The first low-residency program in visual art in the country, the MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) welcomes visitors to our July 23 - August 1st residency in Montpelier, VT.
Graduating Student Exhibition Opening
MONDAY, July 27th at 7:00 pm
TUESDAY, July 28th – FRIDAY, July 31st, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm daily
Artist-in-Residence Lecture with Salome Chasnoff
SATURDAY, July 25th 9am
Art, Social Practice, and Community Health
Over the past 25 years, filmmaker and installation artist Salome Chasnoff has collaborated with a wide range of under-represented communities including homeless HIV-affected youth in Chicago, hospital workers in rural Malawi, people with disabilities, older sex workers, and women in the prison system. Her social practice embraces and interrogates the indivisibility of the making of media and the making of relationships. Looking through the lens of community health, this presentation will also consider a broader question: Can social practice art lead to authentic community-based solutions or is it, more likely, a feel-good distraction from apparently insoluble social problems?
Salome Chasnoff is a Chicago-based filmmaker, installation artist, and educator. Her work has been seen across the US and internationally in film festivals, galleries, and museums.Chasnoff has an M.A. in Theatre and Performance and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She teaches in Film/Video/New Media/Animation and Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
MFA in Visual Art Symposium with guest speakers Christa Donner and Stephen Andrews
WEDNESDAY, July 29th at 9:00 am
College Hall Chapel
Access to medical care is a lived reality for artists as much as it is for all people. Not all artists make artwork about health or access to care; nevertheless, it is something that conditions our experience as cultural producers. For that reason, the various strategies that artists do use to address health and healthcare access offer us insights about the ways artists develop their agency in moving from the personal to the social and the political.
For our Visual Art Summer residency symposium, the MFA in Visual Art faculty have invited three artists who have engaged these ideas in different ways through their art making and research: from documenting struggles for health justice, to using art to create awareness and collective agency around health access, to personal reflections of remembrance and solidarity with those impacted by health struggles. Each of our guests explores the relationship between art-making and health-making through a range of media, including video, drawing, murals, social practice, and painting.
Christa Donner reimagines the architecture of the human body through her ink and collage works on paper, small-press publications, and large-scale wall drawings. In 2012 Donner founded Cultural ReProducers, a creative platform supporting cultural workers raising children. Donner’s work has been exhibited internationally, including projects for The Worldly House at dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, Germany); BankArt NYK (Yokohama, Japan); Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art (Paphos, Cyprus); the Museum Bellerive (Zurich, Switzerland), the Centro Columbo Americano (Medellin, Colombia), and throughout the United States.
Stephen Andrews is a Toronto-based painter. Over the past 25 years, he has exhibited his work in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Scotland, France and Japan. He is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Belkin Art Gallery, the Schwartz Collection, Harvard as well as many private collections. His work deals with memory, identity, technology and their representations in various media including drawing, animation and recently painting.
Cover photo: "Two Interiors," 2014, Ink, latex, paint, paper, table; Christa Donner