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Alumnus Adam Lovitz Show - "Richard Said"

Richard Said is a group show formed in response to written excerpts by Alex Roth, whose studio practice is based in a post industrial, American landscape: a flood-damaged, active coal mining community in Pennsylvania where a living and dissociative history causes daily interactions to become charged and tentative. A fire that began in on of the local mines in the 1980s still burns, causing steam to rise from the surrounding hills.

Richard Said examines the overlapping nature of language, both written and visual.

Exhibiting Artists include:

  • Sarah Faux
  • Nick Parker
  • Alex Roth
  • Adam Lovitz
  • Philippa Beardsley
  • Ashley Wick
  • Mariel Joan Capanna

Organized by Adam Lovitz and Alex Roth.

Opening Reception
June 5, 2015
7-10 pm

2419 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Alumnus Ricardo Rivera Wins Prestigious Award

Congratulations to UD Department of Art Alum Ricardo Rivera for winning a prestigious Creative Capital Award in 2015!

Klip Collective (Josh James and Ricardo Rivera) (Philadelphia, PA)
Funded Project: Vacant America, a series of videos projections on vacant structures that draw on crowd-sourced stories and imagery to uncover physical residues and memories of each forgotten space. For more information: .

Visiting Artist: Chitra Ganesh

Colloquium at April 21, 5:00 pm in Smith Hall 130

Chitra Ganesh is a Brooklyn based artist whose drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations suggest and excavate buried narratives typically absent from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh graduated from Brown University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Art-Semiotics, and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002. She has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York University, Headlands Center for the Arts, Smack Mellon Studios, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. Her works have been widely exhibited across the United States including at the Queens Museum, Asia Society(New York), Berkeley Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (California), and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, with solo presentations at PS1/MOMA (New York), The Andy Warhol museum (Pittsburgh) and Goteborgs Konsthalle (Sweden). International exhibition venues include MOCA (Shanghai), Fondazione Sandretto (Italy), Monte Hermoso (Spain), Kunsthalle Exnergrasse (Austria), Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany), and the Gwangju Contemporary Arts Centre (Korea).Her works are represented in prominent international collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Saatchi Collection (London), Burger Collection (Zurich) & Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi). Ganesh is the recipient numerous awards and fellowships including the Art Matters Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation for Painting and Sculpture, and a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts. Upcoming solo exhibitions include a site-specific commission at the Brooklyn Museum opening in December 2014.

Quack'd: Not Yet Famous Artists Revealed

You know you want it! Drop off your best work from 2014-2015 and participate in the biggest event of the year! Yes, it’s the annual undergraduate juried show.

All accepted work will be exhibited at the Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE from April 17 to 24. The opening reception is on Friday, April 17th at 6pm.

Show juror: Kate Kraczon of ICA University of Pennsylvania.

Prizes! Awards! Prizes!

UPDATE: Winners

  • 1st Prize / Best of Show - $200
    • Judith Wanderer, Katelyn Conte, and Lauren Robins for Virtual Identity Projection
  • 2nd Prize - $150
    • Kristy Chong for Ms. Phoenix Rising
  • 3rd Prize - $100
    • Danielle Wegrzyn for The Assembly
  • Juror's Choice Award - $50
    • Jamie George for Untitled
  • 2 Honorable Mentions - $50/each
    • Emily Greene for Frozen
    • Emily Brymer for Celebrate People's History: Feminist Comix
How To Participate:
  1. You may submit up to three (3) works. Drop off your artwork ready to hang in the second floor crit space of the Studio Arts Building from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 10th.  All submissions will be secured. The second floor crit space will be locked promptly at 4:00pm. No work will be accepted after that time.
    All work must be ready for display. Works on paper should be hung in the way the artist would like it displayed at the Chris White Gallery.  Students must fill out an entry form (see below) for each piece they wish to be considered. Forms should be taped to the back of flat work or attached in some way to the 3-d work. Digital works must be displayed as video, (gallery cannot provide computers). Videos must be on clearly marked DVDs, looped and ready to play on a standard definition DVD player. Sculptural work must be self-supporting and transportable to Wilmington. Faculty must be consulted for advice on large-scale and installation proposals. The exhibition committee retains the option to require showing photos or video of a piece if it is too hazardous or unmanageable for the space. Work that is not ready to exhibit and/or wet paintings will not be juried. Please note that the work is not insured.
  2. Fill in an entry form and attach it to your work. Entry forms are available in the Art Office and online at:
  3. Jurying will take place on Monday April 13th.  We will notify you on the status of your submission via email on the same date: Monday, April 13th.
  4. Any work NOT accepted for the exhibition will be placed in the second floor hallway for pick-up on Monday afternoon. Accepted work will remain in a secured space. Through out the day work NOT accepted will be moved to Taylor Hall and stored in the individual rooms across from the equipment cage. All unaccepted work will be moved to Taylor Hall by the end of the day. You must pick-up your work by visiting the cage during open hours (Hours posted: Any work remaining in Taylor Hall @ 7:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015 will be discarded.
UPDATE: Selected works for juried show (Artist(s) - Title)
  • Danielle Wegrzyn - The Assembly
  • Mary Claire Birmingham - Anxiety Winning
  • Mary Claire Birmingham - Time
  • Matthew Cristello - Losing Self
  • Allie Yacina - Piece of Meat
  • Sara Pfefer - 3 Frames
  • Jaye Thompson - Untitled
  • Jimmy Parker - Chew On This
  • Felicia Gordon - Clay Menagerie
  • Lindsey Washall - Say Cheese
  • Jamie Noce - Construction; Delivered
  • Jamie Noce - "(unititled) porcelain, wood shelf"
  • Zack Bend - Distorted Reflection 1; Distorted Reflection 2
  • Jamie George - Untitled
  • Rebecca Guzzo - Fractals (1 of 2)
  • Kristy Chong - Ms. Phoenix Rising
  • Kristy Chong - Ms. Porcelain
  • Kristy Chong - Ms. Isis
  • Charlotte Talis - Hanging
  • Charlotte Talis - Trippy I
  • Charlotte Talis - Trippy II
  • Emily DiMaio - Anxiety
  • Emily Arnot - Villiage Boy
  • Emily Greene - Frozen
  • Brittany Katz - In Conversation
  • Emma Fontaine - Up A Lazy River
  • Emma Fontaine - Fireworks
  • Haley Dabkowski - Goddess of the Sea
  • Emily Brymer - Celebrate People's History: Feminist Comix
  • Amber Johnson - Never Let Me Go
  • Amber Johnson - Born Confused
  • Judith Wanderer, Katelyn Conte, Lauren Robins - Virtual Identity Projection
  • Rebecca Guzzo - Fractions
  • Kristin Jankowski - Embrace Equality

Visiting Artist: Tristin Lowe

5:00 PM, April 14, 2015, Smith Hall, Room 130

Tristin Lowe is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice delves into the crude and rude, absurd and abject, pushing low-brow, low-tech methods and materials toward unexpected ends. The artist makes drawings from grease paint and fire, uses edible materials such as butter, chocolate and alcohol to make hilarious and sad installations (beds that wet themselves, pillows that smoke), and handcrafts exquisite reproductions of both animate and inanimate objects (an upended trashcan sewn from felt, a mangy, fake-fur fox, a two-story folding chair). Lowe's wry re-imaginings lead the viewer down a path littered with chaos, comedy, and failure.

Tristin Lowe received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and studied at Parsons School of Design and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The artist has exhibited widely at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; University of California, San Diego; Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown; Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Switzerland. He has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Pew Fellowship, Provincetown Fine Art Work Center Fellowship, The Fabric Workshop and Museum Residency, and Girard College Residency. He was co-founder and co-director of the non-profit gallery Blohard. Lowe’s work is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The West Collection, as well as numerous private collections.

MFA Student Brian Wagner: Brick Layers Opening

Brick Layers

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group at the Workhouse Arts Center

April 11 - June 28, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 6 -9 pm

Exhibition Juror:
Jennie Shanker


May Britton
Elizabeth Burger
Elsabe Dixon
Steven Dobbin
Margo Elsayd
Frank Fishburne
Mimi Frank & Francesca Bozzelli
David Grainger
Adam Hager
Mia Halton
Artemis Herber & Eunsook Lee
Ruth Lozner
James Mallos
Susan McElhinney
Judith Pratt
Mike Shaffer
Anna D. Smith
Paul Steinkoenig
Brian Wagner
Dane Winkler
Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin

The Washington Sculptors Group and Workhouse Arts Center are pleased to present the exhibition Brick Layers, opening at the Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton VA, on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with a reception from 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 28th. The exhibition presents the work of twenty-three artists in the Vulcan Gallery and outdoor spaces. A panel discussion will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 in conjunction with International Sculpture Day.

"Brick Layers features artworks which are grounded in the rich and layered history at the site of the Occoquan Workhouse. The work of these 23 artists engages in conversations of current and historic significance related to the penal system, the Suffragists, and the use of labor and natural resources as a vehicle for suppression or liberation.

The Workhouse buildings were made by the hands of its early prisoners. The penalty for their non-felony crimes was a term of forced labor. Made from scratch, each of the buildings' bricks were formed from clay and fired in their large beehive kiln. Brick by brick, the incarcerated built walls for imprisoning others over time. Workhouse hands supplied much of the brick used for the construction of housing in DC at the time as well.

Later in its history, the abuse of imprisoned Suffragists by guards at the Workhouse was a key event leading to the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.

The work in the show humanizes these histories from the site and encourages conversation about topics that continue to resonate to this day."

~ Jennie Shanker, Juror


Saturday April 24, 2015, 7:30pm
A Discourse on the Provenance of Space in relation to the Sculptural Object.

In conjunction with International Sculpture Center's IS Day. IS Day is an annual celebration event held worldwide on April 24 to further the ISC's mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.


Jennie Shanker is a Philadelphia-based artist, curator, educator and activist. In 1996, Philadelphia's historic Eastern State Penitentiary hosted "Prison Sentences: Prison as Site, Prison as Subject", curated by Julie Courtney and Todd Gilens. Jennie oversaw the safety of the site and the installation of the artworks in the exhibition. Since then, Eastern State has recognized the contributions that artists can make in the interpretation of an historic site, and has maintained a unique, highly regarded program of artist installations. She continues to act as a consultant in the selection and installation of artist projects for the site. She teaches sculpture, ceramics, and community arts courses at Tyler School of Art, and also teaches in the graduate studio art program at the University of the Arts.


Workhouse Arts Center: An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Workhouse Arts Foundation Mission: To be a self-sustaining, thriving arts center with programs in the visual and performing arts and arts education through the repurposing of the former Workhouse correctional facility.

Workhouse Arts Center Vision: Leverage the architectural heritage of the former Workhouse correctional facility by transforming it into a unique arts center that provides visual and performing arts, arts education and entertainment for the community-at-large.


Workhouse Arts Center
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079


Wednesday - Saturday, 11am-6 pm
Sunday, 12-5 pm

Visiting Artist: JJ Peet

5:00 PM, April 7, 2015, Smith Hall, Room 130

JJ PEET utilizes a multitude of processes including ceramics, drawing and video in the investigation of current affairs, civil protests, class and power. Recent solo exhibitions include The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX (2015), Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (2013) and On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2012, 2010, 2009). PEET’s work has been in publications such as Artforum, Bomb, Modern Painters and Purple. JJ PEET received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2006 and his BFA from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He teaches at Columbia University and the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

PEET currently lives and works on Earth.

Spring 2015 Visiting Artist

Our visiting artist lectures will be held at 5:00pm on Tuesday's in Smith Hall Room 130.

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