Alumni News

Congratulations to Matt Brett!



Matt Brett (BFA 2009) has been accepted to Skowhegan for the Summer 2014 session!




Opening reception:  Friday March 28 5:30-7:30

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar college

124 Raymond Av Poughkeepsie Ny 12604

From: March 28-July 20, 2014

Deluge, a site-specific installation by Todd Knopke (BFA 1995), is exemplary of the artist’s talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Two monumental cloth artworks are draped on opposite walls of the Art Center Atrium bookending the long, narrow space in colorful fabric. Beginning with a sewing machine and a pile of used clothes, sheets, towels, and blankets from friends and family, Knopke creates elaborately collaged scenes that are rich with texture, history, and meaning. His practice takes the American tradition of quilting and the European tradition of tapestry making and combines them with contemporary ideas of collage, painting, and sculpture.

Todd Knopke received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. His work has been shown at galleries such as Sikkema Jenkins, Derek Eller Gallery, and Jeff Bailey Gallery (New York), Grimm Gallery (Amsterdam, NL), and TSA Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). He recently had a solo show at Feature Inc in New York. Knopke’s work has been featured in publications including the New York TimesNY Arts, the Village Voice, and Columbia Art Journal. His work is in many private collections and the collection of the Santa Barbara Art Museum. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Knopke lives and works in Brooklyn.

“The Prosthetics of Joy”



Exhibition from March 19-April 18, at the AEIVA

Artist George Ferrandi (BFA 1995) will develop a performance and exhibition in a 10-day residency presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History.

During Ferrandi’s UAB residency from March 11-20, she will work with students, faculty, staff and community members to create “The Prosthetics of Joy,” commissioned by the DAAH. “The Prosthetics of Joy” is a multimedia project based on a photographic image found by the artist on Facebook. The performance will be a one-act play in which the 40 or so players, the set, and the costumes are indivisible. The one-night-only performance will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the new UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South.

The performance will then become part of the resulting exhibition and will feature sculpture, photography, video and drawings. “The Prosthetics of Joy”will be on exhibition from March 19-April 18, at the AEIVA. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21. The performance, exhibition and reception are all free and open to the public.

The department is excited to host this project that will unfold during Ferrandi’s residency at the AEIVA, transforming the artist’s vision through production and the presentation of performance and installation. The project will connect strangers and question how we perceive the photographic moment, says Lauren Lake, MFA, chair of the UAB DAAH.

“We could not be more thrilled to present George Ferrandi for the Department of Art and Art History’s first residency in our new home,” Lake said. “George’s past work and performances and installations are poetic interpretations of our everyday lives, and I have no doubt that ‘The Prosthetics of Joy’ will pull on your soul a bit and leave you reconsidering life’s tender and most genuine moments.”

Ferrandi is an American artist whose work responds to the specifics of a site, audience or situation, employing whatever medium is best suited for the task. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ferrandi made news recently with her “daring” site-specific performance piece, “it felt like i knew you,” which tests the limits of a subway car’s shared spaces.

She is the director of Wayfarers Studio Program and Gallery in Bushwick, and was the founding member of the touring performance project “Cloud Seeding: Circus of the Performative Object.” Her work has been performed and/or exhibited around the country, including at Abrons Arts Center in New York, the Kitchen in New York, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, the Wexner Center in Columbus, the University of California at San Diego, the Harn Museum in Gainesville, Fla., and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Ferrandi has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fundwinners for Performance Art, the Mid Atlantic Arts Council and the RISD Part-time Faculty Association. She teaches sculpture and performance art periodically at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Virginia Commonwealth University, and also specializes in the restoration of statues of saints for churches.



Carl Marin (MFA)

“Pit” is a video/augmented reality work that will exist on the NYC metrocard.
You can download the ActivatAR App for free from iTunes and use your NYC Metrocard to view the installation from the palm of your hand.

Opens Friday, March 28, 2014
Through April 2014

Viewable on any NYC Metrocard

Alchemical Vessels Benefit 2014


April 4 – May 16, 2014

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

- Opening Reception – Friday, April 4, 7-9pm
- Special Benefit (by contribution only) – Friday, May 2, 7-9pm


Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery are proud to announce the return of Alchemical VesselsSmith Center’s 2nd Annual Benefit and Exhibition.

Featuring work by: GLENN RICHARDSON (BFA 1985) & SUZI FOX (BFA 1995)



Ross Ianatti (BFA)

March 20th – April 26th

Curated by Ryan Steadman

Aaron Aujla, Dylan Bailey, Graham Collins, Chris Duncan, Ryan Estep, Ayan Farah, Egan Frantz, Ethan Greenbaum, Ross Iannatti, George Henry Longly, Lauren Luloff, Adam Marnie, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Ryan Wallace, and Letha Wilson


Robert Blumenthal Gallery
1045 Madison Avenue 3rd Floor (between 79th & 80th)
New York NY, 10075 T. (646)

365 Artists Interview


John Henry Blatter (MFA) was interviewed for 365 Artists. 365 Artists 365 Days™ is a new project, which will be launched in 2014 by the Frank Juarez Gallery (Sheboygan) and Greymatter Gallery(Milwaukee).

The aim of this project is to share with you daily a diverse selection of contemporary visual artists working today from across the country and perhaps the world.

The Last Brucennial



Talia Shulze (BFA)

Opening Reception:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

March 7 to April 4, 2014


12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


837 Washington, NYC

12th Annual Richmond Choreographers’ Showcase


Egbert Vongmalaithong (BFA)  is one of the 2014 Showcase choreographers featured and is performing in the 12th Annual Richmond Choreographers’ Showcase.

March 22nd 2014 at 4pm and 8pm
March 23rd 2014 at 2pm

Grace Street Theatre, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia


Moules, Oeufs, Frites…




Curated by Ardi Poels

March 12, 2014 – March 15, 2014

The Ridder /
A House for Contemporary Art
Oeverwal 3
NL 6221 EN Maastricht


Featuring: Oscar Santillan (MFA 2011)

Including works by Charbel-Joseph H. Boutros (LEB), Marcel Broodthaers (B), Thomas Grünfeld (D), Sofia Hultén (D), William Hunt (UK), Rodrigo Hernández (MEX), Astrid Mingels (NL), Gregor Schneider (D).


You are more than welcome to join us for this remarkable opening of Moules, Oeufs, Frites… on the 12th of March from 18.00 until 20.00