Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, researcher, and writer who has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Hauser & Wirth Somerset (U.K.), the DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL) and threewalls (Chicago, IL). Motivated by a deep curiosity about the function and dysfunction of social, ecologic and industrial systems, her practice is one of active observation; of engagement; of instigation; of experimentation. She received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and is currently an Instructor in Sculpture and Fiber at the University of Oregon. Beginning in 2014, she and artist David Rueter have begun a collaborative practice that has produced a number of video installations and curatorial projects, including the video installations Dark Fiber (on view September 2016 at the Illinois State University Galleries) and I Can Only See Shadows (on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL from July to October 2016).
Troy Richards is an interdisciplinary artist who often works in collaboration. He received an M.F.A. in Painting from Cranbrook and a B.F.A. from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is currently the Interim Associate Dean of the Arts at the University of Delaware where he also teaches courses in Drawing, Printmaking, and New Media. Richards has exhibited widely nationally with solo exhibitions at Grand Arts (Kansas City, MO), Thomas Robertello Gallery (Chicago and the Aqua Art Fair Miami), as well as Whittier College (Whittier, CA). His work has been included in exhibitions in New York City at P.S.1, White Columns, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Queens Museum of Art, the International Print Center, and Center for Book Arts among others. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, The New Art Examiner, Time Out New York, NY Arts Magazine, New City Chicago, and others. Richards has received numerous grants, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Grant and Ohio Arts Council Grant for Individual Excellence. The featured piece, titled “This Machine Kills Fascists”, is in collaboration with engineer and teacher Dustyn Roberts. Dustyn is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, where she teaches hands-on classes in both design and robotics, and helps run the Design Studio. She received a B.S. in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Biomechanics & Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from New York University
Danny Volk is a Chicago based artist, born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He received his M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Theater Studies from Kent State University. He has shown his work in venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Ponte di Ferro in Cararra, Italy; Links Hall in Chicago, Illinois; Satellite Brindeau in La Havre, France; DEMO Projects in Springfield, Illinois; Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia; Centro Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales Plaza Vieja, La Habana, Cuba; PARSE Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana; The Reva and David Logan Center Gallery at the University of Chicago; and the Arts Club of Chicago. In 2014 he received the Mary E Hofstetter Legacy Scholarship for Excellence in the Visual Arts from The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and a Propeller Fund Grant. In 2015 he was awarded a City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artists Grant for his ongoing work, “Made-Up with Danny Volk”, voted “Best Art Youtube Channel” by NewCity in 2014. Danny currently teaches at Truman College in Chicago.
Beatrix Reinhardt grew up in Jena, Germany. Since the completion of her undergraduate studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a M.F.A degree from Illinois State University, Reinhardt has been living, working, curating and teaching in different parts of the world. Reinhardt’s work has been exhibited in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia. Awards received include individual artist fellowships and artist’s project grants from the CUNY Research Foundation, John Anson Kitteredge Foundation, Australian National University, and other non-for-profit arts organizations. Her work was featured in a variety of publications including Die Zeit, photoMagazine, Contact Sheet, Prefix Photo among others. Her work is included in a number of corporate, museum, private and university collections across the United States and abroad, including New York City Public Library, California Museum of Photography, Center of Photography at Woodstock, Light Work, Haggerty Museum of Art, and Old Parliament House in Canberra/Australia. She has been invited as artist-in-residence to universities and galleries in Vietnam, Russia, Finland, India,Turkey, Australia, South Africa, China and the US, amongst others. Presently she lives and works in Queens, N.Y., and is a Professor of photography at the City University of New York/CUNY. For more information, please visit: www.beatrixreinhardt.com
Jason Walker was born in 1973 and grew up in Pocatello, Idaho, and is currently a studio artist residing in Bellingham, Washington and Kona, Hawaii. He received a B.F.A. from Utah State University and a M.F.A. from Penn State University. After schooling he taught for two years in Napa California, and since then has taught and lectured at numerous places nationally and internationally, such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, Ceramics Ireland International Festival, Thomastown, Kilkeny Co., Ireland, Haystack Mountain School for the Crafts, Penland School for the Crafts, Emilly Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada, the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China and the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. He spent two years as an artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, where he was the recipient of the Taunt Fellowship award. He has also been awarded an NCECA International Residency Fellowship for a residency in Vallauris, France. He has work in major collections such as the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco: De Young, the Carnegie Mellon Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona. He is currently represented by Ferrin Contemporary.
Josefina Muñoz is a multi-disciplinary artist from Santiago, Chile. Josefina often works nomadically creating pieces in and about environments she encounters. Her seemingly disparate projects focusing on space, architecture, and place come together in an overarching impulse to answer questions of global concern. Josefina shows her work, lectures and develops independent research internationally. Her most recent projects involve extreme filed investigation, including living with the Turkana nomads in Africa and experiencing complete isolation in an uninhabited island. (2014), Germany (2012), and Scotland (2010). Since 2007 Josefina has been commissioned to work on diverse public art projects. Muñoz holds a M.F.A .in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design -RISD- (2013), and a B.F.A. with Honors from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2006). To learn more, please visit: www.josefinamunoz.net
Danny Giles (American, b. 1988) combines sculpture, performance, and research, to give form to political and metaphysical positions. His practice attempts to embody performative states of dispossession and to redress oppressive and exploitative systems. Giles received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and an M.F.A .from Northwestern University in 2013. He Has participated in residencies including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’13), High Concept Labs, (’13), Mana Contemporary Chicago (’14), and Sector 2337 (’17). Giles frequently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, Saugatuck, MI. Recent Projects include “Lyric”, a solo installation at Andrew Rafacz Gallery and “Observing Power: Imagery and Agency”, a class co-taught with artist Christopher Meerdo which examines the role of artists and image culture in current activism along side the development of modern policing in America. Giles is Represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery.
William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru. He lives and works Lima, Miami, and New York City, and has exhibited in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects change and perception changes when we move around in space. He received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 2004. William Cordova has been in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston's CORE/MFAH program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artpace, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, LMCC, McDowell Colony, Woodstock Center for the Arts among others. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL, La Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba among others. Cordova was represented in the 2010 Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. In 2011 Cordova was invited for his first one person museum exhibition in Europe, yawar mallku: royalty, abductions y exiles at La Conservera, Murcia, Spain and also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. In 2013 he was nominated and participated in the prestigious American Academy in Berlin Fellowship. Cordova was included in Prospect.3 New Orleans Biennial; 2014. 2015 included in a one person show at 80M2 Gallery in Lima, Peru; and participated at the 12th Havana Biennial; Casa de Africa, Havana, Cuba. In 2016 William Cordova participated in the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, New Mexico, Southern Accents, Nasher Museum, Durham, NC and Oakland Museum of Art, CA. Forthcoming solo exhibition; Sikkema Jenkins, NY, and 80M2 Livia Benavides Gallery, Lima, Peru. Fellowships will include the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans and Montalvo Art Center, CA.
Vincent Como (b. 1975, Kittanning, PA; lives in Brookyn, NY) works in a broad array of media, including installation, painting, printmaking, and artist books. The subject of his artistic practice is the color black, which he describes as “the pure and unrepentant mark of information…both the origin of recording thoughts and the fully saturated realization of all pigment as one”. His work draws on ideas from art history, color theory, philosophy, physics, alchemy, heavy metal, religion, and mythology. Como has exhibited his work throughout the United States, including in New York, Baltimore, New Jersey, Kansas City, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco among others. He holds a BFA in Drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and is represented by MINUS SPACE in Brooklyn. Como is one of the founding members and Co-Director of TSA New York, an artist run exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.
Using abstracted still life and interior motifs, Angelina Gualdoni’s paintings explore the fluidity and ephemerality of light, space, and the passage of time. Well known for her unique approach, Gualdoni begins her paintings by pouring liquid paint or dye directly onto the canvas, creating overlapping layers of capricious and unpredictable ground. Thicker daubs of paint and impasto brushwork compete with delicate poured areas, creating a vibrating tension as spaces both jump forward and recede. The subject becomes not only Gualdoni’s semi-articulated vases and windows, but the complicated play between background and foreground. The artist incorporates fragmented geometric patterns, which add a meandering structure and reference wallpaper, textiles, and early-20th century women artists such as Sonia Delaunay and Barbara Stepanova. In her recent work, Gualdoni further complicates the painting space by incorporating a fully-painted backside of the canvas as a way to create a metaphor from the seepage of paint and explore the impermeability of boundaries such as front and back, and before and after.
Angelina Gualdoni received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and her MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her paintings have been the subject of solo and group shows nationally and internationally at the Queens Museum, NY, St. Louis Art Museum, MO, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, the Museum de Paviljoens, Netherlands, and the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY. Her work resides in the Saatchi Collection, as well as the MCA, Chicago, and the Nerman Museum, Kansas City. She has been the beneficiary of several grants and fellowships, including New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in 2008 and 2015, Artadia, and Pollock-Krasner, and has attended residencies at MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, International Studio and Curatorial Program, and Chateau La Napoule. Gualdoni resides and works in Brooklyn and is a founding member of Regina Rex, an artist-run exhibition space located on the Lower East Side, NY.
This lecture is generously sponsored by the Harold K. Sage Foundation.