Students will have a unique opportunity to work with internationally renowned, contemporary artists in specialized workshops during the Spring 2012 Artist in Residence program at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.
“The workshops are open to anyone in the college,” said AIR coordinator Carol Lafayette, associate professor of visualization. “No previous art experience is required.”
Students can choose to enroll in two-week sessions, called IdeaLabs, with any or all of six artists for a maximum of three credit hours, creating pieces in each artist’s respective media. For more information on the AIR program, visit the website or contact Lafayette at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 979.845.5691.
AIR is supported by Texas A&M’s Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Architecture, and the Department of Visualization.
Jan. 23 – Feb. 3
Leah Buechley, assistant professor of media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is an expert in the field of electronic textiles, whose work includes developing a method for creating cloth-printed circuit boards and designing the commercially available LilyPad Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Feb. 6 – 17
Andrew Ellis Johnson, who concentrates in painting, sculpture and installations in various media, is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues since the early 1980s. “My work addresses the exigencies of daily realities and redresses the refined aesthetics of art,” he said. “My practice is diverse in media, united by conceptual and tactical approaches that present subjects rather than objects.”
Feb. 20 – March 2
Hooper Turner, who works in conceptual drawing, painting and other media, lives and works in New York. His work was featured in his first solo show in New York in fall 2011 and another solo show in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2012.
March 5 – 23
Claudia Chaseling, who specializes in large-scale murals, draws inspiration from her imagination, dreams, memories and places, superimposing them upon each other in partly transparent layers, wrote Holger Poetzch on her website. “It is her intention to explore and contemplate on the inherently contradictory relationship between nature and culture, between what is often referred to as civilization and its precultural other,” he wrote.
March 26 – April 6
Thecla Schiphorst is a media artist/designer and faculty member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her installations have been exhibited internationally in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia in many venues including Ars Electronica, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Future Physical, SIGGRAPH, the Wexner Centre for the Arts and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. Her background in performance and computing forms the basis for her research, which focuses on embodied interaction, sense-making, and the aesthetics of interaction.
April 9 – 20
Jack Stenner, an assistant professor of Art + Technology at the University of Florida, is an artist who utilizes techniques from ubiquitous and physical computing, game technologies, and experimental software to create conceptual work often taking the form of installation, network practices and experimental video.