Michael Jones McKean
Jovencio de la Paz
Susan Kae Grant
Michael Jones McKean
Jovencio de la Paz
Susan Kae Grant
Michael Jones McKean received his MFA from Alfred University in 2002 and his BFA from Marywood University in 2000. A recipient of numerous awards, Michael has been granted fellowships and residencies at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Central Michigan University as the Stephen L. Barstow Fellow and The Archie Bray Foundation. He has recently been awarded the Nancy Graves Foundation Award, an Artadia Award including an Artadia New York City Residency Fellowship, the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts and four State Arts Commission grants including an Emerging Artist Fellowship.
Michael’s work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally including recent solo exhibitions at Grand Arts in Kansas City, DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, The Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska, SUNDAY and Horton & Co. in New York City, Project Gentili in Italy and Germany, as well as Inman Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. McKean is currently an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jovencio de la Paz is an artist and designer working in Portland, Oregon. Born in Singapore, he received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Fiber and Material Studies in 2008. de la Paz has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Uri Gallery in Seoul, South Korea and Gallery 2 in Chicago, Illinois. His interdisciplinary practice draws from the traditions of painting, drawing, printmaking, surface design and the book-arts. In 2009, de la Paz was chosen as a finalist for the annual Betty Bowen Award, granted by the Seattle Art Museum to an emerging artist working in the Pacific Northwest.
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray is Professor of Metal and Chair of the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1986, and her BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1984. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Individual Artist Fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts (1994), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1997, 2005). In 1998 she was awarded a Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching at the State University of New York.
Mimlitsch-Gray’s work is included in the following Public Collections: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Racine Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Royal College of Art, the Renwick Gallery-National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
Mimlitsch-Gray has lectured and exhibited her work widely in the US and abroad. Recent shows include: “Raising the Bar,” Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales; “True Grit: Frames, Fixations and Flirtations” at the McColl Art Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; and the solo exhibition, “Force Times Distance” at the Sienna Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts. She is a featured speaker at the 2009 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in Philadelphia.
Katherine Ross, Professor of Ceramics, is also Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1976 from the State University of New York at Fredonia and her MFA in 1980 from Tulsa University. Recent exhibitions of her work include the 65th Scripps Annual, Jingdezhen National Ceramic Museum, China; Sanbao Ceramic Art Museum, China; SOFA Chicago; NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, NY; Kohler Art Center, WI; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX; and the Urban Center For Contemporary Art, MI. Her expertise is in porcelain production for large installations addressing biological technology, disease and prophylaxis, genetic engineering, hybridization, and cloning. Currently she is researching Soviet-era propaganda porcelain and Stalinist policies of falsification and erasures of historical documents for an installation that will tour the U.S. beginning in September.
Susan kae Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1975 she has produced 13 limited edition books. Her most recent book “Shadowed Memory” was created during a 2005 residency at Visual Studies Workshop. She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981 and joined the faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 1981 where she is currently Professor and head of the Photography area. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches bookmaking workshops. In 2003 and 2005 she was the recipient of the SPE “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.
Grant has conducted bookmaking workshops, lectured on artists’ books and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, British Columbia, Africa and Japan. Her works are included in numerous public collections including The George Eastman House, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library.
“Night Journey”, Grant’s most recent body of work, is a multi-dimensional installation and suite of iris prints exploring the artistic interpretation of dreams, memory and the unconscious. It has been exhibited at 13 venues and was included in the “International Biennale of Contemporary Art” in Florence, Italy.
Evan Holloway lives and works in Los Angeles. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum of Painting and Sculpture, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He makes objects designed to address the physical and sensory equipment of humans as a means to engage ideas about perception, epistemology, and culture.
Jan Tumlir is an art writer who lives in Los Angeles. His articles appear regularly in Artforum, Frieze and the Flash Art. In addition, he has written catalog essays for such artists as Bas Jan Ader, Uta Barth, Jorge Pardo and Pae White. Tumlir teaches art history and critical theory at Art Center and UCLA. LA Artland, a book on contemporary art in Los Angeles co-written with Chris Kraus and Jane McFadden was published by Black Dog Press in 2005. His monograph on Charlie White, titled Charlie White: Everything is American, was published in 2007 by the Salamanca Foundation, Spain. His latest curatorial effort, Desertshore, was mounted at The Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, in August, 2008, and also yielded a book through 2nd Cannons Press. Tumlir is currently working on a book about the New Objectivity.
Olaf Breuning (b. Schaffhausen, Switzerland) has exhibited his videos, photographs, sculptures and installations in numerous galleries and museums internationally. Selected exhibitions include 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Looking at Music, The Museum of Modern Art, NY (2008); MADE UP Liverpool Biennial, UK (2008); The Rocky Mountain People Show, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Italy (2008); 1st Athens Biennial, Greece (2007); Imagination Becomes Reality, ZKM/Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany (2007); Panoramic at Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2006); Music is a Better Noise, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY (2006); Prague Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005); None of the Above, Swiss Institute, NY (2004); Boys Behaving Badly, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2004); and Swiss Mix, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2003).
His work has been reviewed in publications such as Frieze, Tokion, Parkett, ARTnews, Whitewall, the New York Times, Art in America, and Artforum. Breuning recently completed solo exhibitions at Metro Pictures in New York (2008), Migros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland (2007), and featured a massive “sand sculpture” for Art Projects at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008. He is currently preparing for a solo show at Kodama Gallery in Japan among other opportunities. Olaf Breuning lives and works in New York.
Bruna Esposito was born in Rome in 1960. After Fine Arts High School, she briefly attended the Department of Architecture program at the State University in Rome. Since then, she has lived in New York and Berlin and currently lives and works in Rome. Winner of a fellowship at P.S.1 in New York, she has participated in international survey shows such as Documenta in Kassel (1997) and the Venice Biennale (1999). On the latter occasion, along with other Italian artists, she won the Golden Lion award for best national representation. Esposito’s work is based on interventions, often set in urban contexts, where a destabilizing element is crucial, sometimes in the form of a variation in tone, from the poetic to the ironic. She has been awarded two fellowships from the IBA in Berlin, and is the winner, as voted by the public, of the Italian Young Artist Award.
Dan Graham was born in 1942 in Urbana, Illinois. He currently lives and works in New York City. Graham did not receive any formal art training, but was a founder of the John Daniels Gallery in New York (1964-65) before embarking on an artistic career. Since then, he has produced an important body of art and theory that engages in a highly analytical discourse on the historical, social and ideological functions of contemporary cultural systems. Public architecture, music, suburbia, video and television are among the focuses of his investigations, which are articulated in essays, performances, installations, videotapes and architectural/sculptural projects.
Graham began using film and video in the ‘70s, creating installation and performance works that actively engage the viewer in a perceptual and psychological inquiry into public and private, audience and performer, objectivity and subjectivity. Restructuring space, time and spectatorship in an examination of the phenomenology of viewing, his early installations often incorporate closed circuit video systems within architectural spaces, manipulating and displacing the viewer’sperception through such devices as time delay, surveillance and mirrors. Seminal early magazine essays like Homes for America (1966-67) use the magazine as a disposable medium.. The later pavilion works, with their use of glass and two-way mirrors, use the audience as part of the spectacle, as viewers experience different situations constantly, depending on the light situations and on who else is viewing the work.
Graham has had many exhibitions in public institutions including the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; Kunsthalle Bern; Le Consortium, Dijon; Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Serralves, Porto; Musee d’Art Modernede la Villede Paris, Paris; the Kroller Muller Museum, Ottloo; Kiasma Musuem of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf; and Kunst-Werke, Berlin. Last year, Graham’s first US retrospective was organized with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Tad Hirsch is an artist and designer whose work explores relationships between science and engineering on the one hand, and social and political issues on the other. He is a design researcher with the People and Practices Research group at Intel, where he examines ways to use technology for natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, and food-based social movements. He is also a founding member of the Institute for Applied Autonomy, an art/technology/activism collective that has been operating since 1998. He has worked with Motorola’s Advanced Concepts Group, the Interaction Design Studio at Carnegie Mellon University, RISD’s Digital + Media Department, and also has several years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Tad holds a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Laboratory, and an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Tad’s projects have included robots that spray paint graffiti and distribute subversive literature, mapping software that enables people to avoid CCTV surveillance cameras, aircraft-detecting coconuts that place complaint calls to airport noise abatement programs, and a faux-travel agency that critically examines the Central Intelligence Agency’s extraordinary rendition program. He has also developed text-messaging broadcast systems for street protest, community-based language interpretation systems for Chinese immigrants, and telephone-based independent media systems for activists in Zimbabwe.
Tad’s work has been included in festivals and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and America including the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and MassMoca. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and commissions including an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 2000 and Rhizome Net Art Commissions in 2002 and 2006.
Marie Watt was born in Seattle in 1967, and attended Willamette University. She received an AFA in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art in 1996. She has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, and has been commissioned to create work for Willamette University, Seattle City Light, and Portland Community College. Watt’s many awards include a 2009 residency with the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, the 2009 Bonnie Bronson Award, the Contemporary Northwest Art award, and the Betty Bowen award, among others. Her work can be found in collections at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (Indianapolis); Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Fe); the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and several museums in the Pacific Northwest. She lives and works in Portland, and is represented by PDX Contemporary Art and the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.