November Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, November 15
Miguel Arzabe – San Francisco, CA
San Francisco-based artist Miguel Arzabe holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, with an MS in Environmental Fluid Dynamics from Arizona State University and an MFA from University of California Berkeley. Arzabe’s work was selected for Hors Pistes 2011 and 2012 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The More Things Change at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Lightness and Dark at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. He was commissioned for a site-specific installation at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History for LAND/ART New Mexico. Arzabe’s work is held in private and public collections, nationally and internationally.
Ingrid Duch – Odense, Denmark
The City of Odense is my place of birth and is still my permanent base. I graduated from the Odense Academy of Fine Arts in 1982, after 5 years of studies primarily in painting and graphic arts. After graduation I spent two months in Paris. Looking back I can see that it was here in the ethnological museums I began a life-long search for motif and content in my work. It was a revelation. The expression in the patterns, the accuracy of depicting animals and creatures born in dreams and fantasy was overwhelming. During my two extended stays in Egypt on stipends for a total of two years in 1988/89 and 1991/92 I practiced in Cairo and Alexandria, connected to the Art Academies in these two cities. I concentrated on the art of the Pharaonic period as well as early Coptic art. In Alexandria, the intercultural influences between the Mediterranean cultures became the main goal of my work. During my stay in Egypt I planned and realized exhibitions in Cairo with my own work as well as other artists. Back in Denmark I continued to establish myself in my atelier where I integrated my experience from Egypt into my work. This work has lead to many exhibitions and the sale of most of my work to private collectors and many reviews in the Danish press. I have been included in most of the Danish artist yearbooks. Continuing my search for new impulses, I have been in Istanbul, southern France, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona as well as the northwestern USA and Canada. A significant period was the three years, 1988-2001, when a colleague and I established and ran the Pavilion, a summer cafe and meeting place for hundreds of people in the cultural scene. The Pavilion was subsidized by the City of Odense. As an active member of The Print Workshop of Fyn I explored the many techniques and have exhibited in many venues. My work is exhibited in traveling exhibitions in various countries. I have held classes in some of the places I have visited. My connection with the Odense Museum of Art has included teaching aspirants for the Art Academy and participating in special exhibitions.
Fidencio Duran – Austin, TX
Fidencio Duran tells visual stories that honor the history of his family and community. These stories sprang from recollections of his father’s storytelling. “My dad used to tell us small parables about the consequences of being greedy or other moral lessons. He also wanted us to know where we came from, and all those folk stories stuck with me.” Duran’s artwork appears in public and private art collections in the United States and abroad. His works have been exhibited by institutions from Museo El Centenario in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL, Amarillo Art Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX, Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM to Smithsonian Latino Center/Fundacion Osde in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One of Duran’s most prominent works, The Visit, graces the length of the ticket counter at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. Duran has the distinction of being the only artist to receive all three of the Dallas Museum’s Awards to Artists. He was awarded the Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award in 1983, the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award in 1990, and the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant in 1996. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught and lectured at UT, Austin Community College and Texas State University in San Marcos.
Loren Erdrich – Brooklyn, NY
Loren Erdrich is a Brooklyn based mixed-media visual artist working primarily in drawing, sculpture, performance and video. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, both individually and as part of CultureLab Collective. A 2011 show in San Marcos, TX featured her work alongside that of Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith and Félix González-Torres. In May 2011 she was featured in a Vogue Italia photo essay of female artists to watch in NYC by photographer Francesco Carrozzini. Together with poet Sierra Nelson she co-founded Invisible Seeing Machine, a collaborative art group, which in 2010 won the NYU Washington Square Review Prize for Collaboration for their lyrical choose-choose-your-own-adventure book I Take Back the Spongecake, combining drawings, poems, and collaboratively written poetry (forthcoming publication by Rose Metal Press, Spring 2012). Her work has been featured in Carol Novak’s ‘Giraffes In Hiding: the mythical memoirs of Carol Novak’ (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010), ALARM Press Magazine, the album covers of Taperecorder, and many poetry and art blogs. She has been awarded residencies at Art Farm Nebraska in 2010 and 2011, Sculpture Space in 2010, and the Vermont Studio Center in 2008.
Denise Kumani Gantt – Baltimore, MD
Kumani Gantt’s performance and literary work has been described as a “thoughtful, evocation of love and loss” by the Baltimore Sun. Her plays and performance pieces include meditations/from the ash, winner of the Artscape 1997 Best Play Contest and voted Best New Play by the Baltimore Alternative; Three Stories to the Ground, written with Gabriel Shanks and winner of the Theatre Project Outstanding Vision In Theatre award; anatomy/lessons selected as part of Penumbra Theater’s Cornerstone Project; and Communion written with actress Vanessa Thomas for Washington, DC’s Horizons Theater, and Testament, a play inspired by Antigone performed by the Village of Arts and Humanities in 2006. In 2003, her collection of poetry, conjuring the dead, was awarded the Maryland Emerging Writers Award by poet, Afaa Michael Weaver. She holds a MFA in Theatre Performance from Towson University. Her new play in progress, The Gift, received a staged-reading at Seattle’s, ACT in June 2011.
James Grilli – Philadelphia, PA
Jim Grilli grew up in Old Bridge, New Jersey and received his Bachelors of Fine Art in Sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has exhibited in the Philadelphia area where he lives and works and has participated as a curator with My House Gallery which operated in South Philadelphia from 2008-2011. He is the Assistant Shop Supervisor in the Sculpture Department at the University of the Arts.
Faith Purvey – Los Angeles, CA
Faith Purvey’s work centers on public engagement, specifically site-responsive temporary installation in community, and a studio practice that involves sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Her projects deal with issues of habitation, urban infrastructure, transience, and nature, often employing collaborative sculpture-building processes with youth, civic and community leaders, and artists. Originally from Minneapolis and currently based in Los Angeles, Purvey received a BS in Art from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, and an MFA from Otis College of Art, LA in 2010, where she studied Public Practice with Suzanne Lacy. She has worked on the City-sponsored Refoundation project, a collaboration with multiple entities including Milwaukee Public Theatre, for 2 consecutive summers, and her Fort Hauser project in Los Angeles was a finalist for a Creative Capital visual arts grant in 2011.