SAMFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Shay Church

Ceramicist Shay Church will discuss his work Wednesday, August 3, at 1 pm in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium.

Church earned his MFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in California in 2007. He is currently the head of Ceramics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Last year he collaborated with UArts graduate students, alumni, and the Philadelphia arts community to create the installation Gray Whales right here on Broad Street.

Discover more about his work in the Ceramics Monthly issue from May 2009 (v. 57, no. 5) in a special section on 2009 Emerging Artists. You can read the full text of this article in WilsonWeb (if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in first).

Elephant, installed at Cue in NYC
Elephant, installed at Cue in NYC

Library staff recommendation: Asterios Polyp

Asterios Polyp
by David Mazzucchelli
741.50924 M459a 2009 Greenfield Open Stacks

Asterios Polyp tells the story of a renowned ‘theoretical’ architect haunted by the memories of his father, his dead twin brother, and the shortcomings of his career as he navigates a marriage, a divorce, and the world of academia. However, Asterios gets one last shot at redemption, one that is both sincere and unexpected. Mazzucchelli is a virtuoso at style, using a wide array of  shapes, colors, and textures to convey the moods and emotions of his characters. It is a visual language unique amid the world of comics and graphic novels, and one deserving of wider recognition.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Studio MFA Food for Thought Lecture: Birgit Rathsmann and Rick Karr

Filmmaker Birgit Rathsmann and media journalist Rick Karr will lecture Wednesday, July 27, at 1 p.m. in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium.

Birgit Rathsmann has internationally exhibited, including at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Haus der Kulturen in Berlin, and Raindance in London. She received her MFA from Hunter College. You can view some of her work on vimeo.

Rick Karr attended Purdue University and and the London School of Economics. He now teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is a correspondent for the PBS show Bill Moyers Journal and, in 2006, co-wrote the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Net @ Risk which explores the United States’ digital infrastructure and our dependence on it. View some of his reporting work through PBS’ Need to Know and watch his lecture from the National Conference for Media Reform in April 2011.

Birgit Rathsmann and Rick Karr are married and currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture: Linn Meyers

2D artist Linn Meyers will be discussing her work Friday, July 22, at 3 p.m. in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium. Meyers is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and exhibits internationally. She is represented by the Philadelphia gallery, Gallery Joe.

In “The Space Between at SJICA” from Artweek (vol. 39, no. 5) Frank Cebulski reviews Meyers’ work from the 2008 group exhibition “The Space Between” at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in California.  You can read the full text of the article through WilsonWeb (if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in first).

Every now. And again. installed at the Hammer Museum, 2011
Every now. And again. installed at the Hammer Museum, 2011

In The Washington Post from February 2009, in “Artist Goes Flat-Out to Draw the Viewer In,” Michael O’Sullivan discusses Meyer’s installation pieces at the University of Maryland. You can read the full text of the article through LexisNexis (if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in first).

Meyers is currently showing at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. From the museum website, you can watch a video of Meyers working on her installation piece that will be up through November.

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Tristin Lowe

Multi-disciplinary artist Tristin Lowe will be discussing his work this Wednesday, July 13, at 1pm in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium. He is represented by the Fleisher Ollman Gallery here in Philadelphia and his show, Voyeur, was recently exhibited there.

Martina Windel’s “Under the Influence: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI” in Art New England v. 31, no. 5 (September/October 2010) reviews Lowe’s works Lunacy and Visither I, both with the moon as subject. The full text of this article is available through the University Libraries in WilsonWeb (if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in first).

“New Ring for His Circus of Art: Tristin Lowe Gets his First One-Person Show in a Commercial Gallery” by Edith Newhall for The Philadelphia Inquirer (October 13, 2006) reviews Lowe’s first show at Fleisher-Ollman. The full text of this article is available in LexisNexis (if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in first).

Mocha, 2009 (front view)
Mocha, 2009 (front view)
Mocha, 2009 (back view)
Mocha, 2009 (back view)

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Daniel Grant

Prolific arts writer Daniel Grant will discuss his books and newspaper writing this Friday, July 8, at 5 pm in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium. The University Libraries has many of his books, including:

The Business of Being an Artist (New York: Allworth Press, 2010). Find it in the Greenfield Library, call number 706.8 G767b 2010.

The Fine Artist’s Career Guide: Making Money in the Arts and Beyond (New York: Allworth Press, 2004). Find it in Greenfield Library, call number 702.3 G767f 2004.

How to Start and Succeed as an Artist (New York: Allworth Press, 1997). Find it in Greenfield Library, call number 702.3 G767h.

To see all of Mr. Grant’s books in the University Libraries’ collection, search for him as author Grant, Daniel. You can also read many of his newspaper articles in LexisNexis (use Combined Search to search for “Daniel Grant”; if you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in first).

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Matthew Higgs

Photograph of a Book (John Currin)
Photograph of a Book (John Currin)

Curator and artist Matthew Higgs will discuss his work as director of White Columns as well as his artwork this Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 6pm in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium. Mr. Higgs has been director and chief curator of White Columns, an alternative art space in New York City, since 2004. He has also internationally exhibited his own artwork and is represented by Murray Guy in New York City.

Read his introduction to Elizabeth Peyton (New York: Rizzoli, 2005) in Greenfield Library, call number 759.1 P468h. Also, search “Matthew Higgs” as a keyword phrase in the UArts Libraries’ catalog to find more books to which he has contributed.

“Matthew Higgs: The Director of White Columns in New York”  in Modern Painters v. 23, no. 1 (February 2011) is a brief interview with the curator. The full text of this article is available in WilsonWeb (you will have to login first, if you are off campus).

In “Matthew Higgs” in Art Papers v. 30, no. 5 (September/October 2006), Adam Thompson reviews Higgs’ exhibition What Goes Around Comes Around at Murray Guy. The full text of this article is also available in WilsonWeb.