Visiting Artists and Scholars Residency Program (VASRP)
The Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program brings prominent studio artists, art historians, art critics, and curators to CSU’s Department of Art for long or short term residencies. Residents interact with students and faculty, lead workshops related to their disciplines, and give public lectures on their work. They may offer a seminar on a topic within their area of expertise or propose, mount exhibitions, or work with students on collaborative projects. Our residents are also encouraged to pursue their own research and creative production, and invariably find their visit to Columbus’s thriving arts culture to be a positive, productive, and enjoyable experience. This highly successful program, now in its fourth year, is made possible through the generous support of the Mildred Miller Fort Foundation.
CSU Department of Art is pleased to welcome our Spring Semester Visiting Scholar, Dr. Laura Amrhein. A Virginia native, Dr. Amrheim received her masters and doctorate degrees in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr. Amrhein is an associate professor in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Arkansas. For the last five years, she has conducted research, delivered papers before international professional organizations, and taught students onsite in 11 countries. Last year, Dr. Amrhein and a colleague from University of Arkansas led a contingent of students to the Yucatan and Chiapas, two Mexican states where the Mayan culture can be examined significantly. Her study of classic Maya iconography is pending publication by the University Press of Colorado, and a chapter published last year resulted in invitations to participate in numerous conferences around the world. Laura has received fourteen grants to support her research, including awards from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies. She was recently awarded a grant to support her research in New Delhi, India, which focused on Indian environmental artists and their impact on global awareness.
In fall 2012, the students and faculty of CSU’s Department of Art were proud to welcome internationally renowned sculptor and installation artist Blaine de Saint Croix to the RiverPark campus for a short-term residency. A Boston native, Blaine received his BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA in Sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. His sculptures, drawings, and installations have been exhibited across the country and around the world, including venues in New York, Los Angeles, London, Lithuania, and Tokyo. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies. Most notable of these are the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Scholarship, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. Blaine is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Columbus State University Department of Art welcomed Claire Zitzow as the 2012 Summer River Fellow. Zitzow was born and raised near Richmond, Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied sculpture and intercultural urban studies. In 2011 Claire participated at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and in 2005 she received a grant to explore and research the nitrate factories, abandoned miners’ housing, and battlefields in the Atacama Desert of Chile. She has exhibited at the Andrews Gallery in San Diego, the Cheekwood Museum in Tennessee, the Thompson Gallery in Massachusetts, and the Curfman Gallery in Colorado. She continues to explore environments that occupy abstract and distant spaces in our social psyche.
Summer River Fellows Program
The Summer River Fellows Program brings in recent MFA graduates from top art programs to work in CSU’s Department of Art each summer. The program provides each fellow with a 2-4 week residency, which includes studio space, lab facilities, housing, and a stipend. In return, the fellows work with students and faculty, and give public lectures and workshops. The goal of the Summer River Fellows Program is to assist young artists in their professional development while adding value to our program and the arts culture of Columbus.
For VASRP and Summer River Fellows applications, contact Hannah Israel, Gallery Director and VASRP Coordinator
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Last Updated: 3/12/13