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Fall 2014

Papercuts: The Contemporary Art of Papercutting
September 18–November 8, 2014

In collaboration with Glass Curtain Gallery

Reception: September 19, 5:00 -8:00 p.m. in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Center for Book and Paper Arts.
Artist’s Lecture: October 14, 6:00 p.m., CBPA, room 205

Papercuts Exhibtion

Paper cutting is a study in contrasts: a thin, fragile material is pierced with sharp knives, lasers, or stamping devices, the inherent fallibility of the art form making it all the more compelling. Papercuts, developed by artist Reni Gower, brings a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of paper cutting. Using many kinds of paper and tools, seven artists have created more than 30 works that range from narrative commentaries to structural abstractions and complex installations—bold statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of hand to paper through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. 

Participating artists: Jaq Belcher, Béatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf

Papercuts is co-presented by the Department of Exhibitions, Performances and Student Spaces and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, is organized by Reni Gower, and is sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University and VCUarts.

Image: Jaq Belcher, 
Spiral # 9 (detail) 2010,  hand cut paper

Spring 2014

Thesis Exhibition
Image credit: performance still, N. Davina' Stewart

MFA Thesis Exhibitions | May 2 – 24, 2014

This exhibition features the unveiling of final thesis projects and performances by graduating students in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department. The projects, which include artists' books, works in handmade paper, printmedia, installations & sculpture, new media and time arts events are the culmination of three years of guided research. Each reflects the department’s dual focus on interdisciplinary book and paper arts and interdisciplinary arts and media.

The exhibition is open to the public from May 2 through May 24. On May 15 and May 16 onsite performances will take place throughout the exhibition spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors. 

Participating Students
Ahmed Hamad, Alex Borgen, Brent Koehn, Jillian Bruschera, Chesley Shilling, N. Davina' Stewart, Dennis Burke, Folleh Tamba, Greta Bach, Greg Browe, Juliana Piscitiello, Kate Morgan, Kathi Beste, Leonardo Selvaggio, Megan Pitcher, Penelope Hearne, Scott Dickens, Valentina Vella, Jamie Weaver


Masters of Flight
Thursday, May 15
A celebration of graduate work at Columbia College Chicago
5–10pm: Exhibition & Performances Ongoing*

Friday, May 16
A campus wide arts and music festival throughout the South Loop
Gallery Reception: 5–8pm
Performances: 2–10pm*

Performance Schedules

Masters of Flight: Thursday May 15
5:30-6:00 Juliana Piscitiello
6:00-7:00 N. Davina’ Stewart
6:00-6:45 Greta Bach
6:00-6:35 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (Durational)
7:00-7:45 Greta Bach
7:05-7:40 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (con’d)
8:00-8:30 Juliana Piscitiello
8:00-8:45 Greta Bach
8:30-9:30 N. Davina’ Stewart
8:30-9:05 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (con’d)
9:00-9:45 Greta Bach
9:35-10:10 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (con’d)

Manifest: Friday, May 16
2:00-2:35 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (Durational)
2:00-2:45 Greta Bach
2:00-3:00 N. Davina’ Stewart
3:00-3:30 Juliana Piscitiello
3:00-3:45 Greta Bach
3:30-4:05 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (con’d)
4:00-4:45 Greta Bach
4:30-5:30 N. Davina’ Stewart
4:35-5:10 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (con’d)
5:00-5:45 Greta Bach
6:00-6:30 Juliana piscitiello
6:00-6:45 Greta Bach
6:30-7:05 Penelope Hearne, Ahmed Hamad (con’d)
7:00-7:45 Greta Bach
7:30-8:30 N. Davina’ Stewart

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