The Netherlands); Kunsthalle Lingen (Germany); The Renaissance Society (Chicago); Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin); Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago); Harris Lieberman, (New York); The Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica).Group exhibitions include: The 2014 Whitney Biennial (New York); David Zwirner Gallery (New York); The Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland); Friedrich Petzel (New York); The Hessel Art Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York); The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Night Gallery (Los Angeles); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Venus Over Manhattan (New York); Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York); Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis); Participant Inc. (New York); Grieder Contemporary (Zurich); and Donald Young Gallery (Chicago).

Rebecca Morris: http://www.rebeccamorris.net/


November 19 – Stephanie Dotson

Posted on November 13, 2014 by School of Art

Stephanie Dotson’s works explore the language of materials in search of transformation, flip flopping in the intersections where the 2-d mark, sculpture and textile art meet. Stephanie Dotson has a strong interest in the multiple, recent work applies the multiple to the classic braided rug, creating a new, almost opposite narrative for the familiar subject matter. The rug work is an extension of the roots of her resin cast paintings, which are composed of illustrations of brush strokes reminiscent of film cell animation. Born and raised in the Midwest, she has an affinity for Americana and the significance art and craft materials from her childhood.

Stephanie Dotson received her MFA degree at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) with highest distinction and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute where she honed her methodology in intermedia studies. Solo exhibitions of her work have appeared at the Three Walls Gallery, Chicago; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta; Vox populi Gallery, Philadelphia and the Christina Ray Gallery, New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center, the Vermont Studio Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. When not in the studio, Dotson is a proud mom and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Santa Barbara City College

 Stephanie Dotson: http://www.stephaniedotson.com/

November 12 – Charles Long

Posted on November 6, 2014 by School of Art

Charles Long is an internationally exhibited artist with over forty solo shows at such venues as SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jarla Partilager, Berlin, The Contemporary in Austin, Austin Texas, the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Sperone Gallery, Rome; London Projects, UK and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in NYC.

His work has been included in many significant museum exhibitions such as the 1997 and 2008 Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art New York; Open Ends, The Museum of Modern Art; NYC. Performance Anxiety, MCA, Chicago; Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Arte Contemporáneo Internaciona, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; ART/MUSIC: rock, pop, and techno Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Almost Warm and Fuzzy, Des Moines Art Center, The Shape of Color: Excursions in Color Field Art, AGO/Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Gone Formalism, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Grants, two Pollock-Krasner Grants and a Louis Comfort Tiffany grant. Long has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, Art Center College of Art and Design, Otis College of Art and Design and Harvard University.

Long’s sculptures have explored the abstract autonomous art object as a psychological investigation into the nature self and others and have been made from diverse media such as coffee grounds, rubber and hair from Abraham Lincoln. He has collaborated with pop musicians such as Stereolab, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and with the renown choreographer Merce Cunningham. Since his relocation from NYC to LA Long’s work has been inspired by the Los Angeles River which runs adjacent to his studio. Each year, after the furious flood season, a verdant and abundant growth of grasses, thickets, and trees emerges from the discarded office furniture, bedsprings, and shopping carts that get washed into the concrete channel providing a providing a dwelling for mallards, osprey, crayfish and heron. Captivated by the river and inspired by its unbiased intermingling of these elements, Long creates photographs, video and sculpture in and about the river and the myriad of imagery and meanings it offers.

Charles Long is represented by the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NYC, NY. For more information: http://tanyabonakdargallery.com

Charles A Long: http://www.art.ucr.edu/people/faculty/Long/index.html


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!