The awards reception will take place at the CLICK! conference April 4-6 in Lander/Fort Washakie. The reception is open to the public and will be held April 5, 6:30-8, at Central Wyoming College’s Peck Gallery in Riverton.
Visual Arts fellowships are awards of merit, based on the artist’s portfolio, honoring the work of Wyoming visual artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional investigation. Artists working in any media, including film and video, may apply. Applications are juried by noted artists from outside the state. Up to three fellowships may be given each year, and jurors may also select honorable mentions.
Recipients of the visual arts fellowships exhibit their work in the Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Exhibit, held every two years at a major visual arts institution in state. The exhibit is curated by one of the jurors, who serves on the panel for two years. See the Biennial Fellowship Exhibition page for a list of past recipients.
An agreement will be sent to you. You will receive $2100 up front after you submit your agreement, and the remainder will be paid with the Final Report is complete. Access your Final Report. To complete the final report, you will need a log-in and password. Please contact WAC staff for information. An email is sent automatically to you with this information once it has been set-up, and an email will be sent with the Final Report is available.
Applications are accepted through CaFE, an online platform which is free to artists. The call is named Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowships, and usually comes up at the end of the calls list. You can search by name. Artists may prepare for the application at any time during the year by setting up a profile and adding images/video clips to your profile. These images can be added to your application when the time comes. CaFE has very specific guidelines for images, and stringent size limitations for video/film, so WAC recommends giving yourself plenty of time to get your application submitted. CaFE provides extensive online help in the form of FAQs and will also respond to emails.
Applicants may submit up to ten images, of which up to 2 may be “detail” images. Film/video applicants may submit up to 6 clips, and may also include stills. Applicants are also requested to provide an artists statement and a resume.
Sean Miller, Gainesville, FL
Sean Miller joined the UF faculty in the fall of 1999. Miller has exhibited internationally at venues such as: ACC Galerie (Weimar, Germany), Deitch Projects Art Parade (New York), National Museum of Ireland (Dublin), Schalter Gallery (Berlin), Spazio Utopia (Campagna, Italy), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), Aqua Art Fair (Miami Beach), Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast, N. Ireland), Catalyst Arts (Belfast, N. Ireland), UICA (Michigan), CoCA (Seattle), COCA (St. Louis), Post Gallery (Los Angeles), Howard House Gallery (Seattle), Saltworks (Atlanta), Roq La Rue Gallery (Seattle), Limerick City Gallery (Limerick, Ireland), Museo Raccolte Frugone (Genoa, Italy), UnimediaModern Contemporary Art (Genoa, Italy), Villa Croce Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Genoa, Italy), and HorseHead Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in (Seattle and Belfast, N. Ireland). Miller was a co-founder of SOIL Gallery/Collective (Seattle, Washington), a prominent fifteen year-old Seattle gallery. In addition, Miller was a contributing writer for the book SOIL: Seattle’s Artist-Run Gallery 1995 > 2005. This book commemorates, documents, and explores 10 years of activity, thought, and collaboration by prominent artists of the Northwest.
Sean Miller’s six year project is the John Erickson Museum of Art (JEMA). Miller, JEMA’s Director/Founder, operates this location variable museum and features exhibiting artists as exhibitors/collaborators. JEMA has exhibited and collaborated with artists such as Yoko Ono, Ben Patterson, John Feodorov, Gregory Green, Kristin Lucas, Arnold Mesches, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Bethany Taylor, Sean Taylor, Sergio Vega, and more. JEMA’s mission is to display and collect innovative and provocative contemporary art and/or offer exhibitions that allow people to think differently about the nature of art and art practice. JEMA’s design allows it to perform and embody numerous aspects of art and art practice in a simultaneous manner. JEMA is a museum, display case, crate, exhibition space, sculpture, photographic series, performance, installation, site-specific project, collaboration and web-based project. It involves nearly all the realms of art practice and the business of art, revitalizing the roles of curator, artist, and viewer.
Miller’s work explores situations, practices, and information that sustain and define existing power structures in contemporary art and politics. His art employs obsessive activities, absurd scenarios, humor, and extreme aesthetics in order to introduce objects and events that question existing categorical and organizational methods within these hierarchal structures. Miller has produced major works and solo exhibitions utilizing photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and web-based work. He values collaboration, collective action, multi-media art, relational aesthetics, and alternative art venues.
Sean Miller’s work has been reviewed, published, or broadcast in: New Art Examiner, Sculpture Magazine, Art Papers, New York Times, The Nation, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Baltimore Sun, LA Weekly, Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miami New Times, Daytona Beach News-Journal, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, ArtStar “Six in the City” Reality Television, Gallery HD, Dish Network (2008), NVTV Interview, “In Conversation With” Katie Larmour, Northern Visions Media Centre, April 21, 2008. “How to Start Your Own Country” (2009) Documentary by Jodi Shapiro.
Julie Muniz, Walnut Creek, CA
Julie M. Muñiz is the former Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California where she managed the collection of historical and contemporary craft objects. At the OMCA, Ms. Muñiz oversaw the installation of craft, decorative arts, and design as the Museum underwent a major renovation and reinterpretation of its galleries. An avid lover of 3-dimentional art and design, she earned her MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Art, Design, and Culture in New York City.
In 2012, Ms. Muñiz curated two exhibitions in honor of fiftieth anniversary of American studio glass: Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Craft Movement at the Oakland Museum of California, and its companion exhibition Playing with Fire: The Art of Making Glass at the Oakland International Airport. She also co-organized with the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the exhibition and publication Space, Light, Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. Prior to coming to Oakland, Ms. Muñiz worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she co-curated the exhibition Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, as well co-edited and authored the accompanying publication. Other publications include Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800 and Creative Spirit: The Art of Mary Tuttle Lindheim. A popular speaker, she has lectured on several subjects throughout the country.
Marjorie Vecchio, Reno NV
Marjorie Vecchio, PhD is an independent curator and from 2006-2012 was the Director of Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno. Since 1999, she has curated over 40 exhibitions, worked with over 250 artists, published 20 scholars, philosophers, writers and poets in 25 catalogues, and has written over 20 catalogue essays. In 2009 she won the inaugural Scholar-in-Residency at Columbus State University, Georgia to work for a semester on her forthcoming book, The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border (Summer 2013, IB Tauris: London). Before becoming a curator, Vecchio was a photographic installation artist. She exhibited throughout America, as well as in Germany, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. She won numerous awards for her work, was a studio assistant to Polly Apfelbaum, and taught photography and philosophy for numerous years in Chicago and Austria. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke College (BA), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), Bard College (MFA), and European Graduate School (PhD, Magna Cum Laude).
Winners of the WAC 2013 Visual Arts Fellowships were announced March 2, 2013 at the CLICK! conference. For those of you who missed the festivities, the winners are:
Honorable mentions were awarded to: June Glasson and Diana Baumbach, both of Laramie, Jennifer Hoffman of Jackson and Suzanne Morlock of Wilson.
Congratulations to you all! See you (and your work) at the fall biennial show in Casper.
Contact: Camellia El-Antably