On Friday, February 5, Anastaci Pacella, Jesús Macarena-Ávila, and Pete Driessen launch the series with a discussion on the role of the artist as a curator, and space-maker, one who creates “place” for their creative communities. RSVP at the button above to receive Zoom details the day of the talk.


Anastaci Pacella

Anastaci Pacella is a multimedia artist exploring ideas of domesticity, sexuality, and discomfort. Pacella’s studio practice currently focuses on creating immersive installations that make private experiences both public and visible. She sources and transforms materials found in domestic environments to create uniquely formatted paintings, sculptures, and environments that allow the artist to examine notions of normative family life and related emotional discomfort. Pacella earned a BFA in Art Education from UMass Dartmouth in 2012 and is currently a Visual Art MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Pacella has exhibited throughout New England in a variety of group exhibitions, and has enjoyed the support of numerous artists, including Faith Wilding, who have helped her foster connections between her own art, feminist values, and community activism. Pacella is also a co-founder and curator of The Cordial Eye Gallery and Artist Space in Hyannis, MA, where she uses her platform to hold space for emerging artists questioning social norms and investigating forms of institutional critique.

Photo courtesy of A. Pacella


Jesús Macarena-Ávila

Jesús Macarena-Ávila has an MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University and BFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Macarena-Ávila has lectured internationally at many educational and arts institutions, such as Columbia College Chicago (Chicago Illinois), Northern Illinois University (DeKalb Illinois), and Wits University (Johannesburg, South Africa), and presented internationally at the Henry Tayali Cultural Center (Lusaka, Zambia), Community Arts Project (Cape Town, South Africa), Centro Cultural Mapocho (Santiago, Chile), and the Victorian College for the Arts (Melbourne, Australia). 

Photo: Giselle S. Mercier


Pete Driessen

Pete Driessen is a Minneapolis-based multipractice visual artist, painter, sculptor, and curator who creates conceptual paintings, found object installations, interdisciplinary sculpture projects, and participatory public art that explore the visceral connections of social, spatial, and material dynamics. Driessen received his MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Pete’s exhibition record includes regional and national exhibitions at a wide range of venues, and he has received many regional grants and awards, including a 2019 Forecast Public Art Mid-Career Project grant for his Pivotal Turntable Tactics project at the Northern Pacific Center, Brainerd, MN; a 2017 The Soap Factory/ReThinking Public Space in MN grant for his Trestle Support Systems project; a 2015 Jerome/FSP Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park for his Franconia Boat Tower sculpture; a 2014 MRAC Next Step grant for his Silverwood Park DryDock project; and three MSAB Artist Initiative grants. He directs and curates a hybridic, experimental garage-based gallery known as TuckUnder Projects & Pavilion that specializes in emerging and mid-career artists focusing on conceptual visual arts practice, curatorial projects, and institutional critique.

Photo courtesy of P. Driessen