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Daniel DiCaprio

October 2, 2015, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Daniel DiCaprio is the Assistant Professor of Metalwork and Jewelry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his MFA from East Carolina University. Daniel’s work in jewelry and sculpture combines traditional metalsmithing with wood carving techniques. Daniel is represented by Charon Kransen Arts in New York City; through this gallery he has participated in the SOFA exhibitions annually since 2008. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Japan, Korea, Italy, Spain and Germany. Publications include Metalsmith, American Craft and Ornament Magazine.

Matt Bollinger

October 23, 2015, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Matt Bollinger is a Painter currently living and working in Brooklyn NY. His work grew out of a childhood activity of making collage with hand made papers. He has since developed his process to include painting over the collage and then some. His work is layered in this way and he sees a nice fit between this process and reading and memory. The stratification of the paper and paint parallel the way memory retains and display images in the mind and how we read a book by turning pages. Matt calls himself a voracious reader and daydreamer and it is from these sources that he not only finds his characters but also his passion for the painting. He sees his work as the manifestations of mental experience. Matt graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA with Honors in 2007. He is represented by Zurcher Studio in NY and in Paris. Through this gallery and others he has had seven solo shows since 2007. His work has also been exhibited in group exhibitions NYC, Paris, Philadelphia, Provincetown MA, San Francisco and he will be in an exhibit in Berlin later this year. He was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center for two years in Provincetown and has a video interview on Gorky’s Granddaughter.

Mark Dion

December 4, 2015, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, in Connecticut. He also attended The School of Visual Arts in New York, the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program and is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University in the UK (2014).

The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.

He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001) The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008). He has had major exhibitions at the Miami Art Museum (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Tate Gallery, London (1999), and the British Museum of Natural History in London (2007).

He is the co-director (with J. Morgan Puett) of Mildred's Land an innovative visual art education, and residency program and think tank in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

For over two decades Dion has worked in the public realm on a wide range of scales, from architecture projects to print project in newspaper. Some of his large scale pubic project include "The Amateur Ornithologist Clubhouse" a Captain Nemo-like interior constructed in a vast gas tank in Essen, Germany, "The Hanging Garden" a collaboration with the landscape design firm Gross Max in central London, which consists of a fire escape-like vertical garden and "Den" a large scale folly in Norway's mountainous landscape which feature a massive sculpture of a sleeping bear resting on a hill of material culture form the neolithic to the present. Dion also produce a large scale permanent commissions for Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany as well as for the Montevideo Biannale in Uruguay, The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, Porthmeor Studios in St. Ives and the Port of Los Angeles.

Dion lives with his wife and frequent collaborator Dana Sherwood in New York City and works world wide.

Craig Kalpakjian

January 29, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Craig Kalpakjian is an artist working in New York. From his early sculpture and installations through his seminal computer generated images and videos he has consistently addressed issues of technology, surveillance, architecture, and social control. Recent abstract works continue his explorations of spatial visualization. Using non-standard types of perspective, these large-scale inkjet prints present illusions of dimensionality that trouble the distinctions between inside and outside, artifice and reality.

He has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe.  Recent exhibits including his work have been: Artists' Choice: An Expanded Field of Photography as Mass MoCA, 'Vertigo' at Joe Sheftel Gallery in New York, 'The Optical Unconscious' at The Gebert Institute in Switzerland; 'Drone-the Automated Image' in Montreal;  'After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age', at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 'Entertainment' at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York; and 'The Evryali Score' at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. 

His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art In New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris and was also recently featured in Blind Spot Magazine.

Sonya Clark

February 12, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Since 2006 Sonya Clark has been Chair of the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Formerly she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an M. F. A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and in 2011 she was awarded their first Mid-career Distinguished Alumni Award. She also holds a B. F. A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and a B. A. in Psychology from Amherst College. She is the recipient of several awards including an Art Prize Grand Jurors co-prize in 2014, Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, a United States Artist Fellowship, and an Art Matters Grant. Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Musees d'Angers in France among others. Her work has been exhibited in over 300 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Molly Hatch

February 19, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Born in 1978, the daughter of a painter and an organic dairy farmer, Molly was raised to be creatively industrious—using her imagination and love of drawing to make everything from her collection of idiosyncratic ceramics to furniture to pen-and-ink drawings. Molly’s craft is finely honed, her designs whimsically literal and pop-culturally on-point.

Working from her basement studio, Molly began her career as a studio potter in 2008. Her formal education in ceramics, printmaking and drawing resulted in the development of her signature style. Making contemporary ceramics inspired by art history, Molly’s career as a studio potter quickly garnered a loyal following. In 2010, Molly launched her first tableware collection with great success.

Now, working from her studio in Northampton Massachusetts, Molly’s designs have expanded beyond tableware to a wide range of lifestyle products from stationary to quilting fabrics and more. With two forthcoming books with Chronicle and Quarry Publishers and collaboration with her agency Moxie & Company, Molly is actively building her collections of home goods to bring her modern yet traditional designs to the contemporary home.

Derek Besant

March 4, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

I was born in Canada but my family comes from London and Glasgow. I was originally studying GeoPhysics, but fell into Fine Arts finally. Everything feeds one’s artistic practice, even the mistakes. I was lucky coming out of University to be hired to design one of Canada’s biggest museums: The Glenbow was where I cut my teeth on working with scale, varied materials, artifacts and contemporary art. I produced the video for Christo + Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands Project for Miami in 1983, and premiered it at The Tokyo Video Festival in 1985. Recent projects include The 2015 Cerveira International Sculpture Biennial in Portugal, Solo exhibitions for Nuit Blanche 2012 in Paris, The Künstlerhaus Museum in Vienna 2013, The Brighton Phoenix Contemporary Art Centre UK 2012, and a feature exhibition for The Edinburgh International Art Festival Scotland 2015. In 2013 I won The Grand Prix at The Györ International Drawing & Graphic Biennial in Hungary which resulted in a solo image + sound project at the new MODEM Museum in Hugary’s second largest city, Debrecen. In 2008 I won the Grand Prix at The International Biennial Trois-Rivières Canada, and had one of my films premiere at The Portobello International Film Festival in London UK.

Jennifer Rose

March 25, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Jennifer Rose is a Senior Designer at, she explores and identifies opportunities for empathy and responds to them through the design of products, services, and experiences. She leads teams on a wide-range of projects spanning user research, innovation strategy and interaction design.

Prior to joining the team, Jennifer worked in New York City as design director of a non-profit dedicated to improving the design and delivery of public services. She also worked as a designer at the New York office of Pentagram. Jennifer has designed projects for such diverse clients as the National Gallery of Art, Medicare, NYC Department of Education and PayPal. As a graphic designer, she has a knack for making research visual, tangible, and memorable in order to better understand complex systems. Her work has been recognized by AIGA, Communications Arts, and Graphis. Jennifer first learned visual design through letterpress printing, an art she still practices today.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Henry Radford School of Fine Arts at Indiana University.

Patrick Nagatani

April 1, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Patrick Nagatani is a professor emeritus in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico. Nagatani is a Japanese-American who grew up in a Polish neighborhood in Chicago and was raised a Catholic. He now follows Buddhism. His father's family lived outside of Hiroshima, Japan. From 1983-1989 he worked with the Polaroid 20X24 camera and collaborated with artist Andree Tracey, building and photographing extensive, theatrical "tableaux." Nagatani moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1987, where his work focused on nuclear power, the Japanese American concentration camps and fictional narrative. He has been a “tapist” (paints with masking tape) from 1983 to 2012. Currently he is writing and editing with other writers a novel called “The Race”. A member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, he taught photography at the University of New Mexico for twenty years.

A major survey of his work from 1978-2008 opened at the University of New Mexico Art Museum and travelled to the Japanese American National Museum in L.A. and was exhibited at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. His book Desire for Magic has recently been published. In 1991 he earned the Outstanding Faculty Award, from the College of Fine Arts and from 1998 to 2000 he was honored with a Regent's Professorship. He received his M.F.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1979. He is a past recipient of two major National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowships. Some of his awards include: The Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship, The Kraszna-Krausz Award for his book Nuclear Enchantment, the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award, the Eliot Porter Fellowship in New Mexico, and the California Distinguished Artist Award from the National Art Education Association. He is an honored recipient of the "Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts” from Governor Bill Richardson in New Mexico as well as the Honored Educator Award from the Society of Photographic Education in 2008. He has served as a panelist for the Illinois Art Council, Southern Arts Federation, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nagatani has given numerous public lectures, seminars and workshops and his work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

Allison Smith

April 22, 2016, 5pm
Fine Arts 102

Allison Smith has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1995. She has produced over twenty-five solo exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist-led participatory projects for venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Public Art Fund, The AldrichContemporary Art Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, and S!GNAL Center for Contempoary Artamong many others. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at galleries and museums including P.S.1/MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, MASS MoCA, and The Tang Museum. Smith has lectured on her work extensively at art schools and research universities in the United States and abroad, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, SculptureCenter and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, on NPR, KQED, Art:21, PBS The Art Assignment, and in many other media and scholarly publications. Smith has received generous support from United States Artists, Arts Council England, FOR-SITE Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artadia, the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Notable residencies include IASPIS (Stockholm, Sweden), The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the Museum of Modern Art Artists Experiment initiative (New York, New York), the International Studio and Curatorial Program (Brooklyn, New York), Artpace San Antonio (Texas), and Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California). Her work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Saatchi Gallery London, Linda Pace Foundation, and many other public and private collections.

The College of Arts & Sciences and the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts gratefully acknowledge Dr. Meredith McKinney (BA ’65 and MD ’68) and Mrs. Elsa Luise Barthel McKinney (BA ’65) for their love of the arts and for their generous support in endowing the McKinney Visiting Artist Series at Indiana University Bloomington.