Hindsight/Fore-Site Exhibition

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Artists' Biographies

Susan Bacik creates assemblages of found objects that examine the human condition and encourage mankind to question the meaning of life and art.  Bacik studied at the University of Minnesota and the Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center.  The Bayly Art Museum received a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for her exhibition at the Museum of "The Scale Series" and "The Oracle" in 1988, which was accompanied by a full color catalogue.  Her recent solo and group exhibitions include: The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression; WARM Gallery, Minneapolis; and the Leighton House Museum and Knapp Gallery in London.

William Bennett, sculptor and associate professor in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia since 1979, was born in Glenridge, New Jersey in 1948.  Bennett received his BSBA degree in 1970 from Bucknell University and his MFA from Indiana University in 1975.  His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions, including "Pier Walk '99," Maquette Exhibition, Vendanta Gallery, Chicago;  "Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition," 1998, Western Carolina University;  "Between the Bridges," Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Brooklyn;  and "Lest We Forget," a National Survey of Artists' Responses to the Persian Gulf War, Montgomery Armory Center, West Palm Beach.  Bennett is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Virginia Commission for the Arts, among others.  Bennett's work can be found in public and private collections, including the City of Baltimore.  He is currently carving a large site-related work, begun in 1976, in the floor of an abandoned quarry near Syracuse, New York.

Dove Bradshaw was born in 1949 in New York City.  She received her BA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where she also taught from 1977-1981.  She has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and Pollock/Krasner Foundation.  For thirty years, Bradshaw has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including solo and group shows in Denmark, Scotland, Japan, and France.  Her recent exhibitions include Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Pier Center, Orkney, Scotland; P. S. 1 Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Getty Center (Los Angeles), the National Gallery of Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others.

Tim Curtis lives in Coconut Grove, Florida, where since 1997 he has served as associate professor and head of sculpture at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.  After earning a BA in Sculpture from San Diego State University (1974), Curtis received both a MA from San Diego State University (1978) and a MFA from the University of California-Berkeley (1979) in Sculpture.  He has won several research support awards and instructional advancement grants from his home institution.  Curtis has lectured extensively in the South and Midwest about his drawing, sculpture, site-specific works, and installation pieces.  Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables; Elliot Smith Contemporary Art and Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis; Sarasota Biennial; ARARIO Gallery, Chunahn, South Korea; Chicago International Exposition; and the Greater Denton Arts Center, Denton, Texas.  His work is represented in the collections of Ansung City, South Korea; Laumeier Sculpture Park; and the Skulpturen Park, Katzow, Germany, among others in the United States and abroad.

Susan Crowder received her BA in 1965 from Sweet Briar College, completing part of her studies at the Ícole du Louvre in Paris, France.  Since graduating, she has studied at the University of Virginia, the Brooklyn Museum School, and the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  Crowder has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she was a visiting artist in 1998.  Among her awards are the Philadelphia Museum Purchase Award (1998) and a National Endowment for the Arts individual artist grant in support of a project at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis.  Recent solo and group exhibitions include Lafayette College, Easton, PA; Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA; Gallery Joe, Philadelphia; Rosa Esman Gallery, New York; and the Prospect Park Boat House, Brooklyn.  Crowder's work is included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Laumeier Museum and Sculpture Park, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among other museums.

Agnes Denes's concerns have spanned philosophy, the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, linguistics, and psychology, and her art forms include drawing, writing, sculpture, photography, poetry, and music.  Born in 1931 in Budapest, Denes was one of the first conceptual artists; she is also a pioneer of ecological art, beginning with her metaphor on growth and transformation in "Rice/Tree/Burial" in upstate New York in 1968.  In 1982, she planted and harvested a wheat field at the foot of Manhattan next to the towers of the World Trade Center, a rural field in the most urban environment -- one of the most telling examples of her continuing work with paradox and contradiction.  Recently, she created the monumental earthwork "Tree Mountain" in Finland.  Denes is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an honorary doctorate in fine arts, Ripon College, Wisconsin; four individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; four grants from the New York State Council on the Arts; research fellowships from the Courant Institute at New York University, the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Denes has lectured and exhibited extensively worldwide.

Rosemarie Fiore was born in 1972 and was raised in New York.  She received her BA from the University of Virginia, completing part of her studies at the Wimbledon School of Art in London, England and Studio Art Schools International in Florence, Italy.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the Skowhegan Residency Program in Maine.  She has won numerous awards for drawing using non-toxic materials, sculpture, and screen printmaking, including a Trustee Scholarship based on merit.  Her recent exhibitions include group shows in Charlottesville, Chicago, Florence, Italy, and a solo installation in London at the Wimbledon School of Art.

Lydia Gasman has earned renown for both her artwork and her art historical scholarship.  Born in Rumania, Gasman was awarded full membership in the Rumanian Union of Artists in 1953.  After immigrating to the United States, she earned her MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966 and 1981, respectively.  The recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Kress, Woodbridge, and Noble Foundation Fellowships, Gasman is recognized as a preeminent scholar of the life and work of Pablo Picasso, about whom she has written extensively.  Recent exhibitions of Gasman's paintings and sculptures include Fayerweather Gallery of the University of Virginia and Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, both in Charlottesville. Her artwork is included in the collections of the Rumanian National Museum and Hadassah Klatzkin, Tel Aviv.

Ann Hamilton was born in Lima, Ohio in 1956.  She received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas in 1979 and a MFA in sculpture from the Yale University School of Art in 1985.  From 1985 to 1991 Hamilton taught on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Since 1992 she has made her home in Columbus, Ohio.  In 1993 she was the only visual artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.  Her other numerous honors and awards include the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (1998), a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship (1993), the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1992), a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1989), and a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award (1988).  Since 1981, Hamilton has participated in over sixty solo and group exhibitions, including shows at the Musée d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC; the Dia Center for the Arts and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  She represented the United States in the 1999 Venice Biennale.

Martha Jackson-Jarvis was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1952.  She received her BFA in sculpture and ceramics from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1975 and her MFA from Antioch University in Columbia, Maryland in 1981.  She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in sculpture in 1986, and Arts International grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation to study mosaic techniques in Italy in 1992, and a grant from the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle in 1994.  Her dense ceramic constructions, which often explore her African-American heritage, incorporate plant and animal forms and include fragmented possessions of family and friends.  Among her recent projects is a mosaic and ceramic sculpture for the three-story atrium of a courthouse in Maryland.

Light House is a non-profit, media access center offering instruction and equipment to teenagers who are interested in expressing their creative ideas through movie-making.  Founded in 1999 by local Charlottesville artists, Light House is supported primarily through private donations and the work of volunteer mentors.  Works produced by Light House student participants and their mentors were presented at the 1999 Virginia Film Festival, and the fledgling program has been featured in 64 Magazine.  The current work, 'Video Diary 2000,' was filmed by six local high school students: Zack Armstrong, Clare Casey, Grier Dill, Nathan Gay, Caroline Horan, all 16, and Emily Gray, 17.  The students worked with volunteer mentors, including Catherine Dee, Richard Herskowitz, Will Kerner, Thadd McQuade, Paul Wagner, and Shannon Worrell Chapman.  Dee and Worrell Chapman edited the final presentation.

Barbara MacCallum was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland and holds a MFA from Southern Illinois University.  She has had more than thirty solo shows, including the Arlington Arts Center; Anderson Gallery; South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art; InterArt Center, New York; Instituto Cultural Peruano Gallery, Lima, Peru; Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and Elaine Potter Gallery, San Francisco.  She is representing Ireland in the "Global Woman" show that opened June 9 at White Columns Gallery, New York, which will travel internationally.  Her next solo show will be at 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, in February 2001.  She has received individual artist grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Ruth Chaven Foundation, New York, and the National Endowment for the Arts/South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art.  In 1999 she was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.


Dan Mahon was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1956. He earned a BFA from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia in 1984, a MLA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1994. Mahon's artistic interests range from earthworks to landscape design and performance art. Since 1996, he has worked with the Jefferson Area Board for Aging to develop a healing arts garden for an intergenerational  daycare center. Mahon is a member of the Living Earth Design Group, a community of garden designers, environmental educators, land planners, artists and healers that specializes in environmental restoration, public artwork, education, and the creation of gardens and other spaces that heal the body and soul. Most recently, Living Earth Design Group designed "Three Gardens for Transformation" for the Mallow International Garden and Arts Festival in County Cork, Ireland. For his "Hindsight/Fore-site" project, Mahon worked in close collaboration with the Monacan Native American Tribal Council of Amherst County, Virginia.

Megan Marlatt earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in 1981, and, after studying at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, went on to receive a MFA from Rutgers University in 1986.  Born in Indianapolis in 1957, Marlatt resides in Orange, Virginia.  Since 1988, she has taught studio art at the University of Virginia.  For her works, which vary from traditional painting and sculpture to fresco and site-specific projects, Marlatt has earned grants from the Virginia Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, among others.  Recent site-specific works, solo and group shows include: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rapidan, Virginia; Art Nürnberg 8, Nuremberg, Germany; District of Columbia Arts Center; Washington House of East Harlem, New York; Artemesia Gallery, Chicago; Boston College Museum of Art; and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

Michael Mercil lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he is director of foundation studies in the Department of Art at Ohio State University.  Born in Crookston, Minnesota in 1954, he received a BFA in intermedia art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1978 and his MFA in studio art from the University of Chicago in 1988.  His work, which frequently examines the social and cultural shaping of the American domestic landscape, has been included in both solo and group exhibitions organized by SPACES, Cleveland; ISIS Gallery, University of Notre Dame; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and N. A. M. E. Gallery, Chicago.

Todd Murphy was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1962 and studied at the University of Georgia in Atlanta.  His art work has been exhibited throughout the United States, with  recent solo and group shows at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan; Haines Gallery, San Francisco; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; Chassie Post, New York; McKissick Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina; and the New Orleans Museum of Art.  In 1996, Murphy participated in group exhibitions at the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seoul Arts Center, South Korea.  His art can be found in the permanent collections of the High Museum, New Orleans Museum, the Tampa Museum, and the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. 

Dennis Oppenheim, born in Washington in 1938, received his MFA from Stanford University in 1966, and lives in New York City.  A key progenitor of post-minimalism, Oppenheim began his career with earthworks and conceptual body works in the late 1960s.  In the 1970s and 1980s, he fabricated sometimes dangerously violent kinetic contraptions, and since then his mischievous, sometimes-harrowing works conjure psychotic behavior and absurdity as well as anguish and humor.  Oppenheim has twice received National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship.  In addition to the United States, his work has been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows in Italy, Denmark, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, France, Andorra, Finland, Poland, Belgium, and Greece.   His work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, Seoul Olympic Park, and the Tel Aviv Museum, among others.

Beatrix Ost was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1940 and was educated at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and the Isadora Duncan School of Dance.  She also studied with her friend, Oskar Kokoschka, at his Schule des Sehens in Salzburg, Austria and was influenced by her friendships with Max Ernst and with Juan O'Gorman in Mexico.  Ost established herself as an artist and portrait painter, with exhibitions in Paris, Munich, Naples, Bratislava, and Mexico City.  She was also associated with the circle around Rainer Werner Fassbinder and is well known for her roles in German films of the 1960s.  In 1974, she immigrated to New York City, continuing all phases of her international work while raising her three sons.  When a fire devastated her residence and studio on the Hudson near New York in 1981, she created an artists' colony near Charlottesville.  Her recent exhibitions include Galerie Goetz, Stuttgart, Germany; Gallery White Hall, New York; Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, both in Virginia.

Lincoln Perry was born in New York City in 1949.  He earned a BA summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1971 and a MFA from Queens College in 1975.  Perry has shown his work across the United States, including recent solo and group exhibitions at the Salon and Tatistcheff & Co., New York; Washington and Lee University Art Museum, Lexington, Virginia; Contemporary Realist Gallery, San Francisco; Clemson University, South Carolina; and the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston.  Examples of his permanent mural paintings can be found at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; One Penn Plaza and 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC; and the Met Life Building, Metropolitan Square, St. Louis.

Lucio Pozzi was born in 1935 in Milan and studied architecture in Rome before immigrating to New York in 1962.  Primarily a painter, Pozzi pursues painterly concerns in other media, including video and performance.  In 1978, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, exhibited his early videotapes in one of the first single-artist exhibitions of the "Projects: Video" series.  He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1983.  Retrospectives of his art have been held at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany.  His work has also been presented at the Venice Biennale (American Pavilion) and at Documenta.  His installations can be either ephemeral or permanent and range from activating whole neighborhoods to responding to the smallest detail of a place.  Pozzi has taught at Yale University, Princeton University, and Cooper Union and is currently an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Daniel Reeves was born in Washington, DC in 1948 and received his BS from Ithaca College in 1976.  He has lived in Scotland since 1985.  He has received national and international awards, including three Emmy awards for "Smothering Dreams," an autobiographical work dealing with the myths and realities of war and his own experiences in Vietnam.  In 1982, Reeves began developing his "video poetics," exploring personal, political, and spiritual themes.  His 1985 work "Sabda" won awards at the American Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial.  Most recently, he has concentrated on sculpture and video installations, large digital prints, and single-channel videos.  His media installation "Eingang" premiered at Atlanta's High Museum of Art in 1990.  A selection of new work, including digital prints and media installations, is on view in spring 2000 at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, England.  Reeves's highly experimental and innovative video works can be found in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Georges Pompidou.

James Welty was born in Santa Monica, California in 1952 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford, England before earning a BA summa cum laude from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1974.  From 1975 to 1987, Welty worked with Frank Stella as a master printer and collaborator.  His recent solo and group exhibitions include the John Davis Gallery, Renee Fotouhi Fine Art, and Felissimo Gallery, New York; S. O. F. A. International, Chicago; David Sutherland, Dallas; and the Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium
Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia