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Artist SHEN XIN Talks with UConn MFA Students

Artist Talk

 

Shen Xin, the current artist featured in the Protests, Proclamations & Celebrations exhibition in
the Contemporary Art Gallery, visited an MFA seminar to allow time for the graduate students to
ask questions about her artwork, the processes behind it, and her career path. Their dialogue
covered a range of topics, one of them being her transition from MFA to post-MFA to life as a
professional artist as that resonated with the graduate students. She also spoke on how her
work has changed since being out of school, how she casts people for her videos and the
fluidity of her movie making process. She touched on some of the personal challenges that
she’s faced as an artist, how she handles negative comments and critiques about her work, how
to navigate and seek out funding, and highlighted the relationships she’s formed through her
work. She expressed her passion for teaching in the future and mentioned that she has a gallery
in Shanghai.

Prismatic

Please join us for the opening reception of Prismatic, a reflection on transgender and non-binary experience, on February 18th from 6-8pm in room 109 of the Art Building! This IDEA Grant will be on display in the VAIS Gallery from February 18th to the 22nd

 

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Perspectives on #MeToo 

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Thursday February 7, 12:15-1:45 pm 
Branford House, UConn Avery Point

This will be a discussion among UConn students, faculty and staff about sexual violence and consent.It will be offered in conjunction with a gallery installation featuring the work of UConn graduate student Jeanne Ciravolo, and is based on UConn’s Humility and Conviction in Public Life’s “Encounters” reflective, structured dialogue model. This discussion will include a variety of experts: representatives from Safe Futures, UConn’s Counseling and Mental Health Services and UConn’s Women’s Center.

Lunch will be served.

Artist Talk: Shen Xin

February 7th
9am to 11am
Dodd Center Konover Auditorium

Shen Xin

Shen Xin was born in Chengdu, China and currently is living and working in London
and Amsterdam. She graduated from La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore and
earned her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Provocation of the Nightingale , 2017 and Forms Escape: Prologue , 2016, are two of
Shen Xin’s exhibited multichannel media works that are complex and profound, and
require time and concentration to decipher. Both works avoid linear narrative and the
use of irony, for Shen Xin does not want to restrict viewers’ freedom to make their
own assumptions. “It’s a very sensory experience when things are complex because
you have to be open. That’s why I want to move away from irony because I want to
explore how to be even more engaged with that ability to open up space when
viewing the film.” You are continually challenged to assess how you come to believe
and form opinions about something. For Shen Xin, that something is connected with
notions of love, suffering, emotional pain and spirituality along with afflictions of
contemporary capitalism’s relationship with power and how Buddhist philosophy and
everyday life interconnect.

Artist Talk: Sibyl Kempson

SIBYL KEMPSON

Sibyl Kempson

 

Sibyl Kempson’s plays have been presented in the United States, Germany, and Norway.

She launched the 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr & Perf Co in 2015. Productions include Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag (Abrons Arts Center, NYC), Public People’s Enemy, an adaptation of Enemy of the People, (Ibsen Awards and Conference in Ibsen’s hometown of Skien, Norway), Sasquatch Rituals (The Kitchen, NYC) and 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, a 3-year cycle of rituals for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District of NYC, begun on the Vernal Equinox in March 2016, recurring on every Solstice and Equinox through December 2018.

Other current projects include true pearl, a new opera with David Lang for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston premiering in October 2018 and The Securely Conferred, Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S. premiering in NYC in 2019.

Kempson is the recipient of a 2018 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for American Playwright at Mid-Career. She is also a 2014 USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow and a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She received four Mondo Cane! commissions from Dixon Place between 2002-11. I Understand Everything Better, with David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production in 2015, the same year her play Fondly, Collette Richland, penned for Elevator Repair Service, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop.

Her plays are published by 53rd State Press, PLAY: Journal of Plays, and Performance & Art Journal (PAJ). MFA Brooklyn College under the instigation of Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She teaches and has taught experimental performance writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, Victoria College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, and the Eugene Lang College at the New School in NYC.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2234839566769949/

Sendak Young Illustrators’ Prize 2018

 

In conjunction with the CT Children’s Book Fair hosted by UConn and Barnes and Noble, our undergraduate students studying Illustration participated in the Maurice Sendak Young Illustrators’ Prize program.  Participants were treated to an individual critique of their works by professional illustrator Doug Salati.  Salati was a 2015 recipient of The Maurice Sendak Foundation’s Sendak Fellowship.

 

Congratulations to the 2018 Prize winners:

First Place: Hal Tedeschi

Second Place: Aberdeen Taylor

Third Place: Hayley Joyal

Honorable Mention: Gillian Partyka

 

Visiting Artist: J. R. Uretsky

J. R. Uretsky

J.R Uretsky

Visiting Artist Presentation

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:30pm

Artist Presentation – Storrs Campus, Art Building, Room 222

J.R. Uretsky weaves performance, video, puppetry, and sculpture into emotionally charged, affective artworks that shift seamlessly between autobiography and fiction. Uretsky’s work confronts viewers with expressive confessions that test the bounds of comfort, personal space, and acceptable presence. The characters that emerge through her performances are relatable yet also alien and non-specific, forging an ambiguous space where emotion is the remaining constant.

J.R. Uretsky curates independently and is a performing artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues in New York, Los Angeles, Finland, and Germany. Her work was included in the 2013 DeCordova Biennial at The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She has also performed and exhibited at Art Basel Miami, FL, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design Museum as well as the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Uretsky’s work has been published in print, online and video journals such as Headmaster Magazine, Gaga Stigmata, Big Red & Shiny, and ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.

The Aggressive Love Project

The Aggressive Love Project (2011-2013) featured in 2013 deCordova Biennial, curated by Lexi Lee Sullivan,  DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA—a series of video documentations and sculptures from site-specific performances—explores the darker side of generosity through acts of invasive gift-giving.

 

bro puppetry and video showcase

 

Bromance was a performance that used puppetry and video to showcase white, male anxiety through interviews with men. I relocated interviewee’s stories from their white, male bodies to a strange, non-gendered object. Bringing the “Bro” into a conflicted body that is queer because of its multiplicity, fluidity, and failure.

 

feeling feeling exhibition

 

Feeling Feeling a collaborative exhibition by Emmy Bright & J.R. Uretsky showed at the Distillery Gallery in Boston from September 8 – October 14, 2017

Feeling Feeling: a series of dubious choices, earnest efforts, collaborative installations, missed opportunities and new works on paper, wall, and in time.

Artist Talk – Tiziano Lucchesi and Gloria Marco Munuera of ISI Florence

Tiziano Lucchesi (artist and fresco restoration specialist) and Gloria Marco Munuera (artist and photographer) from ISI, International Studies Institute in Florence are coming to the UConn Department of Art and art History. For those students who are interested in our Education Abroad, UConn Florence Studio Art program, this is a must see. Tiziano Lucchesi will be talking about the process of making and restoring fresco, while Gloria Gloria Marco Munuera will be presenting some of her own photography work. The presentations are scheduled for next Tuesday, October 16, from 3:30-5:00 in the art building. Room TBA, so come to the Pit to orient.

Image information:

Tiziano Lucchesi, fresco resturation

Annunciazione di Rodolfo del Ghirlandaio, XVII c.

Montanino-Firenze

Gloria Marco Munuera

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UConn’s MFA Art Sale is Live: Support the Next Generation of Artists

UConn’s annual MFA Art Sale is live! The sale, which supports MFA thesis exhibitions in New York City, offers a range of 2D and 3D work by faculty, current graduate students, and alumni, all at affordable prices. Drawn from the interdisciplinary studio art program, the work spans a breadth of media, including photography, painting, ceramics, screen printing, lithography, illustration, and performance documentation. The MFA Art Sale runs continuously, with special promotions offered around the holidays.

UConn’s MFA Art program supports a broad range of art making including painting/drawing, installation/performance, photography/video, printmaking, and sculpture/ceramics. Its international faculty and superior facilities in a rural environment are centrally located in Southern New England for easy day trips to New York, Boston, Providence, Hartford, and New Haven. The three-year program culminates with an exhibition in a New York City gallery and a thesis exhibition in UConn’s William Benton Museum of Art.

Visit the sale and subscribe for updates at uconnartmfasale.com.

Discovery Day for Prospective Students at Storrs

School of Fine Arts: Discovery Day for Prospective Students at Storrs

Monday, November 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Observe and participate in classes, workshops, presentations, and exhibits for a unique opportunity to explore what it is like to be a student in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut in one of the four exciting artistic disciplines: Art & Art History, Dramatic Arts, Digital Media & Design, and Music.

Parking is available in the North and South garages and the Storrs Center Parking Garage (located on Royce Circle) for a nominal fee.

Register at https://connect.uconn.edu/register/sfa-discovery-day

For more information: https://sfa.uconn.edu/openhouse/

Open House: Join Us Sunday, Oct. 21st!

Meet with Dean Anne D’Alleva for the School of Fine Arts Dean’s Welcome 
Von der Mehden Recital Hall
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Then meet with faculty in a round-robin Q & A to explore our Degree options, Areas of Concentration, see student work, discuss career paths in Art and Art History, tour facilities, and more!

Department of Art and Art History
Arena Gallery, Art Building

10:30 am – 1:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you!

MYTH: Paintings by Kamar Thomas, MFA ’16

Exhibit Dates
Oct 1 – Dec 7, 2018

Artist Reception
Fri, Oct 26, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
prior to performance by Kathleen Battle, soprano & Joel Martin, piano 
Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey

Jorgensen Gallery
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
2132 Hillside Road
On the UConn campus in Storrs, CT
 
Gallery Hours
Due to classes scheduled in the Jorgensen Gallery, hours for fall 2018 are: 
MWF 10am – 12pm
Tues  10am – 4pm
Thurs  1pm – 4pm
Prior to performances and during most intermissions. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kamar Thomas is a fine artist from Port Antonio, Jamaica, currently Adjunct Faculty at the University of Connecticut. He graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art at the University of Connecticut in 2016 and a BA from Wesleyan University in 2012 where he became interested in how people present themselves, the masks they wear, and the differences between who/what is presented and how people really are.

ARTIST STATEMENT

King Midas is a mythical king from way back when who only wished for one thing: gold. He did what kings do and asked the Greek gods for him that wish. They did. With his new power, he touched a knife and boom: gold. He touched a fork: solid gold. He touched everything he could and became the richest king ever. He called a feast to celebrate his new gold-touching status. This was a feast to remember complete with a long table, giant turkey leg and stuffed pig with an apple in its mouth. When Midas reached out to eat that turkey leg, as soon as he touched it: gold.

This is a problem. Gold is hard to eat, even harder to digest and tastes terrible. Midas’ only daughter saw how sad he was and gave him a hug to cheer him up. As soon as he touched her: solid gold daughter. 
The richest king ever, couldn’t eat, killed the only family he cared about 
and starved to death. Sad story. Or was it?

I have made some of my favorite paintings to look at the same problem King Midas faced: becoming who you want to be and paying for it. Everybody has that problem. These large portraits intend to show how much contradiction there is and yet attempt to be beautiful. 
I am interested in how flexible and unfixed identity is.

Co-sponsored by the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center, celebrating 50 years at UConn

DREAM LOGIC A multimedia exhibition

Presented in UConn Avery Point’s Alexey von Schlippe Gallery

Opening Reception – Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-7:30PM

Artist Talks & Performance – Thursday, June 28, 6-8PM

On View June 7 – August 19, 2018

Gallery Hours – Thursday-Sunday, 12-4PM

Please join us Wednesday, June 6, 5:30-7:30pm for the opening reception of Dream Logic, a multimedia exhibition featuring UConn MFA in Studio Art students and recent graduates. The exhibition is presented by UConn School of Fine Arts & UConn Avery Point in the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, The Branford House, on UConn’s  Avery Point Campus (1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340).

Dream Logic features new work by Jeanne Ciravolo, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Shadia Heenan, Melanie Klimjack, Kelsey Miller, Jelena Prljević, Kaleigh Rusgrove, Luke Seward, Erin Koch Smith, River Soma, Claire Stankus, Jordan Thuman, Chad Uehlein & Ting Zhou.

The exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Dream Logic is curated by Olivia Baldwin.

Dream Logic Facebook Event

UCONN Art History Grad Nicholas Orchart’s Successful Internships

Nicholas Orchart, a recent UCONN graduate of Art History, took part in helping to create an exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum that hopes to Illuminate early American connections to slavery.  To see an article written about this exhibit, see here: https://hyperallergic.com/439716/can-art-museums-help-illuminate-early-american-connections-to-slavery/

Nicholas is now at a paid internship at MoMa.