August Open Studio

Artist Lenka Novakova in her SFAI studio

August Open Studios
Thursday, August 25

Judith Stein – Philadelphia, PA
Judith Stein is a writer and independent curator. Trained as an art historian, she taught at the Tyler School of Art and served as curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of Arts. She organized the award-winning exhibition of Horace Pippin’s paintings that traveled to the Metropolitan Museum; and co-curated Picturing the Modern Amazon for New York’s New Museum. Since 1974, her reviews and features have appeared in Art in America and other publications. “Eye of the Sixties,” her biography-in-progress of the Chinese American art dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998), received a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant (2008) and will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Lenka Novakova – Montreal, QC
Lenka Novakova was born in the Czech Republic currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia and received her MFA from the Concordia University. 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, USA 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. Recent participation included Project Integral Sao Paulo-Quebec, Sao Paulo, Brazil and DMZ festival in Korea. Upcoming residencies and fellowships include Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico and NKD, Norway.

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 weekly, The 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.

Marcia Lyons – Waiheke Island, New Zealand
American-born and New Zealand resident Marcia Lyons divides her time between Waiheke Island and Santa Fe, NM. Emerging in the early ‘90s as a performance artist and sculptor, she is best known for her extensive work as a media producer and educator. She established the Digital Media Fine Arts program at Cornell University, before becoming the Developing Program Director of Digital Media at Victoria University of Wellington, currently she is the CIRI Scholar in Arts Practice at Auckland University of Technology. Recipient of many awards including the prestigious Rome Prize (1997-8), Lyons has exhibited and has taught all over the world. The focus of her practice reflects Lyons’ interest in interactivity, perception, and live-media. “Over the past two years, I’ve been working with scientists in-the-field to understand imperceptible frequencies emanating from the earth’s biosphere. Recent work came out of a series of investigations where live data and the viewer create a two-way ‘creative interference’ activating a third, in-between, telepathic field.” She is represented by David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, Stefan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC and Bartley & Co. Art, NZ.

Ryan Lee Smith – Tahlequah, OK
Ryan Lee Smith (Cherokee, Choctaw) received a Bachelors of Fine Art from Baylor University and continued his graduate studies at the University of New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina forced his relocation to Tahlequah, OK. Smith began working for the Cherokee Nation in the Community Development capacity. It was this job that provided Smith with the opportunity to work very closely with Cherokee communities. “I became so immersed in culture and tradition that it changed my life and the direction of my work. It was life changing. I found out who I was and what I was missing.” And this innate passion and intensity are seen in his work. From piercing mustangs to roaring grizzlies, he describes his style as Contemporary Native Abstract. “I am representing the collective power, resiliency, and pride that exists in all Natives. I have the utmost respect for my people and the work I do is for them,” Smith says. His drive to continue his artistic endeavors also comes from wanting to provide the best for his two boys, four and six. “I am teaching my sons to embrace that pride, that inner drumbeat which exists in all Natives and is exactly what drives me to paint.”

Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas – Haida Gwaii
Since she was a little girl, Haida artist Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas’ memories have been filled with weaving. Generations of renowned artists in her family keep her feeling humbled while striving to maintain a level of excellence in her chosen artistic field of Raven’s Tail Weaving. Raven’s Tail weaving is one of the oldest forms of textile weaving for the Haida and is one of the few styles of weaving in the world that is gravity-weighted finger-weaving. This means that there are no looms and no tension but rather loose strands of wool warp hand from a box frame while the weaver creates each stitch individually with their fingers. Lisa was accorded her master’s level of weaving in 2009 from her mentor Master Weaver Evelyn Vanderhoop. Yahgulanaas has exhibited throughout Canada, demonstrated internationally and been gifted with numerous awards. She is grateful for the opportunities that enable her to continue to create. “I weave because I could not do otherwise. Weaving dances through my dreams at night.”
Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas
Kuuyas 7waahlal Gidaak

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