Noah Simblist works as a curator, writer, and artist with a focus on art and politics, specifically the ways in which contemporary artists address history. He has contributed to Art in America, Art Journal, Modern Painters, Terremoto and other publications. He is editing a book, to be published by University of Chicago Press, about Tania Bruguera’s The Francis Effect, a project co-produced by the Guggenheim Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Southern Methodist University. Curatorial projects include Aissa Deebi: Exile is Hard Work at Birzeit University Museum (2017), False Flags with Pelican Bomb in New Orleans (2016), Emergency Measures at the Power Station (2015), Tamy Ben Tor at Testsite (2012), Out of Place at Lora Reynolds Gallery (2011), Queer State(s) at the Visual Arts Center in Austin (2011), and Yuri’s Office by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation at Ft Worth Contemporary Arts (2010). He was also on the curatorial team for the 2013 Texas Biennial. In 2016, he was the co-curator and co-producer for New Cities Future Ruins, a convening that invited artists, designers and thinkers to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America’s Western Sun Belt. His most recent projects include Reading Monuments, a series of reading groups in four southern cities to interrogate the legacy of Confederate Monuments and Commonwealth, a multi-year project exploring the notion of the commons at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also Chair of Painting + Printmaking and Associate Professor of Art at VCU.
Peter Baldes received his M.F.A. from Alfred University's Integrated Electronic Arts program in 2001. His work ranges from installation and sculpture to print and internet artworks. He has been teaching media courses at VCU for the past 6 years.
Cara Benedetto is an artist and writer. She studied at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography and received an MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited at Chapter NY, Night Gallery LA, Metro Pictures, Art In General NY, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, and MOCA Cleveland. Her writing has been published with Badlands, C Magazine, Sleek Magazine, Area Sneaks, Qui Parle, The Third Rail, and Halmos. She was a 2013-2015 fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where she published an experimental romance novel, The Coming of Age. She was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2014. She is the editor of Contemporary Print Handbook, a printmaking textbook for Universities, launching in the spring of 2016. She is an Assistant Professor in print media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Bryan Castro was born in 1994 and grew up in New Jersey. In 2017, Castro received his BFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He also received a Visual Arts Department Award from Mason Gross and attended the Summer Studio Residency at New York University. Castro currently is completing his MFA in Painting & Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University for the spring of 2020.
Caitlin Cherry received her MFA from Columbia University in 2012 and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI (2018); Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2018); University Museum of Contemporary Art at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (2017); and at The Brooklyn Museum as part of the Raw/Cooked series curated by Eugenie Tsai (2013). Group exhibitions include A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN (2018) at Performance Space, New York; Punch (2018) curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, New York; Touchstone (2018) at American Medium, New York; The Sun is Gone but We Have the Light (2018) at Unclebrother/Gavin Brown's Enterprise, Hancock, NY; Soul Recordings at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Object[ed]: Shaping Sculpture in Contemporary Art (2016) at UMOCA, Salt Lake City, UT; Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park (2015) in Somerset, UK; This is What Sculpture Looks Like (2014) at Postmasters Gallery, New York; and Fore (2012) at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Cherry is a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship Residency (2016) and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship (2015), among other awards and honors.
Enrique Figueredo is a Venezuelan-American artist who immigrated from South America at an early age. Figueredo’s work looks closely at the forces and issues affecting today’s world—economy, religion, immigration, power—and relates those incidents to the visual history of ancient civilizations, the colonization of the Americas, and mythology. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at The Re Institute (At the Edge of Lawlessness), group shows at International Print Center New York (Multilayered), ARTag Gallery (The Happiness Index) in Helsinki, and a site-specific installation on 14th Street in NYC for Art In Odd Places 2017: SENSE. Figueredo is the recipient of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Award (2019), and the Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (2019). Figueredo studied at Purchase College (SUNY) earning a BFA in 2004, with a printmaking concentration, and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2019.
Each of Hope Ginsburg’s long-term projects builds community around learning. Her work is by turns collaborative, cooperative, and participatory. These artworks are made with peers, students, scientists, members of the public, and experts with knowledge from outside of the field. Rooted in first-hand experience, Ginsburg’s projects are invested in the socially transformative potential of knowledge exchange. Her practice is interdisciplinary, social, and concerned with the well-being of humans and other species on our radically changing planet. Ginsburg has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Wexner Center for the Arts, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, the Baltimore Museum of Art, SculptureCenter, and the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She is the recipient of an Art Matters Foundation Grant and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and her work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Ginsburg has attended residencies such as the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Wexner Film/Video Studio and The Harbor at Beta Local. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, and Artforum. Ginsburg holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Tyler School of Art and a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts and lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
Born in 1983, Brooke Inman grew up in the small town of DeMotte, Indiana. Brooke is a nature enthusiast who loves animals, especially her cat (Ellie) and turtle (Horseshoe). Brooke Inman moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2006 to attend graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She happily finds herself still living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Painting and Printmaking Department. She also teaches printmaking in the Richmond community at Studio Two Three. Specializing in intaglio and screen print Brooke Inman received a BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.
Holly Morrison accepted her current appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Painting & Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. Prior to her appointment at VCU, she taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH; Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania; Kansas City Art institute, Kansas City, Missouri; Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey; and at the Adult Correctional Institution, Cranston, Rhode Island. She has been a visiting artist, lecturer or guest instructor at institutions across the Unites States and abroad including the Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France; Notre Dame University; South Bend, Indiana; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York; Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio; San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, and Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Morrison has printed editions for nationally recognized artists Tony Fitzpatrick, Joanne Greenbaum, Mary Beth Edelson, Sebastiaan Bremer, and Alice Aycock. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1982 and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1978. Morrison has received fellowships from McDowell Colony, and The Headlands Center for the Arts. In 1998, she was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Arts. Morrison received a Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship in 2006. She was awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants in 1999 and 2003. She received a 2002 Artist’s Project Grant from the Ohio Arts Council to support the publishing of “The Extinguishing of Stars”, a limited edition artists’ book created in collaboration with Carolyn Fraser.
Morrison's work is included in public and private collections across the United States such as the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio; the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan; the Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland, Ohio; the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California; Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio; TIAA-CREF, Saint Louis, Missouri; and the Wesleyan University Museum of Art, Middletown, Connecticut.
Morrison’s work has been exhibited in group or solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; the Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio; Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; the College of Wooster Art Museum, Ebert Art Center, Wooster, Ohio; the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Artists’ House, Jerusalem, Israel; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio; The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio; the San Antonio Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas and Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Born in Lima, Peru in 1957. Tapia initially studied industrial engineering and communications at the University of Lima during the mid 1970s. His path led him to the United States to study painting at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1984 and his master’s degree in 1987 at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with highest honors. In 2010 he was awarded the Teresa Pollak Award in the Fine Arts category in Richmond, VA. He has been awarded several grants and scholarships and has participated in numerous international and national exhibitions. Tapia is represented by Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA. He is director of VCU in Peru, study abroad program, as well as associate professor in the Department of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught for 29 years.
Hilary Wilder is an artist who works primarily in painting, and also in sculpture, video, and installation. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowships. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Solo exhibitions include The Suburban (Oak Park, Illinois), Open Satellite (Seattle), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Devin Borden Gallery (Houston). Her videos have been screened at festivals at the University of Southern California, The Pacific Film Archive, and the Chicago International Film Festival, among others. In addition, she has written catalogue essays for exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Rice University Art Gallery.