Stephen Marc's recent work investigates the collective Freedom Movement (Civil Rights and Black Power), black pioneers in the West, and 19th and early 20th century Black Americana stereotypical representations from postcards, illustrated newspapers, magazines, and trade card advertisements. The series includes the Buffalo Soldiers and Colonel Charles Young; William Sugg,a black gold miner brought to California as a slave; the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders; the 55th Anniversary Reunion of the Little Rock 9, and the 45th Anniversary of the Black Panthers.
Marc’s work bridges documentary photography and digital imaging, with an emphasis on the black experience within American history and culture. His project, Passage on the Underground Railroad, is registered by the National Park Service as a Network to Freedom Program and was published as a book in 2009. The travelling exhibition, organized by the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, was shown at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, The Phoenix Art Museum, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. In 2007, Marc completed two large–scale public art commissions in Chicago at the Avalon Public Library and the 79th Street Dan Ryan Train Station. He has published two other photographic books: Urban Notions and The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience: Street Life and Culture in Ghana, Jamaica, England, and the United States. Marc is a Professor of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
The portfolios Open Wound and Spatial Memories were created during Matthew's recent Fulbright fellowship to India.╩Open Wound explores the turmoil of families affected by the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. Spatial Memories - Freshly Cut Houses explores the consequences of rapid development and modernization in India, while questioning its cultural ramifications.
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew's recent exhibitions include Sepia International, New York City, the RISD Museum, Newark Art Museum, 2009 Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China, Tang Museum and the Smithsonian Institute Museum of National History. Matthew╒s work is included in the book BLINK from Phaidon, that according to the publisher celebrates the quality and vision of today's 100 most exciting international contemporary photographers. She is represented by SepiaEYE, New YorkCity & Tasveer Gallery, India. Matthew is Professor of Art and Director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Rhode Island.
Juror: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
2014 Senior Show
As a young artist working in England, Mark Warwick was attracted to the United States by an architecture which was less encumbered—the firm, straight edges that dominated American cityscapes contrasted sharply with the curvilinear decorativeness of Europe. His recent work is connected to the idea of Place. This series of sculptures, drawings and photographs looks at the life of a sculpture from its conception to the physical placement of the work in various contexts. Warwick primarily concentrates on sculpture, creating his abstract forms from metal and stone, using chemical patinas and paint on the surface of the metal. Warwick enjoys an international reputation in monumental sculpture and regularly participates in exhibitions and residencies around the world.
Mark Warwick was born in Liverpool, England and grew up during a time of economic turmoil in the United Kingdom and cites Margaret Thatcher as one of his major influences in choosing to pursue the arts, rather than geology, his other interest at the time. “Thatcher was totally against funding for the arts and for that reason, my interest in the arts grew.” Warwick earned his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred. He is represented by Keyes Art, NY, NY. Warwick is a Professor of Sculpture at Gettysburg College, PA.
“Rebecca Ruige Xu’s recent work explores an aesthetics oriented approach of visualizing information. Typically produced in a generative approach with computer programs, the visuals in her work are ranging from inventive non-representational drawing to controlled constructions with highly studied shape, color and texture in 3D space. In the process of making, she explores the impact of creative intention on the final outcome, while trying to discover the balance between artistic intervention and the computer program’s autonomy, and randomness and predictability contributing to each particular project. Her artwork and research interests include experimental animation, visual music, artistic data visualization, interactive installations and virtual reality. She prefers her work to be viewed as visual manifestation of the information processing procedures embedded in today's way of life.
Rebecca Ruige Xu teaches electronic arts and animation as an Associate Professor at Syracuse University. She received a M.F.A. in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University in New York; and a B.S. in Industrial Design from Beijing Institute of Technology, China and studied Cinematography at Beijing Film Academy. She has worked professionally in the fields of computer animation, film special effects, digital imaging, web design and user interface design in China and the United States.