Posted on August 23, 2013 by School of Art
The U.S. State Department’s Arts in Embassies program has commissioned Professor Fran Siegel to create a 35-foot piece for a new consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador . Over the summer, Siegel hired 11 of our students and alumni in five different programs as assistants to construct a complex multi-medium work. As Professor Siegel remarked, “It has been a wonderful learning experience for all involved.” Furthermore, art students from the Instituto Tecnológico de Artes del Ecuador (ITAE), a seven-year old art school based in Guayaquil will be assisting in the installation of the work.
In addition, Professor Siegel will also be participating as an Artist-in-Residence for the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara. There she will be creating a piece entitled “Translocation and Overlay”, which is a 50-paneled solo drawing project that she has been developing over the past year. Faculty in various departments at UCSB have helped to supply data about the changing coastline which Siegel has translated into a series of overlapping drawings. There have been five interns from different programs at UCSB that have assisted her as well. The exhibition opens on October 25th and will be up until mid-April 2014, and she will also give an artist’s talk at UCSB on November 20th.
Lastly, Prof. Siegel will have an upcoming solo show at the Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City. The show is entitled “Plans and Interruptions” and will be up from October 18 to December 1, 2013.