1. Sophomore Seminar Visiting Artist: Amanda Ross-Ho
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 4:30 to 5:30pm
    MacLean Ballroom
    Reception to follow event

    For almost a decade, Ross-Ho has engineered an elaborate set of conceptual and formal operations that guide her art-making practice. These methodical procedures allow her to navigate her immediate surroundings, namely the incessant fluctuation of popular and unpopular visual cultures and their direct points of connection to personal and universal truths. The result is a specific and consistently evolving personal language, with which Ross-Ho constructs carefully articulated poetic environments. Ross-Ho’s work often originates from observations of her own movements within a designated space; she regularly investigates the studio itself as a fertile site for identifying potential in generative and reflexive processes. Although her process is rooted in immediacy and chance, it is executed with precise intentionality. Within this highly sensitized approach, authentically haphazard formal gestures are placed under careful scrutiny, and systematically choreographed in subsequent iterations. Ross-Ho’s work does not terminate in completed forms, but gains meaning through an exponential accumulation of contexts. Within the structure of each work is an embedded life cycle, mapping an organic trajectory that leads from conception through reception in its various aggregating forms.

    Amanda Ross-Ho holds a BFA from the School of the Art institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Southern California. Solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Hoet Bekaert, Belgium,The Pomona Museum of Art, Mitchell-Innes and Nash New York, The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, and The Approach, London. Group exhibitions include Artists Space, New York, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The New Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles presented a solo exhibition of Ross-Ho’s work in June 2012. Her work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, Flash Art, and Frieze. Ross-Ho lives and works in Los Angeles.

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  2. Sophomore Seminar Visiting Artist: Angel Otero
    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, 4:30 to 5:30pm
    Columbus Drive Auditorium
    Reception to follow event

    Angel Otero is a visual artist best known for his process-based
    paintings. While much of his works have been influenced by memories
    based in photographs and other family memorabilia combined with the
    gestures of 20th century painting, his latest works highlights the
    artist's unique process as a form of narrative in itself. Through his
    innovative process of oil paint scraping, Otero venerates historical
    oil painting while confronting it head on. Otero's 'deformation'
    approach to painting his works, first across glass and then once dry,
    flaying the dried paint and reconstructing the composition anew across
    large canvasses, is representative of how the artist perceives the
    process of reconfiguring both personal and historical narratives.
    Otero’s work sometimes uses process as a way of confronting deep,
    personal memories. Instead of representing his life through art, he
    archives moments within it by creating opportunities of surprise and
    discovery. His work is a constant negotiation between the individual
    and art history.

    Angel Otero was born in 1981, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He received
    his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent
    exhibitions include El Museo's Sixth Bienal at El Museo del Barrio,
    Memento, a solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery New York,
    Misericordia at Prism Gallery Los Angeles, Chicago Cultural Center,
    and Constellations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Otero is
    also the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Visual

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The Interdisciplinary Sophomore Studio Seminar is a studio seminar course focused on mentoring by core faculty, student portfolio development, visualizing a future curricular pathway, and expanding critique skills. In spring 2012, this course became…

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The Interdisciplinary Sophomore Studio Seminar is a studio seminar course focused on mentoring by core faculty, student portfolio development, visualizing a future curricular pathway, and expanding critique skills. In spring 2012, this course became a degree requirement for all SAIC undergraduate students except those pursuing the BIA degree. Each year the Dean of Undergraduate studies invites an alumnus from SAIC to give a lecture specifically geared to sophomore seminar students. The overall goal of sophomore seminar is to provide intensive faculty mentoring for the purpose of designing unique curricular plans for each student, which would support both immediate creative goals and long-term career aspirations.

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