panel talks presented by Dominion Energy
Friday, September 29
1:00 PM - Artist Panel
Anne Fletcher Capital One Art Adminstrator
Chris Norris, Iridian Gallery
Chris Norris was born in Fredericksburg, VA in 1973. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1999. Following graduate school, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited in Miami, Houston, New York City, and London. Currently, Norris is an assistant professor in the Art Foundation Program at VCUarts and he chairs the steering committee for the Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond. Norris recently had a solo exhibition at the Prince Street Project Space at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York and will be featured in an exhibition entitled “Queering Spaces” at Alfred University in the winter of 2018.
Grace Kubilius, Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Grace Kubilius earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fiber and experimental fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in craft/material studies from VCUArts. She has been a resident artist at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design and Acre, and she has shown her work at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Reese Gallery, Society for Contemporary Craft, Ohio Craft Museum and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Craft.
Brian Barr, Shockoe Artspace
Brian Barr is an artist and independent curator based in Richmond, VA, where he currently teaches for the Foundations and Sculpture departments at VCU. Barr has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Kala Art Institute. He has had collaborative and solo exhibitions at Shockoe Art Space, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, Purdue University, and the Artist Alliance Inc.’s, Cuchifritos Gallery in New York. Barr was the founder of PASSENGER, an exhibition space in Detroit where he was Director and Curator from 2012-2014.
Pallavi Sen, 1708 Gallery
Born in 1989, in New Delhi, India, Pallavi Sen is an interdisciplinary artist, working with installation, printmaking, textiles, Instagram, and intuitive movement. An invested dabbler, her latest interests include the lives of birds and animals, South Asian costumes, domestic architecture, rituals, altars, deities, the extremely exciting skate culture of the US, style, the history of pattern, of woven cloth, friendship + love, her future lover, farming and the artist as farmer, work spaces, work tables, eco-feminism, love poems, the gates to Indian homes, sisterhood, walking, and cooking deliberately.
5:30 PM - Reception and Interpretation of Art
Contemporary art can spark curiosity and sometimes even confusion. Educational programming and written criticism are two methods of facilitating dialogues about art. These curators and writers will discuss some of their work in reception and interpretation of art, and how it aids artists and audiences alike.
Lauren Ross is a Richmond-based curator and writer, and the founder of RVA Critical Art Writing Program. She has served as a curator at various cultural institutions around the U.S., including the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and New York City's High Line. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs published by Dallas Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as in periodicals such as The Art Newspaper, Art in America, and The Brooklyn Rail.
Stephanie Cash is the Executive Editor and Interim Director of BURNAWAY, an Atlanta-based online magazine covering art in the South. From 1993 to 2012, she was a staff editor at Art in America in New York, most recently serving as News Editor.
N. Elizabeth Schlatter is Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, where she has curated more than 20 exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Recent group exhibitions include “Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art,” “Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape,” and “Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists.”
Paige Goodpasture is the co-founder of LookSEE, an online community for the visual arts in Richmond, Virginia. She hosts the LookSEE podcast and is an independent audio producer, an art lover, and a lifelong Richmonder. From 2013 to 2017, she produced and hosted The Creative Habit, a radio show broadcast on WRIR 97.3FM, an independent radio station based in Richmond.
Saturday, September 30
1:00 PM - Artist Panel
Sara currently teaches courses in history and theory of interior environments in the Department of Interior Design at VCU. She enjoys working with students to develop their research interests and enrich their design practice through historical and theoretical analysis.
Sara’s doctoral work at the University of Delaware focused on American material culture studies with an emphasis on American art and decorative arts. However, her dissertation expands further into the Atlantic world by examining domestic advice found in Cuban popular magazines during the 1950s and 1960s, uncovering ideals of modernity and domesticity during a critical time of shifting ideologies.
Andrea Donnelly, Reynolds Gallery
Andrea Donnelly has Bachelor’s degrees in Art and Design and Psychology from NC State University (2005), and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2010). A native of Raleigh, NC, she fell in love with Richmond the first day she arrived for school, and now lives in Jackson Ward and works in Manchester as a full-time studio artist. Her work investigates mental space and the meeting of collective and subjective experience through the process and artifacts of weaving by hand, exploring the layering of detail, pattern, language, time, and connection through cloth. She just mounted her first solo museum exhibition, We've Met Before, which runs through January 2018 at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Holly Morrison, Page Bond Gallery
Named one of the Oxford American’s “New Superstars of Southern Art,” Susan Worsham's work has been
widely exhibited in the United States, as well as internationally, and is held in private and public
collections including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the
Do Good Fund Southern Photography Initiative. In 2015 she received both a Lensculture Emerging
Talent Award, and a Lensculture Portrait Award. She has been an artist-in-residence at Light Work
in Syracuse, New York, where her work was published in Contact Sheet 168: Bittersweet/Bloodwork,
as well as a recipient of The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund. She was recently nominated for the 2016
Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer, one of the largest national awards among the grants and fellowships available in photography.
Eric Yevak, Quirk Gallery
Eric Yevak, inspired by his Southern upbringing and experiences with different violent subcultures, creates multimedia art representing both physical and material conflict. Yevak’s work embodies his belief of struggle being a form of enlightenment, finding that there is an ultimate beauty within conflict; the focal point being the brief moment within conflict when bothforces are equal. Yevak personally describes his work as “Soft layers that hide and obscure more violent actions.”
Featured in various solo and group shows across the United States, Eric strives to bring his religious indoctrination in youth and his sensibility for struggle to life through his work, with the goal of reaching a transcendent moment through action. He starts by creating his images digitally, stating “I work out hundreds upon hundreds of digital designs and I have certain programs that I use that randomize my images.” Often, Yevak incorporates modern graffiti methods, Arabic calligraphy, projected images, and classical Rococo patterns. The images are cut up, reassembled, painted, collaged, drawn, hung up, and layered with industrial resin (which occasionally creates a chemical reaction between the resin and ink) until Yevak creates an image that “has it’s own weight”. From there it is sanded down and finalized. This complicated process relates to the fact that the artist’s work is “rooted in violence”, constantly deformed and reassembled until the work reaches its breaking point and is seen as a complete work by the Artist.
5:00 PM - Collector Panel
Sunday, October 1
1:00 PM - Artist Panel
Chris Musina, Ada Gallery
Chris Musina is a Canadian born artist whose work focuses on issues of animality, animal representation, and the human animal. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues across North America, and has been featured in Beautiful Decay, New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, among others. He has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Culture and Animals Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation. He holds a BFA from the University of South Florida and an MFA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Painting & Drawing at the University of Mary Washington.
Josh George, glave kocen gallery
Sarah Boyts Yoder, Second Street Gallery
Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Over the last decade she has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Washington DC, Nashville and Virginia.
Sarah has twice been a fellow and resident artist at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2013 and 2014) and also at 100W Corsicana in Texas in June of 2017. She was awarded a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2014 and in 2017 Sarah's work was included in the annual juried exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. This year she was a semifinalist for the Trawick Art Prize.
Ronald Walton, Walton Gallery
Ronald Walton was born in New York City and is currently a resident of Brooklyn, New York and a part time resident of Petersburg, Virginia. He attended Brooklyn College and has been acclaimed for his creation of the “Rollcubistic” style of portraying human form. This unique technique of painting encompasses the use of round sphere-like balls patterned to form a humanistic figure. His use of color combination and depth creates a lavish and illuminating affect. Walton’s work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States.
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