Come bright and early for free coffee and snacks provided by the radical wimmin of Thread Coffee!
The symposium will begin with a gallery tour of the work featured in XXChange. XXChange jurors Myrtis Bedolla, Breon Gilleran, and Megan Van Wagoner and AREA 405 gallery director Stewart Watson will discuss the juror selection process as well as their methods of and perspectives on curation, art collection, and exhibition installation.
Myrtis Bedolla will moderate a panel discussion “Art & Craft”. The topic of art and craft is a very heated one in both arts and crafts worlds, which these days at least appear to be completely separate communities with separate schools of thoughts. The artist looks down on the artisan who is beholden to the material while the artisan scoffs at the artist’s heady concepts and lack of “skills”. How can these two worlds intersect, when should they, and why?
For lunch, BWMC’s favorite chef, Heather Smith, will be selling delicious home-made meals.
Megan Van Wagoner will moderate “Transforming Materials”. How do artists push the limits of the material they work, physically and conceptually? We will explore the value of challenging traditional methods of creating. Why is materiality still an important factor in art making when so much art being made is focused on experience and digital media?
Finally, Allison Gulick will lead “Exploring Gender Through Practice”. We’ll discuss the ways in which identity, sexuality, and gender intersect in artists’ methods of research, experimentation, relation and creation.
10:00am: Coffee, Tea and snacks provided by Thread Coffee!
10:30-11:30am Curators’ Gallery tour.
Myrtis Bedolla, Founding Director of Galerie Myrtis
Breon Gilleran, Metal sculptor
Megan Van Wagoner, Mixed Media Artist
Stewart Watson, Executive Director of AREA 405
11:45 –1pm Myrtis Bedolla: Art and Craft
Tina Haines, Ceramicist
Sarah Marriage, Furniture Maker, Founder of Workshop of Our Own
Amber Robles Gordon, Mixed Media Artist
Raina Smallwood, Co-founder of Cedar & Cotton, Furniture Restoration
1:00- 2:00 Lunch break with food vending provided by Chef Heather Smith
2:00-3:00pm Megan Van Wagoner: Transforming Materials
Noreen Smith, Jeweler
Jordan Matthews, Fashion Designer
Audrey Van de Castle, Metal Sculptor and Fabricator
3:30- 4:30pm Allison Gulick: Gender through Social Practice
Natalia Arias, Graphic Designer and Performance Artist