Newsletter Issue:
Spring 2018

Professional News Spring 2018

IDSVA Professional News


Leonie Bradbury (cohort ’11)

  • Co-curated: John Preus: The Beast (Herd Mentality) at Montserrat College of Art, February 2018.

Rowynn Dumont (cohort ’13)

  • Paper: “Haitian Vodou Aesthetics & Resistance,” CAA 106th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. February 2018.
  • Exhibition Review: "The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death in the Works of Nobuyoshi Araki,” COOPH Magazine,Museum of Sex, New York, NY. Spring 2018.

Kate Farrington (cohort ’11)

  • Panelist: The Space of Art, featuring Montserrat College of Art, Professor of Humanities Kate Farrington in conversation with artist John Preus. Monserrat College of Art, February 15, 2018.

Ana Fernandez (cohort ’17)

  • Solo Exhibition: Pistolas y Rosas, Galeria Ileana Viteri, Quito Ecuador, October 2017. The show was written up in the book, Solo de Mujeres by Antonio Rodriguez.

Erin Gleason (cohort ’15)

  • Solo exhibition: The Tug, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. October 2017.
  • Curated: Tympanum,  Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. October 2017. The exhibition included the work of IDSVA student Sandra Stephens (cohort '15) and artists from Art Shape Mammoth, an artist collective founded by IDSVA student Margaret Coleman (cohort '15).
  • Artist in residence: Vermont Studio Center and awarded a residency Merit Grant. January 2018.

Jason Hoelscher (cohort ’12)

  • Paper: “Art as Information Ecology” at the SLSA (Society for Literature, Science and the Arts) Europe conference at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, June 2018.
  • Panel Chair: “Art and Aesthetics in the Era of Artificial Intelligence” at the 74th Annual SECAC conference, Birmingham Alabama, October 2018.

Maria La Barge (cohort ’11)

  • Paper: “New Categories for Embodied and Disembodied Consciousness in the Visual and Virtual Arts”, 73rd annual SECAC Conference, Ohio, October 2017.

Paige Lunde (cohort ’13)

  • Will present: "Objective Time, Temporality, and Poiesis: Our Contemporary Problem with Time," at The Thirteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, hosted by Common Grounds Research Networks at the University of Illinois, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada, June 25 - 27, 2018.
  • Will lead panel: “Our Problem with the Concept of Time,” at SECAC Conference, University of Alabama, Birmingham, October 17 - 20, 2018.
  • Panel Chair: "Detachment and Reduction: Our changing orientation toward Technology” at the 2018 Mid-American College Art Association Conference (MACAA), Lincoln, NE. October 4-6, 2018.
  • Group Exhibition: Emerging Artist Exhibition,  Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL, March 2018.
  • Group Exhibition: Fargo, Fargo Skateboarding, DeKalb, IL, March 2018.
  • Group Exhibition: Fargo, Fargo Skateboarding, DeKalb, IL, March 2018.
  • Group Exhibition: Black and White, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon. February 2018.
  • Group Exhibition: Food Art, Brett Whitacre Studio & Gallery, Sycamore, IL February 2018.

Mary Mazurek (cohort ’12)

  • Paper: “Listening to the Nuances: How My Career as an Audio Engineer Taught Me How to Reimagine Listening," for Time Talks in San Diego, CA, February 2018.
  • In January Mazurek gave a masterclass and participated in a panel discussion for YouMedia Chicago, IL

Nicole Marie Milchak (cohort ’17)

  • Appointed Entertainment & Media Adjuster at Fine Arts Adjusters, Austin, TX.

Natalya Mills-Mayrena (cohort ’16)

  • Paper: “Carnival Griot: Storytelling, Representation and Mas in Trinidad and Tobago with works by Peter Minshall and Rosalind Gabriel” in the panel Between Land, Water, and Language: The Black Atlantic in Conversation with the Western Caribbean, at the conference BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] IV: The Color of Silence at Harvard University, March 22-24th, 2018.

Mercedeh Mirshamsi (cohort ’16)

  • Appointed Adjunct Professor in Multimedia Studies, New York Institute of Technology, February 2018.

Jonathan Morgan (cohort ’15)

  • Paper: “Crafting a New Capitalism: Materiality as Praxis” at the 2018 ASU Graduate Philosophy Conference, and at the 6th Annual University of Toronto Centre for Ethics Graduate Student Conference: Globalization and Its Critics in the 21st Century.
  • Paper: “Fabricated Fear: Artists, Technology, and Manual Labor” at the 2018 Mid-America College Art Association Conference: Techne Expanding: New Tools, Tensions and Terrains.
  • Panel Chair: Retooling Art Criticism at the SECAC 2018 Annual Conference.
  • To be published: A review of Ben Schacter's "Image, Action, and Idea in Contemporary Jewish Art" in Art Inquiries Journal, 2018.

Keren Moscovitch (cohort ’14)

  • Paper: "Intimacy and Ideology: A Radical Proposition" at the Resistance: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theories Conference, Villanova University, April 2018.
  • Appointed as Associate Director, Division of Continuing Education, School of Visual Arts, NYC - December 2017.
  • Publication: "Whose Portrait Matters? Self-Representation and the Selfie Generation," published in Portraits of Who We Are exhibition catalog, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park, February 2018.
  • Exhibition: One More Way: REVOLT! Large-scale, immersive, site-specific, multi-channel video installation investigating the intimate poetics of communal text interpretation, commissioned by LABA House of Study at the 14th Street Y, NYC, February 2018.

Allen Olson-Urtecho (cohort ’16)

  • Presented paper: “VR Refugee Therapy: Responding to Mental Health Crisis with Immersive Reality to Mitigate the Trauma of the Syrian Conflict in Refugees,” at VR Healthcare Symposium 2018, Harvard Medical in Boston, MA, March 5-7, 2018.

 Kim M. Reiff (cohort ’17)

  • Directed and produced: Through the Iris, touring art exhibition showcasing the work of 25 contemporary female visual artists holding the MFA from Azusa Pacific University, CA.
  • Designed and produced, Through the Iris exhibition catalog.
  • Panelist: Women in the Arts at Beard Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, Nov 16, 2017.

Jessica Rodriguez-Colón (cohort ’15)

  • Co-Founder of Eco Kit Initiative, Eco-friendly survival initiatives for Puerto Rico's recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. est. September 2017. Current Hemispheric Institute Fellow.
  • Published: Review of the exhibition Traces, curated by Sandra Stephens on Review titled: "Traces: a path toward understanding Caribbean bodies." January 12, 2018
  • Recipient: Honoree Recognition at the event for El Semillero: idea incubator by The Loisaida Center in the Lower East Side. For her work with Eco Kit Initiative. February 27, 2018.
  • Will Present Paper: “Maternal Representation in US American Media in 2016: representation or (miss)representation of US American Maternal Politics and its Philosophies?” at the Film-Philosophy Conference 2018, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, July 3-5, 2018.

Yon Tande (cohort ’13)

  • Conference Presentation: The Body of Essence: Ring Shout and other Afro-futurities, with ChE, and Andre M. Zachery at The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD): DANCE BLACK JOY: Global Affirmations and Defiance, Duke University, February 16-18, 2018.
  • Choreographer: The Rite of Spring. Festival Ballet Providence. Providence, RI. March 2018.
  • Panelist: Body Maneuvers: Radical Shifts in Caribbean Transnational Identities. Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) 2018. Havana Cuba, June 4-8, 2018.

Taliesin Thomas (cohort ’13)

  • Panel Discussion: "Phenomenology, The Arts, And Literature," at the Horizons of Phenomenology Conference. Speakers: Jayson Beaster Jones (UC Merced), Samantha Matherne (UC Santa Cruz), Manuel Martin Rodriguez (UC Merced), Martin Schwab (UC Irvine), Taliesin Thomas (Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts), Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego). UC Merced. April 28, 2018.
  • Presentation: will speak at the TEDxFulton Street program in NYC, June 2018.
  • Lecture: “Ai Weiwei: Global Artist, Borderless Humanist, Contemporary Emperor,” public lecture in conjunction with a year-long exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads sculpture series at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL (February 2018).
  • Publication: "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World," Guggenheim Museum, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 31, Vol. 15, 2018.
  • Publication: "In Conversation with Balint Zsako," artist interview | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 30, Vol. 8, 2018.
  • Publication: "Hansel & Gretel | Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ai Weiwei," Park Avenue Armory, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 30, Vol. 8, 2018.
  • Publication: "Lin Tianmiao: Protruding Patterns," Galerie Lelong, NY| ARTPULSE magazine, No. 30, Vol. 8, 2018.
  • Publication: "Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern," Brooklyn Museum, NY | ARTPULSE magazine, No. 30, Vol. 8, 2018.

Zoma Wallace (cohort ’15)

  • Selected as one of five presenters to participate in the 2018 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium honoring Theaster Gates at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX. April 5, 2018.
  • Presentation: Research at the 2018 James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora at Howard University. April 2018

Angela Whitlock (cohort ’16)

  • Paper: “The Virtu-Real” at the 2018 Mid-American College Art Association Conference (MACAA), Lincoln, NE. October 4-6, 2018.

Lisa Williamson (cohort ’15)

  • Group Exhibition: Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response at Crosstown Arts from Oct-Jan. 2018. The show was curated by Richard Lou and Dr. Ernestine Jenkins.
  • Panel Discussion: Critical discourse involving our specific body of work in the exhibition Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response in conversation with groups including Black Lives Matter and the Lynching Sites Project. Currently, the show is being deconstructed by a writer whose intent is to publish what we collectively deemed a successful collaboration addressing delicate relationships and subject matter. The writing will serve as an example of a blueprint for collaborative methodology.


Kathe Hicks Albrecht

  • Elected to the National Advisory Board for the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She will attend her first board meeting in Washington, DC, in April 2018.

Charlie Arnold

  • Paper: “Gone in a Flash, the camera as a tool for making graffiti” at the PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture Conference at The Rochester Institute of Technology. April, 2018.
  • Appointed to the position of Lead Researcher and Archivist for the Estate of Michael Brewster, where with a small team he is compiling, archiving, and preparing the late sonic artist’s catalogue raisonné and an article on Brewster for publication later this summer. Brewster was a sonic artist active between 1970-2016. His work is in the Guggenheim as well as the Panza Collection in Milan, Italy.

Conny Bogaard

  • Elected to the Board of the Kansas Association of Community Foundations (KACF), December 2017.
  • Paper: “The Dialogical Museum: Authority and Answerability in a Multicultural World” for the Tenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK. September 15-17, 2017.

Jean Bundy

  • Appointed to the board of International Association of Art Critics AICA, 2018. She will be attending Paris' Institut National d'historie de l'art for the Spring board meeting of AICA-International, which will include France's Pecha Kucha Prize and the launch of Lee Yil's book, Dynamics of Expansion and Reduction, selected writings on Korean Contemporary Art (les presses du reel).
  • Publications: a weekly column for the Anchorage on local and global art events.
  • Group Exhibition: Pleiades Gallery, June 12-July 7, 2018.

Mary Anne Davis

  • Panelist: The Materiality of Art in conversation with Jen Mergel. Monserrat College of Art, March 22, 2018.
  • Currently organizing a traveling exhibition of her Women and Power series to show at independent bookstores and libraries nationally. The first show runs Feb 23 - April 6th at the Chatham Bookstore on Main St. in Chatham, NY (catalog to accompany the exhibitions forthcoming).
  • Paper: “Toward a Theory of Optimism” at the Beverly salon in September 2018. Her article, “The Future Imperfect” will be published in the upcoming annual journal of the Beverly salon, Beverly Philosophy Journal. Vol 1. (Title to come).

Heather E. Dunn

  • Chapter included in the forthcoming book, Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times: The Revolution Will Be Live. This book will be part of the Routledge Research in Art and Politics series, to be published in 2019. Dunn’s chapter entitled, “Street Art, Political Activism, and Surveillance” looks at international, anonymous street artists who promote their artivist work through social media.

Jennifer Hall

  • Panelist: The Experience of Art in conversation with Dr. Vidette Asher. Monserrat College of Art, March 1, 2018.

Kathryn McFadden

  • Chair of Panel: AMBUSHED: Pussy Grabs Back, Ya'll: Female Exhibitionism in Art and Performance, at SECAC in Birmingham, Alabama. October 2018
  • Chair of Panel: Between Us: Aesthetic Experience as Care and will present paper: "Care-full: Love in the Photography of Vivian Maier,” at the 10th Annual Dialogic Conference in Braga, Portugal at the University of Minho. June 2018

Nil Santana

  • Promoted to Associate Professor, and tenured, Abilene Christian University, Texas.
  • Appointed as an Adobe Education Leader, 2017.
  • Co-led an art light installation, Lightwalk on the campus of Abilene Christian University, Fall 2017


  • Core Faculty member Chris Yates presented his paper, “The Perils of Clarity as we Live in Quest of Narrative: Lacan & Ricoeur,” at the Psychology and the Other conference hosted by Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October 2017. Yates also presented his paper, “Tanning our own Hides: The Enframed Body and the Body of Sense in Wim Wenders’ ‘Until the End of the World’,” at the annual gathering of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT), at the University of San Francisco in September 2017.
  • Simonetta Moro (Director and Core Faculty) presented a paper, “Cartografia e permanenza storica: per un’archeologia pittorica della memoria”, at the symposium Arte cultura dei popoli, Perugia, Italy, May 18, 2017 (published); organized and presented in the IDSVA symposium Crossing Borders, Mapping Worlds, Athens, June 2017; and participated in the panel In Discussion: Walking as a Radical Act, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, April 30, 2017.
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