Rinehart School of Sculpture (MFA)

Faculty and Visiting Artists

Rinehart Faculty

Dolores Zinny, Program Director

For over thirty-five years, as part of the artist-duo Zinny Maidagan, Dolores has been engaged in a collaborative research-based, international practice involving commissions, exhibitions, public lectures, and publications.

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Yuri Stone, Adjunct Faculty

Curator at Glenstone Museum in Potomac, where he works with artists to realize exhibitions, outdoor installations, and publications. From 2016-2019, he was the Assistant Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the contemporary art museum at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and prior worked as Program Associate at The Renaissance Society, an institution for contemporary art at the University of Chicago . His writing has appeared in art periodicals such as Flash Art International, Art Review, Art Papers, and others.

Rinehart Writers and Curators in Residence

Kristen Hileman

An Independent Curator and former senior curator of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Hirschhorn Museum DC, lectures on the art market, its value, and new venues and channels for art platforms. She also served as the inaugural Curator-in-Residence at The Delaware Contemporary from 2019 to 2021. Her monographic exhibitions have brought new attention to influential female artists Anne Truitt, Maren Hassinger, and Jo Smail. She has realized major commissions with Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Sarah Oppenheimer, Tomás Saraceno, and others. Additionally, Hileman has organized exhibitions of the works of John Baldessari, Cai Guo-Qiang, Theresa Chromati, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Meleko Mokgosi, and John Waters.

Dagmawi Woubshet

Dagmawi Woubshet is the Ahuja Family Presidential Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. A literature and visual culture scholar, he works at the intersections of African American, LGBTQIA+, and African studies. His essays have appeared in Transition, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and The Atlantic. Woubshet is the recipient of fellowships from Civitella Ranieri, the Africa Institute in Sharjah, and the Modern Art Museum in Addis Ababa, where he curated Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show.

Mosi Secret

Based in Brooklyn, he grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Harvard College. He is working on a book about the philanthropic experiment, begun in the 1960s, to integrate elite private schools of the South. Mosi Secret covered the metropolitan section of The New York Times, and was a reporter at ProPublica. His work has won national fellowships awards as New America, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship, and MacDowell.

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Recurrent Visiting Artists

William Caine

Center for Fine Arts, Office of the Chief Architect, PBS Office of Design & Construction for the U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C. Since 1997, Bill Caine has worked as a fine art specialist for the Art in Architecture (AiA) program of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Over the past 50 years, the program has commissioned more than 500 large-scale and permanently installed artworks for federal buildings nationwide, starting with Alexander Calder's Flamingo (1974) in Chicago. Bill has worked with dozens of artists on GSA AiA commissions over the past 25 years, starting with Ellsworth Kelly in Boston and most recently with Alyson Shotz in Nashville.

Coco Fusco

Cuban American interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator whose work has been exhibited and published internationally. Fusco explores gender, identity, race, and power through performance, video, interactive installations, and critical writing. Fusco received a B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University in 1982, an M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University in 2005. Fusco has presented performances and videos in arts festivals worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, three Whitney Biennials, the Next Wave Festival at BAM, and Performa05. She is the recipient of the Greenfield Prize in Visual Art, Cintas Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Absolut Art Writing Award, Artists Fellowship, and Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, as well as grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, and NYFA.

Alexandra Grant

Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles-based artist who explores the use of text and language in various media—painting, drawing, sculpture, film, and photography—probes ideas of translation, identity, dis/location, and social responsibility. Grant frequently collaborates with others such as author Michael Joyce, actor Keanu Reeves, artist Channing Hansen, and the philosopher Hélène Cixous, amongst others. Grant has exhibited widely at galleries, including Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles; Galerie Lelong, New York City; Galerie Gradiva, Paris; and at institutions such as Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA; The Broad Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA.

Matt Mullican

Matt Mullican was born in Santa Monica, California. He received his BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1974. One of the most prominent American artists of his generation, his work is concerned with systems of knowledge, meaning, language, and signification. Since the 1970s, Mullican has been known for his performances while under hypnosis. Mullican's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since the early 1970s at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany, the National Galerie, Berlin, Germany, the Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, Netherlands, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, and The Museum of Modern Art.

José Luis Blondet, Curator of Special Initiatives at LACMA

José Luis Blondet is Curator of Special Initiatives at LACMA, where he has organized the exhibitions Not I: Throwing Voices 1500 BCE – 2020. Blondet served as a guest curator for two exhibitions with the collections of the CAPC Museum, Bordeaux, France, REDCAT, Los Angeles, Americas Society, New York. In 2018, Blondet was selected as one of the three curators of the biennial SITElines Santa Fe, New Mexico. He previously held positions at the Dia Art Foundation, New York; Universidad Central de Venezuela; and Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas.

Ayşe Erkmen, Artist

She lives and works in Berlin and Istanbul. In 1993, she participated in the prestigious DAAD International Artist Residency Program in Berlin. Erkmen was Arnold Bode Professor at Kassel Art Academy and taught at Frankfurt Städelschule. Among the international exhibitions Erkmen has participated in are the 2nd, 3rd and 13th Istanbul Biennial; the Turkish pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; Manifesta 1, Shanghai, Berlin, Gwangju, Sharjah, Limerick, Scape, Sinopale and Çanakkale Biennials; and the Folkestone and Echigo Tsunami Triennials. Erkmen participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 with a project entitled On Water. In 2020, she is granted the prestigious triennial Ernst Franz Vogelmann Sculpture Award.

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Shabbir Hussein Mustafa

Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum He curated artist Charles Lim’s work Sea State, representing Singapore at the 2015 Venice Biennale. He received the prestigious 2017 (DAAD) International Scholarship For Artists in Berlin, Germany. Mustafa worked with Mohammad Din Mohammad’s family to curate and catalog the artist’s works stored in their home.

Chakaia Booker, American Sculptor

Booker’s works are in more than 40 public collections and exhibited across US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Booker was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Recent public installation highlights include Millennium Park, Chicago (2016-2018), Garment District Alliance Broadway Plazas, New York, NY (2014), and National Museum of Women in the Arts New York Avenue Sculpture Project, Washington DC (2012).

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Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Curator

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu is a curator, writer and educator living in Berlin. Her interests lie in the intersection of contemporary art, politics, critical and gender theory and popular culture. She is currently one of the section curators of ARCO Madrid.

Iman Issa

Artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, MoMA, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 21er Haus, Vienna, MACBA, Barcelona, the Perez Art Museum, Miami, the 12th Sharjah biennial, the 8th Berlin Biennial, MuHKA, Antwerp, Tensta Konsthall, Spånga, New Museum, New York, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin. Books include Book of Facts: A Proposition (2017), Common Elements (2015) and Thirty-three Stories about Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places (2011). She has been named a 2017 DAAD artist in residence.

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Frank Barkow, American Architect

His practice Barkow Leibinger, founded with his partner Regine Leibinger, is known for Trumpf Campus in Farmington, CT and in Stuttgart, the Biosphere in Potsdam and Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin, the TRUTEC Building in Seoul and the Tour Total in Berlin among many others. The materials-based research of the firm has been featured in several exhibitions, including at the Architectural Association in London, the 2008 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennials, the 2012 Marrakech Biennial, the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, as well as in a solo exhibition at Berlin's Haus am Waldsee in 2020.

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Asad Raza

Asad Raza (born in Buffalo, USA) assembles coalitions of living and non-living agents in his practice. Often working on questions of dialogue and community and rejecting disciplinary boundaries, Raza conceives of art as a metabolic, active experience, in which visitors engage in playful exchanges of meaning. Using actions and processes such as soil-making, tennis, and horticulture, his projects create encounters within and beyond the exhibition setting.

Hyunjin Kim, Curator and Writer

Hyunjin Kim is a curator and writer, based in Seoul. She was Artistic Director of Incheon Art Platform 2021, the KADIST Lead Curator for Asia (2018-2020). She worked as the co-curator of the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), and Director for Arko Art Center, Seoul (2014-2015). Kim has curated Frequencies of Tradition (Incheon Art Platform, 2021 and Guangdong Times Museum, 2020),

Juan Maidagan

Juan Maidagan studied medicine at the National University of Rosario Medical School (1976 – 82). He engaged in group projects focusing on biodiversity, as seasonal and interannual waterbird surveys in the Laguna Melincue, Santa Fé and behavior and demography in an urban colony of Tadarida Brasiliensis in Rosario. He has held various teaching positions and served as visiting artist at a wide range of art institutions. Juan Maidagan is one half of the art collaborative Zinny-Maidagan.

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Desmond Beach, Rinehart Alum

He earned his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at MiCA. He has been a visiting lecturer/artist at institutions such as Coppin State University and Emerson College. Beach is currently the 2021-2022 Bayard Rustin Residency Fellow in New York. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Skidmore College as well as an artist-in-residence at the Women Housing Coalition in Baltimore, and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, to name a few. The middle son of three boys born in Baltimore, Maryland, his artistic focus is Black men in America.

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Ann Walsh, Fabrication Studio Manager

2021-2022 Guests

Past guests include: , Jenny Carson, George Ciscle, Ian Bourland, Yuri Stone, Stephanie Barber (Artist in Residence Fall 2021) ,