MFA-V Alumna Kathy Couch | Performance|Portrait @ Invisible Dog Art Center

PERFORMANCE| PORTRAIT by A CANARY TORSI – Invisible Dog presents a canary torsi’s new responsive video installation, Performance | Portrait. The work invites each visitor to an encounter with a performer. Grounded in questions of intimacy and connection within the performance experience, four distinguished performers were recorded maintaining their focus on a future audience.

Yanira Castro (Concept/Choreographer), Kathy Couch (Installation Artist), Stephan Moore (Interaction Designer), Julie Wyman (Filmmaker)

Anna Azrieli, Leslie Cuyjet, Peter Schmitz, David Thomson

This exhibition is part of Intermediaries, a 2016 program co-commissioned and presented by the Invisible Dog and Immediate Medium and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Commissioning support for Performance I Portrait also provided by the Catherine Tell Foundation and Creative Art Council at Brown University, as a part of The Conference for Research on Choreographic Interfaces (CRCI). Performance I Portrait is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). It was developed, in part, during a BRIClab Residency at BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY, a residency with producing partner High Concept Labs in Chicago, and with residency support from Gibney Dance Center and ISSUE Project Room in New York and Amherst College in MA. Additional support provided by UC Davis, CA.

Opening Reception: Saturday December 3, from 6 to 10pm
On viewing from Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, Sunday from 12pm to 5pm

Part of WONDERLAND, annual group exhibition at The Invisible Dog.

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MFA in Visual Art Alumni—San Diego Exhibition Opens Friday, 11/25

Recent work from eleven MFA in Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Writing alumni will be exhibited at the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego, CA. Opening reception on November 26.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the VCFA Visual Art program, artist alumni from around the country are creating regional exhibitions in their communities.

Premiered in GVG Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, the exhibition, Line Align Realign travels to the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego.

Join us on Opening Night—Saturday, November 26, 5-8pm
City Heights Performance Annex
3791 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

The exhibition will also be open on Friday, November 25 and Sunday, November 27 from 12-6pm.

Participating artists include: Irene Abraham, Muriel Angelil, Samantha Eckert, Renee Lauzon, Angela Meron, Fiona Phillips, Barbara Rockman, Michael Ruiz, Sumru Tekin, Terrill Thomas, and Blair Vaughn-Gruler.

Image credit: “Align/Realign I” 2016 by Angela Meron

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Artist-Teacher Profile: Suzy Spence

Suzy Spence is an Artist, Writer, and Curator who divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Montpelier, VT. She first exhibited her hunt scenes and faux society portraits in the 1990s at Colin De Land’s conceptual gallery American Fine Arts. In 2014 she published an illustrated artist’s novel about a town in Maine, acquired by M HKA Ensembles for ‘The Book Lovers’.  Her recent black paintings, and hunt scenes borrow from the genre of English Sporting Art. When Spence depicts aristocratic activities like hunting and riding she brings new meaning to frank depictions of class and ‘natural order’:  male rider / female rider / horse / dogs / fox . Her anglophilic scenes possess an element of absurdity, despite being seductive; as Susan Santog wrote in “Notes on Camp”(1964) such a thing is “unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it.” Spence was the recipient of a painting Fellowship this year on Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, located at the historic home of Fairfield and Ann Porter.

Spence is an artist-teacher for the MFA Visual Art program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recurring guest critic during the bi-annual residencies.

Her work is represented by Sears Peyton Gallery and she recently wrote an interview piece for on fellow painter Bo Joseph’s work.

A Season of Psychic Noise: An Interview with Bo Joseph
by Suzy Spence, Nov. 16, 2016

On the first day of his exhibition, A Season of Psychic Noise, I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow painter Bo Joseph. Bo and I were born the same year and attended New England colleges where our initiation to art history in the late 80s was through Louise Gardner’s encyclopedic tome, Art Through the Ages. We were in agreement that the book had been useful (we still own our copies), and that it was regrettable to have professors skip entire chapters on Africa or Asia in the service of presenting a linear Western leaning history. I was fascinated to learn that he’d remedied this with extensive travel and research, a journey that has enabled him to define art on his own terms.

S. Your paintings seem to be elaborate systems with a range of references. What attracts you to your source material?

B. My mark making and methodology always references something real. It has its beginnings in things I am interested in, whether that is Chinese scroll paintings or Northwest Coast Native American carvings. For a while I was obsessed with embroidered Japanese material used in kimonos and noh robes. As a student, every time I studied a western art movement in a formal way, I wondered what was happening on the other side of the world. That led me to study African Art, Sufi Art, I took classes in world religion, Jungian theory, and I became really interested in Art Brut-I found Dubuffet.

Read full interview on artsy.

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Whitney Biennial Announces 2017 List

The Whitney has released its full list of artist who will participate in the 2017 biennial. The statement  describes the exhibition’s theme regarding “The formation of self and the individual’s place in a turbulent society are among the key themes reflected in the work of the artists selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. The exhibition includes sixty-three participants, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.” Among the sixty-three participants is current core faculty member Cauleen Smith. Cauleen was VCFA MFA Visual Art program Artist-in-Residence in August 2011. She went on to be a recurrent visiting faculty member and since 2014 she has been on the core faculty team.

You will also see a familiar name in this list; former faculty member Ulrike Müller (born 1971 in Austria, lives in New York) whose work engages relationships between abstraction and bodies and a concept of painting that is not restricted to brush and canvas. Employing a wide range of materials and techniques, including performance, publishing, and textiles, her work moves between different contexts and publics, invites collaboration, and expands to other realms of production in processes of exploration and exchange. Müller was involved with VCFA from 2008-2011, serving as guest artist, critic, and core faculty.

Congratulations to all of the artists. The show, which opens March 17 and runs until June 11, is co-curated by Christopher Lew and Mia Locks. To read more about the 2017 Biennal Curators click here.Running Sneakers Store | Nike Dunk Low Coast UNCL – Grailify

The MFA Visual Art Program Launches New Instagram Page

We have our own Instagram page! Featuring pictures of exhibitions, residencies, art, and more!

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FAC Artist Spotlight | MFA Alumna Caitlin Metz

The Foundry Art Centre in St.Charles, Missouri wrote an beautiful piece about MFA alumna, Caitlin Metz.

Here is a brief excerpt: “”Drawing is a conversation with yourself; it’s where I started and the place I always return to.” In Studio 17 at the Foundry Art Centre, artist Caitlin Metz is constantly in the midst of a dialogue, using her pen, printing press, chalkboard wall – and quite often – her social media, to do the talking. Her Instagram is a rose-tinted collection of images from her life, artwork, and studio; it is an outlet for her thoughts and a platform she utilizes to connect with people from all corners of the world.”

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Future Memories | Ambivalently Yours | Montréal

Opening: 5 NOV | 8 PM
Exhibition: 5 NOV > 4 DEC 2016
Free admission | Wheelchair accessible
Closing party for the conference “Terms of Privacy: Intimacies, Exposures and Exceptions” : 5 NOV | 8PM

Each in their own way, the four artists presented as part of the exhibition Future Memories reflect on technology as a narrative space that is also a sharing space. By using different media, from video to textile, the artists challenge what separates the private from the public, and where the actual limit of that sharing is. All four present work about memory, or a past image, so that it survives in the future.

Zinnia Naqvi’s installation Veena (2016) and video work Seaview (2014) reveal the complications of translating culture across time and seas. Naqvi shares her personal struggles between the ideals of Western and Eastern societies.

Presented for the first time offline, the drawings of Ambivalently Yours explore ambivalence through online sharing of pink illustrations, animations and sound sketches. Behind the anonymous persona, the artist uses her online platform to facilitate the exploration of feminist convictions through a conscious act of indecision. This way, Ambivalently Yours can better cultivate relationships of empathy within an online community.

In this current era of selfies, sharing our life with friends is common. Zeesy Powers turns this on its head in her installation The Averaging Mirror (2016), an “anti-selfie” mirror obscuring the viewer’s digital reflection. We can’t help but wonder what is happening to us outside of the lens: is our life real without it being captured?

Sophia Borowska’s project Data Excess (2016) focusses on what is considered “digital excesses”, like low-resolution screenshots or spam e-mails. Using the practice of weaving, Borowska questions the potential for control in virtual spaces.

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Midwest Alumni Show Opens Nov 5

Midwest Artists
A selection of artwork by Vermont College of Fine Art alumni
November 5th – November 30th

Opening reception: Saturday, November 5th, 5-8pm

Genesis Art
2525 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Visual artist alumni of Vermont College of Fine Art, present a selection of artwork from Midwest regional alumni artists for an exhibition at the Genesis Art. 

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the MFA in Visual Arts program at Vermont College of Fine Art, alumni from across the country have organized exhibitions and events to take place this fall, simultaneously in different cities and regions. The goal is to build stronger alumni connections and generate dialogue between alumni and surrounding communities. Organized by alumni Dawn Feller and Carrie Ruckel.

Kathy Arkles
Renee Baker
Beth Bradfish
Margaret Carsello
Pete Driessen
Esteen Lauri Feldshriber
Clea Felien
Dawn Feller
Linda Ferguson
Denise Hoover
Wilson Hurst
Cindy Pacyk
Maria Prainito-Winczner
Carrie Ruckel
Lexi Ryckman-Harriet
J. Wren Supak
Mary Telfer / Rick Morgan
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“Stopped in Time” Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

A Denver exhibition opened yesterday featuring of the VCFA Alumni show “Stopped in Time.” The exhibit is on the campus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in the Rude Gallery. The show features international street photography by VCFA alumni Julie Puma and Patricia McInroy.


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MFA Candidate Opal Jones Opens UNA Gallery Portland OR

The curatorial team is dedicated to showcasing emerging and working artists. Their mission is to provide a local platform for feminist, queer, POC, & socio-politically inclined artists, while promoting a subversive, playful and experimental environment.

328 NW Broadway Av. #117
Portland, Oregon
(858) 610-4269

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Blair Crissman
Mercedes Orozco
Opal Grace Jones
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