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Visiting Artists: Fall 2011

September 19

Lisa Davis

Over the course of nearly two decades, Lisa Corinne Davis has created a wide range of work--from collage to drawings to paintings and sometimes a mélange of all three--that examines her place in the world, and, by extension, the place of an individual in modern society. Born in Baltimore, currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York, Davis received her BFA from Pratt Institute (1980), and her MFA from Hunter (1983). She has exhibited her work across the United States, and is currently represented by Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Lisa's work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, and ArtNews, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships. In addition, Lisa has taught art for the past twenty years at the Cooper Union School of Art, Yale University, and currently is a tenured Associate Professor at Hunter College in New York.

September 26

Gordon Moore

Through the merger of the physical and the conceptual, Moore's paintings and drawings seek to discuss the dual existence of the transitory and the fixed, the animate and inanimate, the permanent and the ephemeral.

Born in Cherokee, Iowa in 1947, Gordon Moore graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1970 and subsequently attended Yale, where he received his MFA in 1972. In 1976 Moore had his first one-man exhibition at Cuningham Ward in New York and is now represented by Betty Cunningham in New York. He received the National Endowment for the Arts-Visual Artists Fellowship (1980), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in Painting (1991) and the Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation Award in Painting (2001).

October 3

Christine Gray

Christine Gray is a representational painter from Austin, Texas where she completed her BFA at The University of Texas in 2003. She received her MFA from University of California Santa Barbara in 2007. In California she participated in area shows at institutions including Cal State University Long Beach, UC Riverside, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, and the CW network headquarters in Burbank. Since 2007 Christine Gray has been on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In the past 4 years Gray has shown her work in group shows in Chicago, Miami, New York, the Hamptons, DC, Portland, Santa Monica, Richmond, and the Baltimore area. She has also had solo and two-person exhibitions at Okay Mountain in Austin (2007, 2010), Alfred University (2009), University of Tennessee in Chattanooga (2009), Miami University (2011), and at Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C. (2008, 2009), and at Rare in New York (2010.) This spring she will have her second solo at Rare. She has been the recipient of awards and residencies from The Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, The Golden Foundation, Jentel Artist Residency, 7 Below Arts Initiative, 1708 Gallery, and VCU School of the Arts. She was the winner of the 2010 Young Painters Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Her work has appeared in Art Papers, Art Lies, Art in America, and many local and online publications.

October 24

Greg Drasler

There is an eerie nostalgia in Drasler's precisely detailed paintings. Although his interiors do not feature human figures, his dreamlike paintings are not devoid of a human presence. They appear as if they have only recently been deserted. This emptiness creates a longing to enter the artist's dream world, a surrealist nostalgia for other times and places.

A native of Waukegan, IL, Greg Drasler received his BFA and MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He began exhibiting upon moving to New York in the mid-1980s and is now represented by Betty Cunningham Gallery where he will open the Fall season with an exhibition titled, "On the Lam" September 8, 2011. The exhibition will be up through October 15th.

Drasler has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 1991 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1993. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and has also taught at Princeton University. Drasler's work can be found in the collections of Dow Jones, Inc.; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY: and Thurston Twigg-Smith, Honolulu, HI.

November 7

Julia Fish

Julia Fish produces paintings that approach abstraction but in fact derive from the imagery of her home, studio, and garden. Her most recent series, Threshold, depicts the space between two rooms. In one-to-one scale, the paintings show the surfaces of two floors meeting one another, recreating the exact size of the actual thresholds. Fish's exploration of transitional space is undertaken with a deliberate attention to color. The carefully applied bracketed areas of paint highlight the central image of the flooring.

Julia Fish was born in Oregon and has lived and worked in Chicago since 1985; BFA, Pacific Northwest College of Art,1976; MFA, Maryland Institute, College of Art, 1982. Her work has been presented in twenty-one solo exhibitions since 1980, and was the subject of a ten-year survey exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1996. Curated /group exhibitions include : Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; MAK Center for Art and Architecture / Schindler House, Los Angeles; Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, among many others. Recent paintings were included in 2010, the Whitney Biennial.

Fish has received awards and fellowships from the Tiffany Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Cal Arts / Alpert Ucross Residency; Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award. She has also been granted research and travel awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is Professor in the School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts.

November 8

Côme Mosta-Heirt

A graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, Côme Mosta-Heirt is Distinguished Lecturer in Studio Pratice at the Sorbonne in Paris and lives and works in Paris and Etretat (Normandy). His work has been shown in museums in Europe, among which the Musée National d' Art Moderne and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Georges Pompidou, in Paris, and America (Cincinatti Art Museum), as well as at the 43rd Venice Biennale, in 1988. He is represented by the Galerie Granville in Paris.

November 14

Chris Martin

'New York painter Chris Martin is known for his strong, graphic, highly textured paintings. His idiosyncratic canvases often possess a spiritual side that reflects his interest in Buddhism and visionary artists such as Alfred Jensen and Pinkham Ryder. His paintings often bear captions and texts; some have the feel of outsider art but all reflect a very sophisticated and knowing sensibility.'

Born in Washington D. C. in 1954, he graduated from Yale University in 1975; Martin now lives and works in Brooklyn. He is the recipient in 2002 of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, in 1999 of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, he has also been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Art Fellowship. Represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, he has shown extensively across the US. His current exhibition at the Corcoran Museum of Art is up through October 28.

November 28

Michelle Grabner

Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer. Professor and Painting and Drawing Department Chair at The School of the Art Institute.

She has exhibited her work at Musée d´art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Stadtgalerie, Keil; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Kunsthalle, Bern; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Midway, Minneapolis; Rocket, London; INOVA, Milwaukee; Southfirst, Brooklyn; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Milwaukee Art Museum; Anne Mosseri-Marlio, Zurich; Bricks and Kicks, Vienna; Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas; Leo Koenig Gallery, New York; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York.

Her work is included in the following public collections: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; MUDAM - Musée d'Art Moderne Luxemburg; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC.

Grabner, along with her husband Brad Killam, founded The Suburban (est. 1999) and the Poor Farm (Est. 2009). The Suburban is an artist-run project space in Oak Park, Illinois, which over the past ten years has hosted projects by numerous major and emerging artists. The Poor Farm is a not-for-profit exhibition space in Rural Northeastern Wisconsin. She is also is a corresponding editor for X-tra. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS and Art-Agenda among others.