Jeanne Medina is the 2017-18 Fountainhead Fellow in the Department of Craft and Material Studies. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Material Studies and Post-Baccalaureate in Fashion, Body and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she was awarded the 2013 Toby Devan Lewis Award.
Jeanne uses the process of weaving as a means of textile production and methodology for collaboration. Using this idea of poromechanics, she works fluidly through fiber, performance and fashion to resolve the structural space of the body and the interior space of the psyche through these unfolding forms of production. She pursued research in Antwerp, Belgium on the Royal Academy of Art Fashion Department, the Betet Skara archive at ModeMuseum, and worked with fashion designer, Christian Wijnants. She has also worked at various phases of the commercial fashion system including production and archiving for Stoll Knitwear Technology, and sales and merchandising for Roxy and Quiksilver. Her work is in the permanent collection at Cranbrook Art Museum and she has exhibited at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux, France, the Babaran Segaragunung Culture House in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 | 12:45 PM | FINE ARTS BUILDING, CRAFT AND MATERIAL STUDIES CRITIQUE ROOM 1 (ROOM 238)
Anjali Srinivasan’s creative practice and research explores socio-economic empowerment through collaboration with traditional craft artisans in India. Her work has been included in several solo exhibitions in India, Sydney College of Arts in Australia, and Heller Gallery in New York. Anjali is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a grant from The Ruth Chenven Foundation, an Andy Warhol Foundation Grant for Arts Writers, and was most recently awarded a Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Memorial Award. Additionally, her work has been exhibited internationally in Denmark, Switzerland, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia.
Anjali holds degrees from Rhode Island School of Design (MFA 2017), Alfred University (BFA 2002), and National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, India (Accessories Design Diploma 1998) and is currently an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15 | 5 – 8 PM | QUIRK HOTEL | 201 W BROAD ST
VCUarts Craft/Material Studies + Sediment Gallery Present
Under the Layers
a Storefront Featured Exhibition
May 5th through May 21st, 2017.
The MFA candidates in the VCUarts Craft/Material Studies Present
an MFA CANDIDACY Exhibition
Opening Reception| April 21, 6-9pm
Soft Closing| April 23, 2-6pm
3409 W. Leigh St | richmond | va
“Queer Threads: Making and Talking, Fiber and Fashion” is a week-long event series funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative, from April 10-14 at VCU’s Depot and satellite community locations. Please join us for a series of lectures, interactive community-inclusive art projects, and a speaker panel bringing all four guests (Cindy Baker, John Chaich, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Jeanne Vaccaro) together to discuss the intersections of queerness, body image, fashion, textiles and community.
John Chaich’s book, “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community”, is now available for purchase at VCU Barnes & Noble Bookstore!
Panel Discussion with Cindy Baker, John Chaich, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Jeanne Vaccaro – 4/12 – Depot 6-8pm
The panel will discuss topics relative to these artists and scholars’ work: gender, race, sexuality, body size, difference, shame, celebration, community, fiber-based hand making and design.
Ramekon O’Arwisters is a San Francisco-based social-practice artist who creates collaborative, community-based art projects infused with folk-art traditions. During his Crochet Jams, participants become physically connected with one another through the processes of making yarn from used clothing and crocheting a giant textile. Click here for more details on our upcoming Crochet Jams
John Chaich – Curator Lecture 4/11 VCU Depot 5-6pm
John Chaich presents a lecture on the evolution of his book, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, it’s exhibition precedent, and his experiences as a graphic designer, AIDS activist and queer art curator.
Jeanne Vaccaro is a postdoctoral fellow in Gender Studies at Indiana University. Vaccaro is currently working on the book, “Handmade: Feelings and Textures of Transgender,” which looks at the haptic and ‘felt’ labor of identity.
Fashion Plate Workshop – 4/12 (9-12), 4/13 (1-6), 4/14 (9-12pm) – VCU Depot (814 W. Broad St)
Fashion Plate Performance Event – 4/14 6-9pm – Black Iris Gallery (321 W. Broad St)
Cindy Baker is a Canadian artist whose performance work addresses gender culture, queer theory, art theory and the implications of fat-shame. Cindy will host her Fashion Plate project, inviting student designers and garment makers to produce garments for Cindy to showcase in a fashion catwalk show that confronts the design industry’s disregard for fat and deviant bodies. Click here for more details on our Fashion Plate Events