April Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, April 25
Emily Davis Adams – Brooklyn, NY
Emily was born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, California. Her work reflects her interest in and involvement with the landscape and artists of the American West, and is informed by an ongoing dialogue between Conceptualist, Minimalist and realist painting. Emily studied at UCLA, the California College of Arts, UC Berkeley, and the New York Academy of Art, receiving a BS in environmental policy and an MFA in studio art. Her group exhibitions include shows at Sloan Fine Art, Flowers Gallery, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, Forbes Gallery, RH Gallery, Sotheby’s and the New York Academy of Art. Her awards include the Post-Graduate Fellowship at the New York Academy of Art; a residency at the Terra Foundation for American art in France; and grants from Vasari Oil Paint, the Southwest Indian Foundation, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Thomas Cummins – San Antonio, TX
Thomas Cummins is a photographer and painter based out of his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. His photographs of architecture capture vast empty spaces and disclose how individuals define themselves throughout surrounding social structures. After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and Critical Theory, Mr. Cummins returned to his hometown to work on large format lightbox photography with a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. Thomas has also received grants and fellowships from ArtPace, the Cultural Collaborative, Public Art San Antonio, Millay, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Byrdcliffe, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Baie Sainte-Marie Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, and the NCCA Residency in Kronstadt, Russia. He is also currently finishing a public art project for the University Health System.
Victor Ekpuk – Alexandria, VA
Victor Ekpuk is a Nigerian-born contemporary artist, currently based in Washington, DC. His art began as an exploration of nsibidi “traditional” graphics and writing systems in Nigeria from which he has developed a style of mark making that is the interplay of art and writing. Ekpuk’s work embraces a wider spectrum of meaning that is rooted in African and global contemporary art discourses. His art reflects his experiences as a global artist and subject matter of his work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and Identity. Ekpuk has had numerous exhibitions and residencies in Europe, Africa, and the United States. His works are in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, the Newark Museum, and the World Bank, among others. www.victorekpuk.com https://www.facebook.com/Victorekpukstudio
Klaus Hu – Berlin, Germany
THE NOTION OF ABSTRACTION AND NARRATION. Born in 1963, Klaus Hu is a Visual Artist living and working in Berlin. Since 1985 he has worked across different media in studio-based arts (photography/painting), research, and for site-specific calls. He received a fellowship for photography from the Berlin Senate and took part in national and international site-specific competitions like MAXXI Rome, Sharjah Biennale and German Parliament (Marie Elisabeth Lüders competition). He runs a studio in Berlin and also collaborates in group exhibitions, that challenge the notion of identity and transformation. He has recently published 3 books. In his earlier career, he took part in several international video festivals, like JVC Japan, special merit award, WRO WROCLAW, Poland, and ONE MINUTE Sao Paulo. His early videos STILL RUN were premiered at CINEMA ARSENAL in Berlin. Some of his STUDIOWORKS are in private collections. He studied anthropology, germanic and romance literature at University Heidelberg, 1982/83. Studies in stage-design, photography and video, at UdK / University of the arts, Berlin 1985/91 at Achim Freyer and Marcel Odenbach. Studies in multimedia and cultural studies at UdK / University of the Arts, Berlin, 1998/99 at Katharina Sieverding. And curatorial training at UdK / University of the Arts in 2011 / certificate. Klaus Hu is represented by VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn, Germany.
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Andrea Joki – University Heights, OH
Born in 1969 in Minneapolis, Andrea Joki received her MFA from Kent State University in 2006 and her BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In February 2013, she mounted a solo exhibition, Moving Pictures, at William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, OH including paintings, drawings, video and photography. Currently, several works from this series are on view at Gebert Contemporary in Scottsdale, AZ through May 4, 2013. Investigating themes of perception, identity and time, Andrea draws from lived experience in creating process-driven abstract works that evoke a sensory experience of duration and movement through space. She has been awarded grants to work and exhibit abroad, including an Ohio Arts Council grant funding a six-week residency in Dresden, Germany and an International Travel Grant from Kent State University to attend her exhibit at the Kulturrathaus in Dresden. In 2009, she was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship with funding from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and has enjoyed residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Andrea’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Altefeuerwache Loschwitz in Dresden, Germany; Frohring Art Center at Hiram College; and at Kenyon College’s Olin Art Gallery. Her work is in the collections of the Cleveland Artists Association, The Cleveland Clinic, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP and Progressive Insurance. She is represented by William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH and Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ.
Casandra Lopez – San Bernardino, CA
Casandra was raised in Southern California’s Inland Empire and is Chicana, Cahuilla, Luiseño, and Tongva. She has been selected by the School of Advanced Research to be their 2013 Indigenous writer in residence. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in various literary journals such as Potomac Review, Hobart, Acentos Review, Weber–Contemporary West, and Unmanned Press. She is a founding editor of the journal As/Us: A Space For Women Of The World.
Sal Strom – Portland, OR
Sal Strom is a native Oregonian, nurtured by the spirit of the Northwest. Sal has studied many places around the world and earned an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Strom’s video work has been presented at Portland International Film Festival, the DaVinci Festival, and the Newport Performing Art Center. Her film “Arctic Christmas” was accepted into the NW Film Festival and is traveling this year as part of a 39th NW Filmmakers’ Festival Tour. She was awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in 2012. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Frye Museum in Seattle, WA, Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, WA, Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, the Provincetown Art Associate Museum, MA. She has shown her videos and paintings nationally and internationally. Strom has been the recipient of fellowships at IPark in Connecticut, St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Idaho, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Playa at Summer Lake, Oregon, Elsewhere Studios in Colorado and the Hungarian Multicultural Center, Hungary. She implemented an Arts program in Romanian Orphanages in Pietra Neamt & Bucharest in conjunction with the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation. She has been published in Women’s Journal, Statesman Journal, InkFish, Newport News-Times, amongst others. In March 2013 a feature article about her WWII project entitled “Saving Veterans’ Stories ~ with a Twist” was distributed in dozens of small communities in Oregon. While at at the Santa Fe Art Institute for 3 months Sal will continue her project “Dropping Like Flies”. The work done here will be included in her August 2013 installation at Milepost 5 in Portland, OR. Sal has collected over a hundred hours from 24 states of first hand stories from WWII veterans. She is actively looking for WWII veterans and those who aided in the war effort. If you can help please contact her from her web site at www.sstrom.com