The Latest Alumni News

Alumni Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) Featured in The Washington Post as Winner of ArtPrize 2014


Alumni and Chairwoman of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts Sonya Clark (Fiber’95) is featured in The Washington Post about her ArtPrize 2014 win for “The Hair Craft Project.” See what she does with the prize money in the article here .

Erica Mahinay (Painting ’13) Exhibition Opens at LOUDHAILER

Detail from Lateral Trace, Nylon, Raw Silk, Oil on Canvas, 72" x 96", 2014

Alum Erica Mahinay (Painting ’13) opens at LOUDHAILER on November 8 in Los Angeles.  Her exhibition Erica Mahinay: At the Tip of the Tonque features pieces in two and three-dimensional form through painting and sculputure. For more information click here.

On Being “The Photographer’s Wife,” an Interview With Laura Heyman (Photography ’98)

Untitled from The Photographer's Wife, 2006.

Laura Heyman (Photography ’98) is a photographer, Light Work Lab member, and Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University. She’s been working in the Light Work Lab in recent months in preparation for her current exhibition, Render, at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibition features a collection of images from Heyman’s ongoing project, The Photographer’s Wife. Jessica Posner, Light Work Communications Coordinator, interviews Heyman about her work, process, subjectivity, humor, and […]

Corina Reynolds (Fiber’11) Exhibits at Open Source Gallery

Installation view of Corina Reynolds’s ‘Northwestern Expansion’ at Open Source Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Corina Reynolds (Fiber ’11) exhibition at Open Source Gallery was featured in HYPERALLERGIC. In the article, Roynolds’s Northwestern Expansion describes how she transformed the entire gallery space — a small garage in south Park Slope — into a replica of a waiting room on the 31st floor of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Lower Manhattan. Learn more about the exhibition here.

Christopher Scoates on Why Design Education Matters

Metropolis Mag

Director Chris Scoates recently talked with Metropolis Magazine about “Why Design Education Matters.” In the article, Scoates notes that, “The critical and public definition of what constitutes art and design practice has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. So it’s imperative that design education address the new cultural space of the twenty-first century.” Read the full story here.

Dean Ruck Named Texas Artist of the Year

Havel Ruck ProjectInversion, 2005Photo by Art League Houston

Dean Ruck (Sculpture ’87) and his partner Dan Havel (together they make up Havel Ruck Projects) have been named the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year by the Art League Houston.
Each year, Art League Houston honors those whose work or patronage has had a significant and positive impact on contemporary visual art in Texas.
“Art League Houston is thrilled to be honoring Havel Ruck Projects as the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year,” said Aaron Reimer, Board President, Art League Houston. “Dan Havel […]

Lauren Semivan Selected to Exhibit at Paris Photo 2014

Lauren Semivan
Ecstatic Time, 2014

Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) has been selected to exhibit her work at Paris Photo in 2014. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York, one of 169 exhibitors at the show. Paris Photo will run from November 13-16, 2014 in the historical Grand Palais in Paris. For more information, click here.

Sonya Clark Named Co-Winner of Juried Grand Prize at ArtPrize

Sonya Clark 
The Hair Craft Project

Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95 and past Distinguished Alumni Award winner) was the co-winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize for her work, “The Hair Craft Project,” which looks at the design and skill of African American hairdressers and celebrates hairdressing as the primordial textile art form as well as a ritual of grooming. Clark will split the $200,000 Grand Prize with Anila Quayyum Agha, who won for her project, “Intersections.” Clark was also the winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Award for Best Two-Dimensional work, one of eight $20,000 category prizes announced Friday. For […]

Keeping a Close Eye on the Wind by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) at Freddy in Baltimore and Bodega in New York


Keeping a Close Eye on the Wind, a two-part exhibition by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) and Gene Beery  is at Freddy in Baltimore and Bodega in New York. Both exhibitions have developed from an ongoing correspondence between the two artists over the past two years and bring to life the nature of the artists’ predominantly online relationship. The Joshua Abelow’s show runs from October 10 to November 1, 2014 at Freddy and October 12 to November 16, 2014 at Bodega. For more information click here.

Kim Faler Awarded Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency

Constitution, 2014, plywood, thread, and acrylic medium, 16"x 20.5"

In addition to opening exhibitions at Art Basel Miami and Green Mountain College in Vermont, Kim Faler (Sculpture ’08) was recently awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residence, where she will spend January/February 2015 working on a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition at LaMontagne Gallery, South Boston in early 2015. For more information about Kim, visit her website.