19th Annual MFA Summer Lecture Series Kicks Off June 24

Presented by the MFA in Studio Art program, this series features noted visiting artists, faculty and alumni

June 11, 2013

The MFA in Studio Art program at the University of the Arts announces its 19th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists, faculty and alumni. Held in Hamilton Hall's CBS Auditorium (320 S. Broad Street), lectures will take place from June 24 through August 14 and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact MFA Program Director Erin Boyle MFA '05 (Sculpture) at eboyle@uarts.edu or MFA Program Coordinator Gwendolyn Kurtz at gkurtz@uarts.edu.


Eileen Neff '72

June 24, 12:30 p.m.
Having formally studied literature and painting, Adjunct Professor and alumna Eileen Neff BFA '72 (Painting) has been working with photo-based images and photo installations since 1980. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia; Locks Gallery, Philadelphia; and Bruce Silverstein/20, New York. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. From 1989 to 2002, Neff wrote reviews for Artforum International and continues to write independently. In addition to teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs at UArts, Neff is a graduate critic in the MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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A Conversation Between Gerard Brown & Astrid Bowlby

June 26, 12 p.m.
Astrid Bowlby makes drawings, sculptures and installations. She has received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships for both works on paper and sculpture/installation, as well as a Leeway Award for Excellence and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues including the Portland Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her work is in numerous collections including the Arkansas Art Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. She is represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston.


Gerard Brown
is a painter and writer living in Philadelphia. His creative research addresses the uses of written languages and codes and their relationship to pictures. As a writer, he is concerned with the power of images and descriptions in shaping our understanding of and relationship to the world. He has exhibited his drawings at various venues nationwide, and has contributed essays to exhibition catalogs and scholarly books. He is currently an assistant professor in the Foundations Department at Tyler School of Art.

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Gerald Nichols

July 1, 12:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Professor Gerald Nichols’ undergraduate study was at the Cleveland Institute for Art, followed by graduate and post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was TA to Neil Welliver, teaching Louis Kahn’s architecture students figure drawing and perspective systems. As a founding member of Nexus Gallery Collaborative, he exhibited installations annually, which led to a solo exhibition at the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy, to a improvisational group performance with Bricolage Theater Company, and to residing and exhibiting in NYC while teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts.

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Oliver Herring

July 3, 12 p.m.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1964, Oliver Herring currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His early works were woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing and furniture. These sculptures are Herring’s homage to Ethyl Eichelberger, a drag performance artist who committed suicide in 1991. Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with people “off the street.” Herring has received grants from Artpace, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Kyoto Art Center.

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Alec Karros '80

July 8, 12:30 p.m.
Alec Karros BFA ’80 (Ceramics) is currently an adjunct associate professor of Crafts/Ceramics and Liberal Arts at UArts. He has also taught at SUNY-Oswego and the University of Colorado-Boulder. He received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1980 and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He received additional training at the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana. In addition to his academic work, Alec has been producing one-of-a-kind and limited-edition functional porcelain tableware at his home in Mountainville, N.J., since 1994.

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Margery Amdur

July 10, 12 p.m.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Since graduation, she has lived and worked throughout the U.S. Amdur has had over 50 solo and two-person exhibitions and has appeared in numerous group shows. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary and England. She has curated and organized national exhibitions “To Be Or Not To Be,” “A Painters Dilemma 2009” and “Seeing Voices: The Authentic Visual Voice 2010.” The recipient of more than a dozen awards and grants, Amdur has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, Seams to be Constructed and New Art Examiner.

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Peter Krashes

July 17, 12 p.m.
Peter Krashes is an artist and community advocate in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, with a work practice as a painter that embraces his efforts outside the studio. Themes of engagement, empowerment and critique are part of his painted political narrative. His work has been exhibited in the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut and Michael Klein Gallery in New York. Among the grants he has received are a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painter and Sculptors Grant and a Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford. He has taught art in numerous places including Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, American University, Rutgers University, and the University of the Arts.

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Del Harrow

July 24, 12 p.m.
Del Harrow is a sculptor and educator based in Fort Collins, Colo. He is an assistant professor of Art at Colorado State University and taught previously at Penn State University and Kansas City Art Institute. He has lectured widely at the University of Colorado, Alfred University and the Harvard University Graduate School for Design, among others. He has taught a number of workshops – recently at Penland School, Haystack Mountain School and Cranbrook Academy of Art – that address digital and parametric modeling in conjunction with analog fabrication and “hands-on” work with clay. His work explores this same intersection of digital design with manual and skill-based fabrication processes and has been shown recently at the NCECA conference, the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., and the Denver Art Museum.

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Alex Lukas

July 31, 12 p.m.
Alex Lukas was born in Boston in 1981 and raised in nearby Cambridge. With a wide range of artistic influences, Lukas creates both highly detailed drawings and intricate ‘zines. His drawings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Stockholm and Copenhagen, as well as in the pages of Megawords, Swindle Quarterly, Proximity Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Juxtapoz, Art New England and The New York Times Book Review, among others. Lukas’ imprint, Cantab Publishing, has released over 35 small books and ‘zines since its inception in 2001. He has lectured at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Kansas, and has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, AS220 and the Bemis Center (upcoming). He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives and works in Philadelphia.

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Mi-Kyoung Lee MFA '96

August 7, 12 p.m.
Mi-Kyoung Lee MFA '96 (Book Arts/Printmaking) is an associate professor and the head of the Fibers program at the University of the Arts. In addition to her MFA from UArts, Lee holds an MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a BFA in Fibers from Dong-A University in Busan, Korea. Lee has had 11 solo exhibitions and a number of national and international shows, including the Reading Public Museum, Cranbrook Museum of Art, New York and Chicago SOFA, Busan Metropolitan Museum in Korea, and most recently a solo exhibition at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Her work has been represented by Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia since 2004. She received a Junior Minority Faculty Grant Award from the Lindback Foundation in 2004 and 2007. Lee was an editor for Art Textile of the World: Korea, Volume I, which was published in December 2005 by the Telos Art Publishing company in London. Since 2005, she has collaborated with the International Opera Theater to develop costumes and set designs, assisted by University of the Arts interns. These projects, "The Winter's Tale," "The Tempest," "Romeo Juliet" and "Buffalo Soldier" were performed in Italy. Lee is working on an upcoming project titled "Camille Claudel."

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Alex Da Corte '04

August 14, 12 p.m.
Alex Da Corte BFA '04 (Printmaking) was born in Camden, N.J., in 1981 and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts and his MFA from Yale University in 2010. Da Corte has recently mounted solo shows and presentations at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Artspeak, Vancouver; Mother's Tankstation, Dublin; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; and Nudashank, Baltimore. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art and the deCordova Museum, and he has participated extensively in gallery and non-profit exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia and internationally. In 2012, Da Corte was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia. He is represented by Joe Sheftel Gallery in New York City.

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