Opening Reception: Saturday July 9 from 6 to 8pm
Untitled is a unique traveling MFA invitational exhibition organized and curated by University of Virginia (U.Va.) graduate students Michael Maizels and Brittany Strupp that pairs up-and-coming artists from the mid-Atlantic region with emerging scholars, critics and curators. The exhibition grew out of the curators’ shared realization that while the art-world offers an increasingly robust support system for emerging artists, there was no substantial framework in place for connecting these early career artists with peers engaged in critical or curatorial practice. They recognized that their position within the art and architectural history program at U.Va. would enable them to create singular moments of interpretive dialogue between young artists and scholars.
Works by eight outstanding artists from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), the University of Maryland (UMD), and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are included in the exhibition. An accompanying catalogue includes interpretive essays written by eight U.Va. graduate students in the history of art and architecture from a broad range of academic specializations. Structured to correspond with the work students were producing, the exhibition and catalog explore the common themes of neo-surrealism and the visualization of invisible currents of psychic and physical energy that passes through individuals and their environments. For additional information, including a complete list of participating artists and scholars, visit the exhibition website at www.untitledexhibition.com.
Untitled will open at Industry Gallery on July 9th and run through August 13, 2011. An opening reception will be held on July 9th from 6pm until 8pm in conjunction with the reception for Conner Contemporary’s Academy show downstairs. The exhibition will then travel to U.Va.’s Ruffin Gallery (Charlottesville, Virginia), where it will be on view from on August 22nd through September 16th. The opening reception in Charlottesville will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. alongside the opening of a new exhibition at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Each of the exhibiting artists will participate in a panel discussing the realities and logistics of MFA programs and careers in the fine arts.
Exhibition and Catalog Contributors
Untitled is organized and curated by Michael Maizels and Brittany Strupp. Maizels received his MA in art history from the University of Chicago Program in the Humanities and is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of art and architecture at U.Va. His dissertation, under the direction of Howard Singerman, will examine the work of the process artist Barry Le Va (b. 1941). Maizels is currently a research assistant for the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC). Strupp recently graduated with her M.A. in the history of art and architecture from U.Va. Her research interests include the representation of minorities and women, and her M.A. thesis explored the embodiment of middle- and upper-middle class women in the fish still lifes of William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). She is working as a contracted project adviser for the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC).
Participating artists in Untitled include Travis Donovan (MFA 2011, UNC), Jamie Lawyer (MFA 2011, VCU), Will Machin (MFA 2011, VCU), Ali Miller (MFA 2012, MICA), Chris Musina (MFA 2012, UNC), Adam Nelson (MFA 2011, UMD), Oscar Santillan (MFA 2011, VCU), and Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet (MFA 2011, UNC). The fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, edited by Michael Maizels and Brittany Strupp, features essays by U.Va. graduate students in art and architectural history Betsy Chunko (PhD candidate), Leslie Cozzi (PhD candidate), Anna Kim (PhD candidate), Katherine Miller (PhD student), Jennifer Stettler, Parsons, (PhD student) and Anne Williams (PhD student).
Untitled is partnered with Conner Contemporary Art’s longstanding Academy show and graciously hosted by Industry Gallery. Generous support has been provided by U.Va. through the McIntire Department of Art, the Office of the Vice Provost of the Arts, the Office of the Dean for Graduate Programs, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Dean of the Humanities and Arts.
The Graduate Program in the History of Art and Architecture at U.Va. was established in 2004 to expand the educational opportunities available to students of art and architecture. Pooling the faculties and resources of two strong departments, the new program merges and replaces the PhD Program in Architectural History and the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Art History. Housed in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the merged program offers the M.A. and PhD in the History of Art and Architecture, and it also offers graduate degrees in Classical Art & Archaeology. For more information visit the department’s website at www.virginia.edu/art/. Ruffin Gallery is located in Ruffin Hall, the new home of U.Va.’s studio art program, located at 179 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Since opening in 1999, Conner Contemporary Art has mobilized the careers of artists who excel in diverse media. Owner Leigh Conner brings professional integrity and over a decade of experience to the Gallery’s selective participation in exhibitions at international venues including art fairs, museums, and project spaces. Together with co-founder Jamie Smith, Ph.D., Conner has steadily developed a contemporary curatorial program grounded in the history of art, presenting the art of Washington-based artists in meaningful dialogue with the art of established international artists.
Industry Gallery exhibits 21st century international design by artists whose works are redefining the relationship between art and design. Occupying over 4000 sq. ft of exhibition space, Industry Gallery exhibits each artist’s work within the frame of an installation, allowing each artist to tell his or her own story through site-specific works designed to transform the perception of space. By loading the interior of the gallery with disparate items, each artist evokes complex and multiple associations to create a three-dimensional painting.
Industry Gallery is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, and is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment Monday through Wednesday. For more information visit the gallery’s website at www.industrygallerydc.com.