MFA in Visual Arts 2022 Winter Intensive Lecture Series - New England College

MFA in Visual Arts 2022 Winter Intensive Lecture Series

January 05, 2022 - January 09, 2022
MFA Residency

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Gina Siepel
JANUARY 5, 7:00 PM

Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores cultural understandings of nature, gender and American identity, through the production of objects and collaborative experiments in public spaces. She integrates conceptual concerns with a deep engagement in craftsmanship and materials as she constructs a wide range of objects, installations, drawings, videos, photographs and collaborations with other artists and communities. Siepel holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the School of Art + Design at SUNY Purchase, and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from the Maine College of Art. She currently teaches Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College, and resides in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Frank Franca
JANUARY 6, 7:00 PM

Franca holds a BFA in Filmmaking from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a photographer, curator and creative director. Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Franca also grew up in Spain, the US, and the UK, and his work has been exhibited and published internationally. Franca was a member of the arts activist group, The Visual AIDS Artist’s Caucus, creators of the public art action: The Red Ribbon- international symbol of AIDS awareness. It was the first use of a ribbon as a quiet wearable symbol in support of an important cause. Along with Nan Goldin and a few other friends, Franca was also a co-founder of Electric Blanket, an epic slide show and projected public street action which addressed the AIDS crisis, and which was intended as a vehicle to effect change with the masses. Currently a faculty member at The International Center of Photography and at Pratt Institute.

Will Gabaldon
JANUARY 7, 7:00 PM

Will Gabaldón was born in Belen, NM. He received a B.F.A. from the University of New Mexico and M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a founding member of TSA, a leading artist-run coop gallery with locations in several cities. He has shown extensively across the country and has an upcoming solo show at Various Small Fires in LA in 2022. HIs work is included in notable collections including that of Richard Prince. Residencies have included a fellowship at Yaddo. Will lives and works outside Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Gary Sczerbaniewicz
JANUARY 8, 7:00 PM

Sczerbaniewicz received his BFA, in Sculpture, from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and his MFA, Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. His practice involves an insatiable fascination with architectural spaces that evoke a sense of psychological unease. This compulsion toward an aesthetics of anxiety fuels two concurrent modes of his work – installation and sculpture. Sczerbaniewicz installation work comprises the larger trajectory of his practice. Within this mode he fabricates confined space environments, which include scale shifts using architectural models blended into full-sized structures into which the viewer is invited to physically enter and explore. His recent sculptural work investigates the concept of cognitive dissonance as articulated through an architectural lexicon.

Jean Marie Casbarian
JANUARY 9, 7:00 PM

Jean Marie Casbarian holds an MFA from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College, New York and a BFA from University of Colorado at Denver. Her artistic practice lies in her interests around the (re)construction of memory and time, the stories that live within displaced cultural identities and family histories and the resultant loss and longing that often occurs within these personal and political mythologies. Working across photography, video, sound text, and performance, Casbarian fuses fact with fiction as she continually attempts to flip her own paradigm with the hope of creating a new personal narrative. She has taught in graduate and undergraduate programs across the United States and abroad including The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hampshire College, Transart Institute, the International Center of Photography, and at the International Center of Photography-Bard.