Craft / Material Studies

Visiting Artist: Aideen Barry

Aideen Barry is a visual artist and member of Aosdána, an Irish Association of Artists. Her
work incorporates film, performance, drawing, sculpture, and installation through an
experimental lens based media. Barry’s work is preoccupied with ideas of otherness, and
what Freud coined Das Unheimliche. She uses psychological ploys of cognitive dissonance to
disarm the viewer with slapstick humour as a way of discussing the intensely personal and
to provoke alternative perspectives on dark subject matter including mental illness,
oppression, and patriarchy.

Barry’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the world including
Mother’s Tankstation and The Irish Museum of Modern Art, both in Ireland; Matucana 100
in Chile; Louise T. Bloudin Gallery in London; The Loop Biennale in Spain; The Banff Centre in
Canada; and The Wexner Centre in the United States.

Artist Lecture:
Thursday, November 21st, 12:30pm
Institute for Contemporary Art
601 West Broad Street

Visiting Artist: Jes Fan

Jes Fan was born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Fan received his BFA in glass from Rhode Island School of Design and works with glass, silicon, and resin to create sculptures that question binary conceptions of race, gender, and identity. Fan has exhibited in the United States, Belgium, London, and Hong Kong and will be included in upcoming exhibitions including the 2020 Sydney Biennale in Australia, Kiss My Genders at Hayward Gallery in the UK, and Forget Sorrow Grass, An Archaeology of Contemporary Women, at the Times Museum in China. 

Fan has received numerous awards including a Jerome Hill Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. He has most recently been an artist in residence at Smack Mellon, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and was recently featured on Art21.

Artist Lecture:
Thursday, October 10th, 12:30pm
Institute for Contemporary Art
601 West Broad Street

Visiting Artist: Sara Clugage

Sara Clugage lives and works in Brooklyn, where she is the editor-in-chief of Dilettante Army, an online journal for art and critical theory. In addition to weaving and writing about weaving, she is part of the Leadership Collective for the Wikipedia campaign Art+Feminism and a member of the interdisciplinary collective Sprechgesang Institute. She also creates salon dinners themed around the economic models and culinary styles of different periods in art history. She has written for The Journal of Modern Craft, Surface Design Journal, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Pelican Bomb. Sara holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Workshop description:

Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the largest general reference work online, but less than 10% of Wikipedia editors are women. What stories don’t get told, and what art is undervalued, because it is not visible on the internet?

In this workshop, we will focus on the theory, structure, and practice of Wikipedia. How do we craft information, and what are the materials we need to create it? How do we sustain practices that are granular, iterative, and slow, whether in the art world or in the digital commons? Participants will discuss editing as a socially-engaged craft practice and learn the guidelines and basic tools for editing Wikipedia. Please bring your laptops!

Artist Lecture:
Thursday, September 19th, 12:30pm
Institute for Contemporary Art
601 West Broad Street

Friday, September 20th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Fine Arts Building, 1000 West Broad Street
2nd Floor Fibers Studio, room 211

Visiting Artist/Curator: Shannon R. Stratton

Curator, Shannon R. Stratton will talk about the trajectory of her practice from studio to curatorial work and the impact of her background in craft on her perspective on arts administration. Based in Queens, NY, Stratton earned her MA in Art, History, Theory, and Criticism and her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is currently the Interim Senior Curator at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center and core faculty in the Critical Craft Studies Graduate program at Warren Wilson College.

Stratton’s multi-disciplinary practice approaches organizing cultural platforms and events as collaborative, context-responsive acts of care. From 2015 to 2019 she was Chief Curator at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York where she launched the Burke Prize, an annual award that reinforces the Museum’s commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement. While at MAD, Shannon programmed 35 exhibitions, including the works of Tanya Aguiñiga, Harry Bertoia, and Roger Brown. In 2010 she co-curated the exhibition Gestures of Resistance with artist Judith Leemann at the former Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. 


Tuesday, September 10th at 12:30pm
VCU Institute for Contemporary Art
601 W. Broad St.

Visiting Artist: Adam Manley

Join us for a Visiting Artist lecture with Adam Manley. Manley, the son of a carpenter/boat builder and weaver makes work that explores the relationship between people, places, and objects. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Oceanside Museum. Manley is an Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking at San Diego State University.

Monday, March 25th at 12:30pm
Art Foundation Building/Bowe St. Parking Deck
609 Bowe St., Room 535

Visiting Artist: Julia Haft-Candell

Join us for a Visiting Artist lecture with Los Angeles-based artist Julia Haft-Candell. Haft-Candell’s sculptures are inspired by physical form, both functional and decorative, creating “permanent monuments for the casual and insignificant.” Her work has been included in numerous exhibition venues including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Grand Central Art Center at California State University – Fullerton, Iko Iko in West Hollywood, Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York, NY, and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, CA. She received an MFA from California State University – Long Beach, a BA in Art and International Relations from the University of California – Davis, and was a summer resident at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.

Wednesday, March 13th at 12:30pm
Art Foundation Building/Bowe St. Parking Deck
609 Bowe St., Room 535

Visiting Artist: Diedrick Brackens

Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens explores the intersections of identities, cultural histories, and sociopolitical issues in the United States. Brackens’ weavings incorporate techniques drawn from European tapestries, West African weavings, and Southern quilts. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the biennial “Made in LA: 2018” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and solo exhibitions at Ulrich Museum of Art, Steve Turner Gallery, and Johansson Projects.

Diedrick Brackens’ work is included in collections at Oakland Museum of California and Ulrich Museum of Art. He is the most recent recipient of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexandar Wein Artist Prize, awarded annually to an African-American artist who “demonstrates great innovation, promise, and creativity.”

Please join us on Wednesday, February 27th at 12:30 for a Visiting Artist Lecture with Diedrick Brackens.