Craft / Material Studies

Exhibition | /MATERIAL

The Department of Craft/Material Studies

Presents a FAB Gallery exhibition /Material

Featuring the works of 2nd year Craft Material Studies Graduate Students: Shannon Slaight-Brown, Stephen Nunes, Jubee Lee, Chelsea Lee, Grace Kubilius, and Fumi Amano

1000 West Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23284-2522
FAB Gallery
NOV. 30-DEC.6



Fountainhead Fellow Lecture | Jina Seo

Lecture | Monday, November 28th at 12:00pm

Location | the Depot, 814 West Broad St


BIO | Jina Seo is an artist, a maker, and an educator. Her practice explores the relationships between body, clothing, sexuality, fetish, and space. She received her MFA in Studio Art/Metal at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and BFA in Metalwork and Jewelry Design at the Kookmin University at Seoul, South Korea in 2012. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Brooklyn Metal works, Brooklyn, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Sung-Gock Gallery, Seoul, Korea; and (AV17) Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania. She was a Gold Award recipient for the ITAMI International Craft Exhibition in 2010 and currently is a Fountainhead fellow at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016-2017.


Visiting Artist | Peter Beasecker

Lecture | Thursday, November 3rd at 2:30pm

Location | 609 Bowe Street, RM 535double-oval-carrier-mt-alban-series-2013-300

BIO | Peter Beasecker was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a BS degree from Miami University and his MFA from Alfred University. He joined the faculty of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts in 2009 after a seventeen-year tenure at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Beasecker is a Professor of Art teaching ceramics and graduate studies.  He has received numerous awards and distinctions in his career, most recently being named a NYFA Fellow for 2015.  Beasecker has exhibited extensively in national and international venues, and his work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Mint Museum in North Carolina.  He has been a visiting artist and workshop leader at over sixty institutions, including Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Penland School of Crafts.  Beasecker has been the co-coordinator of the Utilitarian Clay Symposium at Arrowmont since 1996.  He currently maintains a studio in Cazenovia, New York.


Visiting Faculty | Lauren Fensterstock

Lecture | Wednesday, October 5th at 12pm

Location | the Depot, 814 West Broad St


Lauren Fensterstock | Forays and Follies July 17 – August 28, 2015 Drexel University

Lauren Fensterstock | Forays and Follies
July 17 – August 28, 2015
Drexel University

BIO Lauren Fensterstock explores the history of nature in her elaborate installations and sculptures. Her work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at Drexel University, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, and The Bowdoin College Museum of Art; and will be the subject of an upcoming solo project at MOCA Jacksonville in 2017. Fensterstock is represented by Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.

Outside the studio, Lauren has taught, lectured, and critiqued around the country most recently at the Rhode Island School of Design. She previously served as Academic Program Director of the Interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Arts at Maine College of Art and as Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Her curatorial projects and published writings have been featured internationally. Lauren holds degrees from the Parsons School of Design (BFA 1997) and SUNY New Paltz (MFA 2000).



Visiting Artist | Meeta Mastani

Lecture | Thursday, September 22nd at 2pm

Location | 609 Bowe Street, RM 535 



BIO | Meeta Mastani (formerly Meeta Sandeep) is an internationally known print/dye artist, design specialist and community development advocate. For the last 25 years, Meeta has worked at the intersection of sustainable development, culture, craft, design, arts and retail, helping to generate livelihoods for marginalized individuals and communities.

Since graduating from Delhi University, Meeta has researched and worked intensively in the Indian crafts scene. She works with artisans across India in the areas of printed textiles, weaving, embroidery, folk art, leather work, wood work, pottery and metal work, serving on the boards of several craft and development organizations. Since co-founding Bindaas Unlimited, a sustainable, fair trade textile and craft business, she has focused on reinterpreting traditional craft and art for urban and international markets.

As one of the founders of a craft-centered development initiative, she has lived in rural Rajasthan where she has created contemporary block prints on textiles and T-shirts with ancient printer communities, reviving and expanding the natural dye traditions and creating new designs and techniques. An example of her work was recently displayed at the exhibition, ‘The Fabric of India’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.



Visiting Artist | Jay Nelson

Lecture | Tuesday, September 6th at 12pm

Location | the Depot, 814 West Broad St

 Golden Gate 2

image: Jay Nelson

BIO Jay Nelson’s selected exhibitions include Bolinas Art Museum, The Bekeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of Art, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco; Baer Ridgway, San Francisco; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Space 1026, Philadelphia; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland; Samson Projects, Boston; New Image Art, Los Angeles, upcoming at San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. He has commissioned work  for Lawrence Rinder, the Oakland Airport, Mollusk Surf Shops in Venice, Silver Lake and San Francisco, Patagonia and Vissla. Nelson has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Surfer Magazine, Juxtapose, The L Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Magazine and Readymade. He received his MFA from Bard College in 2008 and his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2004.



performance | clean slate

1708 Gallery | 5 x 5 Summer Studio Sessions

Emily McBride : clean slate

June 27 – July 9


Emily McBride‘s clean slate is a performative public sorting of personal possessions as the artist enters into a transitional phase between finishing graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and moving to a new location. McBride will utilize 1708’s gallery to accomplish the task of sorting through all her possessions, minimizing to what is essential. This act becomes a platform to engage the public in witnessing the sorting process and the dispersal of items not kept. Visitors are welcome to take from sorted piles such as the “Free Art” pile and “To Donate” pile, assuming the obligation of ownership over these items.

Special event dates:

Friday, July 1, 5-9 pm, First Friday: The Friday Collection
Saturday, July 2, 11am-4pm, The Saturday Collection



Exhibition |MFA Thesis 2nd round

The MFA 1st round thesis exhibitions open Friday, April 29th
April 29 – May 17
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29 5pm – 8pm at the Anderson Gallery 907½ W. Franklin St. and the Depot Gallery, 814 W Broad St.

The MFA thesis exhibition is the final requirement for students in the graduate fine arts and design programs, representing the culmination of each artist’s accomplishments over a two-year period.Round one of the Graduate MFA Thesis Exhibitions begins with an opening reception April 29 at 5 p.m. and runs through May 17.


Exhibiting Artists:

M.F.A. Round 2

Craft/Material Studies
Alicia Dietz
Carli Holcomb
Ben Jordan
Jeremy Zietz

Graphic Design
Adele Ball
Alex Martin

Interior Environments
Leah Embrey
Thomas Kennedy
Nilufar Makhamatova
Merian O’Neil
Jessica Walton
Eline Warren
Sarah Webb
Ashley Whitehead

Kinetic Imaging
David Moré
Kelsey Sheaffer

Painting + Printmaking
Saulat Ajmal
Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez
Devin Harclerode
Kristen Sanders

Photography & Film
Abbey Sarver

Sculpture + Extended Media
Ryan Flores
Pallavi Sen
Shana Hoehn

Xiaolin Lan




Exhibition | 2016 Senior Show

The VCUarts departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media presents  – VCU Arts Senior Show
Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Sculpture + Extended, and Painting & Printmaking: Opens April 29 at 5:00 pm and runs through May 1
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29 from 5 – 8PM
Virginia Commonwealth University
Fine Arts Building
1000 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23284
Opens April 29 at 5:00 pm and runs through May 1
VCU’s departments of Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, and Sculpture + Extended Media open their annual Senior Show this year on April 29th, showcasing the very best of 2016 graduates. The Senior Show is a varied sampling of the latest in fine art and an inspiring event not to be missed.



Exhibition | Compressed Reflections

VCUarts Craft/Material Studies + Sediment Gallery Present

Compressed Reflections

April 1, 2016 — April 30, 2016

Closing Performance | Thursday, April 28 7pm.

Through movement and music, three performers will activate the weaving Deep-Sea Oil Prospects: Northern Gulf of Mexico, #5. Their loose arrangements of gesture and sound echo the patterns of interference inherent to woven image, while also replaying the processes of reflective seismology responsible for the original data.

Performance begins at 7pM at Sediment Gallery, 208 Grace Street, Richmond, VA 


ABOUT THE PERFORMERS | John Niekrasz is a composer, performer, and writer from Chicago. In 2015 he resided at the Cité Des Arts in Paris, France. He received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. John studied percussion in Havana, drum set with Milford Graves, and classical Hindustani tabla in Varanasi, India, with Pandit Lacchu Maharaj. He bridges the musico-poetic divide through text-based arrangement and syllabic musical notation. Committed to improvisation both as a performance modality and a compositional approach, John’s work struggles with such spectra as poverty and ornament, rigor and effortlessness, justice and militancy. John Niekrasz has created work as a fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the ACRE Artists Residency. He founded the Outset Music Series, directs the ACRE Orchestra, and has served as curator and vice president of the Creative Music Guild in Portland, Oregon.  Constance Yunker is a dance artist with extensive training in many forms, including ballet, modern, jazz, and competitive Scottish dance. She has a special interest in the production elements of dance, and currently works as a technical assistant at a local dance theater. Constance is pursuing her BFA in dance and choreography at VCU and plans to graduate in May 2017.  Kari Schackmann is in her second year in the Dance Department at VCUand hails from Frisco, Texas. She has been dancing for 16 years and has received many opportunities to perform in the Richmond community and beyond through VCU Dance.

Through seismic stratigraphy, we are able to render images of cross-sections of the earth. By visualizing certain algorithms, we can create believable fictional landscapes. Heather MacKenzie’s solo exhibition, Compressed Reflections, collects stratified, constructed, extrapolated, and deconstructed landscapes that are mediated by the grid of the handwoven textile. Drawing from seismic stratigraphy used in oil prospecting, algorithmically-derived virtual landscapes, and elemental geometries used to process these data, Heather expands on the capacity of weaving technology and of cloth itself.

Heather MacKenzie is an artist, writer, and educator currently living in Richmond, Virginia as the Fountainhead Fellow in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her work, Heather looks to the textile as a foundational piece of human technology that is sensual and material while simultaneously embedded with complex mathematical information. In two- and three-dimensional work, as well as performance, she examines other, equally foundational systems that span the material world and the abstract one: platonic mathematics, Euclidean geometry, and standardized measurement. For the academic year of 2014-15, Heather was a Fulbright Fellow in Paris, France, where she produced work and had a solo installation as artist-in-residence at l’École des Arts Décoratifs. She has studied traditional textiles in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Zimbabwe, as well as in Europe, and she has exhibited work recently at venues including the Mission Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, and PointDom in Toulouse, France. Heather received her BA from Brown University and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sediment Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 1-7pm and by appointment.