SGC International Conference
March 18-21, 2015
Knoxville Convention Center and the UT Knoxville Campus
The School of Art is hosting the SGC International Conference, the largest printmaking organization in the world with over 1,200 delegates expected to attend the conference coming from throughout the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Some key presenters will include Red Grooms, Ruth Weisberg, Walter Jule, and Hideki Kimura. The conference will include numerous exhibitions, 18 panel sessions, 9 INKubator sessions, more than 15 exchange portfolios, a mentoring program, a diverse product-publishers-program fair, the 2015-2018 SGCI Member Traveling Exhibition, 22 technical demonstrations, a full day of open portfolio sessions, and some unique special projects.
Peter Gourfain, Brooklyn, NY
Lecture: Thursday March 13, 7:30pm, AA109
Peter Gourfain, is a sculptor and printmaker who has lived in New York since the early 1960s. Born in 1934, his solo exhibitions include retrospectives at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York (1987) and the Chazen (formerly the Elvehjem) Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin (2002). Gourfain has an extensive record of teaching, including Mass Art, Penland, UC Davis, RISD and Skowhegan. His has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 1968 he was included in the Whitney Biennial. Renowned for his terracotta, bronzes and carvings into old wooden objects, the dimensionality of his sculpture is retained in the carving of his prints. Gourfain’s art addresses social, political and environmental themes (often as public art works). His art is included in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. During his visit he will work on prints in the UTK Print Workshop, and will stay in Knoxville for the SGC International Conference. His visit is sponsored by the UT School of Art (VADSCO).
Website | Image: “Mamarojo,” 1994, Woodcut on cream paper, image size 19 1/4 x 14 5/8 in.
Tanja Softic, Richmond, Virginia
Lecture: Thursday January 29, 7:30pm, AA109
Tanja Softic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo and earned her M.F.A. in Printmaking from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 1992. From 1991-92, she printed at Kathy Caraccio Etching Studio in New York. She works across the media of printmaking, drawing, photography and book arts. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She participated in 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland and won a First Prize at the the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan in 2002. She completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute and Anderson Ranch's Patton Print Studio. Softic is a Professor of Art at the University of Richmond. During her visit she will work with students on an editioned print. Her visit is sponsored by the UT Print Club.
Website | Image: “Borderlands: Feel,” 2014, lithograph, chine collé, 22 x 22 inches
Tracy Templeton, Bloomington, Indiana
Lecture: Thursday October 30, 7:30pm, AA109
Tracy Templeton teaches printmaking at Indiana University. Prior to this she taught at Southern Oregon University, the University of Alberta, the University of Regina and Illinois State University. Her work has been shown in Canada, the United States, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Japan and Korea. Templeton has received several awards including Honorary Mention at the Seoul Print Biennial, Third Place in the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, and several purchase prizes. Specializing in photographic etching, she has lectured extensively on the technique at Anchor Graphics, Chicago; Black Hills State University, South Dakota; and Lane Community College in Oregon, among others. Templeton’s own work refers heavily to journey, migration, and overall transformation. During her visit she will work with students on a print that combines photo-intaglio, digital methods and monoprinting. Her visit is sponsored by the UT Print Club.
Website | Image: “All That Keeps Us Here” (2012)
Pablo Helguera, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Lecture 1: Thursday March 6, 7:30pm, artist's work in AA109
Lecture 2: Friday March 7: 1pm, lecture "Contemporary Art in Latin America," Hodges Library Auditorium
Born in Mexico City in 1971, Pablo Helguera is a visual artist and the Director of Adult and Academic Programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Helguera has presented his studio projects at the Museum of Modern Art of New York (performance: Parallel Lives, 2003) and at the Royal College of Art de London (Los del Este, 2004, Monique Beudert Curatorial Program). He has shown his work in various biennials such as the 8th Havana Biennial, San Juan's Poly-graphic Triennial and PERFORMA 05, New York's first performance art biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo del Barrio in New York, an institution that holds some of his primary works in its permanent collection. He also has also exhibited at the Shedhalle in Zurich, PS1 in New York, MCA Chicago, IFA Bonn, Metropolitan Museum in Tokio, MALBA in Buenos Aires, Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, Sculpture Center, Bronx Museum, and others. He is the author of four books Endingness (2005), Las Brujas de Tepoztlán (2007), The Pablo Helguera Manual of Contemporary Art Style (Spanish edition, 2005; English edition 2007), and the novel The Boy Inside the Letter (2007).Helguera's visit is sponsored by VADSCO and Ready for the World.
Andrew Raftery, Professor, RISD, Providence, RI
Lecture: Thursday February 6, 2014, AA109, 7:30pm
Andrew Stein Raftery is a printmaker specializing in narrative scenes of contemporary American life. Trained in painting and printmaking at Boston University and Yale, he has focused on burin engraving for the past 12 years, publishing the portfolios Suit Shopping in 2002 and Open House in 2008. Both projects were exhibited at Mary Ryan Gallery in New York and were collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the British Museum. In 2003 Raftery received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and in 2008 he was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was elected to membership in the National Academy in 2009.
Art historical research is closely aligned with Raftery's studio practice. In his position as Professor of Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, he often collaborates with the RISD Museum on exhibitions and educational programs, recently as consulting curator for The Brilliant Line: The Journey of the Early Modern Engraver, fall 2009 at the RISD Museum and at the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a recipient of RISD's John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. During his visit he will edition an engraving in the UTK Print Workshop and will conduct an engraving workshop. His visit is sponsored by the UT Print Club.
Lothar Osterburg, Brookyn, NY
Workshop: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-6pm, AA241
Lecture: Thursday January 16, 7:30pm, AA109
Lothar Osterburg makes photogravures of small, sculpted models of windmills, lighthouses, sailboats among others, staged in evocative settings. Built from memory of readily available materials, the models have a dreamlike quality that is enhanced by the placement of the camera within their world; the perspective is that of a person within the set, obscuring the actual size of the objects. The viewer, drawn into the scene, fills the gap created by the absence of people. The smallest models are photographed through a magnifying glass or with a macro lens. With this extremely short focal range, the scenes become ambiguous, mysterious, or even ominous while somehow retaining the playful quality typical of Osterburg's hand.
Osterburg received a diploma with excellence in Fine Arts from the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany in 1990. Prior to this he studied at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. His works are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Fine Arts Museum Houston, TX; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI; Spencer Art Museum, Lawrence, KS; Light Work permanent Collection, Syracuse, NY; Kunstverein Hannover; Kunstverein Helmstedt; Kunstverein Salzgitter; and Kunstverein Frechen, all in Germany. His visit is sponsored by the UT Print Club.
Website | Photo: "Piranesi State 1," 2008; Photogravure tea stained, 22 x 16 inches
Wayne White, Los Angeles, CA
Workshop: November 5-7
Lecture: Thursday November 7, 7:30pm. AA109
Homecoming Parade: Friday November 8, 4pm, Volunteer Blvd.
Wayne White is best known for his role in designing the set for the popular television show Pee-Wee's Playhouse in the 1980s where his work for set and puppet designs won three Emmy Awards. His work has also been used for music videos by Peter Gabriel (Big Time) and the Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight). White also designed the band Lambchop's popular album cover "Nixon." In recent years he has focused on paintings, typically involving the alteration of kitsch commercially printed imagery with humorous and often irreverent dimensionally painted word play. White's art is an amalgam of surrealism, pop-art, and folk art. His work is represented by Western Project in Los Angeles and Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas. White is featured in the recent movie by Neil Berkeley "Beauty is Embarrassing."
Wayne White is a native of Chattanooga where he graduated from Hixon High School and completed his BFA degree in art from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979. In conjunction with this visit he will work with students on an entry in the UT Homecoming Parade. To be included with this project, contact Beauvais Lyons or Deb Shmerler. His visit is sponsored by VADSCO and VAC.
Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Lecture: "Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth," Thursday October 24, 7:30pm, AA109
Sarah Suzuki is an Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art. At MoMA, Ms. Suzuki has curated exhibitions including Wait, Later This Will All Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth (2013), Printin' (2011) with the artist Ellen Gallagher, 'Ideas Not Theories': Artists and The Club, 1942-1962 (2010), Rock Paper Scissors (2010), Mind & Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940 to Now (2010), Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities (2008), as well as solo exhibitions of Meiro Koizumi (2013), Yin Xiuzhen (2010), Song Dong (2009), and Gert and Uwe Tobias (2008). Her upcoming projects include an exhibition on the early work of Jean Dubuffet, and the rise of popular culture in Paris in the 1890s centered on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Her latest volume, Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth was published by The Museum of Modern Art in 2013. Among her other publications are 2012's What is a Print?, as well as contributions to numerous books, catalogues, and journals including Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (2010); Dada in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (2008), Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/1960 to Now (2006), Greater New York 2005 (2005), and Artists & Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art (2004), as well as a revised edition of the Museum's collection handbook. She authored "Print People: A Brief Taxonomy of Contemporary Printmaking" in the Winter 2011 issue of the Art Journal. A graduate of Dartmouth College (BA) and Columbia University (MA), she has lectured widely and taught numerous courses on the subject of modern and contemporary art. Her visit is sponsored by the UT Print Club.
Website | Photo: Dieter Roth. children's book (kinderbuch). 1957. Artist's book, letterpress printed, page: 12 5/8 x 12 11/16 inches.
Pepon Osorio, Philadelphia PA
Lecture: Thursday, October 10, 7:30pm AA109
Featured from the PBS Art 21 series, Pepon Osorio is an installation and sculptural artist best known for his baroque, polemically charged environments. The artist's use of mass-produced objects coupled with his socio-anthropological savvy presents the spectator with the opportunity to engage in multiple readings of his work. Ultimately, they speak not only to the Latino community but to society in general. Since 1990, Pepón Osiorio has participated in international venues such as the 1993 Biennial Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, InSite, San Diego/Tijuana, 1994, and the Second Johannesberg and the Sixth Havana Biennials, both in 1997. His numerous solo exhibitions include the Museo Nacional Centro de Arts Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain, 1999, the Escuela de Artes Plásticas, Puerto Rico, 2000, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2004; as well as group exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, which traveled to P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City, NY, 2009, and Voces y Visiones, El Museo del Barrio, New York, 2010. Osorio's works are in public collections such as The Menil Collection, P.S.1, The Walker Center for American Art, The Wadsworth Atheneum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and The National Museum of American Art, amongst others. Osorio was awarded the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts: Visual Arts and the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1999, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, 2001, The Smithsonian Legacy Award for the Visual Arts, 2008, and the Fleisher Art Memorial Founder's Award, 2009. Since 2006 he has been a Professor of Art at the Tyler School of Art, Department of Art and Art Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
Laurie Beth Clark, Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Lecture: Thursday October 3, 7:30pm, AA109
Reception: "Ossuary," UT Downtown Gallery, 5-9pm
Laurie Beth Clark is coming to campus in conjunction with her exhibition "Ossuary," at the UT Downtown Gallery. For this project, Clark has invited hundreds of artists will create a single bone, a cluster of bones, or an art work that is inspired by, uses, or plays with the idea of bones. The works are in many media, in two, three, or four dimensions. The contributions are political statements and personal elegies, memorials to individuals or statements about mortality. They may represent connections to our ancestors and/or to our descendants. Some are serious and some use bones in a completely playful manner.
Clark is a Professor of Non-Static Forms in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin where, since 1985, she has taught studio classes in Video, Performance, and Installations, as well as Special Topics like Collaboration and Relational Aesthetics and more than twenty different academic seminars in Visual Culture Studies. Clark was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She earned degrees in Art from Hampshire College (BA 1976), University of New Mexico (MA 1981), and Rutgers University (MFA 1982). Her visit is hosted by the Ewing Gallery.
Website | Photo: installation view of "Ossuary" project.
Yoonmi Nam. Lawrence, Kansas
Lecture: Thursday April 11, 7pm, AA109
"I use images of man-made structures in transition as a metaphor to communicate transience and impermanence, and perhaps our desire for permanence and immortality. They are either in the process of being torn down, built up, or simply in some kind of a state of change. It may be due to time, neglect, development, or forces of nature. They are drawn from the everyday environment I observe in my surroundings. I am using this imagery as a metaphor for myself as a person and an artist."
Artist Yoonmi Nam received her MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently teaches at the University of Kansas. Her art has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and in many group shows abroad including Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Paraguay and Scotland. Nam recently completed a Mokuhanga residency at MI-Lab in Japan, and the Frans Masereel Centrum Residency in Belgium. Nam has also been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center of Johnson VT, Nagasawa Art Park of Awaji City Japan, and the Kala Art Institute of Berkley CA. During her visit she will work with students and faculty on a project in the UTK Print Workshop. Her visit is sponsored by the UT Print Club.
Jim Moran, Museum Director of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Lecture: Thursday March 14th, 5:30pm, in the UC Auditorium
Moran runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection and maintains the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, Wisconsin, printing firm, Moran's Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years. His visit sponsored by the Visual Arts Committee.
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