July Open Studios
Thursday, July 28
Vesna Jovanovic – Chicago, IL
Vesna Jovanovic investigates ambiguity in concepts like order and chaos, often examining science and other cultural means of building knowledge and analyzing perception. Her creative process usually involves unpredictable methods such as spilled and blotted ink, pinhole photography, and double-walled ceramic vessels. In 2000, Jovanovic received a BA in Fine Arts and a BS in Chemistry from Loyola University Chicago. Upon completing her degrees she began working in a scientific research and development laboratory while attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At SAIC she was awarded a Merit Scholarship of Recognition, and she received a BFA in Studio Art in 2003. She also received an MFA degree in Photography from The Ohio State University in 2005. Her artwork has been featured in over fifty exhibitions, as well as in various publications including Discover Magazine Blogs, Seed Magazine, Art:21 Blog, Time Out Chicago, and Newcity.
Lenka Novakova – Montreal, QC
Lenka Novakova was born in the Czech Republic, received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia and MFA from the Concordia University in Montreal. Her practice is concerned with an ephemeral poetic quality a moment of recreation and reflective thought through constructed environments, simple technologies and moving light; with crossover in cinema and theatre technologies. She has been recipient of numerous fellowships, awards and has an active exhibition record in Canada and abroad. Recent fellowships included Coring Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont and La Chambre Blanche in Quebec. Recent solo exhibitions included Cambridge Public Art Gallery, Grimsby Public Art Gallery and others.
Emilee Lord – Santa Fe, NM
Emilee lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. She received her BA from Bennington College, in sculpture and dance – 2004 and her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art – 2007. Her experience runs the gamut from performance, installation and mixed media paintings to prints and drawings on silk and paper and hand woven wall hangings. She continues to explore the places in between movement, image, language, material, object and abstraction.
Lauren Kalman – Providence, RI
Lauren Kalman was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She received her MFA from the Ohio State University and received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She is an artist and educator and has worked with nonprofit centers including the Indian Church Village Artisan Center in Indian Church, Belize and GlassRoots Inc, in Newark, New Jersey. She has taught at institutions including Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University.
Her international exhibition record includes a solo exhibition at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and her video work has been screened in several international film festivals. Her photographs are part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In making her work she has become more aware of the values she ascribes to her body. Through her work, she hopes to communicate alternative thought about material worth, social custom and the body.
Alyssa Phoebus – Lahore, Pakistan
Alyssa Pheobus is an American artist currently based in Lahore, Pakistan. Originally from Maryland, she received a BA from Yale and an MFA from Columbia, both of which she attended on scholarships. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Tracy Williams, Ltd. and Bellwether in New York (both 2009) and Holster Projects in London (2010). She has been recognized with a number of awards, including a 2009 Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has participated in residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Dieu Donné and the Yale in Norfolk summer program. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Art in America, NYFA Current and Étapes. She has taught at Columbia and Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, as well as guest lectured at numerous universities and art schools in New York state and Pakistan.
Murad Khan Mumtaz – Lahore, Pakistan
A native of Lahore, Pakistan, Murad Khan Mumtaz received a BA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and an MFA from Columbia University, which he attended on a Fulbright fellowship. His drawings and paintings have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Pakistan, including the inaugural retrospective of Pakistani art at the National Gallery in Islamabad. Over the last decade he has contributed art criticism to the Lahori English-language weeklyThe Friday Times. Since 2003 he has taught traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting in Pakistan and abroad. He lives and works in Lahore.
Priscilla Hollingsworth – Augusta, GA
Priscilla Hollingsworth is an artist who works primarily in clay; her output includes sculpture, installations, and vessels. She has shown her work in numerous individual and group exhibitions across the United States from 1985 to the present. Photographs of her work have been published in various books, including 500 Vases (Lark Books, 2010; cover image). Ms. Hollingsworth has received residency awards from the Kohler Company’s Arts/Industry Program, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Artpark, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, and others. She lives and works in Augusta, Georgia.
Marylyn Waltzer – Haverford, PA
Marylyn Waltzer is a botanical illustrator, she is a nationally recognized artist who paints and teaches. Her work can be seen throughout the year at many art exhibitions and also hangs in private collections. Drawing and painting has always been a part of Marylyn’s life. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Art and Design High School, Fashion Institute of technology and the New York Botanical Gardens certificate program for botanical art and illustration. Marylyn lived in New York State while raising her children. There she developed a passion for gardening and love of nature. She has combined horticulture and botanical art to enrich her life.
Marylyn moved to Pennsylvania in 2004 and devoted herself to painting and teaching botanical art. She is a member of the faculty of the Arboretum School of The Barnes Foundations. A member of the board of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
Luiza Kurzyna – Brooklyn, NY
Luiza Kurzyna is a Brooklyn-based artist working on both paper, and immersive sculptural installations. Inspired by relationships within nature, Luiza combines the many ways that living things relate to each other (for example, through touch, mating rituals or gender roles) with elements of fantasy. Growing, bulging and decaying forms give objecthood to emotion and life’s transitions. The fantastic elements are intuitive, abstract; they create a space where the emotional inside can merge with the physical outside.
Luiza completed her MFA at Brooklyn College where she was awarded the highly competitive Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Scrawl at Artspace New Haven, Body Image at Pen and Brush in NYC, Hell, No! at St. Cecilia’s Convent in Greenpoint and Denatured at the Gershwin Hotel, NYC, where her work is now displayed on permanent loan. Her work has been published in Atlantis; Women, Art, Politics and Power and in Drawing: Space, Form and Expression.
Julie Sutherland – San Francisco, CA
Julie Sutherland lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She received her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her work consists of paintings and drawings that employ well-known or pre-existing imagery to examine historical and cultural issues including power, politics, violence and gender. One recent painting series combined official portraits of Presidents and First Ladies into androgynous a-historical dandies while a drawing series looked at historical atrocity through its problematic depictions in the media. She shows her work in the San Francisco Bay Area, most recently at Root Division, The National Queer Arts Festival and Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory. Her work is also included in the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program.