Sponge is an ongoing, participatory artwork by artist and VCUarts Professor, Hope Ginsburg. The project is sustained by network of co-artists, collaborators and visitors.
The Sponge HQ is located on the third floor of the Anderson Gallery at VCUarts. Visitors are welcome to view the space during public hours. Check the ongoing page for days and times.
Since the project began at MIT in 2006, Sponge has generated experimental approaches to learning and teaching. Now attached to a public university the way a sea sponge affixes to a marine reef, Sponge provides open waters for the conspicuous mixing of disciplines. In the evolving ecosystem of Sponge workshops, events, and classes, participants take in information, digest the experience and complete the cycle by teaching something to each other. From its headquarters at the VCUarts Anderson Gallery, Sponge launches projects that can attach to a variety of hosts, and based on the unlimited reproductive potential of their namesake, those projects are available for infinite replication.
Hope Ginsburg grew up outside of Philadelphia and received her BFA in sculpture from the Tyler School of Art. After attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she moved to New York City where for the next eight years she produced installations and performances by immersing herself in disciplines such as beekeeping, textile manufacturing and organic farming. She then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to study at MIT where she received a Master of Science in Visual Studies.
Ginsburg has exhibited her work at venues such as P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (NYC), The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), SculptureCenter (NYC), Socrates Sculpture Park (NYC), American Fine Arts (NYC), and Kunst-Werke (Berlin). In addition, she has had solo exhibitions at Solvent Space (Richmond), as well as the Julia Friedman Gallery (NYC) and Parlour Projects (NYC). She has been an artist-teacher in the MFA programs at Vermont College and Maine College of Art, and a visiting artist at institutions including the Bauhaus University, the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and NSCAD University. Ginsburg served on the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies from 2004-2006 and she has been on the board of Mildred’s Lane in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania since 2008.
In the fall of 2007 she moved to Richmond VA where she is an Assistant Professor in the Art Foundation and Painting and Printmaking departments at VCU.