Peter Baldes received his M.F.A. from Alfred University's Integrated Electronic Arts program in 2001. His work ranges from installation and sculpture to print and internet artworks. He has been teaching media courses at VCU for the past 6 years.
Cara Benedetto is an artist and writer. She studied at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography and received an MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited at Chapter NY, Night Gallery LA, Metro Pictures, Art In General NY, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, and MOCA Cleveland. Her writing has been published with Badlands, C Magazine, Sleek Magazine, Area Sneaks, Qui Parle, The Third Rail, and Halmos. She was a 2013-2015 fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where she published an experimental romance novel, The Coming of Age. She was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2014. She is the editor of Contemporary Print Handbook, a printmaking textbook for Universities, launching in the spring of 2016. She is an Assistant Professor in print media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ruth Bolduan received B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from The American University in Washington, DC. She has been awarded Artist Residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Self-Help Graphic Arts Center in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Anton Gallery in Washington, DC and Monterey, California; 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and Open Studio at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Other exhibitions include Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, District of Columbia Arts Center, Galerie Ponce Boscarino in Paris, Flor de Luna Art Center in Los Angeles, The Painting Center and Jim Diaz Gallery in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California, Museo Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru, China World Trade Center in Beijing, and the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow. Publications include an artist book with Alberto Casiraghy, Frammento di Dante, published by Edizioni Pulcinoelefante in Osnago/Milan. Public collections include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the American University Museum, Capital One Corporation, and the University of Richmond Modlin Art Center.
Sally Bowring is a native New Yorker currently living in Richmond, VA. Ms. Bowring teaches painting at Virginia Commonwealth University. Recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship and the Theresa Pollak Visual Arts Awards 2003-2004, Sally Bowring is represented by Reynolds Gallery, in Richmond, VA. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.
Hope Ginsburg (b. 1974) is a Richmond, VA based artist whose project-based work is informed by curiosity about the natural world, knowledge exchange and a deep interest in materials (especially fiber & textiles).
Ginsburg’s background is in sculpture and performance. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art (1996) and a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007). She has exhibited her work at venues such as MoMA P.S.1, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Wexner Center for the Arts, SculptureCenter, Socrates Sculpture Park, American Fine Arts, and Kunst-Werke. In addition, she has had solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, the Julia Friedman Gallery and Parlour Projects, as well as Solvent Space in Richmond.
In the fall of 2007 she became Assistant Professor in the Art Foundation and Painting & Printmaking departments at VCUarts. The headquarters for her artwork, Sponge (2006-present) is located at the VCUarts Anderson Gallery.
A 2011 Art Matters fellowship enabled her to learn to scuba dive so that she could see sea-sponges firsthand. Ginsburg recently completed a project for the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, investigating freshwater sponges, as well as and natural dyeing, for the first time.
Reni Gower is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Her work is represented in several collections including the Library of Congress Print Collection; Pleasant Company / Mattel, Inc; Media General, Inc; and Capital One.
Ron Johnson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. He went on the attend Virginia Commenwealth University, earnin his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking in 2003. Johnson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. His work has been shown at Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA; Gallery V in Columbus, Ohio; Galerie Pitch in Paris, France; White Elephant Gallery in Paris, France; the Maison d’art Actuel des Chartreux in Brussells, Belgium: and at the Musee Beaux Arts in Amilly, France, among others. Johnson was a resident at the Ucross Foundation Residency in Cleamont, Wyoming in 2004 and at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France in 2002.
Kemp holds a combined BA/BFA (1991) from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and earned an MFA (2005) from Stanford University’s Department of Art & Art History. Kemp has been making and exhibiting regularly for 20 years, while concurrently writing and publishing critical and creative texts. His work resides in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis, the Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR; and in the collection of JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2012), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2003), the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2001), Artadia Fund for Art & Dialogue (2001), Art Matters Grant (2009), and Printed Matter Award for Artists (2009). He has also been awarded an artist residency from Cité Internationale Des Arts, which allowed him to live and work for seven months of (2005 – 2006) in Paris, France. The time in France preceded a major residency, commission and exhibition supported by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts (2008 – 2009).
From 1991 – 2006, Kemp lived and worked in San Francisco, California where he had four significant solo exhibitions and many groups shows while also working as a curator for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1993 – 2003) and serving on the board of the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito (2000 – 2004) and consulting for the Luggage Store/ 509 Cultural Center, San Francisco (2005). A major shift in he professional development came in 2001 when he showed work in the Studio Museum in Harlem’s groundbreaking exhibition “Freestyle”, curated by Thelma Golden. This exhibition identified a generation of black artists who felt free to abandon or confront the label of “black artist,” preferring to be understood as individuals with complex investigations of blackness in their work. His work became associated with a stance in a transitional moment in the quest to define ongoing changes in African-American art, and ultimately became part of the perpetual redefinition of blackness in contemporary culture. After this exhibition his work was collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2001), he had his fist solo show in New York City at Debs & Co. (2001), and the Studio Museum in Harlem purchased a significant work in 2005. Since then he has shown regularly, and has developed a practice that foregrounds research and experimentation that reflects on the self hybridized by and mingled with our culture of contradiction and uncertainty.
Simultaneous with his activities of making and exhibiting (2006 – present), he has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Portland Art Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, The School of Visual Arts, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Tyler School of Art, Syracuse University/ College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, Parsons the New School of Arts and Design, York Saint John University, York, England , Vermont Studio Center, and Anderson Ranch Art Center.
Kemp has mounted solo shows of his work at PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2013, 2010, 2009), Debs & Co., New York (2001), Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco (2002), Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco (2006), Envoy, New York (2008), ESP, San Francisco (1998), and Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco (2009). His work has also been shown internationally in London UK, Hong Kong, Tbilisi, Georgia, Hyères, France and Ptuj, Slovenia. Arnold J. Kemp’s poetry and prose has appeared in CALLALOO, THREE RIVERS POETRY JOURNAL, AGNI REVIEW, MIRAGE #4 PERIOD(ICAL), RIVER STYX, NOCTURNES, and ART JOURNAL. In 2005 and 2007 SMALL PRESS TRAFFIC commissioned two of his plays/performances for the SAN FRANCISCO POETS THEATER.
Holly Morrison accepted her current appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Painting & Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Prior to her appointment at VCU, she taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; Kansas City Art institute, Kansas City, Missouri; Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey; and at the Adult Correctional Institution, Cranston, Rhode Island. She has been a visiting artist, lecturer or guest instructor at institutions across the Unites States and abroad including the Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France; Notre Dame University; South Bend, Indiana; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York; Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio; San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Morrison has printed editions for nationally recognized artists Tony Fitzpatrick, Joanne Greenbaum, Mary Beth Edelson, Sebastiaan Bremer, and Alice Aycock. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1982 and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1978. Morrison has received fellowships from McDowell Colony, and The Headlands Center for the Arts. In 1998, she was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Arts. Morrison received a Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship in 2006. She was awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants in 1999 and 2003. She received a 2002 Artist’s Project Grant from the Ohio Arts Council to support the publishing of “The Extinguishing of Stars”, a limited edition artists’ book created in collaboration with Carolyn Fraser.
Morrison's work is included in public and private collections across the United States such as the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio; the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan; the Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland, Ohio; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California; Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio; TIAA-CREF, Saint Louis, Missouri; and the Wesleyan University Museum of Art, Middletown, Connecticut .
Morrison’s work has been exhibited in group or solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio; Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; the College of Wooster Art Museum, Ebert Art Center, Wooster, Ohio; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Artists’ House, Jerusalem, Israel; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio; The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; the San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas and Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Richard Roth is an artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA from The Cooper Union. His work has been exhibited at Penine Hart Gallery, Bess Cutler Gallery, Trans Hudson Gallery, New York; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Reynolds Gallery, Richmond; Shillam + Smith, London; UCR/California Museum of Photography; the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; Feigen, Inc., Chicago; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is the co-editor of the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design and co-author of Color Basics. He is currently Chairperson of the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of Solvent Space, Richmond, Virginia.
Paul Ryan teaches the graduate seminar "Art and Critical Theory" in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. A painter and art critic, he is Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. There he teaches all levels of drawing and painting, and courses in art criticism and contemporary art. He is also the director of Mary Baldwin College’s art gallery, Hunt Gallery. Paul has an M.F.A. in painting from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (1986), and a B.A. in English from Principia College (1977). Since 1983 Paul has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in a variety of venues, including Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Hartell Gallery at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), The McLean Project for the Arts (McLean, VA), The University Gallery at The University of South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC), Fine Arts Building Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA), Leeds Gallery at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana), the Contemporary Art Center at Virginia Beach, and the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). Paul has been a contributing editor for Art Papers Magazine since 1990. Since 1989 he has contributed to Art Papers Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Artlies Magazine, and the New Art Examiner. He is represented by Reynolds Gallery (Richmond), and his paintings are in numerous public, corporate, and private collections.
Javier Tapia was born in Lima, Peru in 1957. The path of this Peruvian born artist, who became a painter after pursuing studies in Industrial Engineering and Communications at the University of Lima during the 1970’s, has been significant in the United States. He studied Fine Arts (Painting) in the art program of Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California. He earned his Bachelors and Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with highest honors. He has been awarded several grants and scholarships; has participated in numerous International and National exhibitions. His work belongs in the collections of The National Museum of Peru, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, The Museum Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru. His work is represented by Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently an Associate Professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has been teaching for the past 19 years.
Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He writes regularly for Art in America, and his articles and reviews have also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and Sculpture. Among his recent contributions to exhibition catalogues are essays on Joan Jonas (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007), Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006), Ayse Erkmen (Venice Biennale, 2011), and Sanford Biggers (Brooklyn Museum, 2011). His essay on Vito Acconci is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969-1973, published by Charta in 2007. Together with Sabine Russ, Gregory Volk has curated numerous exhibitions, including Agitation and Repose at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, Public Notice: Paintings in Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and Surface Charge at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. from Columbia University.
Hilary Wilder is an artist who works in painting, installation, and video. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Wilder has exhibited work in solo exhibitions at venues that include The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois), Open Satellite (Seattle), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Devin Borden Gallery (Houston), and in group exhibitions throughout the US. Her videos have been screened at festivals at the University of Southern California, The Pacific Film Archive, and the Chicago International Film Festival, among others. She has recently participated in artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, and at the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SIM) in Reykjavik. In 2004, she completed a two-year fellowship as both a Visual Artist resident and a Critical Studies resident in the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. In addition, she has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Rice University Art Gallery. Wilder received her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2001.