Virtual Lecture Series | MFA in Visual Arts - New England College
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Virtual Lecture Series | MFA in Visual Arts

January 04, 2023 - January 07, 2023
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Beatrice Scaccia, Wednesday, January 4, 7pm ET
Italian-born Beatrice Scaccia creates paintings—and sometimes animations—that are her personal, feminine version of a vanitas. Scaccia, who spent her upbringing in Veroli to parents of Sicilian heritage, earned her BA and MFA at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.

Her work can be found in many important public and private collections, including the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and the Portland Museum of Art, and been included in
group exhibitions at Magazzino Italian Art, New York (2020); American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. (2016); and A.I.R Gallery, New York (2011), among others. Scaccia lives and works in NY.

Jim Gaylord, Thursday, January 5, 7pm ET
Jim Gaylord’s work focuses on the minute (sometimes microscopic) features of the body, isolating and reducing them to almost architectural forms and presenting them in specific yet open-ended ways. His intricate paper works have been exhibited at DC Moore Gallery, Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, Jeff Bailey Gallery and Gregory Lind Gallery, among other
international venues. He is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Berkeley Art Museum and the West Collection. Jim received his MFA from the University of California at Berkeley and has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Gaylord lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ryan Adams, Friday, January 6, 7pm ET
Ryan Adams’ background in traditional graffiti led him to creating large-scale mural work as well as hand lettered signage. His signature ‘gem’ style of work is a geometric breakdown of letterforms with shadows and highlights embedded within, to create depth and movement throughout the pieces. His pieces tend to be bold, colorful and clever; often including statements within. These statements can be literal or figurative, but often bringing attention to a social or cultural issue. Ryan’s mural work is driven by the desire to bring representation to often overlooked members of the community along with making the arts more accessible to everyone. Currently, Ryan co-owns and operates a hand painted signage business, designs for a brewery, paints murals all around the country and exhibits his work as often as possible. Adams lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Lisa Sigal, Thursday, Saturday, January 7, 7pm ET
Lisa Sigal was born in Philadelphia, PA. In her recent work, Sigal has been painting on walls and making forms that combine painting with architecture. Her work suggests a mutable delineation between interior and exterior and explores their meaning both socially and politically. Utilizing and expanding upon notions of space, she investigates how art can challenge set ideas about property, containment and freedom. Her work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been exhibited at the New Museum, PS1, Sculpture Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Albright Knox, the Brooklyn Museum, the Essl Museum in Vienna, a recent solo exhibit at LAX ART space in Los Angeles and at Samson Projects in Boston. Sigal received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1985 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1989. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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