Maddie Reyna is 28 years old. She is from South Carolina but lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 and current creative projects include; co-director of Julius Caesar, an exhibition space in Garfield Park focusing on emerging and under-represented artists in Chicago. She is also the director of Dreamboat, a residential exhibition space dedicated to the six artists she most admires. She attended The Sîm Residency in Reykjavik, IS in February 2015 and has been an editorial associate for Contemporary Art Daily since Summer 2012.
Matt Morris is an artist, writer, and sometimes curator based in Chicago. He has presented artwork in Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN; Reims, France; Greencastle, IN; Lincoln, NE; Cincinnati, OH; and Baton Rouge, LA. He is a contributor to Artforum.com, Art Papers, Flash Art, Newcity, and Sculpture; and his writing appears in numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. He is a transplant from southern Louisiana who holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and earned an MFA in Art Theory + Practice from Northwestern University, as well as a Certificate in Gender + Sexuality Studies.
SEMINAR: PRESENTATION AND CRITIQUE
Sheila Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Since the mid-1990s Pepe has used feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the production of canonical artwork as well as the artist’s relationship to museum display and the art institution itself. Pepe is also known as an educator who likes to trespass the boundaries of fixed disciplines in art and design. She has taught since 1995—in a variety of programs and schools including Brandeis University, Bard, Pratt, RISD and VCU. Pepe was a resident faculty member at Skowhegan School, 2013. This year she serves with the MFA faculties of the Yale University Painting and Printmaking department, Cornell University and SUNY Purchase.
Danny Giles (American, b. 1988) BFA, School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, MFA Northwestern University. Residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and A.C.R.E. Giles has exhibited and performed in spaces including The Socrates Sculpture Park, NY,NY, The Great Poor Farm Experiment, Little Wolf, WI, Threewalls, Chicago, IL, and The Franklin, Chicago, IL. Giles is a lecturer at SAIC and is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery. Giles’ work necessarily takes many forms as it meditates on the multiple and at times indeterminate platforms upon which identities are reproduced, commodified, and re-invented. His research examines and perverts the instruments of capitalism and engages subversive cultural practices that have developed historically as resistance to economic and social dispossession. Giles is invested in the continual re-imagining of the black radical tradition and in developing strategies and practices to reclaim personal subjectivity from the reaches of the dominant order.
PLEIN AIRE PROGRAMMING
Siebren Versteeg has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the MFA program at University of Illinois as well as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been a part time instructor at Brooklyn College, and the Kennedy visiting scholar in residence at University of South Florida. Exhibitions include Days of Endless Time at The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (DC); The Way of the Shovel at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and Grid's World at Locust Projects (Miami). He is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago.