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.
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.
Bryan Castro was born in 1994 and grew up in New Jersey. In 2017, Castro received his BFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He also received a Visual Arts Department Award from Mason Gross and attended the Summer Studio Residency at New York University. Castro currently is completing his MFA in Painting & Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University for the spring of 2020.
Caitlin Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI (2018); Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2018); University Museum of Contemporary Art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2017); and at The Brooklyn Museum as part of the Raw/Cooked series curated by Eugenie Tsai (2013). Group exhibitions include A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN (2018) at Performance Space, New York; Punch (2018) curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, New York; Touchstone (2018) at American Medium, New York; The Sun is Gone but We Have the Light (2018) at Unclebrother/Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Hancock, NY; Soul Recordings at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art (2016) at UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT; Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park (2015) in Somerset, UK; This is What Sculpture Looks Like (2014) at Postmasters Gallery, New York; and Fore (2012) at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Cherry is a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship Residency (2016) and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship (2015), among other awards and honors.
Kyrae Dawaun was born in Far Rockaway, NY transplanted from this affective mecca onto Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. His working modalities are based in the vein of painting, well invested in drawing and sculpture influenced by language, architecture, and hospitality. In 2013, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. He has shown widely in the metropolitan D.C, Maryland, Virginia area. He has been invited to work, reside, and exhibit in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Berlin. He has received the Denbo Fellowship at Pyramid Atlantic in 2016, and the DCCAH Arts and Humanities Fellowship in 2017. Currently Kyrae resides in Richmond, Virginia as he pursues his MFA in Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Enrique Figueredo is a Venezuelan-American artist who immigrated from South America at an early age. Figueredo’s work looks closely at the forces and issues affecting today’s world—economy, religion, immigration, power—and relates those incidents to the visual history of ancient civilizations, the colonization of the Americas, and mythology. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at The Re Institute (At the Edge of Lawlessness), group shows at International Print Center New York (Multilayered), ARTag Gallery (The Happiness Index) in Helsinki, and a site-specific installation on 14th Street in NYC for Art In Odd Places 2017: SENSE. Figueredo is the recipient of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Award (2019), and the Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (2019). Figueredo studied at Purchase College (SUNY) earning a BFA in 2004, with a printmaking concentration, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2019.
Dr. Lisa D. Freiman is an internationally recognized curator, art historian, and author with over thirty years working in the modern and contemporary art field with leadership positions in museums as director, senior curator, and departmental chair.
From 2013-2018, Freiman served as the inaugural director of VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Richmond, Virginia where she built a new, contemporary art institution from the ground up. There she directed all aspects of planning and implementation. During her tenure, she completed a $37 million capital campaign, launched the endowment campaign, and co-curated the opening exhibition, Declaration, which was featured in the New York Times, Apollo, ArtForum, ArtNet, The Washington Post, Art Newspaper, Smithsonian, among many others.
Prior to her tenure in Richmond, Freiman worked as senior curator and chair of the modern and contemporary art department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) between 2002 and 2013, creating a dynamic and widely renowned program that supported artists’ work through major traveling exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions, and publications. In 2011, Freiman won the rare honor to represent the United States as commissioner and curator of the U.S. Pavilion in the 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, the oldest and most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary art in the world. There she presented six newly commissioned, site-responsive works by Puerto Rico-based artists Allora & Calzadilla, the first collaborative to be featured in the U.S. Pavilion. Additionally, while at the IMA, Freiman conceived, developed and launched 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, which opened in June 2010 with a special segment on PBS's NewHour with Jeffrey Brown. 100 Acres continues to offer a new model for sculpture parks in the 21st century, emphasizing experimentation, place-making, and public engagement with permanent and changing commissioned artworks. At the IMA, Freiman also initiated an art consulting arm for the museum, IMA Art Labs, which generated operating revenue by curating the art program for Indianapolis’ first boutique art hotel, The Alexander, which has been consistently recognized as one of the top ten boutique art hotels in the United States. Freiman has worked as assistant professor of art history at the University of Georgia, Athens and served in the curatorial department of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She earned her PhD and MA degrees in modern and contemporary art history from Emory University and has a BA from Oberlin College.
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.
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.
Kyle Kogut (b. 1990 Philadelphia, PA) is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, video, performance and installation. Kogut graduated with a MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at MICA in 2016. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2012. His work has been included in group shows nationally including New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Denver, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Kogut has had solo and two person exhibitions at Gateway Gallery (Baltimore), Samuel (Chicago), Kitchen Table Gallery (Philadelphia), Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland (College Park), and KO Studio Gallery (Detroit). Kogut was a member of FJORD Gallery and taught at Tyler School of Art from 2016-2018. Kogut recently relocated to Richmond, VA and is teaching in the Art Foundation and Painting+Printmaking programs Virginia Commonwealth University and the Fine Arts program at Virginia Union University.
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.
Natalie Schmitting grew up in the Midwest. She attended the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (BFA 2012), where she discovered her increasing interest in painting. She served for two years as an artist in residence at the non-profit artist run organization, Redline Milwaukee. Schmitting continued her education at Boston University where she studied under the direction of the Chair of Graduate Painting, Josephine Halvorson (MFA 2018). Upon graduating, her work gained recognition from the Boston Globe and concurrently, she was the recipient of the Boston University distinguished alumni award.
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.
Luis Vasquez La Roche was born in Venezuela. In 2002 he migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a B.A. in Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in Trinidad, Grenada, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Germany, and The Netherlands. In 2013, he co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. He lectures at The University of Trinidad and Tobago and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University on a Fulbright Scholarship.
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.
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.