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Sarah McEneaney

Sarah McEneaney received her certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1979. That same year, McEneaney was included in the exhibition Philadelphia New Talent at Locks Gallery, which was her first gallery show. Since then, she has had solo museum shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Mills College Art Museum, CA; and the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA. She has been in over seventy group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and had consistent solo exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia over the last twenty years. McEneaney is the recipient of the Yaddo Fellowship (2006, 2005, 1997, 1995), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2002, 2001, 1993), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (200), the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1998), and the Chianti Foundation Residency (2009), among others.

McEneaney works as both an artist and community activist in Philadelphia. Working primarily in egg tempera, her paintings are characterized by their autobiographical content, detailed brushwork, and brilliant color. Having her hand in every step of the work, she mixes her paint from egg yolk and powdered pigment, while making her gesso from powdered limestone and rabbit-skin glue. McEneaney's intimate subject matte focuses on daily scenes in her home, studio, travels, and neighborhood. Her work is in numerous public collections including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Mills College Art Museum.

Spring 2015 Visiting Artist

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

  • March 10, Black Maria Film Fest
  • March 17, John Caserta
  • March 24, Clarissa Sligh

"Untitled 2"

Guest lecture, Mark Franchino, Tuesday, October 28th at 5pm, 204 Kirkbride. Lecture will be followed by an opening exhibition reception in Recitation Gallery, Recitation Hall at 6 pm., featuring Mark Franchino and Jeremy Boyle.

Artist/musician Jeremy Boyle received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MFA from The Ohio State University. He was a founding member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc and has performed music (both solo and collaborative) throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. He has exhibited artwork, most of which is sound and technology based, in major cities across the U.S. including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Buffalo, Davenport, Sacramento, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He was awarded the PA Council on the Arts Fellowship in 2003, received the Heinz Creative Heights Award and completed a residency at the Mattress Factory in 2004, received a Sprout Fund Seed Award in 2005-6 and has recently received funding awards from the Heinz Endowments, the Grable Foundation and SPARK for his education work with young children. Jeremy is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Co-Director of the CMU Create Lab's Children's Innovation Project.

Mark Franchino received a BFA in 1998 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a MFA from the University of Delaware in 2002. Since graduating his works have been shown in more than 60 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Universit√§t der K√ľnste in Berlin, Germany, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA and the International Print Center New York. He has receive several awards including the H. Douglas Pickering Memorial Award and purchase prizes from Lessedra Gallery in Sophia, Bulgaria and the Amity Art Foundation in Connecticut. As an artist/educator he has been invited to lecture widely including at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy, University of Alberta, Canada, and Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Currently Franchino is Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Previously he was an Assistant Curator and the Print Studio Coordinator at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND where he organized an international artist residency program. Franchino originally of Long Island, N.Y., now lives in Clarion, PA.

"accommodating the mess: recent paintings"

Lance Winn, Associate Professor, UD/Art, will give an artist talk in the Recitation Gallery on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:00pm with a reception following.

Winn uses the construction of paintings as an attempt to recognize how his understanding of the world might be impacted by the types of images available to us today, and the ways that we receive them-particularly images that are generated outside the visual register and their reception through the screen. Looking at forms of image production made available through the digital, I try to systematically rebuild the images in hopes that the collaboration with the qualities of a material might express a new way of understanding the initial picture. This act of translation and re-construction attempts to take advantage of painting's ability to describe retinal impressions- to speak to the surface of things (what we can know through observation) and the way we impose our mind/knowledge/history/culture into that surface.

James Dessicino

Jim Dessicino is a current student in our MFA program at UD. His sculpture, "The Edward Snowden Statue" is currently on display at Art in Odd Places:Free and then will grace the entrance to the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. An opening reception for the Edward Snowden Statue at the DCCA in Wilmington, DE will be on November 7th, from 5pm - 9pm.

Rebecca Hackemann

Guest Lecturer, Tuesday, November 11th at 5pm in Kirkbride 204.

Rebecca is a British/German conceptual artist and scholar. Hackemann grew up in Germany, and holds a BFA in Film, Video and Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster, London, an MFA from Stanford University in CA. In 2000/1 she was a Whitney Museum Independent Study Program fellow in New York, NY. In 2010 she embarked on a practice based PhD in studio art at Chelsea College of Art, which she will complete in 2015/16. Hackemann is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Kansas State University. Her interests lie in stereo photography, optical sculptures, anamorphic drawings and critical public art, as well as the role of the artist in society. Her work is inspired by literature and linguistics, John Heartfield Victor Burgin, William Kentridge, and often includes thought provoking image text combinations, in which the title acts as a key to the works meaning.

Hackemann also creates public art and optical sculptures. A phenakistiscope addressing urban transportation was exhibited as part of the Brooklyn Utopias exhibition at Olde Stone House, Brooklyn, NY in 2013. In July 2014 she presented her work and a paper at he psi, performance studies conference in Shanghai, China. She is currently working on a book on artists who employ 3-D in their practices and has published several papers. Future projects in 2015 include a new public art work in New York and in Berlin, Germany.

For more information, visit Rebecca's website.