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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

Alumni News: Artist Yukiyo Kawano Collaborates with Portland Artists

Yukiyo Kawano graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Visual Art low-residency program in August 2012. Recently Kawano and her collaborators, Meshi Chavez and Allison Cobb, discussed their project “A Moment in Time,” with hatchthefuture.org. The performance brings together Kawano’s sculptural objects “Fat Man” and “Little Boy,” replicas of the atomic bombs dropped on her home town of Hiroshima in 1945, Chavez’s Butoh dance practice, and Cobb’s sound poetry. Each of these artists share a geographical link to the age of nuclear bombs and energy (Chavez and Cobb both grew up in New Mexico where nuclear testing occurred), and within this shared legacy, their collaborative practice lays bare a multitude of questions about what it means to live under the invisible threat of nuclear warfare and environmental disaster.

Follow this link to learn more and listen to the interview.

 

 

Summer 2016 Grads

Patrick DeGuira

Patrick DeGuira

Ruth Moon

Ruth Moon

Katie Richardson

Katie Richardson

David Kutz

David Kutz

Andrea Beck

Andrea Beck

Judith Brisson

Judith Brisson

Lana Taliaferro

Lana Taliaferro

Karen Louise Spears

Karen Louise Spears

Nikki Juen

Nikki Juen

Veronica Cross

Veronica Cross

 

 

Performance and Installation 2016

Winter 2016 Residency Exhibitions

Michael Flint

Michael Flint, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Public Private Collective, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Lana Taliaferro, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Mollie Webster, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Corey Pickett, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

David Kutz

Karen Spears, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Holly Britt, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Nikki Juen, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Samantha Lantz, Photo Credit: Martin Castaneda

Alumni Feature-Paula Imirzian Aug ’15

Paula Imirzian, "Body Alteration" (2014) Lab Book 3.5x5.5, acrylic, gouache, ink. Photo Chip Rutan

Paula Imirzian, “Body Alteration” (2014) Lab Book 3.5×5.5, acrylic, gouache, ink. Photo Chip Rutan

Research “Lab Book” (2014) on eugenics inspired by “The Black Stork” by Martin Pernick

Paula Imirzian, “Below the Skin” (2014) installation

Research articles and images mapped to the body on Mylar (2014)

Research image of brain MRI

Paula Imirzian, “Yellow Growth” (2015) digital art

Paula Imirzian, “P2498” and “Bio-Xform” (2015) installation. Photo Martin Castaneda

Paula Imirzian, “Bio-Xform” (2015) still of interactive digital image application

Paula Imirzian, “P2498” (2015) still from 3 minute stop motion animation

Paula Imirzian, “Below the Skin” (2014) still from 2 minute stop motion animation

 

My work resides at the intersection of biotechnology and art as I investigate the body and its environment, with a focus at the molecular level. I am concerned with how we humans – as well as the organisms around us – can be manipulated and controlled at the cellular level without our full knowledge and perhaps changed beyond repair.

By relying upon information that is often diluted and diminished through mass media, our view of complicated scientific information is at best simplistic. The complex nature of science leaves us in a grey area of not having complete information about our world. Nevertheless, while we remain uninformed, amazing scientific advances take place. Perhaps some of these advances wouldn’t happen if we were truly informed? Or perhaps they might happen in ways that could be more productive or responsible?

Many artists influence and provide direction to my research and art: subRosa, Critical Art Ensemble, Anab Jain, and VCFA faculty Faith Wilding. Museum collections, medical imagery,  historical writing as well as current writing from Richard Lewontin, Donna Haraway, and Evelyn Fox Keller provide perspective into scientific endeavors. I also review scientific research and collate articles to create notebooks (Lab Books) to track my research. As I do so, I am reminded that we aren’t so far removed from the eugenic practices of the past, as we proceed to categorize, and alter ourselves and our surroundings at a microscopic level. I am also aware of the difficulty of using art to critique and inform about science and medicine. With this in mind, I try to balance scientific intrigue with various artistic techniques to engage, attract, repel and enlighten.

 

 

 

Winter 2014 Grads

Cai Xi Silver

Cai Xi Silver

Craig Saddlemire

Craig Saddlemire

Hunter Neal

Hunter Neal

Jeffrey Jennings

Jeffrey Jennings

Tara Smith

Tara Smith

Stephen Maine

Stephen Maine

Robin McLaurin

Robin McLaurin

Patricia Miranda

Patricia Miranda

Michele Shibley

Michele Shibley

Louis Tortora

Jenna Kelly

Jenna Kelly

Claudia De Loach

Carissa Burkett

Carissa Burkett

Summer 2015 Grads

Nate Burgos

Nate Burgos (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Lori Grinker

Lori Grinker (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Shari Pratt

Shari Pratt (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Tara Sasiadek

Tara Sasiadek (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

John Gibson

John Gibson (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Robby Gilbert

Robby Gilbert (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

David Joron

David Joron (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Denise Hoover

Denise Hoover (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Ruby De La Fuente

Ruby De La Fuente (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Erica Lynn

Erica Lynn (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Paula Imirzian

Paula Imirzian (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Chip Rutan

Chip Rutan

Nancy Deleary

Nancy Delray (photo credit: Martin Castaneda)

Winter 2015 Grads

Mimi Solum

Mimi Solum

Sam Erckert

Sam Erckert

Dennis Fougere

Dennis Fougere

David Allio

David Allio

Beth McGee

Beth McGee

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn

Tyler Gill

Tyler Gill

Jeffrey Huston

Jeffrey Huston

LA Watson

LA Watson

Taylor Harlin

Taylor Harlin

Erin Gleason

Erin Gleason

Melora Griffis

Melora Griffis

Joann Argue

Joann Argue

Claire Emery

Claire Emery

Summer 2014 Grads

Aaron Rose

Aaron Rose

Ruth Dudley-Carr

Ruth Dudley-Carr

Naomi Elena Ramirez

Naomi Elena Ramirez

Mary Telfer

Mary Telfer

Mark Read

Mark Read

Margery Theroux

Margery Theroux

Lorraine Reynolds

Lorraine Reynolds

Lisa Crafts

Lisa Crafts

Kristin Serafini

Kristin Serafini

Kimberly Marshall

Kimberly Marshall

Julia Dixon

Julia Dixon

Joseph Keenan

Joseph Keenan

Douglas Brull

Douglas Brull

Bob McCann

Bob McCann

Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor