February 3, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 3, 2015 — The Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University has confirmed its 2015 Visiting Artists and is now accepting applications for new students. An information session on the program will be held Thursday, Feb. 19 and can be attended in-person or online.
2015 Visiting Artist Fellows
Established in 2008, the Summer Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA) at Drury University is dedicated to advanced research and practice in the field of contemporary visual arts. Each summer, SIVA offers four Visiting Artist Fellowships to internationally recognized artists and a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) program for emerging and aspiring artists.
“We are very excited for this year’s Visiting Artist Fellows who were chosen from a pool of over 80 international applications.” says SIVA director Sarrita Hunn. “These artists all have extensive international professional experience and include faculty from some of the best art programs in the country including San Francisco Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Parsons The New School for Design, among others.”
Below are capsule bios for the 2015 visiting artist fellows. More detailed information about each can be found at the SIVA website.
Matt Borruso is a visual artist who lives and works in San Francisco. His current work examines processes of replication in various forms such as paintings, wax castings, found sculptural objects, airbrushed photographs, digital files, book making, writing, and graphite drawings. Borruso received his MFA from Yale University in 2004 and his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002. He is a recent Lecturer at Stanford University, current Visiting Faculty at San Francisco Art Institute and a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts.
Ben Kinsley’s projects have ranged from choreographing a neighborhood intervention into Google Street View, directing surprise theatrical performances inside the homes of strangers, and collecting put-down jokes from around the world to planting a buried treasure in the streets of Mexico City (yet to be found). He has taught at American University, Carnegie Mellon and Cleveland Institute of Art among others. In spring 2015 he will teach a workshop with Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar. Kinsley currently lives in Ridgewood, Queens, New York City.
Chelsea Knight is an artist and educator specializing in video and video installation, with an emphasis on experimental narrative and documentary forms. Recently she has worked with a survivalist militia in upstate New York, a United Nations diplomat, interrogators from the Iraq War, second and third wave feminists and Tea Party members. Knight teaches at Parsons the New School for Design, SUNY Purchase and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Research and Development Artist in Residence at the New Museum (NYC).
Christine Laquet uses different forms of expression (including installation, painting, performance and film) to challenge the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, Nature and Culture and our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in many public collections. She has taught workshops at ESBAN Nantes School of Art (France), Gyeonggi Creation Center (Korea), and Norköpping University (Sweden) among others. She is based in Nantes, France.
Spring Info Night
SIVA will host an information session for prospective students at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Pool Art Center, Drury University. The session can be attended in person or online. RSVP for both options via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This session will cover all aspects of the Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) program including curriculum, visiting artists, resources and facilities, application process, fees and housing, and financial aid. Faculty, staff and current students will be available to answer questions and help you learn what it takes to be a successful graduate student at Drury University.
Call for Applications
Enrollment is limited. The priority deadline for admission is March 31.
The MART curriculum includes an intensive 10-week period each summer that allows students to focus on artistic development in a critically driven environment, while earning graduate-level course credit toward a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory degree. By combining artist residency with graduate program studies, SIVA bridges the gap between an academic undergraduate education and a professional art career. Participants develop a capacity for independent practice and scholarship under the guidance of visiting artist fellows, faculty and staff, who, as experienced and engaged practitioners, provide first-hand understanding of contemporary art issues.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
- Emerging and aspiring artists who hold an undergraduate degree (from any field) who wish to develop their art practice.
- Artists further in their career looking to participate in a critical dialogue and reinvigorate their art practice.
- Artists working in any medium including video and other electronic media, installation, performance, socially-engaged and hybrid practices.
- Artists who wish to develop a portfolio for application to an MFA program.
- Post-graduate (or non-degree seeking) students interested in the opportunity to work with our visiting artist fellows.
- Art educators who want to pursue their Masters degree during the summer months.
The tuition costs for the entire three-summer, 30-hour Master of Arts degree program is currently less than $10,000.
For more complete information about the program, visiting artist fellows, eligibility and cost, visit the SIVA website at www.drury.edu/siva. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the program at email@example.com.