2017-18 Sculpture Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Critics
Christian Tedeschi, salami and glass, 2017. Installation at CSUN. Photo Credit: Elon Schoenholz.
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 new media artist Deborah Aschheim, who has been trying to visualize and understand memory and forgetting, an obsession that has led her to collaborate with musicians and neuroscientists, excavate family archives, conduct psychology research with herself as the subject and build misremembered cities. She showed our students sculptures, drawings and installations linked by questions about the mutability of memory.
We also welcomed alumnus Christian Tedeschi(Ceramics ’01) who discussed his practice and met with students in their studios for one-on-one discussions about their work.
Kelly Akashi joined us to deliver a public lecture and discuss her practice.
And next semester, we plan to welcome Ross Rudel and Brad Troemel.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Emily Freese at Whitdel Arts x Baltimore Gallery
Our students are encouraged to participate in outside exhibitions and projects throughout their two years of study at the Academy.
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
LUSH featuring work by Monica Sandoval (Sculpture ’17)
Johannah Herr’s Snuggies for a Revolution
Crissy Scolaro (Sculpture ’16) opened FJORD, an artist-run exhibition space in Philadelphia, and has welcomed exhibitions from alumni artists as well as featured her own work.
Nick Witten (Sculpture ’17) served as an Artist-in-Residence for Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis. He recently curated the exhibition LUSH, which featured the work of several Academy graduates. Watch a video where Nick discusses the projecthere.
Johannah Herr’s (Sculpture ’17) Snuggies for a Revolution are featured in VICE. She was recently named a Visiting Artist at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City, where she spent her time exploring Soviet and Japanese propaganda textiles to expand upon her Snuggies for the Revolution series.