Gallery 102 Presents FACULTY Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on December 10, 2018

Mon, 10 December 2018 - Fri, 18 January 2019

Image Credit: (L) Marie del Carmen Montoya; (C) Suzi Fox; (R) Brian Davis. Courtesy of Gallery 102.
Opens: Monday, December 10, 2018.

Gallery 102 is pleased to present FACULTY, an exhibition of recent work from Corcoran faculty across diverse media. The show features a wide array of engaging, multi-disciplinary works that provide insight into the individual practices of those who make up the core of the school. Including socially engaged installations, sculpture, photography, video, and printmaking, the exhibition offers a look into the work of our faculty beyond the classroom.

Exhibiting artists: Brian Davis, Suzi Fox, Luke Ikard, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Maria del Carmen Montoya, and Davide Prete.


Brian Davis lives and works in Northern Virginia. Born in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, Mr. Davis was raised in Guam and South Carolina. He teaches New Media and Sculpture at The George Washington University and George Mason University. Mr. Davis has a B.F.A in General Studio from Winthrop University and a M.F.A in Sculpture from the University of Florida. Mr. Davis was recently awarded a Professional Fellowship by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

Suzi Fox is a sculptor based in Northern Virginia. She has exhibited in several national and regional exhibitions. Her work uses process as the primary means for generating form and meaning. Through manipulations such as carving, weaving and twisting materials she begins to understand the direction to pursue for a sculpture. Fox received her Master of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Sculpture at American University and George Washington Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Luke Ikard (b. 1990, Houston, TX) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Baltimore, MD, where he is an Artist in Residence at the School 33 Art Center. He is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, Carroll Community College, and Maryland Institute College of Art teaching multiple courses in 3D design and new media. He completed his MFA in Multidisciplinary Art from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017, and received his BFA in Studio Art from Sam Houston State University in 2014. Ikard was recently selected as a 2018-2020 Hamiltonian Fellow in Washington, DC. He received the 2015-2017 Merit Scholarship from the Mount Royal School of Art. His work is part of the College of Fine Art and Mass Communication permanent collection at Sam Houston State University. Ikard has also produced site-specific work at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum Park and has exhibited throughout the United States. His work has most recently been shown in group exhibitions at Maryland Art Place, School 33 Art Center, Hamiltonian Gallery, and the International Art Gallery in the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler‘s book arts and print work is in such collections as the Smithsonian’s American Art and National Portrait Gallery Library,Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections, Washington, DC, National Museum of Women In the Arts, Washington, DC, George Washington University, Washington, DC, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s, MD, George Mason University, Fenwick Library, Fairfax, VA, Vanderbilt University, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Nashville, TN, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Wimberly Library, Boca Raton, FL and the Southern Graphics Council Archives. Her work has been selected for individual, group, and juried exhibitions nationally and internationally. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Book Art Association and was a Freehold Taos Residency recipient in 2018. Her personal studio is part of the LibertyTown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, VA. She has taught printmaking and book arts at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University since 1998.

Maria del Carmen Montoya´s studio practice combines participatory art, sculpture and digitalia. Her primary medium is the communal process of making meaning. As an artist, she seeks ways to catalyze this natural social phenomenon with situations that insist on the power of human-scale intervention in the presumed inevitability of everyday life. Her approach is DIY and collaborative. She believes that art can be a potent crucible for social change. Thus, her work is often about resistance and challenging norms, inverting power hierarchies and breaking rules, but she also traffics in beauty, memory, humor and other potentially radical forces for activating communities. She has lived and worked throughout Latin America where she served as the sole interpreter for an assembly of rural farms in San Salvador, an advocate for battered women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and an English teacher for a craft cooperative in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Her work has been shown at SIGGRAPH, PERFORMA, New Museum Festival of Ideas, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Venice Biennial of Architecture and Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras, in Morelia, Mexico, where she co-founded an artist residency for multimedia performance art. She is a core member of Ghana ThinkTank, an international artist collective that “develops the first world” by flipping traditional power dynamics, asking people living in the “third world” to intervene into the lives of the people living in the so-called “developed” world. Their innovative approach to public art reveals blind spots between otherwise disconnected cultures, challenges assumptions about who is “needy,” and turns the idea of expertise on its head. Their ongoing project, “The American Riad,” transforms abandoned buildings and empty lots into an Islamic Riad: communal housing surrounding an elaborate and beautifully designed courtyard. Rather than demonizing Muslims and immigrants as a threat to American culture and safety, this project instead looks at how we can adopt elements of Islamic and African Culture to solve American problems.

Davide Prete, born in Treviso, Italy, was introduced to the art of metalsmithing by his father, Alessandro, and by the sculptor Toni Benetton. He studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the Institute of Art in Venice. In 2003, he obtained his degree in architecture at IUAV, Venice, Italy. Davide worked in Italy as architect for several architectural firms, especially with Toni Follina. After meeting his wife in Zimbabwe (during a whitewater kayak trip on the Zambezi river), he moved to USA in 2007. In 2010, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Fontbonne University, Saint Louis, where he studied under the guidance of Hank Knickmeyer and developed a personal sculptural process, mixing traditional metal casting and new technologies such as 3D printing and laser scanning. In 2010, Davide moved to Washington DC and started working as professor of Fine Art. Currently he works at the Corcoran School of Art + Design as professor of “Metalsmithing”, “Sculpture” and “Sculpture and New Technologies” and as  Assistant Professor of Art at The University of the District of Columbia where he teaches sculpture, drawing and digital technologies. His work has been shown at national and international venues (Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, England, France and the USA) and his urban scale sculptures are installed in Italy and the USA. Recently, his work has focused on new technologies such as 3D printing and laser scanning combined with traditional metalsmithing techniques. For his last projects, mathematical equations provided him with a pretext to connect figurative images with a new language, in order to discover what he called “A new forms of shamanism.”

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