WADE KAVANAUGH was born in Portland ME and currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY. He received his AB in Economics from Bowdoin College in 2001. His work has been shown at the Cynthia Reeves Gallery, New York NY; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis MN; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn NY; Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME; Islip Art Museum, Islip NY; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY. Kavanaugh has been an artist in residence at The Macdowell Colony, Peterborough NH; Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer MN; and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT. He has received grants from both the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

STEPHEN B. NGUYEN was born in Little Falls MN and currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY. He received his MFA in painting from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in 2002. His work has been shown at the ISE Cultural Foundation, New York NY; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space, New York NY; Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Islip Art Museum, Islip NY; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY. Nguyen has been an artist in residence at The Macdowell Colony, Peterborough NH. He has received grants from both the Urban Artist Initiative and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

KAVANAUGH and NGUYEN’s collaborative work has been exhibited at the Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn NY; the Maproom, Portland ME; Islip Art Museum, Islip NY; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis MN; and Mass MOCA, North Adams MA.

‘Tug O’ War’, their collaborative installation for the 2012 wats:ON Festival, remains on exhibit through 27 April.
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TRANSFORMER – Pablo Garcia and Spike Wolff, Festival Curators

Physical laws dictate that something cannot be made from nothing. In the 21st century, however, magic and alchemy seem commonplace. Devices in your pocket can span the world and perform wondrous feats. But art and craft have long made the impossible manifest through ingenuity, skill, perseverance, and inspiration. The greatest works of art began as art supplies yet transform into masterpieces through human ingenuity.

wats:ON? 2012: TRANSFORMER looks not at cutting-edge technological magic but at amazing transformations from the most humble beginnings. A piece of paper, or cloth, or even the human body can transform into something never seen before–right before your eyes.
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The wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the JILL WATSON FAMILY FOUNDATION.

Principal sponsorship provided by:
CMU College of Fine Arts
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CMU School of Architecture

Special thanks to:
Dan Martin, Dean, College of Fine Arts
Golan Levin, Director, The Frank- Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
John Carson, Head, School of Art
Stephen Lee, Head, School of Architecture

Additional support and past collaborations include:
CMU ETC Entertainment Technology Center
CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute
CMU School of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art

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