We are thrilled to announce the artists included in the 2018 Vermont Studio Center & Vermont College of Fine Arts Alumnx* Exhibition!
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May 9th - June 1st, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12th from 5PM - 7PM
45 College St. Montpelier, VT 05602
*Alumnx is a gender-neutral term that embraces the full spectrum of gender identities within our community.
The exhibition will be in the Alumni Hall Gallery on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus, 45 College St. Montpelier, VT 05602.
Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday by appointment only, Thursday and Friday 10am - 4pm. The gallery will be closed Friday, May 25th and Monday, May 28th. If you would like to make an appointment to view the show outside of gallery hours, please contact Brittany M. Powell: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Thatiana Oliveira: Thatiana.Oliveira@vcfa.edu. The exhibition title is text compiled from lyrics and a screen play written by Efrim Manuel Menuck.
The Vermont Studio Center and Vermont College of Fine Arts are united in their belief that the arts are central to the human experience and have the ability not only to reflect reality but to also create it. For this show, alums of both institutions were invited to submit artwork that was created in response to our current contemporary political upheaval as an expression of the potential of creativity to shift consciousness, because all progress and change has been achieved through a radical reimagining of what is and what could be. This show seeks to present a vision of a future that has yet to be determined, understood, or adopted by any position of power or control. The works presented were chosen by juror Meg Onli, Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, who has this to say about her selection process:
Jurying is an imperfect process. It relies on gut reactions and quick decisions. Despite the complications that this structure may have, jurying often allows one to get an overview of a number of artistic practices in a rather brief period of time. I would like to extend my gratitude to all the artists that allowed me to “peek” inside their practice for a few moments. To aid in the selection you see before you, I regularly returned to a prompt provided to both the submitting artists and myself. I was particularly drawn to the following sentences: “All progress and change has been achieved through a radical reimagining of what is and what could be. We are seeking a vision of a future that has yet to be determined, understood, or adopted by any position of power or control.” The notion of “radical reimagining” is something I return to often within my work as a curator. I believe that art and the artists that make it can help guide us in imagining not just the future but also the possibility of multiple futures. Through artistic production, these futures are simultaneously projected forward while also looking to the past for models of alternative (re)imaginings. The works within this exhibition exist within this temporal nexus, a space that is capable of recouping the visions of the past for the possibility of radically alternative realities of our future.
About the Juror: Meg Onli is the Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her recent exhibition Speech/Acts explores experimental black poetry and how the social and cultural constructs of language have shaped black American experiences. Prior to joining Institute of Contemporary Art she was the Program Coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. While at the Graham Foundation she worked on the exhibitions Architecture of Independence: African Modernism and Barbara Kasten: Stages. In 2010 she created the website Black Visual Archive for which she was awarded a 2012 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. In 2014 she was the recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation for the collaborative project Remaking the Black Metropolis: Contemporary Art, Urbanity, and Blackness in America with curator Jamilee Polson Lacy. Onli holds a Master’s degree in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her writing has appeared in Art21, Daily Serving, and Art Papers.