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  • Perspective on Artists’ Machines
    Feb. 16th, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Smith Hall, Room 130
    Associate Professor Ashley Pigford talks about “Artists’ Machines,” on view February 10 to March 20, 2016 in Old College West Gallery. This exhibition features artworks created through interdisciplinary collaboration between students from the departments of Art & Design, Engineering, and Computer Science during fall semester. Immediately following the talk, join us for the opening reception in Old College West Gallery at 6:00 pm.

    Representing the application of artistic and design processes across physical and digital media, these constructions illuminate phenomena, invite interaction, and explore electronics and robotics as mechanisms of delightful curiosity. Students in ART406 Artists’ Machines—a course which requires no prior knowledge of electronics or programming—designed these remarkable objects utilizing open source electronics and software, and skills in collaboration, creative problem-solving, engineering and creative expression. 
  • Visiting Artist: Beth Katleman
    Mar. 1st, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Smith Hall, Room 130
    Supported by the Margaret P. Allen Endowed Lectureship Fund
    Beth Katleman creates large-scale porcelain installations that examine themes of consumption and desire. In his New York Times review, Ken Johnson described her sculptures as “doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.”

    She is represented internationally in many public and private collections, including the M.H. de Young Museum, the Kim Chang-il Arario Museum, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation, among others. Katleman is the recipient of the 2011 Moet Hennessy Prize, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant, a Kohler Arts/Industry Fellowship, and the Watershed Generation X Award. Her sculptures have been exhibited at museums including the Museum of Arts and Design, (NY), the Contemporary Jewish Museum, (SF), the National Building Museum and the M.L. de Young Museum, (SF), as well as in numerous gallery exhibitions. Katleman is represented by Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary. Katleman has garnered critical attention across the globe in La Tribune e Moi, The Art Newspaper, Grand Design Magazine, Cacao Magazine, The New York Times, The Art Economist, American Ceramics, Sculpture Magazine, and many other publications. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MBA in Arts Management from UCLA. Born in Park Forest, Illinois, Katleman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  
  • Perspective on Artists’ Machines
    Mar. 8th, 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Old College West Gallery
    Artists’ Machines on view through March 20, 2016 in Old College West Gallery

    Join Associate Professor Ashley Pigford to discuss the works on view in person. “Artists’ Machines” is an exhibition of artworks created during fall semester 2015 through interdisciplinary collaboration between students from the departments of Art & Design, Engineering and Computer Science.

    Representing the application of artistic and design processes across physical and digital media, these constructions illuminate phenomena, invite interaction, and explore electronics and robotics as mechanisms of delightful curiosity. Students in ART406 Artists’ Machines—a course which requires no prior knowledge of electronics or programming—designed these remarkable objects utilizing open source electronics and software, and skills in collaboration, creative problem-solving, engineering and creative expression.  
  • 35th Black Maria Film & Video Festival
    Mar. 8th, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Smith Hall, Room 130
    This special screening features award-winning short films including animation, documentary, and narrative from the 2016 juried competition. Festival director, Jane Steuerwald will be present to introduce the films and lead a discussion with the audience.

    Black Maria Film Festival was founded in 1981 as a tribute to Thomas Edison’ s development of the motion picture at his laboratory, dubbed the “black maria” film studio, the first in the world, in West Orange. The festival attracts and showcases the work of independent filmmakers internationally, and is known for its support of experimental, spirited, cutting edge, and otherwise singular films. In 2015, the Black Maria Festival was awarded the New Jersey State Council on the Arts “Citation of Excellence” for the eighth consecutive year. The festival is a project of the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium, an independent non-profit organization in residence at New Jersey City University’s Department of Media Arts. Each year Black Maria tours to museums, cultural centers, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and abroad. 
  • Visiting Critic: Lane Relyea
    Mar. 15th, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Smith Hall, Room 130
    Supported by the Margaret P. Allen Endowed Lectureship Fund
    Lane Relyea's essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including Artforum, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Parkett, Frieze, Modern Painters, Art in America and Flash Art. He has written monographs on Polly Apfelbaum, Richard Artschwager, Jeremy Blake, Vija Celmins, Toba Khedoori, Monique Prieto and Wolfgang Tillmans among others, and contributed to such exhibition catalogs as Helter Skelter and Public Offerings (both Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1992 and 2001 respectively). He has delivered lectures at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University, and the Art Institute of Chicago among other venues. After teaching for a decade at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where he joined the faculty in 1991, in the summer of 2001 he was appointed director of the Core Program and Art History at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas. His book “Your Everyday Art World” was published by MIT Press in 2013.  
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  • Karl Lieberman
    Creative Leader, Wieden+Kennedy

    “Things have been great in Portland. I loved my bosses, my partner, our team, our clients and my home. And as someone who has been a creative in advertising for a pretty long time, that feeling of contentment made me nervous and I knew it was time for a change. I am in awe of the NY office’s talent, their client roster and their work. I’m assuming this promotion is a clerical error, but I’m just going to go with it.”

    Additional Honors & Awards

    Grand Prix Cannes Integrated Lion, Bronze Cannes Film Lions, Cannes Film Merit, One Show Interactive Integrated Campaign Gold, One Show Integrated Campaign Gold, Art Director’s Club Integrated Campaign Merit, AICP Next Integrated Campaign, Clios Content and Contact Gold, D&AD Integrated Campaign Yellow Pencil, Silver Cannes Cyber Lion, Bronze Titanium Lion, Gold Effie, One Show Interactive Bronze, One Show Bronze, One Show Merits, Adweek Best Spots, London International Awards Bronze, Creativity Picks of the Day, AICP Best Agency Art Direction (I was a CW/AD at the time) and Time Magazine Top 10 commercials 2007.

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    http://www.karllieberman.com/index.php?/resume/

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  • Megan Fortman
    Artist

    ​When I build work, it is to explore relationships: the relationship between two humans, the relationship between myself and the world around me, the relationship between two seemingly unassociated objects, or the relationship between the stars. I believe there is beauty in blatant, jarring contrast and beauty found between two shades of the color blue.

    https://megmyselfandi.wordpress.com/

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  • Kimberly Blasnik
    Artist

    ​My best work comes while I am exploring topics I have a real passion for. Photography and video are my go to methods and I have been able to use explore many different approaches of creating photos and videos, including digital, scanography, and darkroom photography as well as text and graphics animation, stop motion and traditional video. I've learned to tell stories and write scripts and especially love documentary work that has a greater real world message behind it.

    In addition I have also grown into doing lots of design work, product and package design as well as advertising. When I create this type of work I still find myself looking for inspiration from real world events, situations or happenings in my life that I find intriguing for photo and film, but have a completely different and almost opposite approach and voice when I am designing. Many of my designs come in a much more lighthearted, upbeat and colorful voice.

    http://www.kimberlyblasnik.com/

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  • Kate Huffman
    Artist

    ​A release of energy, whether it be positive, negative, or spontaneous. My work is an exploration of the realms in which the human form is free to explore the possibilities of letting go of the inevitably harsh realities of the world and bodies in which we live. The process illustrates the possibility of the impulsive mind to exist in a concrete, yet imaginative matrix.

    http://www.katehuffmanart.com/

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  • Eric Leighton
    Artist

    ​When I’m given a brief for an assignment, I try to figure out precisely what is being asked for and what the most interesting approach to tackle the problem is. I’ve noticed that in doing this, every single problem has its own unique solution. When I dive into the assignment it simply starts as a huge brainstorming session, where no idea is stupid and I just write down everything that possibly comes to mind. This tends to get out every bad idea, a few completely off the wall ideas and then usually a few that I can run with. I talk them out with my peers and decide the best route. The best ideas I come up with are the ones that I can blow out across multiple platforms, that people can interact with and something that garners an emotional response from the audience. When I actually get into designing I decide which medium is the best to work with to get to the solution I want. Usually I work for a while on something, get mad at it and start again until I’m satisfied with the outcome. In the end I’m usually working on trying to fine tune all of the small details I may have missed along the way.

    http://www.eric-leighton.com/

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  • Jennifer Tarrant
    Artist

    ​It isn't always necessarily something I am searching for, but if an idea comes to mind I jot it down to explore later. My creative process has continued to evolve but it always begins with research. I read everything I can get my hands on - relevant or not - and then I write to sort out my thoughts. If I am working on creating a brand I write about their story, background, and personality. I normally find myself either grocery shopping or at Goodwill when I need to clear my head and take a step back. I often feel like a scavenger. As I walk through aisles upon aisles of housewares and home goods I notice textures, shapes, color - all the little details that inspire me. Then I get back to work and simply play, most often through typography first. I don't do much sketching until later. My process varies from project to project, but it always begins with a seemingly ridiculous idea and ends with something that is so inherently me.

    http://www.ohcrepedesign.com/

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  • Cristian Vitale
    Artist

    ​My life experiences in Italy and the USA, horrible and beautiful as they might be, influence and fuel my practice. I explore ways of making new spaces that detach from the realities in which we live. These alternative spaces attempt to start a conversation about human emotions and experiences. After moving to the USA from a rural farm in Italy, I realized the important role that physical labor plays in my creative process. Physical labor is often evident through use of multiples in the work. This use of multiples liberates and infuses energy into the spaces and environments I create.

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  • Avalon Batory Waegel
    Artist

    ​I am interested in the connections between identity and sexuality. The endless and unrelenting search for identity and true intimacy is key to my work. My creative process helps me to find this strength in a world where I am too often fettered by my own inhibitions.

    http://avalonbatory.com/

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  • Amelia Wang
    Artist

    ​I once had a professor that advised me to look at good design at least once a day. “Design is good for you,” he said. This is usually how my process begins. I keep a blog where I collect anything that I see or encounter that spurs an idea – and then I’ll revisit my blog when I’m in need of inspiration. Once the ideas are flowing freely, I research the problem. A lot. I think its important to know everything you can before jumping into the design – a good story drives the creative. From this point on, I dapple around, play, and almost always inevitably turn to my camera. Photography is the method that I feel most comfortable experimenting with and I often think that my best solutions are the ones found through the lens.

    http://www.ameliawang.com/

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  • Carrie Mae Smith
    Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor, Indiana University

    Sculptor and installation artist, Carrie Mae Smith was just awarded a competitive exhibition with “Artship Olympia” in Philadelphia, PA. You can see her work from June 25th to September 25th, 2016. This summer Philadelphia Sculptors in collaboration with the Independence Seaport Museum will launch “Artship Olympia,” an exhibition of site specific installations on the historic Cruiser Olympia, moored in the boat basin at Penn’s Landing. Artists will creatively reinterpret Olympia, giving voice and vision to its history, stories, and culture. Artworks will be bold, subtle, loud, calming, invigorating, and disruptive. What they won’t be is predictable. Visitors will have access to the exhibition during Olympia’s normal visiting hours with additional special events to be scheduled.

    Carrie states, "My proposal for the Artship Olympia is to highlight the historically overlooked, yet vital aspect of the lives of the sailors— their diet.”  For more information on Carrie Mae Smith visit http://www.carriemaesmith.com/.

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