Alumni News

Taking Off: Hot New Painters

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Conor Backman (BFA) ● Patrick Berran ● Beth Gilfilen ● Nicole Mauser ● Amanda Valdez

September 12 – October 31, 2014

Opening Reception for the Artists
: Friday, September 12, 2014  
7 – 9 pm

a once imagined ocean


new sculpture by David McQueen (MFA)

Kim Foster Gallery
529 West 20th Street
New York City

September 11- October 11, 2014

Reception Thursday September 11, 6-8pm

Searching for Diogenes


Whitney Lynn (BFA)

Act I :  Saturday, August 30 – 2pm
Act II : Sunday, August 31 – 2pm
Act III : Wednesday, September 3 – 12-6pm
(Act III features performances by Nathalie Brilliant, Maria Lewis, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, and Sarah St. Leger)

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
501 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103



30/30_IAP July 2014 

Look and Listen Galerie
Ancient poudrerie, St Chamas 13250, France
7/26/2014 – 9/20/2014

30/30 is a growing collective collection of unique small-scale artworks by invited artists from around the globe. Works selected by Tilman Hoepfl.

Featuring works by: Mike Asente (BFA 1982) & Monique Luchetti (BFA 1981)

The first edition of 30/30-IAP was presented at Minusspace, Brooklyn,NY. Following venues include PS Projects (Amsterdam/NL), Moins-un (Paris/FR), ABContemporary Gallery (Zuerich/SUI), NOI (Dolceacqua/IT).

Fuzzy Kudzu


Ralph Eaton (BFA 1987): Fuzzy Kudzu
Taubman Museum of Art
Roanoke, Va
July 22, 2014 - January 17, 2015

Tournament of Kudzu Parade


Ralph Eaton (BFA 1987)



a group exhibition featuring works by:
Aaron McIntosh
Carlton Morgan (BFA student)
Cupid Ojala
Nick Clifford Simko
Frankie Toan
Joseph Whitfield (BFA alumnus)

Gallery 5
200 W. Marshall St.
Richmond, VA 23220

August 1 – 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday August 1, 6pm – 11pm



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A Performance and Installation by Andrew Brehm (MFA 2011)

On view August 1 – August 23, 2014
opening on First Friday, August 1st
Live performances by the artist at 6:30pm and 8pm on opening night.

319 North 11th St,
2nd Floor #2G,
Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

PRACTICE welcomes guests to the Paleolithic Period to view the final resting place for two nearly extinct cave people.

Andrew Brehm’s Hominine takes viewers cave-deep into a prehistoric lovers-stalemate through sculptures and live audio works. Hominine is installation as a sitcom of objects, each part humorously lampooning the eternal struggle of long-term relationships, investment strategies, and modernization. Join the artist for two live-reading performances on opening night or enjoy the sculpture as a recording throughout the month of August.

About the Artist
Andrew Brehm is an installation and performanced-based artist, currently residing in New York who often produces work using the medium of video production. Brehm has shown nationally at galleries in New Orleans, New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia in his native state of Pennsylvania. He holds an MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and a BFA in Studio Furniture from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Brehm was recently a contestant on HGTV’s Craft Wars with Tori Spelling and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Kutztown University. His projects can be enjoyed on the web at



A House Is Not A Hotel

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A House Is Not A Hotel, 25 July – 10 September, is a curated group exhibition of emerging UK- based artists.

Pi Artworks

55 Eastcastle St.  WIW  8EG London


Featuring work by:
Steven Morgana,
Christian Newby
Lisa Slominski,
Theodoros Stamatogiannis,
Farniyaz Zaker

Itinerancy has increasingly become one of the primary characteristics that differentiate the lifestyles of the people, particularly the young, of contemporary western societies from the lifestyles of their predecessors. We move from city to city, rented accommodation to rented accommodation at an ever-increasing pace. A consequence of employment becoming increasingly flexible and precarious as well as a workforce that is more skilled and less laden with material and maternal/paternal commitments than its precursors. It is a process that is also hastened by a housing market in which supply and demand have slowly drifted apart from each other. This situation is nowhere more evident than in London, a city in which the migratory flow around and through it happens at an exhilarating pace and where the ideologically driven discourse on how to manage the places we live in is at its most charged.

For those that can take advantage of it, this freedom of movement opens up exciting and liberating opportunities while for others it ebbs at the sense of security that stability and continuity can bring. Nevertheless, for both of these groups, their relationship with the places in which they live is rapidly changing, and is increasingly one that is defined by transience.  

The six artists included in A House Is Not A Hotel each make work that is motivated by a distinctly different set of concerns and subject matter. Lisa Slominski plays with the palette and motifs, as well as the patterning and repletion, of interior design. Christian Newby deploys an abstract painting practice and its high-art connotations within the context of craft objects such as ceramics and carpets. Farniyaz Zakerjuxtaposes references to architecture and female clothing, drawing out their analogous roles in mediating between the public and the private. Theodoros Stamatogiannis replicates ubiquitous architectural components such as floors, doors, and windows, in a way that perturbs their traditional function and consequently renegotiates our relationship with them. Steven Morgana acquires a heterogeneous array of materials from the public domain such as charity posters, detritus from abandoned buildings, and crowd control barriers, which are transformed into structures that are alluring and pristine while still hinting at the more complex and forlorn reality that the original objects are props in.  Yet, within their respective practices, each artist has created work that deals with the house/home/dwelling place and the tropes of the distinctly contemporary relationship we have with it, creating a curatorial point of cohesion with the exhibition that has been arrived at from a set of distinctly different directions. 

A House Is Not A Hotel demonstrates the commitment Pi Artworks, London has to not only exhibiting work of its own international artists but also creating an platform for emerging UK based practitioners, something that will continue beyond the gallery’s first year in London. 


the whales of august


David (Scout) McQueen (MFA)

August 1- 31, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, August 1, 7-10pm

1109 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221