12/16 December Open Studio

Artist Barbara Mehlman's SFAI Studio

December Open Studio

Thursday 12/16
5:30pm SFAI
Admission is FREE!

Join us for readings by our talented authors and studio tours of our amazing visual artists!

December Residents:

Kaveh Bassiri – Brooklyn, NY
Kaveh Bassiri is a co-founder of Triptych Readings and the Literary Arts Director of the Persian Arts Festival in New York City. His work has won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award. He also has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he was the editor of the graduate literary journal, Lumina.

Marcia Cohen – Atlanta, GA
Marcia R. Cohen, visual artist and educator, was recently awarded the MOCA GA Working Artist Project and was nominated for a United States Artists’ Fellowship in 2009. Her abstract painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photographs examine the relationship of color and form and as index of global perception. Cohen has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally and her artwork is in many private and public collections including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Cohen was educated at Wayne State University in Detroit and at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Jennifer Hudson & Josh Kane – Boston, MA
Jennifer B Hudson is a fresh, young visual artist creating staged imagery that is artistically stylized and meticulously crafted. Drawing inspirations from themes of feminism and social placement, faith, the testing of strength, and the study of personal relationships, Jennifer is a dynamic and emotional illustrator of the human heart. Raised in a spiritual and conservative home in rural Texas, Jennifer grew up an imaginative, curious, and experimental child who has used her upbringing in her intensely personal artwork to bring insight and awareness using heartfelt, acutely mapped personal experiences. Jennifer is currently working in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an international speaker and lecturer whose programs are sought after year after year by many professional public and private photographic organizations. She has just completed her latest major body of work entitled ‘Baptism’, a narrative series exploring a young woman’s spiritual re-incarnation, and is currently working on her new series entitled ‘Medic’, a series that will explore the breadth of human relationships during illness and recovery.

Joshua Kane is an analytical, articulate artist working with mechanical and sculptural elements, creating eerie, moody, explorative inventions for powerful narrative photographic work. With an innate, natural born sensibility for construction, function, and design, his installations help to serve as the structure for the storytelling photographs to be created. A lifelong New Englander, currently working in Boston, Massachusetts, Joshua is an artist in collaboration with his partner Jennifer Hudson, creating intensely crafted imagery derived from shared personal experiences. The two teach fine art workshops throughout the country, and are sought after for private commissions each year.

Ji Eun Kim
Ji Eun Kim was born in Korea and currently lives in the United States. She received her BFA and MFA from Seoul National University and recently received an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She completed a summer residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and she was awarded a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, at venues such as Seoul Museum of Art, Insa Art Space, and Alternative Space Pool, all in Korea, and Daimler Financial and Detroit Area Artist Market in Michigan.

Jamie Lee – New York, NY
Jamie Lee’s work is interpreted from her memories and impressions that recall specific times in her life, and then translated into abstract, mixed media paintings. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and has resided in California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Studio Art, with focuses on printmaking and painting and graduated from Claremont Graduate University in California with an MFA in painting. After receiving her MFA, Jamie had her first solo show at the Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, New York, where she was awarded first place in an international competition. She also received notable mention in the Los Angeles times for the works she submitted to the group exhibition for supersonic, LA Design Center. She currently lives and works in New York City. You can see her work at www.jamiemlee.com

Seth Ludman – New Orleans, LA
In 2005, Seth Ludman was illustrating a pamphlet of his ideas for sale and discovered a talent for drawing middle-aged men. He has developed this small gift over the subsequent years and currently spends every day drawing and inventing in his studio. Ludman has always exhibited an independent spirit. He attended a desert cowboy college, majored in The Performance of Everyday Life at Brown University, and sold coupons door to door across the United States. Before drawing men, he was making novelty clocks and documenting his copious ideas.

Barbara Mehlman – Woodland Hills, CA
After receiving her MFA from Claremont Graduate University, Mehlman taught traditional and digital painting at the university level and wrote and pioneered online technology courses with San Francisco State University. Concurrently, Mehlman developed a concept she calls Artitorials (Art + Editorial) for on-site interactive digital stories. She published a paper comparing traditional and digital painting, a chapter in a book on Multimedia, and a book on Adobe Photoshop. Mehlman has been exhibited widely and has been honored with prestigious residencies around the country like Montana Artists Refuge, Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Jentel, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and was even awarded a grant to paint portraits in Sicily.

Maria Nazos – Provincetown, MA
Poet Maria Nazos received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook, Trailer Park Heart, was selected by Marge Piercy as runner-up for the 2010 Providence Athenaeum Philbrick Poetry Project Award. She has received scholarships from The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Her work won the Fall 2009 Poetry Competition held by The Alabama State Poetry Society. She attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for non-degree credit. Recently, she became a proud member of the Wising Up Press Editorial Collective.

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