Noah Simblist works as a curator, writer, and artist with a focus on art and politics, specifically the ways in which contemporary artists address history. He has contributed to Art in America, Art Journal, Modern Painters, Terremoto and other publications. He is editing a book, to be published by University of Chicago Press, about Tania Bruguera’s The Francis Effect, a project co-produced by the Guggenheim Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Southern Methodist University. Curatorial projects include Aissa Deebi: Exile is Hard Work at Birzeit University Museum (2017), False Flags with Pelican Bomb in New Orleans (2016), Emergency Measures at the Power Station (2015), Tamy Ben Tor at Testsite (2012), Out of Place at Lora Reynolds Gallery (2011), Queer State(s) at the Visual Arts Center in Austin (2011), and Yuri’s Office by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation at Ft Worth Contemporary Arts (2010). He was also on the curatorial team for the 2013 Texas Biennial. In 2016, he was the co-curator and co-producer for New Cities Future Ruins, a convening that invited artists, designers and thinkers to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America’s Western Sun Belt. His most recent projects include Reading Monuments, a series of reading groups in four southern cities to interrogate the legacy of Confederate Monuments and Commonwealth, a multi-year project exploring the notion of the commons at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also Chair of Painting + Printmaking and Associate Professor of Art at VCU.
Born in Galati, Romania and raised in Texas, Diana Antohe’s practice is centered in the reach towards the country of her original citizenship, and the familial relationships that have always defined her understanding of Romania. Through painting, drawing, and sewing, Antohe creates installations with cues from the systems of value and care she has inherited from the examples of her parents and grandparents.
Antohe received a BFA in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University in 2014, with additional studies at the Slade School of Art and Yale’s Auvillar Program. She has held residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Can Serrat Center in El Bruc, Spain, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and the London Summer Intensive in London, England.
Peter Baldes received his M.F.A. from Alfred University's Integrated Electronic Arts program in 2001. His work ranges from installation and sculpture to print and internet artworks. He has been teaching media courses at VCU for the past 6 years.
Katie Barrie received her BFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan in 2011, and is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie is from the Midwest, though has spent the majority of her adult life living on the West Coast. She has exhibited at various venues throughout the US, including Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, VA, Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY, and the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT. She has participated in residencies such as the Vermont Studio Center, 100 West Corsicana, the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, Pocoapoco in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Creative Center of Stödvarfjördur in the East Fjords of Iceland.
Cara Benedetto is an artist and writer. She studied at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography and received an MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited at Chapter NY, Night Gallery LA, Metro Pictures, Art In General NY, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, and MOCA Cleveland. Her writing has been published with Badlands, C Magazine, Sleek Magazine, Area Sneaks, Qui Parle, The Third Rail, and Halmos. She was a 2013-2015 fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where she published an experimental romance novel, The Coming of Age. She was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2014. She is the editor of Contemporary Print Handbook, a printmaking textbook for Universities, launching in the spring of 2016. She is an Assistant Professor in print media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ruth Bolduan grew up in Germany and the Washington, DC area and has traveled throughout Europe, South America, the Middle East (including two years teaching at VCU-Qatar in Doha), and China. In 1980, she earned an MFA in Painting from The American University in Washington, DC.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and she has been the recipient of grants, awards, commissions, and residencies. Exhibitions include Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Museo Pedro de Osma in Lima, Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, California, Museum of Monterey, California; La Cova de les Cultures, Barcelona; and Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Collections include National Museum of Women in the Arts, American University Museum, Modlin Center for the Arts; and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Currently, she is Visiting Artist/Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she will have a solo exhibition of work produced in China.
Ruth Bolduan is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, where she lives and maintains a studio.
Caitlin Cherry was born in Chicago in 1987; she now lives and works in Brooklyn. In a practice that combines painting, sculpture, and installation with reference to history and present-day politics, she connects diverse categories and methods. Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She had her debut solo exhibition, titled Hero Safe, in 2013 at the Brooklyn Museum. She has participated in group exhibitions, including Fore, 2012, Studio Museum in Harlem; This is What Sculpture Looks Like, 2014, Postmasters Gallery, New York; Banksy’s Dismaland Bemusement Park, 2015, in the UK; and Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art, 2016, UMOCA in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2016 she completed a residency at The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida and recently a solo exhibition "Monster Energy" at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst.
Sedrick Chisom (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) is a painter and writer who lives and works in New York. His paintings reference the racialized idioms of Victorian Fantasy illustration, and use the romantic landscape as a site where the apocalyptic narratives of white supremacy, Christianity, and climate change intersect — a scenario in which most of the built environment has been obliterated and transformed into a toxic, hallucinatory wasteland. He has been included in group shows at JTT Gallery (Beside Myself), Signal Gallery (GDPR), and Abrons Art Center (Leap Century). His work has been featured in New American Painters (issue 134), and he has been written about in Forbes Magazine, Artnet, and Artsy. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union (2016), where he was awarded The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Award For Exceptional Ability, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (2018).
Raque Ford (b. 1986, Columbia, Maryland) lives and works in New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute (2010) and her MFA from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University (2013). Recently awarded the 2017 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Your Biggest Fan at CAPITAL in San Francisco, Con•fi•dence at Williamson and Knight in Portland Oregon, Carolyn at Shoot the Lobster in New York, and It's All About Me, Forget About You at Species in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work has been included in group shows at Sculpture Center (NY) 321 Gallery (NY) Galerie Division (Montreal) AALA Gallery (LA) and the Mcdonalds in Chinatown (NY).
Each of Hope Ginsburg’s long-term projects build community around learning. Her work is by turns collaborative, cooperative, and participatory. These artworks are made with peers, students, scientists, members of the public, and experts with knowledge from outside of the field. Rooted in first-hand experience, Ginsburg’s projects are invested in the socially transformative potential of knowledge exchange. Hope Ginsburg has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Wexner Center for the Arts, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Baltimore Museum of Art, SculptureCenter, and the Mercosul Biennial in Brazil. She is the recipient of an Art Matters Foundation Grant and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and has attended residencies such as the Rauschenberg Residency, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Wexner Film/Video Studio, and The Harbor at Beta Local. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, and Artforum.
Reni Gower is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2017, she received a national award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement from SECAC. In 2014, she was recognized with three teaching awards, including the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teacher of Art Award, as well as Virginia Commonwealth University’s and VCUarts’ Distinguished Teaching Awards. She is the recipient of a NEA / SECCA Southeastern Artist Fellowship and several Virginia Commission for the Arts Project Grants. Her art work is represented in many prestigious collections and has been exhibited at international and national venues for over 40 years. In addition to her painting practice, she curates award winning traveling exhibitions. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Born in 1983, Brooke Inman grew up in the small town of DeMotte, Indiana. Brooke is a nature enthusiast who loves animals, especially her cat (Ellie) and turtle (Horseshoe). Brooke Inman moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2006 to attend graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She happily finds herself still living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Painting and Printmaking Department. She also teaches printmaking in the Richmond community at Studio Two Three. Specializing in intaglio and screen print Brooke Inman received a BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.
Ron Johnson was born in 1968 in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University (B.F.A. 1999) and Virginia Commonwealth University (M.F.A. 2003). Recent solo exhibitions include, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, Garth Greenan Gallery, New York City, NY, Duane Reed Gallery St. Louis, MO and upcoming shows at and Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH and Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray KY. He is included in many private and public collections, including Altria, Markel Corporation, Capital One, Hilton Columbus, to name a few.
Holly Morrison accepted her current appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Painting & Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Prior to her appointment at VCU, she taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; Kansas City Art institute, Kansas City, Missouri; Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey; and at the Adult Correctional Institution, Cranston, Rhode Island. She has been a visiting artist, lecturer or guest instructor at institutions across the Unites States and abroad including the Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France; Notre Dame University; South Bend, Indiana; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York; Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio; San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Morrison has printed editions for nationally recognized artists Tony Fitzpatrick, Joanne Greenbaum, Mary Beth Edelson, Sebastiaan Bremer, and Alice Aycock. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1982 and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1978. Morrison has received fellowships from McDowell Colony, and The Headlands Center for the Arts. In 1998, she was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Arts. Morrison received a Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship in 2006. She was awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants in 1999 and 2003. She received a 2002 Artist’s Project Grant from the Ohio Arts Council to support the publishing of “The Extinguishing of Stars”, a limited edition artists’ book created in collaboration with Carolyn Fraser.
Morrison's work is included in public and private collections across the United States such as the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio; the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan; the Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland, Ohio; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California; Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio; TIAA-CREF, Saint Louis, Missouri; and the Wesleyan University Museum of Art, Middletown, Connecticut.
Morrison’s work has been exhibited in group or solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio; Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; the College of Wooster Art Museum, Ebert Art Center, Wooster, Ohio; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Artists’ House, Jerusalem, Israel; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio; The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; the San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas and Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Michael Royce received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking in the Spring of 2018 from VCU. During his time in graduate study he received the David Wertzel Travel Fellowship to fund a residency in Florence and a Graduate Thesis Research Grant to assist in the funding of his thesis exhibition. Michael has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as well as the Yale at Norfolk School of Music and Art. In 2012, Michael was awarded an Investing in Professional Artists: Creative Development Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments.
Yu Su (b. 1986, Beijing, China) received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BS focusing on Environmental Science from Peking University.
Su's work focuses on the intermingled web of desire and love between himself and various other subjects, such as online strangers, family, or friends. He uses painting and writing to sort out important feelings and hidden power dynamics. His work is ultimately about becoming a better person for others.
Born in Lima, Peru in 1957. Tapia initially studied industrial engineering and communications at the University of Lima during the mid 1970s. His path led him to the United States to study painting at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his master’s degree in 1987 at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with highest honors. In 2010 he was awarded the Teresa Pollak Award in the Fine Arts category in Richmond, VA. He has been awarded several grants and scholarships and has participated in numerous international and national exhibitions. Tapia is represented by Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA. He is director of VCU in Peru, study abroad program, as well as associate professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught for 29 years.
Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He writes regularly for Art in America, and his articles and reviews have also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and Sculpture. Among his recent contributions to exhibition catalogues are essays on Joan Jonas (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007), Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006), Ayse Erkmen (Venice Biennale, 2011), and Sanford Biggers (Brooklyn Museum, 2011). His essay on Vito Acconci is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969-1973, published by Charta in 2007. Together with Sabine Russ, Gregory Volk has curated numerous exhibitions, including Agitation and Repose at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, Public Notice: Paintings in Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and Surface Charge at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. from Columbia University.
Emily Wardell (b. 1991 Lansing, MI) graduated with BFA with an emphasis in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Painting and Printmaking at VCU.
Using historically and technologically informed research, Emily’s work examines the nature of perception of images and history, and explores the ways in which information is understood through mediated images. This work weaves in personal perspective and poetic elements, and seeks to deconstruct perception by exploring surface, and the fidelity of different means of transmission of text and images.
Hilary Wilder is an artist who works primarily in painting, and also in sculpture, video, and installation. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowships. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Solo exhibitions include The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois), Open Satellite (Seattle), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Devin Borden Gallery (Houston). Her videos have been screened at festivals at the University of Southern California, The Pacific Film Archive, and the Chicago International Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Rice University Art Gallery.