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Sunday June 19th., 2011- 5.30 pm PDF Print E-mail

Lecture series at the Siddhartha Art Gallery

Limited seating - call 4218048

Sunday June 19th., 2011- 5.30 pm

Ashmina Ranjit is an interdisciplinary visual artist who received her MFA from Columbia University Graduate School of Art, New York, USA. She holds a BFA from University of Tasmania, Australia as well as from Tribhuwan University, and is a well known name in Nepali contemporary arts for her groundbreaking and innovative installations and live art performances, as well as video installations, paintings, drawings and sound. Ashmina has traveled and exhibited widely in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the USA including Dhaka Biennale, Fukuoka Triennial and the Third Guangzhou Triennial. Her installations, performances, and films have been included in solo and group exhibitions around the world. She has participated in several artists in residencies in Asia and Europe. She has organized and coordinated national and international workshops and residencies in Nepal. Her style has undergone tremendous transformation. For her, art is a community process and she asks questions about what qualifies as a form of art and who are creators of art forms. Ashmina will talk about the creative process involved in setting up her present installation at the Siddhartha Art Gallery

Binod Shrestha earned a MFA Degree in Painting/Art History from Bangalore University, India in 1999 and in 2005 he earned his MFA Degree Degree/Installation from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. “… for Shrestha, a sense of place relates, in part, to his country of origin, Nepal, and his experience of Nepal, of childhood memories, as well as memories of political upheaval, and displacement, of separateness and separation… By working between traditions, amidst their fault lines, the red that appears in Shrestha’s work is, a once, blood, an elemental force of life, and bloodshed, the violence that streams through the history and present of the Himalayan river valleys, bloodshed that runs all too frequently through the world’s river valleys, and at the same time, pure pigment mediated through action, combined with the very earth that gave birth to it.”[1][1] His work has been exhibited at Cerulean Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Olin Fine Art Center, Washington, PA, ArtWallah, Los Angeles, 1078 Gallery in Chico, California PAFA, Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware and The Ice Box, the Crane Arts building in Philadelphia as well as in India and Nepal. A grantee of Art Matter Foundation and Cfeva, he was Nominated for Dedalus Foundation MFA fellowship, he was awarded a fellowship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting ad Sculpture, the Center for Emerging Visual Artist Fellowship and an artist residency at I-park Artist Enclave. Shrestha will talk about his about his work and inspiration.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011-5.30 pm PDF Print E-mail

Lecture series at the Siddhartha Art Gallery

Limited seating - call 4218048    

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011-5.30 pm

Kathryn Myers is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of Connecticut. For the past decade, her work has been inspired and influenced by South Asian Art and Culture, particularly her frequent visit to India. She is currently a Regional Fulbright Scholar and is researching Contemporary Art in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Her talk will focus on a brief survey of her work for over the past two decade.

Susan Calza is a mixed media artist. She received her M.F.A. From the University of Illinois, Urbans-Champaign. She is a Professor of Art at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont and co-directs a Low Residency M.F.A. Program in collaboration with the Vermont Studio Center.
Before coming to Johnson, she was the Chair of the Sculpture Program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.Her work is interdisciplinary in nature and incorporates video, audio, drawing, painting, sculpture and performance.

In 2009 she had a one person exhibition at the Dowley Gallery, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.In October 2011, she will have one person exhibition at the Bettmann Studio in Middlesex, Vermont. In March 2012, she will have a one person exhibition at the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. Susan has received grants form the Illinois Arts Commission, the Indiana Commission on the Arts, the Vermont State Arts Council, the University of Illinois,  Indiana University, Johnson State College. She has been on sabbatical since December 2010 and has spent the past 5 months first in New York and then Nepal. The KCAC will be collaborating with Susan Calza in the future.Her talk will discuss the fluid nature of her work and it's influences as well as BFA and MFA education in the United States


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