Maine College of Art’s MFA in Studio Art Program is pleased to announce our 2018 Summer Visiting Artist Series. The MFA program brings a national and international roster of artists, curators, and scholars to deliver public lectures, attend critiques, and conduct studio visits with graduate candidates during their week-long stays in Portland, Maine.

All lectures in this series are hosted in Osher Hall and are open to the public at no charge. Seating is limited. Call 207.699.5010 for more information.

Summer 2018 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Katherine Bradford

Katherine Bradford, Fathers, 2013-2016, acrylic on drop cloth, 70×96″

Monday, July 16, 5:30pm
Painter Katherine Bradford is a New York artist who used to live in Maine full time in the 70’s and now spends summers at her house in Brunswick (a town next to LL Bean’s Freeport). She first exhibited her work at Corsican Pizza in Brunswick in 1978 and was a founding member of Maine Visual Artists which is still operating throughout Maine today. Bradford has a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn and is represented by a gallery on the lower East Side, CANADA. Recently she has shown her work at a solo show at the Modern Museum in Fort Worth Texas, the New Orleans Triennial, Prospect 4, and a solo at Adams and Ollman in Portland Oregon

Her work is in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Art Museum and at the Portland Maine Museum of Art where her Flying Woman is displayed in the Great Hall.

In 2011 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the following year a Joan Mitchell Award. She has also received a Pollock Krasner Grant and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in New York. She was Senior Critic in the MFA program at the Yale School of Art in 2016-17 and Resident Faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. Other teaching includes MFA critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia (1997-2013) and adjunct faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York (1995-2012).

Caroline Wells Chandler

Caroline Wells Chandler, The Best Little Whore House in Texas, 2015-2016, Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Wednesday, July 18, 5:30pm
Caroline Wells Chandler’s brightly colored hand-crocheted works explore notions of queerness and sexuality as well as the art historical canon. His characters are radically queer, and his representations of gender declare queerness as the normative state. Chandler completed his foundation studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2007. He has shown at numerous institutions including: Roberto Paradise (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Lord Ludd (PA), Art League Houston (TX), Zurcher Studio (NY), Field Projects (NY), Vox Populi (PA), Sanctuary (PA), N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (MI), Open Gallery (TN), and the Stieglitz Museum (‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) among others. Chandler is a 2011 MFA recipient in painting at the Yale School of Art where he was awarded the Ralph Mayer Prize for proficiency in materials and techniques. He lives and works in New York. Text courtesy of MaakeMagazine.

Dario Robleto

Dario Robleto, The Sun Remembers Your Shadow, 2012, cyanotypes of amateur astronomers’ planetary photographs, watercolor paper, curly maple, gold-mirrored Plexiglas, linseed oil, brass

Monday, July 23, 5:30pm
Dario Robleto was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1972 and received his BFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1997. He lives and works in Houston, TX. The artist has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2014); the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014); the New Orleans Museum of Art (2012); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2011). His work has been profiled in numerous publications and media including Radiolab, Krista Tippet’s On Being, and the New York Times. In 2008 a 10-year survey exhibition, Alloy of Love, was organized by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. Accompanied by a major monograph, Alloy of Love traveled to the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington.

Notable group shows include Prospect 4: The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp, New Orleans, LA (2017); Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2016); SITE: 20 Years/20 Shows, SITE Santa Fe, NM(2015); Nouveau Festival 5th Edition, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (2014); The Record/Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC (2011); The Old, Weird America, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2008); and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2004).

Jamillah James

Jamillah James, ICA LA’s curator, 2017; photo courtesy of Paul Sepuya

Monday, July 30, 5:30pm
Jamillah James is Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA). Previously, she was Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and organized exhibitions and programs for Art + Practice in Leimert Park. In Los Angeles, James has organized the first solo institutional presentations of artists Abigail DeVille, Sarah Cain, Simone Leigh, Alex Da Corte, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Charles Gaines. James has held curatorial positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum, and has independently organized exhibitions, performances, and screenings throughout the US and Canada since 2004. She is currently working on major presentations of B. Wurtz, the artist’s first American survey (2018); Nayland Blake, his first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles (2019); and solo projects with Rafa Esparza, Maryam Jafri, and Lucas Blalock.

James’s writings have been included in Artforum and the International Review of African American Art, in addition to exhibition catalogues for the ICA LA, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Nasher Museum at Duke University, Chapel Hill, N.C.; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, among others. She is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Art Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and regularly lectures on curating, contemporary art, and professional development for artists at various colleges and institutions across the country.

Past Lectures

Sterling Allen

Sterling Allen, Frozen Sculptures (in situ), 2017, Wood, paint, found object

Monday, June 18, 5:30pm
Sterling Allen holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College. He is a co-founder and co-director of Okay Mountain, an artist collective and former gallery based in Austin, Texas. As a solo artist and in collaboration with the group, he has exhibited, organized, and completed projects at venues throughout the United States and received several residencies including the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program in San Antonio, Texas. He has exhibited at numerous venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, and VOLTA NY. He has been twice nominated for an Art Matters Grant and was recently awarded a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency for 2019. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas State University.

Faythe Levine

Faythe Levine; photo courtesy of Jacob Jennings, 2016

Monday, June 25, 5:30pm
Faythe Levine is the assistant curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Her curatorial vision and creative practice are focused on themes of community, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment and documentation. She has made it a priority that her projects stay approachable and accessible to a large audience, interacting with people in a way that establishes creativity as a vehicle towards personal independence.

Kris Grey

Kris Grey, Untitled (performance with torso cast from 2009), 2012, image courtesy the
artist and Loise O’Rourke

Monday, July 2, 5:30pm
Kris Grey is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, and studio production. Grey earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Ohio University. They perform, teach, and exhibit work internationally. Grey was a Fire Island Artist Residency recipient, a resident artist for the ANTI Festival for Contemporary Art in Kupoio, Finland, and a teaching artist at The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to their individual practice, Grey collaborates with Maya Ciarrocchi under the moniker Gender/Power. Gender/Power has been awarded a Baryshnikov Art Center residency, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, a Franklin Furnace grant, and a MAP Fund Grant. Recent curatorial projects include Queer Objectivity at the University of Maryland, MIX NYC Experimental Film and Performance Festival, and the Queer Culture Performance and Lecture Series at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Grey’s writing has been published in print and on the web for Huffington Post and Original Plumbing. Their latest writing, Trans*feminism: fragmenting and re-reading the history of art through a trans* perspective, written in collaboration with Jennie Klein, was published in Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories.

Tad Beck

Tad Beck, ‘Double Document-Neal Beasley 1’ (detail), 42×42 in, 2013, Courtesy Grant Wahlquist Gallery

Monday, July 9, 5:30pm
Tad Beck received a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1991, and an M.F.A. in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 2003. He lives and works in Vinalhaven, Maine.

Beck’s solo exhibitions include: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Santa Monica; Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland; and Grant Wahlquist Gallery. Recent two-person exhibitions include collaborative works made with the artist Jennifer Locke at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, California, and an exhibition with Diana Cherbuliez at Theodore: Art, Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include: Fotofest International, Houston; CFHILL Art Space, Stockholm; Spritmuseum, Stockholm; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; the Ogunquit Museum of Art, Maine; Apex Art, New York; Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York; Debs & Co., New York; Castelli Gallery, New York; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles; and Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles. His work is in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, LACMA, the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), the Worcester Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Emily Fisher Landau.

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