ARTSpeak Panel Discussion: The Obstacle Race

Monday, April 18, 6:30-8:30 pm
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre

History of Art faculty member Mari Dumett will moderate a panel discussion among artists Katherine Bradford, Maureen Connor, Julia Sinelnikova, and Don Voisine as part of ARTSpeak. ARTSpeak 2015-16, presented by the departments of Fine Arts and History of Art, is a series of lectures and activities on the theme of the Obstacle Race. It explores the difficulties artists face in today’s urban economic environment and the means of overcoming them.

Katherine Bradford is a figurative painter whose latest show was at Canada NYC on the Lower East Side. A recent review by John Yau on Hyperallergic described her work as taking “the unlikely genre of marine painting and transformed it into a densely packed, metaphorical realm.” Bradford lives and works in New York.
Maureen Connor is a visual artist whose work combines elements of installation, video, design, human resources, and social justice. Since 2000 she has been developing Personnel, a series of interventions concerned with the art institution as a workplace. She is also known internationally for her work from the ’80s and ’90s, which focused on gender and its modes of representation.
Julia Sinelnikova is an FIT alumna whose work has included sculpture and performances. Since graduating she has been in group and solo exhibitions, received awards and residencies, and managed a gallery.
Don Voisine has long worked with a reductive vocabulary of hard-edged, geometric abstraction painted in oil on wood. For years he has explored the compositional possibilities of overlapping geometric forms.
Other ARTSpeak activities this year include student visits to artist studios and collectives, and a student exhibition at the Gladys Marcus Library titled Perfect False, featuring work by Fine Arts majors, and curated by Art History and Museum Professions majors, who also wrote the accompanying text for the show. The exhibition is on view through May 6.
These events and activities have been made possible in part through funding by the FIT Student-Faculty Corporation, the School of Art and Design, and the School of Liberal Arts.
For more information, visit or contact Chad Laird, 74657.

The events are free and open to the public.

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