Welcome to the MICA Photography Department
JOHN BORSTEL & WILL KNIPSCHER
“Master of Fine Arts: Two Ways”
Thursday, Dec 5th, 7:30-9:00 PM
Stone Tower at Glen Echo Park
$15 at the door (or buy tickets via link below)
William Knipscher and John Borstel were both established members of Photoworks faculty, when they decided to advance their educations by pursuing MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degrees. They chose contrasting paths: Will enrolled in Baltimore’s Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) — one of the region’s elite studio programs — for a discipline-specific focus on photography. John chose the low-residency Interdisciplinary Arts Degree Program at Vermont’s Goddard College, a pioneer in progressive education. They will discuss their recent experiences in these programs and share work from their graduate portfolios.
To celebrate Photoworks’ 40th Anniversary, we’ve put together an outstanding series of six photography lectures, featuring master photographers, award-winning teachers, internet innovators, and celebrated photography collectors. Join us on 6 individual Thursdays at Photoworks Gallery (Arcade Building @ Glen Echo Park) from 7:30-9:00 PM for these exciting and informative events. $15 per individual lecture or subscribe to the 6-lecture series for $75 and save $15!
Photoworks is a vibrant and unique resource for photographers. Our philosophy is simple: Creative dialogue with fellow photographers, an intimate learning environment, and outstanding faculty are the ingredients for creative growth. Through diverse programming – including weekly classes, weekend workshops, open darkrooms, digital labs, monthly critique sessions, lectures, and regularly changing gallery exhibits — members of the Photoworks community find common ground with other professional and student photographers and cultivate their technical skills and artistic vision.
Distinguished by its program of small classes taught by a faculty of leading commercial and fine art photographers who are committed teachers and mentors, Photoworks is housed in a brand new studio equipped for black & white film development and printing, a digital classroom, a studio area and an exhibition gallery. Photoworks operates in cooperation with the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture Inc.
Franklin Furnace: The Art of Performance Documentation is the second installment of the six-part lecture series Jump Over Time: Uses of Documentation Video. The series explores a wide range of creative uses of video documentation as an idiom and form used by media artists. When does the video documentation of an event shift from witness to evidence? If a performance is designed for the camera is the urgency, the live-ness, of the performance obliterated? When the video maker’s intent is to re-present a specific historic period, action, or happening, can reenactments be considered documentation? Selected works as well as visiting artists and archivists will speak to the many ways archives—brimming with mediated experiences—are critical to cultural determination, memory, and practice.
Admission to the lecture is free. The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery is located on the first floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library.
Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City, embarking on a long career that would see her gain attention across the U.S. for her provocative appearances and works. In 1976 she also founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, onliine and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums.
Wilson, a native of Newtown, Pennsylvania, who has lived in New York since 1974, is esteemed for both her solo artistic production and her maverick efforts to champion creative forms that are “vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content.” Described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s,” Wilson remains what curator Peter Dykhuis calls a “creative presence as an arts administrator and cultural operative.”
Written into and out of art history according to the theories and convictions of the time, Wilson first gained notoriety thanks to the attention of curator Lucy R. Lippard, who placed Wilson’s early efforts within the context of conceptual art and the work of women artists. Commenting on Wilson’s first projects, art historian Jane Wark wrote in 2001:
“In her conceptually based performance, video and photo-text works, Wilson masqueraded as a man in drag, catalogued various body parts, manipulated her appearance with makeup and explored the effects of “camera presence” in self-representation. Although this work was made in isolation from any feminist community, it has been seen to contribute significantly to what would become feminism’s most enduring preoccupations: the investigation of identity and embodied subjectivity.”
I graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Photography and a Concentration in
Book Arts and immediately relocated to New York City. Maintaining a
consistent studio practice and exhibiting my work has been extremely
important to me and since graduation I have presented three
self-titled solo exhibitions at the Binnewater Arts Center Gallery
(Rosendale, NY), the Bronx River Art Center (Bronx, NY), and Solo(s)
Project House (Newark, NJ). My interdisciplinary practice of drawings,
photographs, performances, and prints has also been shown nationally
and internationally in numerous group exhibitions at the Kunstverein
Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg, Germany), Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna,
Austria), Le Dicateur (Milan, Italy), Lesley Heller Workspace (New
York, NY), Center for Emerging Visual Artists (Philadelphia, PA),
Islip Art Museum (East Islip, NY), BRIC Rotunda Gallery (Brooklyn,
NY), and Bronx Art Space (Bronx, NY).I was awarded a Studio Fellowship to the Women’s Studio Workshop, as
well as an Artist Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. In addition,
I received an Artist-in-Resident Grant from the Women’s Studio
Workshop, funded by the NEA and the NYSCA, which enabled me to publish
a limited edition artist book that is now featured in several library
special collections including Walker Arts Center, Yale University,
University of Delaware, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland
Institute College of Art, and Virginia Commonwealth University. To
expand my knowledge, practice, and community, I’m currently attending
the MFA program at Hunter College and will graduate in December 2013.Over the last 7 years, I have worked in a variety of fields – as an
intern for art related non-profits, a fine art custom frame and
presentation designer, a commercial photographer for events and
products, and an artist assistant. While maintaining a daily studio
practice in New York City, I sell my art and work at multiple New York
galleries as an art handler and preparator. Check out more at
Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim.
The residency includes a $5,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work. Work by former Artists-in-Residence is also part of the Light Work Collection.