Studio Art (Summer Low-Residency MFA)

Summer 2015 Visiting Artists

Eric Dyer

Eric Dyer is an artist, filmmaker, experimental animator, and educator. His award-winning films have screened internationally at numerous festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, South by Southwest, and the Ottawa, Annecy, Melbourne, and London International Animation Festivals. His work has also been exhibited at the Exploratorium, the Hirshhorn, the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. He received his MFA in 2004 from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in filmmaking for travel to Denmark in 2005, and was a New Frontier Artist at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. As a member of the Visual Arts faculty at UMBC in Baltimore, he teaches animation and brings students and symphony orchestras together to create music visualizations and animation performances. In 2008 his students presented with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has taught workshops at institutions such as ECNU in Shanghai and CalArts. Dyer has received Animasivo, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Ammerman Center for Art and Technology commissions and is currently an Imaging Research Center Summer Research Fellow, Creative Capital Artist, and Guggenheim Fellow. He is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. 

Kelly Kivland

Kelly Kivland is an assistant curator at Dia Art Foundation, where she has been involved with exhibition and performance programs, including Robert Irwin’s Excursus: Homage to the Square3 (2015); Steve Paxton’s Selected Works (2014); Gramsci Monument (2013) by artist Thomas Hirschhorn; Night Stand (2013) by choreographers Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton; a commissioned music performance by Matmos (2013); and Yvonne Rainer (2011–12). She has also curated projects for Dia’s Artist Web Project series, including Laylah Ali’s John Brown Song! (2013), Daniel Lefcourt’s Modeler (2013), and Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi’s Poetry as not, with singing (2015). In 2014, she co-founded with Jenn Joy the choreographic research initiative, collective address. In 2011, she received her Master’s Degree in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

John Rajchman

John Rajchman is a philosopher who has written extensively on contemporary art and architecture. Professor Rajchman is Director of Modern Art M.A. Programs in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He has previously taught at Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, and The Cooper Union, among others. He is a Contributing Editor for Artforum and is on the board of Critical Space. He is a co-editor, with Etienne Balibar and Anne Boyman, of French Philosophy Since 1945: Problems, Concepts, Inventions (The New Press). His other books include The Deleuze Connections, Truth and Eros, Foucault, Lacan and the Question of Ethics, and Constructions, Rendre la terre légère, The Identity in Question, Philosophical Events: Essays of the '80s, Le Savoir-faire avec l'inconscient : éthique et psychanalyse, Post-analytic Philosophy (1985) editor with Cornel West, and Michel Foucault: The Freedom of Philosophy. He lives in New York City. 

Julie Ault

Julie Ault is an artist, curator, writer, and editor who works both independently and collaboratively. She often assumes curatorial and editorial roles as forms of artistic practice. Her work emphasizes interrelationships between cultural production and politics and frequently engages historical inquiry. Ault's recent exhibitions include Afterlife: a constellation, for the 2014 Whitney Biennial; the collaboration Macho Man Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, Artists Space, New York, 2013–14, (and Museum für Gegenwarts-kunst Basel; Culturgest, Lisbon, 2013); and “Ever Ephemeral, Remembering and Forgetting in the Archive,” Signal and Inter Arts Center, Malmö, 2011. Ault’s edited and authored publications include: Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault, (2013); (FC) Two Cabins by James Benning (2011); Show and Tell: A Chronicle of Group Material (2010); Felix Gonzalez-Torres, (2006); Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita (2006); and Alternative Art New York 1965– 1985 (2002). In 1979 Ault cofounded Group Material, whose practice explored the relationship between art, activism, and politics until disbanding in 1996. Ault teaches on a visiting basis, including in the Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University, OR. 

Michael Bramwell

Michael Bramwell is visual artist and writer whose practice spans over two decades of conceptually- based, socially-engaged work. At the center of his artistic program are paintings, drawings, performances and new genre public art works that explore historical memory, freedom and ethical consciousness. Bramwell was born in the post-war Bronx, New York in 1953 and raised in Harlem. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, a Master of Arts from Columbia University in Special Education, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an alumnus of MoMA P.S.1 National and International Studio Program and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His work has been exhibited at the Neuberger Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Portland Museum of Art, Ackland Art Museum, New Museum, International Print Center New York, Sotheby’s, and the Jack Tilton Gallery. Bramwell’s work is supported by fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner and Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts among others. Bramwell is a volunteer researcher at the Marina Abramovic Institute and supports Cancer research and AIDS treatment with the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). His work is represented in public and private collections including: New School University, Davis Museum, Jersey City Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the International Print Center New York. Michael Bramwell lives and works in North Carolina.