VISITING ARTIST: Darren Lee Miller – Exercises in Empathy

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The MFA and Photography programs of SMFA are pleased to co-host Exercises In Empathy, a talk by Darren Lee Miller about his work and practice on Friday, April 2 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, after which he will have several Virtual MFA Student visits for individual critiques.

Darren Lee Miller is an artist, educator, curator, and writer. He is Chair of Photography and Associate Professor at the Columbus College of Art & Design. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct a community art project, Palavras na Minha Boca (Words in My Mouth), at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Bauru, Brazil. His teachingcuratorial work, and artwork have been recognized through residencies at Blue Mountain Center, the Vermont Studio Center, the Crawford County Historical Society, the University of Puerto Rico, and in regional and national exhibitions.  His writing and artworks have been published in print and online, and acquired by museums, academic galleries, and private collectors, including Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, Union College, Allegheny College, and the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.

He received an M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and holds a B.F.A. in Photography and Printmaking from The School of Art & Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, obtained also through study at Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. He lives and works in Columbus, OH and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Opp: St. Elmo Arts Residency, TX – DEADLINE April 16, 2021

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https://art.utexas.edu/st-elmo#apply

ELIGIBILITY

  • Only artists graduating from an MFA program in Fall 2020 through July 1, 2021 are eligible to apply.
    • If you graduated prior to Fall 2020, you are not eligible to apply.
    • If you will graduate after July 1, 2021, please apply in the next application cycle. This is a hard deadline.
  • Only artists graduating from US graduate MFA programs are eligible to apply.
    • If you are graduating from a graduate MFA program located anywhere besides the USA, you are noteligible to apply — unless you are American and hold an American passport. (Unfortunately, this is due to visa deadlines).
  • UT Austin Department of Art and Art History Studio Art graduate students and alumni are not eligible to apply.

FELLOWSHIP

  • 24-hour access to a private 1800-square-foot studio
  • Private furnished house capable of accommodating the fellow and a partner *
  • $30,000 stipend
  • Access to health insurance and benefits
  • Part-time teaching experience at UT Austin
  • Part-time teaching experience at the Wildflower Center
  • Solo exhibition at the Wildflower Center

* The house cannot accommodate children. A pet may be acceptable upon approval and with pet deposit.

FELLOW RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 9½-month commitment
  • Teach one class per semester (two classes total) in Studio Art in the Department of Art and Art History
  • Teach one workshop per semester (two workshops total) at the Wildflower Center
  • Public lecture on your work
  • Solo exhibition

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Event: Helina Metaferia – SMFA x MFA Traveling Fellows Exhibition – Workshops

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Artist Workshop #1 with Helina Metaferia 

“By Way of Revolution”

Tues March 16

6:30-8pm EST

Workshop description:

This virtual performance art workshop, led by artist Helina Metaferia, is especially designed for women-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who are students, staff, and faculty at Tufts University and Northeastern University. The workshop investigates how histories of protest inform our present day moment, and the powerful yet often overlooked role that BIPOC women (both cis and trans) play in them. The workshop will rely on performative gestures of resilience to explore how institutionalized and systemic trauma gets stored in the body, and provide creative and tangible tools for self-care and communal care to help sustain ourselves. The artist will lead participants through a series of writing, mindfulness, and somatic and performance exercises based on histories of social change movements. 

This workshop is held in conjunction with Helina Metaferia’s solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Fall 2021. Participants of this workshop have the option to volunteer to be photographed on a separate date in person at the Museum of Fine Arts for a series of collages that Metaferia will create, combining archives of historical liberation movements with the images of workshop participants. All workshop participants will be asked to sign an image release waiver before being granted access to the workshop. Participants are asked to be on desktops or laptops as opposed to their phones, keep their video cameras on during the entire session, and only the parts of the collective performance will be recorded. 

Artist’s Bio:

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, video, installation, collage, and social practice. Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; Northeastern University’s Gallery 360, Boston, MA; New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among many others. Metaferia’s work has been supported by residencies including MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis, and Triangle Arts Association. She is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow / Assistant Professor at Brown University, and lives and works in New York City.

www.helinametaferia.com

Artist Workshop #2 with Helina Metaferia 

“Virtual Gardens”

Friday March 19

2:30-4pm EST

Workshop description:

This virtual performance workshop, led by artist Helina Metaferia, is especially designed for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) of all genders who are students, staff, and faculty at Tufts University and Northeastern University. The workshop rethinks the images and narratives that we consume daily during our screen-dependant era. It interrogates our unique time of both social justice and social distance. How can we pivot the dynamic of online meeting spaces to create vulnerability without proximity, and vitality as opposed to fatigue? The culmination of this workshop will be an experimental artwork featuring participants. All participants will be asked to sign an image release waiver before being granted access to the workshop. Participants are asked to be on their desktop or laptops as opposed to their phones, keep their video cameras on during the entire session, and only parts of the collective performance will be recorded. 

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Opp: Real Artways Real Art Awards. Deadline 3/31/20 Midnight

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I’m excited to let you know that Real Art Ways is now accepting submissionsfor the 2021 Real Art Awards! Emerging artists in living in New Jersey, New England, or New York are invited to submit their work for consideration free of charge. Six selected artists will receive a $2,500 prize, solo exhibition, catalogue essay, and more. This year’s jury panel includes: artist and writer Kameelah Janan Rasheed; artist and Director of the School of Art at George Mason University Hasan Elahi; and Real Art Ways Executive Director Will K. Wilkins.
Our definition of “emerging” is inherently flexible, so recently graduated students are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Students graduating this Spring semester are also eligible to apply. 
For full rules, submission guidelines, and FAQ, click here.

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