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Artist Talks: Out of the Box 2017-2018 Winners

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Jule Collins Smith Museum

901 South College Street

Auburn, AL 36849

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The three Out of the Box award recipients join us this semester give Thursday evening public lectures shedding light on the evolution of their work, their studio practice and the conceptualization of the work they have in JCSM’s outdoor sculpture exhibition. Don’t miss the chance to learn firsthand from the artists whose work grace our grounds during 2018. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Feb. 1, 6 pm - First-place winner, Stacey Rathert, "You are Here"

Stacey Rathert is an artist originally from the way outs of Kansas, also known as the small farming community of Lancaster. Rathert received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education in 2011 from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She then made an epic voyage to the south to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 2015. Currently, Rathert is an instructor at the University of Mississippi in the sculpture and foundations department.

Working in a variety of scale and material, she creates whimsical objects that are embellishments of the truth, relating to personal narrative and experiences of growing up on the farm. Rathert’s artwork is also deeply rooted in process and material, pushing the limits and establishing new boundaries, especially in steel and cast iron.

Rathert’s artwork has been shown in regional, national, and international shows, in both gallery and outdoor settings. She also has a piece in the private collection of the Talsi Regional Museum in Talsi, Latvia. Rathert has had the pleasure of working with and drawing inspiration from artists such as Tobias Flores, Durant Thompson, Jillian Thompson-Springer, and Noah and Alison Kirby.

Feb. 22 - 6 pm- Second-place winner, Fumi Amano, "Voice"

Fumi Amano received her Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia, where she is an instructor of glass art. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Aichi Univeristy of Education in Aichi, Japan. She has been exhibited in solo exhibitions, both internationally and nationally, including the Solo Exhibition Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Cohen gallery in Reading, Pennsylvania, the Critique room1 in Richmond, Virginia and the Gallery APAAichi Prefecture, Japan.

March 29, 6 pm - Hye Yeon Nam, Floating Identity in Auburn, honorable mention

Hye Yeon Nam is a digital media artist working on interactive installations and performance video. She holds a Ph.D. in digital media from Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.F.A. in digital media from Rhode Island School of Design, and a B.F.A. in Information Design from Ewha Womans University. She foregrounds the complexity of social relationships by making the familiar strange, and interpreting everyday behaviors in performative ways. Hye Yeon’s art has been showcased in The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C, Times Square, the art gallery Eyebeam and The Tank, the conflux, the D.U.M.B.O. Art Festival in New York, FILE, SIGGRAPH, CHI, ISEA, E3 Expo, the Lab in San Francisco, and several festivals in China, Istanbul, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Australia, Denmark, and Switzerland. Her work has been broadcast on the Discovery Channel (Canada) and LIVE TV show Good Day Sacramento, published in Leonardo Journal and featured in Wired, We Make Money Not Art, Makezine, Business Insider,Slashdot, Engadget among other publications. She is currently an assistant professor in digital art at Louisiana State University.

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