I am participating as an artist in two venues at this year's ArtPrize competition:
EQUITY NOT EQUALITY
on view September 13th through October 8th
at Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
I was invited by the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History to make a piece for the facade of the Ladie's Literary Club downtown, and it felt like a perfect fit for my current direction. Read my full statement on the ArtPrize website. For this work I am a recipient of an ArtPrize Nine Artist Seed Grant, and Calvin College is the recipient of an ArtPrize Venue Support Grant.
on view September 8th through October 8th
at Cerasus Studio 120 Division Ave S #126, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
I have two of my NO patchwork wall hangings in this group show that has collected artwork in response to the Trump administration.
Intermural is a special pop-up exhibition featuring three unique murals by Michigan based artists. From August 15 to September 3, artists will take over the entire 2nd floor of the Art Center, using the gallery walls as their canvas to create process-focused works in collaboration with the audience.
OLIVIA GUTERSON | ANN ARBOR, MI
ELIZA FERNAND | GRAND RAPIDS, MI
NATALIE BERRY & TREVOR STONE | ANN ARBOR, MI
The Jump Off
June 02 - August 26, 2017
The Jump Off and Flex Gallery Opening Reception Friday, June 2, 2017 5:30pm 9:00pm
2 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
UICA celebrates 40 years of experimentation and growth with The Jump Off, a group exhibition that features multiple works by local, regional, and national artists. The artists included in the exhibition reveal the evolution within the creative process by presenting artwork that defines their current practice paired with earlier works - specifically, exposing the piece or pieces that served as the clear turning point; catalyzing the spark for their new work’s materials, visual or conceptual content.
Included Artists: Hannah Smith Allen, Maggie Bandstra, Tyler Bohm, Pete Braspenninx, Kaylee Britton, Rachel Britton, Sophia Brueckner, Sara Dhyne, Scott Dickson, Melissa Dorn Richards, Laurel Dugan, Eliza Fernand, David Frison, Christy Georg, Toby Kaufman-Buhler, Jeff Kraus, Nathan Margoni, Catherine Mellinger, Avery Miller, Meredith Miller, Lisa Mull, Alessandra Myers, Thomas Pike, Ethan Ross, Megan Stone, Nicholas Szymanski, Kayla Thompson, Molly Lucille, Dave Weindorf, Elisabeth Wellfare, Tianna Wierenga, Al Wildey, Rachelle Wunderink.
I am the resident artist at The Sanctuary Arcata, April 1st through April 26th, 2017.
The Sactuary is a creative space housed in a former church that serves the community in a variety of ways from open lab hours to pot luck dinners to music lessons. I will be using the facilities, soaking up the Arcata vibes, and teaching a patchwork workshop during my time here.
Cryin' Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the role of women's and femmes' voices as expressed in art about politics, activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal voice, Cryin' Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by selected artists will take place in CCA's Muñoz Waxman Gallery.
"Cryin' Out Loud proposes that to unabashedly express emotion is a political act. To live out loud is a necessary political gesture and that women's experience needs to be seen, heard, and cherished. The exhibition will consist of work in all media that embraces emotion as statement; that broadcasts social and political concerns, and that reacts to and resists the structures that continue to oppress us."
Robin Adsit, Susan Arena, Susan Begy, Katina Bitsicas, Nikesha Breeze, Marcie Rose Brewer, Dorielle Caimi, Kimberly Callas, Theodora Eliezer, Eliza Fernand, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Cheri Gaulke, Melissa Friedman, Katya, Grokhovsky, Maureen Hawthorne, Nicola Heindl, Sarah Hewitt, Jessica Fairfax Hirst, Katie Hovencamp, Victoria Hoyt, Megan Jacobs, Kasey Jones, Casey Kauffmann, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dave Kube, Alison Kuo, Emily La Cour, Julia Barbosa Landois, Stephanie Lerma, Rebecca Leveille, Jasmine Little, Cecilia McKinnon, Maura McHugh, Melissa Potter and Maggie Puckett, Mary Anna Pomonis, Jenn Procacci, Rachel Rivera, Sarah Rockett, Celeia Rocha, Valerie Roybal, Sack (cara despain), Sallie Scheufler, Christy Schwathe, Rebekah Tarín, Kate Cassatt Tatsumi, Charlotte Thurman, Ingrid V. Wells, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Suzanne Wright, Victory Grrls, Alisa Yang
My work is included in PROCESS : FIBER, a group show of 10 textile artists local to Grand Rapids.
The opening day, April 8th, is part of the Art Downtown 2017 festivities, and will include all-day programming at Light Gallery.
PROCESS : FIBER
April 8 - May 2, 2017
at Light Gallery + Studio
317 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
The newest exhibition from Praxis Fiber Workshop, ‘Centrifugal’ aims to relay the force in which artists are connected to each other, to the tradition of fiber art and to the art community in Cleveland. We aim to highlight the power and energy felt from material itself, and how each artists interpretation adds to the momentum of that power.
Four artists from outside of Cleveland will showcase bold and energetic work in hand and jacquard weaving, painted soft sculptures and quilt and fabric installation. Each artist brings to the exhibition their own version of centrifugal force, radiating from the central point of historical craftsmanship.
Naomi Clark, Brooklyn NY
Eliza Fernand, Grand Rapids, MI
Karolina Gnatowski, Chicago IL
John Paul Morabito, Chicago IL
On view 3/3/17 to 4/29/17
Praxis Fiber Workshop Gallery
15301 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland, OH 44110
Opening Receptions: March 3rd + April 7th, 6 - 9 pm.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays & Sundays from noon - 4 pm
My video work, "A Rainbow in the Desert", will be included in a group exhibition in the Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College in Tahoe, California.
“THIS PLACE: SELECTIONS FROM THE FRONTIER”JANUARY 7, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - MARCH 2, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
1008 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451
The town of Green River lies within the lunar landscape of eastern Utah: rock cliffs reveal striations of sediment with boulders clustered below fracturing buttes. Green River is a place where the land is plentiful and the red dust, burnt cliffs, and lonely sky lie just beyond the end of its roads. Prismatic sunsets give way to stars that shine bold and close. If you’ve never seen monolithic terraces under an oceanic sky, Green River is the seeing place.
The only town of consequence and place to ford its mighty namesake for many miles, Green River has been a welcomed sight to travelers for well over a century. Uranium mining, the construction of a missile base, and other economic booms led to times of prosperity that proved short-lived. As jobs disappeared and the newly built Interstate 70 routed travelers around rather than through the town, businesses closed shop, buildings fell into disrepair, and the town’s population dwindled to its current size of 952. During the recent recession, Epicenter, an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization, began partnering with the city and residents to reverse Green River’s economic misfortunes and strengthen the community.
Epicenter’s visiting artists, Frontier Fellows, prove an integral part of this revitalization by discerning and celebrating Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. This Place: Selections from the Frontier features work from the first five years of Frontier Fellows, visiting artists who have each spent a month in residence in Green River generating place-based work alongside the community.
Reception: Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 7 @ 6-8pm, Closing Reception Thur. Mar. 2 @5-7pm
Artist Talk: Thur Mar. 2 @ 5:30 PL 320
I was interviewed for an episode of the have company podcast, a podcast that talks about artist's best practices in creativity, business, and self-care. You can listen on the website or subscribe to the whole series on iTunes.
Instead of running the artist residency at Shared Space this summer, my co-facilitator Mary Rothlisberger and I have curated a group exhibition at the Fed Galleries of KCAD in downtown Grand Rapids.
Established in 2011, the residency at Shared Space Studio offered visiting artists and artists-in- residence facilities and support in a secluded and beautiful setting of rural west Michigan. During the summers, 34 artists from across the US and Canada have lived in Pentwater and produced work in collaboration with the community. During their stay, they made new work inspired by the environment and fostered by the facility, while engaging the local community and offering fresh ideas.
The range of artistic discipline and experience has been broad and inclusive; musicians, performers, writers, zinesters, painters, choreographers, ceramicists, designers, filmmakers, quilters, illustrators, animators, and photographers have all worked together at Shared Space Studio. As a collection, the body of work formed and performed within this space is complex and unique. This exhibition brings together this diverse group and showcases the spirit of collaboration and creative placemaking. Honoring the studio itself, and the town of Pentwater, The Land of Here and Now pairs documentation of the artists’ process and play with a group show of new work by 27 of the past residents. In the tradition of including the public in our process, there will be performance and interactive programming for the run of the show, from early June to late July, 2016.
Check the gallery website for a full list of events.
The Land of Here and Now is a title borrowed from our favorite local folk hero, Swift Lathers. Lathers (1889-1970) wrote and published the worlds smallest weekly newspaper for 40 years, homesteaded in the Silver Lake Dunes, and was famous for hitchhiking everywhere he went and wearing a peculiar outfit every day.
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