Mark Dion

Mark Dion lecture

Oct 25, 2:30pm
The Depot
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Mark Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th and 17th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. Dion has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum, Miami (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); Tate Gallery, London (1999), and the British Museum of Natural History, London (2007). “Neukom Vivarium” (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion produced a major permanent commission, ‘OCEANOMANIA: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas’ for the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco. In 2016 Dion and his curatorial collaborator Sarina Basta produced the large scale exhibition, ExtraNaturel: Voyage initiatique dans la collection des Beaux-Arts de Paris, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In October 2017, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston will host “Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st Century Naturalist”, the largest American Survey to date of the artist work. Dion has also produced large scale permanent commissions for Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, the Montevideo Biannale in Uruguay, The Rose Art Museum, Johns Hopkins University and the Port of Los Angeles. Mark Dion is also co-director of Mildred’s Lane an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Ryan Lucero

Ryan Lucero

lecture: Oct 18, 2:30pm

The Depot
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220

Ryan Lucero is a New York based artist and musician. He recently graduated from the Bard
MFA program in painting. He has shown work at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York, Falcon’s Nest in Los Angeles and has performed at MOMA PS1 and The Kitchen, NYC. He is currently a VCU Fountainhead fellow in painting and printmaking.

News: Barbara Tisserat


We mourn the loss of Barbara Tisserat

The Department of Painting + Printmaking is deeply saddened by the recent loss of Barbara Tisserat who died on October 1, 2017 after a long battle with lung cancer.  She was at her home in Colorado and her two brothers were with her. Barbara earned a BFA with an emphasis in printmaking and graphic design from Colorado State University, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She attended technical workshops at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque and Crown Point Press in San Francisco. In conjunction with the VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking’s visiting-artist program, she printed editions for Richard Artschwager, James Drake, Rainer Gross, Theresa Pollak, Keith Sonnier, Francesc Torres, William Wegman, among others. Tisserat’s prints were included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Genkan Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Galeria ICPNA Miraflores in Lima, Peru; Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia; and Reynolds Gallery in Richmond. In 2005 her prints were the subject of a retrospective, Lessons: 30 Years of Printmaking, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her work is represented by Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA and in the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the New York Public Library. Barbara was so important to many of us – she was a wonderful artist, amazing teacher and a dear friend who died too soon.  The family is dealing with this privately, as Barbara wished.

Kanishka Raja Lecture

Kanishka Raja
Lecture: Sept 7, 3pm             
The Depot
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220


Kanishka Raja’s practice explores the intersection of representation, craft, technology, and the gaps that occur in the transmission of information. In composite fields that tap into oppositions of the technological versus the handmade, original versus reproduction and neutral versus contested, Raja’s paintings and their woven, scanned, printed, embroidered and reproduced counterparts interlock in complex visual fields that consider the translation and transposition of visual data and are charged with colliding realms of the foreign and the familiar. Raja’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Asia Society Museum, NY, the ICA Boston, Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, ICA Philadelphia and the Rose Art Museum, among others. Selected solo gallery exhibitions include Greenberg van Doren, Jack Tilton Gallery and Envoy, in New York and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinrücke, Mumbai. In 2016, Raja completed work on a major Percent for Art commission from the Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City for a permanent public Artwork. Raja is the recipient of a 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and winner of the 2004 ICA Artists’ Prize awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. He has been awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace Residency, been a Fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide, Italy and a recipient of an NEA funded residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York. Raja received his BA from Hampshire College, an MFA from the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The artist was born in Calcutta and lives and works in New York and Kolkata.


Robert Pruitt Lecture

Robert Pruitt
lecture: Sept 20, 2:30pm
The Depot                                    
814 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220


Born in Houston in 1975, Robert A. Pruitt received a BA. from Texas Southern University (2000) in Studio Art and an MFA from The University of Texas in Austin(2003) with a concentration in Painting. He has exhibited his work locally, nationally and internationally most notably at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and the Studio Museum of Harlem. He has participated in influential residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ArtPace, Fabric Workshop Museum, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He has received numerous awards including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Artist Grant, The Artadia Award, a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation and the William H. Johnson award. Pruitt works in a variety of materials but his practice is largely centered on rendering portraits of the human body, specifically the black body. He projects onto these bodies a juxtaposing series of experiences and material references, denoting a diverse and radical black past, present and future. Pruitt is currently living and working in New York City.


Torkwase Dyson Lecture

Torkwase Dyson (with sculpture)
lecture: Sept 25, 12pm
student commons                           
907 Floyd Ave
Richmond, VA 23284


Torkwase Dyson was born in Chicago Illinois, and spent her developmental years between North Carolina and Mississippi. Traversing these regions helped develop a fundamental sensitivity towards urban development, southern landscape and black spatial justice. During her years at Tougaloo College where she majored in Sociology and double minored in Social Work and Fine Art, she began to examine the spatial dynamics of black history and environmental justice. Over the next 10 years, Dyson traveled to Africa and South and Central America to strategize with communities of color on ways to attain resource equality. During this time she earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters in Fine Arts in Painting from Yale School of Art. In 2016 Dyson designed and built Studio South Zero (SSZ) a solar-powered mobile studio where the context of nomadicity became the framework for learning and making art about the environment. It was traveling with SSZ that inspired her experimental project The Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice where she explores contemporary theorizations of space, architecture and the infrastructure of extraction economies. Though working through multiple mediums, Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language that is both diagrammatic and expressive. The works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and spatial order.


Dyson’s work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson is the recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors award, Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by The Drawing Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art.


NYC MFA show


August 26- September 17,2017

Opening Reception August 26, 2017 6:00-8:00 pm


254 Johnson Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11206

Whateverbeing showcases artwork from 15 graduates of the Painting and Printmaking MFA program.

Artists: Saulat Ajmal, Carolina Aranibar-Fernande, Wesley Chavis, Sarah Coote, Eric Diehl, Mat Gasparek, Devin Harlerode, Will Matherson, Beatrice Modisett, Jon Rehwoldt, Jake Reller, Ricardo Ruiz,  Kristen Sanders, Ryan Syrell, Maria Tinaut

Curated by Owen Duffy

Noontime Lecture: Howard Risatti


Howard Risatti is emeritus professor of contemporary art and critical theory in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies from 2001–2005. He is the author of five books: A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression (University of North Carolina Press, 2007); Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998), co-authored with Kenneth Trapp; The Mountain Lake Workshops: Artists in Locale (Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1996), which accompanied the exhibition he curated of the same title; Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art(Prentice Hall, 1990); and New Music Vocabulary (University of Illinois Press, 1975). His work has appeared in Art Journal, Latin American Art, Woman’s Art Journal, The Studio Potter, Sculpture Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Korean Monthly Ceramic Art, Winterthur Portfolio, and Britain’s Crafts Magazine, among others. He has lectured at many conferences, including the Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2003 Academic Symposium and “CRITICAL Santa Fe: Developing Criticism in Ceramics,” a conference organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.