Virginia Commonwealth University

Craft / Material Studies

Sonya Clark Receives Art Prize

Our Chair, Sonya Clark’s received 2 2014 Art Prizes for “The Hair Craft Project”.  She received the Two-Dimensional award and split the Juried Grand Art Prize with Anila Quayyum Agha’s “Intersection”.  “The Hair Craft Project” is currently in the Fed Galleries “I AM: Money Matters,” exhibition at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

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Image“The Hair Craft Project” by Sonya Clark

 

Visiting Artists | Lee Mingwei

Thursday, October 9th @ 12:00pm

609 Bowe Street, RM 535

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image: Lee MingweiThe Mending Project, 2009-present, Mixed media interactive installation, Installation view at Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, 2009: Photo: Anita Kan

BIO | Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, which encourage strangers to explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, with one-on-one events inviting visitors to contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation.

Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in New York City, Lee received a MFA from Yale University in 1997, and has held solo exhibitions and participated in biennials internationally. He is currently preparing for his upcoming mid-career survey exhibition, which will be on view from September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015 at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

 

 

Visiting Artists | Piper Shepard

Tuesday, September 30 @ 12:30pm

609 Bowe Street, RM 535

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image: Piper Shepard, Lacing Space, medium: hand cut muslin, gesso, graphite, aluminum armature, 15×15 ft. 201 photo credit: Sophie Mutevelian

 

BIO | Piper Shepard (Baltimore, MD) holds a BFA in Fiber from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and an MFA in Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Her work has been shown at the Helen Drutt Gallery and the Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Delaware Art Museum; the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Textile Art Centre, Chicago, IL; the Museum of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland, and the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in Birmingham, England. Publications include Fiber Arts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and American Craft Magazine. Telos Press has published a monograph on her work. She has received four Individual Artists Awards from The Maryland State Arts Council in Crafts. Her work is in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Since 1994, she has taught at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). 

 

 

Exhibition | Remarks On Seeing

VCUarts Craft /Material Studies 2nd Year Graduate Student Exhibition

 

FAB Gallery | 1000 W. Broad Street  | September 19, 2014 — September 19 , 2014  | Opening Reception Friday, September 19th 5-7pm

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VCUarts Craft/Material Studies presents, Remarks On Seeing, featuring the work of  Lucy Derickson, Hillary Fayle, Kelley Morrison, Evan Pomerantz, Amber Smith, Leigh Suggs, and Chris WhiteRemarks On Seeing is an exhibition featuring a group of  VCUarts 2nd year graduate from the department of Craft/Material Studies .

Visiting Artists | Donald Fortescue

Monday, September 22 @ 12:00pm

609 Bowe Street, RM 535

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image: Donald Fortescue, aWay station, 2011

 

BIO Donald Fortescue is Australian born and educated, has exhibited internationally, and was one of the first artists to receive the Experimental Design Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he mounted a one-person exhibition in 2001. In his most recent body of work, Fortescue’s sculptures draw on design and craft technique. Fortescue is an associate professor and chair of the wood/furniture department at the California College of the Arts, where he has been teaching since 1997. He began his career as a research botanist and scientific illustrator before working for a furniture company and starting to make pieces of his own. Fortescue went to Japan in 1991 to study techniques for lacquer, woodworking, and papermaking. Later, he became head of furniture design studio and got a graduate degree in sculpture.

 

 

 

Artist Talk | Sonya Clark and Robert Pruitt

Sonya Clark and Robert Pruitt
Artist Talk | 
Thursday, July 17th 6:30pm-7:30pm
VMFA |  Leslie Cheek Theater
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“A flag does not just represent power, but place and identity. Hair is also a way to command space, both individually and culturally.” – Robert Pruitt

How do we use our bodies to tell our story? Dr. Sarah Eckhardt moderates a powerful discussion with two artists currently featured in Identity Shifts. Discussing their work and how they perceive the shifting ideas of culture, history and the human body, Sonya Clark and Robert Pruitt open up the meaning of identity.

 

Artist Talk | Olivia Valentine

Fountainhead Fellow Olivia Valentine
Lecture | Needle Lace to Valley Walking: Iğne Oyası as Landscape Ornamentation
Monday, May 12th at noon
1000 W. Broad Street, rm 238
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Join us on Monday, May 12th for Olivia Valentine’s talk based on her research in Turkey supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and the Brandford/Elliot Award. This talk is in preparation for her lecture at the 2014 Textile Society of America Symposium.

 

Exhibition | Growing Pains

The VCUarts departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media presents “Growing Pains” – a Curated Senior Show: 

MAY 9, 2014 — MAY 12, 2014

FAB Gallery, 1000 W. Broad Street
May 9-12
Reception Saturday, May 10th 4-6pm

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An exhibition featuring a group of graduating VCUarts seniors from the departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media. Growing Pains was curated by the 2013-14 VCUarts Fountainhead Fellows, Courtney McClellan, Will Schneider-White, Jaydan Moore, and Olivia Valentine.

Brittany Arnold ~ Emma Barnes~ Kim Barnes ~ Jane Barton ~ Rellie Brewer ~Lindsay Clements ~ Nick Fagan ~ Emma Gauthier ~ Ian Hess ~ Courtney Howell ~ Taylor Lacey ~ Paul Lorenzo ~ James McPherson ~ Erika Marshall ~ Elisa Rios ~ Harrison Stewart ~ Nathaniel Tonelli ~ Ruo Zheng ~ Maddy Zimmerman

Seminar | Jonathan Keep

A SEMINAR BY JONATHAN KEEP

Sponsored by the VCU School of the Arts and School of Engineering And by the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin, Jr. Engineering Education Endowment

“THE FORM IS IN THE CODE”

MONDAY, MAY 5 AT 6 PM 1000 W. BROAD STREET, RM 238
RECEPTION FOLLOWING

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Jonathan Keep works mainly in clay and has developed a working process whereby the shapes of his pot forms are written in computer code. In this talk Keep will describe his use of computers to extend and explore our artistic understanding of natural systems, patterns and codes. He will also describe his development of a studio based 3D printer of ceramics that enables layer-by-layer printing of pots – a sort of mechanical pottery coil building. Mr. Keep was born and grew up in South Africa, obtaining a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree from the University of Natal in 1979. In 1986, with his wife he moved to England and settled in Suffolk where he continues to live and has a studio at his home in Knodishall. In 2002 Jonathan received a MA from the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited widely and undertaken and a number of artist residencies in the UK and abroad while becoming one of the leading practitioners of studio based ceramic 3D printing.

Mr. Keep was born and grew up in South Africa, obtaining a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree from the University of Natal in 1979. In 1986, with his wife he moved to England and settled in Suffolk where he continues to live and has a studio at his home in Knodishall. In 2002 Jonathan received a MA from the Royal College of Art. He has exhibited widely and undertaken and a number of artist residencies in the UK and abroad while becoming one of the leading practitioners of studio based ceramic 3D printing. 

 

Gallery Talk | VCUARTS CRAFT / MATERIAL STUDIES FOUNTAINHEAD FELLOWS

Page Bond Gallery presents VCUarts Craft /Material Studies Fountainhead Fellows Exhibition

APRIL 24th at 6:30pm Gallery Talk

APRIL 4, 2014 — APRIL 26, 2014

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images: (left) Olivia Valentine, YÜRÜYÜŞ OYASI (WALKING OYA), 2013-14 Photograph (right) Jaydan Moore, Ends, 2012, Pot metal edges from sliver plated platters, 38 x 20 x 2 1/4 inches

Page Bond Gallery presents, Fountainhead Fellows: Jaydan Moore and Olivia Valentine, a two-person exhibit of artwork created during the artists’ nine-month fellowships in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Craft/Material Studies.

Jaydan Moore, Fountainhead Fellow in Jewelry/Metalsmithing, has created a series of objects and investigations in his interest on the heirloom.  Using the imagery of found silver-plated tableware, he fragments and reassembles these objects into new forms to challenge and commemorate the individual’s ability to designate value to/ his her own valuables and memories.  Olivia Valentine, Fountainhead Fellow in the area of Fiber, creates work that explores architectural spaces through large-scale textile installations.  Together the fellows’ work represents the next generation of artists thinking through the media and concepts of craft in refreshing ways.