2016-17 Sculpture Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Critics
Nick Van Woert
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes. Instead, we provide students with the resources to allow for individual exploration and growth.
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.
We recently welcomed visual artist Alex Da Corte, who works as an “anthropologist of the immediate past,” creating sculpture with the colorful artifacts of turn-of-the-21st-century consumer culture. He met with students and delivered a public lecture.
This fall, Lauren Ruth (Sculpture ’10) visited and gave a lecture where she discussed her multidisciplinary sculptural work in relation to social and performative spheres of practice.
After our holiday break, we look forward to welcoming Ben Buswell to our studio spaces. Buswell is an artist from the Pacific Northwest who is primarily known for his photographs that “look like drawings and act like sculpture” according to the Los Angeles Times.
In April, we will welcome artist Nick Van Woert for studio visits and discussion. Kate Bonansinga will also visit in April. She was the founding director of Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Art at The University of Texas at El Paso and is currently the Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati where she is also associate professor.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Current student Angela Eastman (Sculpture ’18) recently opened the exhibition Traces, a two person show with Sonja Hinrichsen at ArtSpace in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Nick Witten (Sculpture ’17) recently curated the exhibition Lush at the Tube Factory artspace in Indianapolis, in which nine artists explored subjects that “terrified and fascinated them.” Participating Academy students included Witten, Emily Freese (Sculpture ’18), Monica Sandoval (Sculpture ’17) and more.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Stephen Hillerbrand & Mary Magsamen
Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) was approached by Kanye West’s team at G.O.O.D. Music to create a balanced half-human/half-animal mask for Desiigner’s new “PANDA” video.
In The Creators Project, Clark discusses the impetus of the project and the creation of the mask. The video is profiled in Rolling Stone magazine. Watch the video here. (And look for Clark’s mask in the closing scene!).
Higher Ground, an installation by Stephan Hillerband (Sculpture ’04) + Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) was awarded fifth place in the “Time-Based” category this year at ArtPrize. The piece was created in the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon.” The artists, along with their children, embarked on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon by taking apart their Houston, Texas suburban home.
Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture ’13) and John Zane Zappas (Print Media ’12) opened the exhibition Some Tables and Chairs at Vacancy in Los Angeles.
Norwood Viviano’s (Sculpture ’98) exhibition Visions and Revisions was shown at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC. His artworks are part of a survey of Viviano’s sculpture over the past decade. The exhibition captures the wide range of techniques the artist has used over the years, such as bronze casting, kiln-fusing, and glass blowing, to create his special types of maps.
Read more about Viviano’s artwork on Smithsonian.com.
Kim Faler (Sculpture ’08) was awarded a residency at artspace San Antonio and opened the solo exhibition “You Don’t Know My Horizon“.
Michael Goodson (Sculpture ’03) was named Senior Curator of Exhibitions at The Wexner Center for the Arts. Goodson had previously served as Director of Exhibitions at Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design.
McGill most recently participated in the group exhibitions, Unnamed Need: Pattern and Beauty in Contemporary Art at the Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Altered States: A Psychedelic Legacy at David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 2017, McGill will be opening a new solo exhibition titled “Greater than, less than.” at Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston.