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Art Faculty Afield – Cummins, Garvens, Takamori, Zirpel

Submitted on March 27, 2013 - 1:00am

Four of the Division of Art faculty have been showing / demonstrating their work farther afield recently.

Photomedia Associate Professor Rebecca Cummins has worked on projects at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for a number of years. A 2011 newsletter article talked about some of her work there.  The Exploratorium opened its new building in April 2013 on the waterfront, and Cummins has three artworks among the forty that were commissioned. One is featured in a space between two main galleries, and the other two, created with input from Astronomy Professor Woodruff Sullivan, are in the Bay Observatory Gallery. An article about their collaboration is in The Daily.

Photomedia Professor Ellen Garvens has work in a two-person exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Mirror Box is part of the museum’s Anatomy in the Gallery series, and it closes on 26 May 2013. Two students in Art 101 during Autumn Quarter 2012—Marijke Keyser and Jeff Lee—interviewed Garvens about her work and inspiration. You can watch the video online.

3D4M Professor Akio Takamori has an exhibition in France for the first time. It is at the Collection Gallery of the Ateliers d’Art de France in Paris. The show opened in early April and closes on 25 May 2013. Takamori also just opened a show at Red Star Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, which was organized in collaboration with the Belger Arts Center, Kansas City Art Institute, and Barry Friedman Ltd. That exhibition, titled LUST, will be up through 24 August 2013. Takamori and Whiting Tennis (BFA 1984) were chosen for the California-Pacific Triennial. The exhibition will be on view at the Orange County Museum of Art from 30 June through 17 November 2013. And, Takamori will have show at the Musée Ariana in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 August 2013 to 27 October 2013. This is the Swiss museum for ceramics and glass.

3D4M Assistant Professor Mark Zirpel is currently at the Smithsonian Institution as a result of being awarded one of their two-month Artist Research Fellowships. As mentioned in a short Arts & Sciences Perspectives article about his research trip, not creating work for that length of time is difficult. Luckily, he is having the opportunity to blow off some creative steam at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio in Norfolk, Virginia, on 15 May 2013. The evening event is called The Mad Scientist. Learn about his work and process in this video from the Museum of Glass.

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