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  • Fall 2014 MFA Public Critiques and Lecture with guest critic Lauren Fensterstock
    MFA Public Critiques--Friday, November 21, 2014
    9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Public Lecture Friday, November 21, 2014, 5:00pm, room 107 A+D.


    Lauren Fensterstock is an artist, writer, and curator based in Portland, Maine. Lauren╩╝s work is held in private and public collections in the US, Europe, and Asia. Her work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at The John Michael Kohler Art Center in 2013. Other recent exhibitions include Arthouse-The Austin Museum of Art (TX), The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (ME), the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design (CA), the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (OR), The DUMBO Art Center (NY), The Dorsky Gallery (NY) and the Oliver Sears Gallery (Ireland).

    Lauren recently served as a visiting faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. She previously served as Academic Program Director of the Interdisciplinary MFA in Studio Arts at Maine College of Art and as Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. Her curatorial projects and published writings have been featured internationally. Lauren holds degrees from the Parsons School of Design (BFA 1997) and SUNY New Paltz (MFA 2000).

    Her site-specific installation work and wall pieces depict nature by incorporating meticulously cut and curled paper, charcoal, and plexiglass to create floral and garden scenes. Fensterstock╩╝s work and practice references French and English garden design of the 1500s to 1700s, the 18th century practice of “quilling”—sculpting paper by wrapping around a quill—along with a nod to, and reflection upon, 20th century American earth art and the work of Robert Smithson.

  • FALL 2014 MFA Public Critiques and Lecture with guest critic Sabina Ott
    Public Lecture: Thursday, November 13, 2014
    5:30 p.m.
    107 A+D
    Public Group Critiques: Friday, November 14, 2014
    9:00 a.m.
    Building #5, South Studios


    Sabina Ott has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and prints are in museum collections nation-wide while her installation work has been included in international exhibitions such as the first Auckland Triennial in Auckland New Zealand, the Australian Contemporary Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia as well as the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Ohio. Her show “Here and There Pink Melon Joy”, currently at the Chicago Cultural Center, has been enthusiastically received and was recently reviewed in ArtForum magazine. She is the founder and director of Terrain Exhibitions, a 16-by-20-foot patch of yard that doubles as an invitational space addressing art and community within the everyday context of her neighborhood block in Oak Park.

    She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Grant and a Howard Foundation Grant from Brown University, Her work is in the collection of the Corcoran Museum of American Art, Washington DC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri; the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, California, and the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport, California among others. She is Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.

  • Visitor Series: Luis Camnitzer
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    62 KAM
    5:30 p.m.

    The Work and Pedagogy of Luis Camnitzer

    Luis Camnitzer is an "artist, theorist, curator, teacher, and curator". Known for his conceptualist work and its integration with pedagogy, politics, and art history, Camnitzer will talk on his work and its critical intersection with all these topics.


  • Art + Design in the News Gazette

    UI paper shoes design testing was held at the Link Gallery on October 29, 2014.  See article and photos at:

  • Visitors Series: Linda Weintraub
    Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    62 KAM
    5:30 p.m.
    E(CO)nvoys of Life. A(RT)gents of Change

    Linda Weintraub is the author of In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Artists and Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society. She edited ANIMAL. ANIMA. ANIMUS with Marketta Sepalla. Dear Mother Nature at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz is the most recent exhibition she curated. She has presented lectures on contemporary art at University of California Los Angeles, American University, Colgate College, Indiana State University, Kansas City Art Institute, Minneapolis College of Art, University of Minnesota, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, Pratt, New York University, University of Massachusetts, Virginia Commonwealth, this is not a complete list.

    Linda served as the Director of the Edith C. Blum Art Institute located on the Bard College campus where she originated fifty exhibitions and published over twenty catalogues; and held the position of Henry Luce Professor of Emerging Arts at Oberlin College. Many of the fifty-five exhibitions she has curated, toured nationally and internationally and most were accompanied by book-length catalogues. They include Process and Product: The Making of Eight Contemporary Masterworks, Landmarks: New Site Proposals by Twenty Pioneers of Environmental Art, Art What Thou Eat: Images of Food in American Art, The Maximal Implications of the Minimal Line, Is It Art?, and Animal. Anima. Animus.