SFAI Clive Visiting Fellow Lecture: Keltie Ferris

San Francisco, CA

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VAS SOCIAL HOUR: SFAI Café » 6:30–7:30 pm
Join SFAI for a reception in the café before the lectures. The Walter and McBean Galleries are open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights.

Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Interdisciplinary Painting Practices

Large, gestural, and uncannily layered paintings are the hallmark of Keltie Ferris, who has been identified as an integral part of a new generation of abstract artists, and a provocative contributor to the faux-naïf resurgence. By combining various forms of mark-making in large abstracted works—including spray painting, taping and stenciling, and applying and scraping paint with a palette knife—Ferris excavates and blurs a history of painting within each canvas.

Ferris received an MFA in 2006 from Yale University and holds a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, presented a solo show of her work in 2012. Her solo exhibition Maneaters was on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, in 2009. Her paintings have also been included in group exhibitions at institutions around the country, including The Kitchen, New York; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She is the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant.

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