The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Fall 2017 session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists will work in MAD’s sixth-floor open studios from September 26, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Cranbrook Alum Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16) will be at the studio every Friday. While at MAD, Herr will explore Soviet and Japanese propaganda textiles to expand upon her series “Snuggies for the Revolution.” Through this project, she is reconsidering her interest in patterns and the historical role of textiles used for both political oppression and resistance movements. Herr will also continue her “Propaganda Poster” series, which uses holographic sign vinyl and gouache to examine the ways pattern and other optical devices are used to both dazzle and visually confuse.
Artnew News featured several stories about our graduates doing amazing things! Congratulations to Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Nicole Killian (2D ’11), Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), Patrick Gantert (Sculpture ’10), and Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) – all either running or exhibiting in spaces outside of standard “art-market capitals.” Cranbrook is “thriving”!
Mike Andrews (Sculpture ’04) has been appointment as the new Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency. Andrews has worked at Ox-Bow since 2010 as the Academic Director. In that role he was directly involved in setting the vision for the programs, and implementing the rigorous curriculum. Andrews also has been tenure-track faculty at the School of the Art Institute in the Department of Fiber and Material studies where he taught weaving, software, and experimental approaches to craft.
Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture ’69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.
‘Everyone can be inspired by art,’ said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, ‘It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.’
Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.
As part of Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Crafts and Conversation Series, David Edgar (Sculpture ’80) and his wife Robin will speak on the “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium” on June 8. Edgar shifted from working in steel to making artwork from post-consumer recyclable plastics. One of the results of working in this new media is the series he refers to as “Creatures from the Plastiquarium.” He worked on EPCOT Center as an artist preparator with the Imagineering Division of the Walt Disney World Company before his professional career in art administration.
In May, the Wexner Center will debut Gray Matters, the first exhibition curated by Michael Goodson (Sculpture ’97). The show completes a circle of sorts for the museum’s new, 48-year-old senior curator of exhibitions. Long before he chose what pieces to display at Columbus’ top contemporary arts venue, Goodson was on the other side of the artistic equation—an aspiring sculptor and punk-rock kid from Dayton seeking inspiration from his visits to the Wex. After several years of artistic practice and curating, “I found pretty quickly that I had an acumen for thinking about how work is installed and what it means in that context,” said Goodson.
In an ArtDaily, an article featuring Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) debut of his singular, larger-than-life-size outdoor figurative sculpture at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Hera is an extension of Matelli’s Garden Sculptures series, initiated in 2015, in which he defaces garden statuary of classical or religious icons and subverts material expectation. Based on an ancient Greek statue of Hera and poised atop a pedestal, the statue, fabricated out of cast stone, is painstakingly aged to mimic a centuries old patina. The exhibition is open through October 21.