Visiting Artists 2011 - 2012
The Art Department is fortunate to have visiting artists throughout the year funded through the Vail Visiting Artist Fund. The artists for 2011-2012 included:
Artist-in-residence, New York based sculptor Heather Rowe, gave an artist talk at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th, in the Cinema House screening room. Co-sponsors of the talk were the Vail Visiting Artist and Studio Art Programs.
Heather Rowe received her MFA from Columbia University and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Rowe's solo exhibitions include commissions for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; UMMA/University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan; D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York; and Galerie Zink, Berlin. She has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including shows at PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, New York; Art in General, New York; White Columns, New York; the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; and in 2008 her work was featured in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Glenn Ligon spoke on his work as an artist who explores race, language, desire and identity on Thursday, Nov. 10, in the auditorium of Denison University’s Herrick Hall. The talk was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Vail Visiting Artist Fund and the Studio Art Program.
Ligon works with paint, video, photography, neon and digital photography to explore American history, literature and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Ligon’s subject matter ranges widely from the Million Man March and the aftermath of slavery to 1970s coloring books and the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe—all treated within artworks that are both politically provocative and beautiful to behold.
Ohio native, Michael Stickrod, artist and visiting professor of Photography and New Media, mounted an exhibition in the Bryant Arts Center Gallery, that ran from Dec 7th- January 20th, 2012. Michael also presented an artist talk on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the Cinema Building.
He received a BFA from the Ohio State University in 2003 and an MFA from Yale University in 2005.
Recent exhibitions include: "We Drink to Your Health and Wish You Were Here" at Hesaid Shesaid, Chicago, IL, 2009; "Altoids Award" at New Museum, New York, NY, 2008; "MMM" at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA, 2008; "Technically Sweet" at Participant Inc./ Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY and Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008; "Les Amis de mes amis…" at VF Galerie, Marseille, France 2007.
Michael is in residence at Denison as a visiting professor from fall 2011- spring 2012 .
Artist in residence, San Francisco based Jim Winters gave a public lecture on his work Oct 11 in Ebaugh Hall as part of a two week residency at Denison from October 8-21, 2011 that included an exhibition "From There to Here" in the Mulberry gallery, individual critiques with studio art majors and time working with Ron Abram’s printmaking class.
His democratic approach to art-making has moved his work fluidly between the realms of gallery/museum work, zine culture, street art, performance art, community involvement and high end graphic and interior design work. In addition to exhibiting at various artist-run galleries (ESP, Scene/Escena, Little Frankenstein’s, Showroom), he has been in group shows at larger venues: New Langton Arts and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. His life and work was documented in the film Super Feature: The Art of Jim Winters by Flowers Frankenstein and Michael Wertz. His work in the collections of Jason Goldberg, CEO of Fab.com, Ana Matronic of the pop group Scissor Sisters, singers Justin Bond and Rufus Wainwright amongst others.