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Grants & Awards Workshop for Artists    Jan 28 - Jan 28, 2012


Please Join Us for a Multi Media Presentation By
Artists: Rachel Stevens, Mary Shaffer, Josh Rose, David Taylor, also
New Mexico Art in Public Places Program Manager, Chuck Zimmer

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Reception to follow

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art will host a Grants & Awards Workshop for artists on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with a reception to follow. Presenters are Rachel Stevens, Mary Shaffer, Josh Rose, David Taylor and Chuck Zimmer.

The workshop is open to all artists. The workshop is free and advanced registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Please contact Meg Hachmann, Administrator, 505-982-8111, x1014; megh@zanebennettgallery.com to reserve a seat.

Workshop features presentations on:
-Fulbright Program
-Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
-USA Simon Award
-National Endowment for the Arts Grant
-Ford Foundation Grant
-Roswell Artist in Residence Fellowship
-A & S Research Grant
-John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
-New Mexico 1% for Art in Public Places Program (AIPP)

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES Rachel Stevens received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and her MFA from Syracuse University. She attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture while still an undergrad at MICA. Rachel’s passion for art serves as a flying carpet of sorts, inspiring travels to many countries around the world, including a Fulbright to Nepal. While in Nepal, Rachel studied ancient copper casting techniques practiced by Newari Buddhist icon makers and sojourned to sites that are sacred to Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. These experiences culminated in her collaboration with the copper artisans of Sulav Studios, in Patan, Nepal, and the creation of two contemporary installations that conceptually and aesthetically blend elements of East and West. Rachel remains active with the Fulbright program. She served as a Program Reviewer from 2007-09 and was appointed a Fulbright Ambassador in 2010. In this capacity, she promotes the Fulbright program to university communities and artist residencies across the United States. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Rachel has taught sculpture at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces since 1994.

Josh Rose received his B.F.A. from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1978 where he studied with Joyce Kozloff, a leader in the Pattern and Decoration Movement in art. He went on to receive his M.F.A. from Yale University in New Haven, CT in 1981. Rose retired as the Chairman of the Painting and Drawing Department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 2007. His portfolio reviews were famous for inspiring and changing artists’ perceptions. Rose’s recent work integrates both science and Eastern thought in terms of his understanding of beauty. His paintings speak to the energy that defines existence, the interconnectedness of everything. He has received the Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant twice and the Ford Foundation Grant twice. He was awarded the Special Research Assignment concurrently with the award of the Roswell Artist in Residence Fellowship, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM in 1987. He has also received the A & S Research Grant seven times (1981 - 84, 86, 89 and 94).

Mary Shaffer is recognized as one of the founding artists of the American Studio Glass Movement. She studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she developed a unique technique adapted from the auto industry, which she calls “mid-air slumping.” It allows her to use gravity to soften plate glass into a form, which she often combines with metal tools. Her sculptures range in scale from small objects to room-size installations and public works. She creates pieces from slumped glass, bronze, found objects, stone, light, fire, fiber-optics, sound, and performance. Her work has been exhibited throughout the globe and has received many honors. Her works can found in such esteemed collections as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Decorative Arts (Lausanne), Stadt Museum (Berlin), U.S. Chancellery (La Paz), Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence), and Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto). Mary Shaffer received the USA Simon Award in Craft and Traditional Arts from the USA Artists Foundation in 2009. She has also received Fellowships for Individual Artists from the National Endowment for the Arts.

David Taylor earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. His photographs, multimedia installations, and artist's books have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at venues that include the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The New Mexico Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of Art. Taylor's work is in the permanent collections of Fidelity Investments, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum among others. The New Yorker blog, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Orion Magazine, PREFIX PHOTO, Fraction Magazine and the Mexico/Latin America Edition of Esquire Magazine have all featured his images. Taylor's ongoing examination of the U.S. Mexico border was supported by a 2008 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His monograph "Working the Line" was published by Radius Books in 2010 and has received numerous "best book" and design awards. He is represented by James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Jennifer Stoots in Portland, Oregon.

Chuck Zimmer oversees the New Mexico’s 1% for Art in Public Places Program (AIPP). He created and implemented the newest AIPP program TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment). He joined New Mexico Arts in 2002 as the AIPP Program Coordinator after moving to Santa Fe from Memphis, Tennessee. He has been AIPP Manager since 2008.

A recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant, his background includes an M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University and Bachelor’s degrees in anthropology, art history, and fine art from the State University of New York at Potsdam. A native of New York, Chuck spends many hours in his studio as a working artist. His work is currently in galleries in Santa Fe and Silver City. His experience includes teaching fine arts at the university level and extensive involvement in community theatre as a set designer and as a director.

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