Alumni News

Jake Borndal – MFA alumnus


321 Gallery:
Solipsistic Trollop Mystic

Jake Borndal

February 28 – April 5
Opening February 28, 6 – 9pm

Jake Borndal lives and works in New York. He recently received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Solo exhibitions include Chit Chat at ΚΘΦ Gallery, Richmond; Pot Holder at Gallery Four, Baltimore; and Pot Hole at Terminal Projects, Brooklyn. His work has been included in group shows at venues such as Material Art Fair, Mexico City; Reunion Gallery, Zurich; Mass MoCA; Le Magasin, Grenoble; MoMA PS1, Postmasters Gallery, and Pierogi in New York, among others.

Artist book Solipsistic Trollop Mystic will accompany the show with writing by Savannah Knoop and Kate Scherer. | 321 Washington Avenue | Garden Level | Brooklyn NY | 718.930.0493 | Saturdays 12 – 5 pm

Gregory Sale (BFA 1987)

Love for Love: Other Voices, Other Skin*

Image from working with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition in Jan, 2015

Wave & Particle

A group exhibition celebrating Creative Capital’s 15th anniversary

February 14 – March 21, 2015

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

31 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10013

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pmMonday by appointment

Opening: Saturday, February 14, 6-8PM

Featuring Creative Capital Awardees: Janine Antoni, Edgar Arceneaux, Heather Cassils, Patty Chang, Julia Christensen, Chris Doyle, Eric Dyer, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ken Gonzales-Day, Brent Green, Kelly Heaton, Shih Chieh Huang, Jennie C. Jones, Brian Knep, Simone Leigh (featuring Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts), Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Matthew Moore with Braden King, Carlos Motta, Jeanine Oleson with Laurie Jo Reynolds, Karyn Olivier, Jason Salavon, Gregory Sale, Miriam Simun, Jesse Sugarmann, SuttonBeresCuller, Sam Van Aken, Quintan Ana Wikswo

* A new iteration of the Love for Love series (2012-2015)a socially engaged project comprising art and poetry workshops in and around Chapel Hill, NC and Nashville, TN; two thousand campaign-style buttons; 350 cards created with prisoners on death row; signage; collaborations with community organizations, area artists and poets, and public participants.

Los Angeles Times

announces 2015 SPArt Grantees in an article by columnist Carolina Miranda!

The grant will support a new project as an official affiliate artist with the Los Angeles-based Anti-Recidivism Coalition with regular visits/working sessions from Arizona. The working title for our project is The Renewal Project: Art, Policy, and Perception. The project will unfold over the next year.


In the image above,  I was facilitating a discussion with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition members about working together and what that might look like.  We were also talking with them about the work in Arizona involving Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Larry Passey (MFA 1992)

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Cattle Track Complex
6105-6207 North Cattle Track, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

The Cattle Track Arts Compound is a one-of-a-kind artist colony located on the historic Cattle Track property. Headed up by owner and arts maven Janie Ellis, the colony offers art exhibitions, artists’ studios and work spaces, a colonial antique gallery, Women’s Theater performances, as well as limited-edition fine art books beautifully crafted on an old-fashioned letter press.

+1 480 607 3658 

Diana Laurel Caramat – BFA 2009

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Just wanted to share–I have two exhibitions in the Norfolk, Virginia Area. One is open until March the other is a one night pop up exhibition Friday night Jan 30th!

Diana Laurel Caramat, Knox Garvin, & Kristin Skees ‘Threads’ at The Hermitage Museum and Gardens
Exhibit on view January 17-March 3, 2015

Threads is an artistic collaboration developed in 2013 in an effort to reveal the dignity and struggle in these underlying, often forgotton stories behind Lewis Hine’s photographs of child labor associated with the Hermitage Museum. The exhibit explores the relationship between art and labor as part of a larger human struggle — one that can still be connected, like a thread, through time and art to change the way we see the valued objects of today.

Bonnie Staley = BFA 2002


SEDIMENT Presents:
Pin Outs
Bonnie Staley and Cathy Fairbanks
02.06.2015 – 02.28.2015

Event Page Here

“Cyborg imagery can suggest a way out of the maze of dualism in which we have explained our bodies and our tools to ourselves. This is a dream not of a common language, but of a powerful infidel heteroglossia. … It means both building and destroying machines, identities, categories, relationships. space stories. Though both are bound in the spiral dance, I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.” -Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto

Bonnie Staley’s recent paintings playfully refigure the female body, possible lending the cyborgian pin-up woman super powers in their fictional world laden with disruptive humor and fantasy. Cathy Fairbanks’ paper maché busts stand with an empathetic insistence of the figure as a mutable art object. Empathy is a state of recognition of the infinite difference of others, of ourselves, and it is the backbone of the cyborg. While Staley’s women seem to aptly adjust to and even thrive within the environments of which they are both products and agents, Fairbanks’ cyborg is generally “sick”; ill but surviving. The cyborg allows us to think about the need to adjust to our environment. It is in some ways the form as it reflect the architecture of life and culture.

Opening reception Friday, February 6th 7-10pm. Gallery hours 1-7pm Friday and Saturday or by appointment.

804-819-1759 + +

Alex Podesta – Undergraduate 2004(ish)

Ian McMahon – MFA 2010

“It is my pleasure to inform you that VCU graduate Ian McMahon received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Crafts/Sculpture… Only 2% of the applicants receive this award, so it is quite an honor…”

Mark Rossier

Deputy Director
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
20 Jay Street
Suite 740
Brooklyn, New York 11201
And if anyone missed Suzanne Beal’s article on Ian in the Jan/Feb issue of Sculpture Magazine, check it out!

Patrick Storey – BFA 1996

Hi there, this is the show I was juried into at VA MOCA.
It opens on 30 January. My first showing in the US since expatriating in 2007!

Cabin Fever

1708 Gallery’s Annual Art Auction



Tom Chenoweth – MFA 1976 / Morgan Herrin – BFA 2002 / Matt King – Acting Chair / Matt Lively – BFA 1993 / Chris Mahonski – MFA 2009 / Matt Spahr – MFA 2006 / Robert Walz – BFA 2005



John B. Ravenal
Executive Director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Former Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015, 7 TO 10 P.M.
1708 GALLERY, 319 W. BROAD ST.

black tie or artful dress

Join us for an evening of food, drink, and enthusiastic bidding!
Proceeds support 1708 Gallery’s 36th year of presenting exceptional new art.

CABIN FEVER will include Live and Silent Art Auctions with works by an outstanding group of artists and will feature a special selection of works by LA-based artist Kristin Calabrese. In addition 1708 will offer a limited edition Cabin Fever letterpress print designed by Nashville’s legendary Hatch Show Print Shop. Auction artwork will be on view at 1708 Gallery from Friday, February 13 through Saturday, February 21. Please visit for more information.


Pam Anderson Sutherland Nicole Andreoni Katie Baines Andras Bality Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas Tenley Beazley Brad Birchett Karen Blair Genesis Chapman Tom Chenoweth Suzanna Fields Bill Fisher Travis Fullerton Ed Gross Harrison Haynes Kathryn Henry-Choisser Morgan Herrin Brooke Inman Susan Jamison Rosemary Jesionowski Matt King Aaron Koehn Andrew Kozlowski Michael Lease Matt Lively Sharon Madanes Christopher Mahonski Anthony Meloro Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer Brittany Nelson Amie Oliver Michael Birch-Pierce Justin James Reed Charlotte Rodenberg Eleanor Rufty Paul Ryan Alyssa Salomon Mary Scurlock Jon Sheridan Ben Sloat Matt Spahr Gordon Stettinius Georgianne Stinnett Leigh Suggs Javier Tapia Randy Toy Ed Trask Kendra Wadsworth Robert Walz Erin Willett Willie Anne Wright Sarah Yoder

ADA Gallery Presents: “You Can’t Go Home Again”

ADA Gallery Presents: George Terry–BFA 2006 (Featuring George Ferrandi–BFA 1994 and Katrina Fimmel–BFA 1994): “You Can’t Go Home” and/ Sarah Bednarek–MFA 2005–”Symmetryyrtemmys”

Opening Feb. 6 from 7-9pm and runs through March 7th.

I am very excited to announce the exhibition of “You Can’t Go Home”. An interview project, with artists in their homes, in fog. The video installation speaks about home and where/how it exists for artists living in New York City.
Threads of subject matter oscillate between murky-grey areas of discussion in a similar manner to the way the word “home” itself transforms meaning.
“Home” can time travel in a single paragraph, often referring to a place that existed in the past when we look back to a point of origin, the present when we think of where we currently “hang our hat,” and to the future when we dream of the home we one day hope to inhabit. The word connotes geography, architecture, people, and an accumulation of experiences.
New York City seems to magnify a conflict of “home.” Home tends to shift, change and vanish at times anywhere one lives, but in New York it can happen with a harsh frequency. Artists in this city come from vastly different backgrounds and locations, and home can manifest in a vaporous, paradoxical way.

Artists interviewed include:
Kendel Bennett
Tudy Benson
Brent Blalock
Justin Cooper
Esteban Del Valle
Dan Estabrook
George Ferrandi
Katrina Fimmel

Gabriela Galvan
Gigi Gatewood
Rebecca Heller
JR Larson
Shaun Leonardo
Esperanza Mayobre
Sunita Prassad
Andrew Ross
Gabriela Salazar
Adam Parker Smith
Bryan Zanisnik

Thank you to John Pollard and ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

*On view in conjunction with Kirsten Kindler & Sarah Bednarek:
opens Friday Feb. 6, 2015 (7-9pm)

My very best,
George Terry