September 12, 2015
Stars and Candy Wrappers, Artist-in-Residence: Stephen Westfall
AD&A Museum - UC Santa Barbara, 09/12/2015


Stars and Candy Wrappers, Artist-in-Residence: Stephen Westfall
AD&A Museum - UC Santa Barbara, 09/12/2015
September 12 - December 6, 2015

New York-based artist, Stephen Westfall, is the Museum’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence. Westfall has been commissioned to execute a wall painting in the Museum’s soaring Nachman Gallery. Spanning all four walls of the gallery, Westfall’s massive painting will include a series of multicolored diamonds, clustered together and floating individually. His composition takes into account the fluctuations between figure and ground; the color palette of signs; and painterly influences including, Picasso’s harlequins, Matisse’s dancing figures and Renaissance paintings.

As artist-in-residence at UCSB, Westfall will install his painting September 12-25, 2015 along with the assistance of 5 undergraduate art students. The installation will be open to the public, allowing visitors to learn more about the work and process directly from the artists. The completed installation will open on September 25, 2015 with a reception and remain on view through May 2016.

This exhibition is part of the AD&A Museum’s ongoing “Artist-in-Residence” series which invites artists to make new work in direct relation to the Museum, campus and region, and to engage students in production, installation, and/or programming.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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