A range of artists affiliated with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), including two alumni, will be part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial, a survey of American art held in New York, February 25 through May 30, 2010.
PNCA alumna and painter Julia Fish ’76 and alumnus Alex Hubbard ’00 were chosen, in addition to MFA in Applied Craft and Design mentors Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Storm Tharp, and MFA in Visual Studies visiting artists Kate Gilmore and Martin Kersels.
Fish is a native Oregonian who is currently a Professor of Studio Arts in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a BFA degree from PNCA in 1976 and an MFA degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1982. Her paintings and drawings examine everyday surroundings like living rooms and entryways through simple, elegant abstraction. Read the essay ““Painting as House and Home””:http://www.juliafish.com/start02.html by Los Angeles-based lecturer, critic, and independent curator Terry R. Myers to learn more about Fish’s work.
A performance-based video artist and painter, Hubbard received his BFA from PNCA in 2000, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program from 2002 to 2003. His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Hutchins is a sculptor who lives and works in Portland and New York. She serves as a mentor for students of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint degree program offered by PNCA and “Oregon College of Art and Craft”:http://www.ocac.edu. She is represented by “Derek Eller Gallery”:http://www.derekeller.com/jessicahutchins.html and “Small A Projects”:http://www.smallaprojects.com/artists/jessicahutchins/main.html, both in New York.
An Oregon native, Tharp also serves as a mentor in the MFA in Applied Craft and Design program. Though labeled a painter and sculptor, Tharp is a versatile artist who has also worked for Portland-based ad agency Weiden+Kennedy. He is represented by “PDX Contemporary Gallery”:http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com/tharp in Portland.
As part of its Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the MFA in Visual Studies program recently brought artists “Kate Gilmore”:http://www.kategilmore.com/index.html and Martin Kersels — also both 2010 Whitney Biennial picks — for lectures in October 2009. Kersels is represented by “ACME”:http://www.acmelosangeles.com/artists/martin-kersels/ in Los Angeles.
The 2010 Whitney Biennial is curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari. For more information on the 2010 Whitney Biennial, read The New York Times article ““Reality Leaves a Fingerprint on the Biennial””:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/arts/design/11vogel.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=whitney%20biennial&st=cse or visit the “Whitney”:http://www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/2010Biennial.
Image: work by Julia Fish ’76