Making those tough decisions….
Jorge Pineda was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic. A visual artist, his areas of work include: painting, sculpture, installation, sketch and other mediums. Pineda is also recognized for his activism through his artwork – expressing an interest in the social, humanist — which has generated a multitude of works that denounce child abuse, both physical and psychological, enviromentalism, gender equality and immigration issues.
Pineda’s interest in art began at a very young age, drawing on a large blackboard that his mother, a teacher, had set up at home for him and his siblings.”We were three sets of twins and my mother divided the board in six so we could all paint. My sister gave me her piece… and eventually the entire board ended up for me to express myself.”
He studied architecture at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, between 1978 and 1981, and lithograph at the Studio Bordas in Paris, in 1989. In 1985 he held his first solo exhibition at the Gallery of Art Nouveau. Throughout his career, he has exhibited his work in Madrid, Valencia, Gijón, Lima, Santo Domingo and New York. In 2014, the Dominican Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Dominican Museum of Modern Art and the the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, opened Pineda’s solo exhibition, “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
He will be making a print edition in the printmedia lab and meeting with our students. His public and free lecture will be on Thursday, October 30th at 5:30 pm in RCVA Room #2008.
The Printmaking Area underwent many curricular changes and studio revisions over the summer and is now the NEW AND IMPROVED- PRINTMEDIA AREA of the Gwen Frostic School of Art. You will notice the new signs in the hallway. We are offering new courses, a new studio layout, and plenty of print related activities for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Semesters. Here are some upcoming events:
Please join us on a lecture by Artist Patricia Belli at the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. The lecture is free and open to the public, we hope some of the Trace Gestures / Rapaces Traces Alumni will be able to attend and welcome her to the Frostic School of Art. Lecture will be held in RCVA Room #2008
Patricia Belli is internationally known for her work with emerging artists in Central America as well as for her own work. Patricia Belli is Director and founder of La EspIRA, a place for artistic reflection and creation. To date, she has brought hundreds of emerging artists from Latin America, particularly Central America, to Nicaragua for an artist residency, where artists of the region work with international visiting artists. Workshops and other activities of La Espira have expanded the role of art in Nicaragua from traditional painting and sculpture to interventions, performances and interactive works in the public sphere.
She is interested in dispelling binary oppositions that constituted the certainties of her youth. Personal and political, female and male, accessory and structure, function and form are all forms of equilibrium now, in which she finds a vanishing point and a refreshing conundrum.
Her work has been exhibited at the Havanna Biennial, Sao Paolo Biennial, as well as in the Central American and Nicaraguan Biennials. She has received numerous honors as both an artist and an educator; her work is exhibited internationally and she lives and work in Managua, Nicaragua.
It is important to note that Patricia Belli formed an integral part of the success of Trace + Gestures: Kalamazoo<>Granada. She was the third professor that was involved in the 25 artist collaborative on-site installations and artworks that were generated in Granada in October of 2012 during 10 days. 10 Students from WMU worked collaboratively with 15 emerging artists from Central America in Nicaragua. She is a gifted artist and an insightful teacher, I hope, through this visit to expose the rest of our WMU student community and our faculty to her important work as an artist and educator.
Installation with three-pendulum table harmonograph, and series of graphite hand drawings mixed with harmonograph drawings. Harmonograph dimensions: 1.4 x 1 x 1 mts. Drawing series dimensions: 3 x 3.5 mts.
The Trace + Gestures Print Exchange Portfolio will be on display in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kerr Gallery from February 20- April 17, 2014.
The portfolio includes 19 international artists and was organized by Nichole Maury and Patricia Villalobos of Western Michigan University’s Frostic School of Art.
This year a student curatorial team of BFA Print majors and advanced printmedia students curated the yearly printmaking exhibition. This year’s exhibition title is:
What is black, white and read all over…
The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 9 – 23, 2014
Curatorial team hard at work in December!
Performance on October 31, 2013 at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, with Students: M’Bwende Anderson, Allison Walker, Erica Barajas, Andres Searl and Anna Marshall
Talking to students taking part in the two-day workshop