2016-17 Fiber Department Newsletter
Program Ranked Best in Country
Visiting Artists, Critics and Curators
Jeffrey Gibson in Mariana Piñar’s (Fiber ’16) studio
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
Last spring, the department hosted mixed media artist Jeffrey Gibson whose work they had admired on a recent trip to New Orleans.
The department also welcomed curators Emily Zilber from the MFA Boston and Valerie Cassel Oliver from the Museum of Contemporary Art Houston. Callel Oliver presented the lecture “Radical Presence: Black Artists and Contemporary Art,” which presented an overview of her curatorial practice and the impact of black artists working in a variety of media.
This fall, Marci Rae McDade, Editor of Surface Design Journal and former Editor of FiberArts magazine spent several days with our students delivering a public lecture and meeting with them one-on-one in their studios.
Finally, weaver Christy Matson met with students and lectured about weaving on a Jacquard loom.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Brandon Bullard at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
Mariana Piñar in Japan
THE DYE BATH grass dye
This year, Marcellus Armstrong (Fiber ’17) participated in the group exhibition Empowerpoint at The Luminary in St. Louis. The exhibition was curated by ARTS.BLACK and depicts the way humor is used by artists as a form of social critique, presenting media that transforms disparity into common euphemisms and entertaining anecdotes.
Ash Arder (Fiber ’18) participated in the group exhibitions Nomad Caravan at Popps Packing and Photo Pool at Public Pool Art Space, both located in Hamtramck, Michigan. Her Bike Operated Carding Station (BOCS) is a pedal-powered drum carder for processing natural fiber like wool and nettle. Follow her work on Instagram.
Brandon Bullard (Fiber ’17) installed the first site-specific installation at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services as part of the Academy’s Experiencing Perspectives exhibition. He also created a mural series for the Hazel Park Recreation Center.
Junyu Li (Fiber ’17) worked as a studio assistant to Jeffrey Gibson in Hudson, New York, and
Marina Contro (Fiber ’17) served a residency at Lisio Foundation in Florence, Italy.
Mariana Piñar (Fiber ’17) was awarded a Robert C. Larson Art, Design, and Architecture Venture Award by Cranbrook, and used it to travel to Japan to research kasuri-ori and tsuzure-ori weaving techniques by visiting several museums, factories and artist studios. And Rhonda Khalifeh (Fiber ’17) was awarded a summer residency at the School of Visual Art’s Bio Art Lab in New York.
And this year, Rachel Ferber (Fiber ’18) hosted THE DYE BATH on campus – a site for a do-it-yourself textile dyeing. The “dye” was made from everyday materials that are often waste products of other processes: sauerkraut liquid, grass clippings, old wine dregs, etc. Follow the project on Instagram.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark
Spatial Contingencies by Peter Clouse
Nick Cave: Until
Margaret Hull (Fiber ’16) was recently awarded an A-Z West residency in Joshua Tree, California.
Jessica Dolence (Fiber ’16) participated in the group exhibition .GIF/FELT Zine at the Matchbox Gallery in Houston, Texas. Also, her work on Electric Objects, a new way to electronically display art (and recently spotlighted by Martha Stewart).
Jayoung Yoon (Fiber ’09) participated in the group exhibition Korea with Korea at Ozaneauz Art Space in New York, and hosted the solo exhibition Ephemerality at Theo Ganz Studio in New York.
Yunjung Kang (Fiber ’14) served as the 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence in Program Cycle 7 at the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn.
Abbie Miller (Fiber ’07) hosted the solo exhibition Exit Strategies at the Missoula Museum of Art in Montana.
Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09) participated in the group exhibition RaRaCo at the Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit.
Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12) hosted the solo exhibition Turn on the Dark at 4th Ward Projects in Chicago.
Emily Nachison (Fiber ’10) also hosted a solo exhibition, Flower Time, at Lillestreet Rooftop Project Space in Chicago.
The exhibition ReFashion at form & concept in Santa Fe, New Mexico, opened this summer and included work by Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08), Jeanne Medina (Fiber ’13), Peter Clouse (Fiber’14) and Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport.
Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) hosted the solo exhibition, Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark, at the
Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Listen to an interview with Clark on the Make/Time podcast.
And Nick Cave’s (Fiber ’89) showstopping exhibition, Nick Cave: Until, held at in a football-field sized space at MassMOCA has made headlines around the world.
Mark Newport, Nevermind, 2014, hand embroidery on flannel, 18″x20″. Courtesy of Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI.
The exhibition features a sprawling collection of 50-75 international artworks that explore iconic superhero imagery, along with re-imagined interpretations of our classic heroes.
Surface Design Association Journal
“Men/Mend/Amend: Mark Newport” by Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12) explores the vast range of Newport’s work. From earlier pieces questioning the fraught state of masculinity in America using superheroes, to more recent work exploring the stitch as an agent of material and physical healing as it relates to fatherhood.