Adriane Little  |  Temenos

Adriane Little’s work investigates trauma and ritual through an interrogation of a presence and absence of the maternal body. The translation of this space is both literal and metaphor or the architecture of an ephemeral maternal space that is embedded within what she calls the matrilineal ghost.  By origin, the word temenos is used to mark sacred space that encourages or creates shelter for disclosure and discovery.  This act of revealing can be towards another or inward and beyond a physical sense of place.  Playing off the idea of death as “six feet under”, Temenos creates a space six feet up.  Within a spatial awareness of temenos, exists kairos or the unstructured time of personal insight and growth.  Combined, temenos and kairos create place and time for ritual, meditation, mourning, psychic disruption and renewal.

Adriane Little is Assistant Professor of Photography and Intermedia in the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University. She received an M.F.A. from the University at Buffalo and is represented by Peak Gallery in Toronto. 
Dietmar Krumrey  |   A Long and Memorable Life

Before he was an artist, Dietmar Krumrey was a student of neuroscience, where he learned that the formation of long-term memories, be they joyful or traumatic, begin with the release of adrenalin.  The overall tally of these random, uncurated shocks are what we have to draw on in the composition of our identities.  He often thinks about what becomes of our memories now, with so much of our time being spent behind screens, and what of the life recalled by those incarcerated, who may have only the walls to draw on?

Dietmar Krumrey is an artist, curator, teacher, and papermaker.  He holds a Master of Arts in English Language and Literary Theory from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Formerly a professor of theory, aesthetics, art history, and sculpture, he is now co-director of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space and papermaking studio in Northern California. He curated Drawing More with Anne Beck. 
Ann Messner   |   Be quick on the draw

Ann Messner's work investigates the inherent contradictions between notions of private life|space and public|civic experience. Her work focuses on the relationship between the individual body and the larger social body as encountered within public space or discourse. Her work is both social and political in intention. 

Ann Messner is the recipient of numerous fellowships including: the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship, 3 NYFA Awards, Henry Moore International Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and a Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship. She was a fellow at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University in 2000; and Princeton University Council on the Humanities in 2001. She has taught at MIT’s Visual Arts Program, Hunter College, Bennington College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and is on the faculty at Pratt Institute.
Charles Beneke  |  Accumulation

Drawing is an additive and subtractive act. It is repetitive. It is an act of making decisions that address issues of value and balance among others. Charles Beneke's work views climate change through the lens of accumulation – not only of destructive industrial activity, greenhouse gasses, and willful disregard, but also of industrial innovation and beauty. Through accumulation, we draw a clear picture of our questionable values and a natural world thrown out of balance.

Charles Beneke is a native of Suffolk, Virginia. He earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Kenyon College in 1990. After working as a graphic designer in New York City for four years, he attended The University of Connecticut where he received his Masters in Fine Arts in Printmaking and Mixed-media. Beneke was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming from 1997 to 2001 where he taught Foundations. He is currently professor of art at the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio where he is the printmaking area coordinator. He was the 2008-10 President of the Mid America Print Council and is currently on the advisory board of The Mid America Print Council Journal. He is the awards coordinator for the Southern Graphics Council International and serves on the advisory board of The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio.  He lives and works in Akron, Ohio.
Deborah Davidovits  |   Drawing Breath

Drawing Breath is a two minute animated video of shadow puppets moving in synchrony with the inhale and exhale of the artist’s breath.  In it, figures, animals and objects interact to create a tale of visual and auditory rhythm.

Deborah Davidovits received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and her MFA in sculpture from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.  Her videos and drawings have been exhibited both nationally (P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art, the Drawing Center, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Sculpture Center, Genovese/Sullivan Gallery) and internationally (Museo Universitario Del Chopo, Mexico, “Kunst Werke” Berlin, “Dogbite International Festival of Film Art” Balchik, Bulgaria).  Deborah Davidovits lives in Beacon, New York, where she spends her time drawing, teaching, making videos and tending to her honeybees.
Naho Taruishi  |  The Line to Draw Water

The Line To Draw Water is a text-based video depicting a line that travels around the Pacific Ocean. A single drawn line subtly emerges as one reads and identifies each location.

Born in Tokyo, Naho Taruishi lives and works in New York City. Her site-specific video projections have been exhibited at Artists Space, White Box, and A.I.R Gallery in New York, NY; Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY; and RK Projects in Providence, RI. Taruishi's single-channel video work has also been presented at numerous international film and video festivals in the US, Canada, France, Spain, Sweden, Greece, Norway and Japan. Her recently published, limited edition artist book (collaboration with Vincent FitzGerald & Co.), is held in institutional collections, including the Library of Congress in Washington DC, New York Public Library and Rochester Institute of Technology in NY, Harvard University in MA, and Lyrik Kabinett in Germany. Taruishi has participated in the Artist-in-Residence program at the MacDowell Colony in NH, the Watermill Center in NY, and Atlantic Center for the Arts in FL. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America and Contemporary Practices.
Missa Coffman  |  Drawing More

Automatic techniques and event scores, often arrived at collaboratively, are central to Missa Coffman’s process and frequently serve as a starting place for a video, performance, or series of photographs. Her recent work seeks to expand the definition of what art can be and who it’s for, and to collapse the boundary between art and life. Drawing More is an infinite loop, attempting to draw water from a lake with a ladle full of holes. It reflects Coffman’s interest in the Impossible Task, a recurring motif in fairy tales, mythology, and existentialism.

Missa Coffman is an artist working primarily in photo and new media. She received a BFA from the University of Houston and went on to complete her MFA at Indiana University in 2006. After several years of teaching, she left academia to become a full-time artist. She is the co-founder of Farmhouse Art Collective and now lives and works in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Arzu Ozkal  |  Undecided

Arzu Ozkal is a Turkish-born media artist and designer. Her practice engages with different interpretations of the body and its relationship to the environment. She raises questions about dogmas, traditions, laws, and patriarchal value systems through videos, public interventions, performances and design work. Ozkal received her MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University. Her work has been exhibited broadly in exhibitions and festivals nationally and internationally. Prior to joining San Diego State University as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in Fall 2011, she spent three years on the faculty of Oberlin College Department of Art teaching new media practices.

For Drawing More, Ozkal offers Undecided as A critical look at certainty.   
Emily Franklin  |  To Rid Myself of You

To draw out, to expel, to forcibly and consciously remove from one’s body.  While we forget so many details over the course of our lives, some thoughts and desires haunt us forever.  Through various approaches, we aspire to purposely forget, to abolish these artifacts of memory – failure to forget leads to guilt and regret.  One must consciously remove longing for the past in order to make space for new experience. 

Emily Franklin teaches photography at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  Originally from Metro Detroit, Emily moved to Illinois in order to pursue her MFA in Photography from Northern Illinois University.  Her work has been exhibited nationally in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, and Vermont.  In addition to creating photography, she is also involved in ongoing photo theory research, which stems from a lifelong love of books, philosophy and history.
Margaret Coleman  |  A Study in Still Life

In A Study in Still Life, Margaret Coleman uses small sculptures; clay, metal, wax from the last two years, and images shot on her manual 35 mm camera, taken within the last two years, to explore and examine the still life. 

Margaret Coleman received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of MN in 2005 and her MFA in New Forms of Art from Pratt Institute in 2009. She has received awards for her community driven interactive work including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 2006, and the St Louis Park Art Grant in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 she received a fellowship to spend three months making work in collaboration with a small fishing community at NesArtist Residency in Iceland. She curates and teaches at Hunter College, and is the Curator in Residence at Loft 594, in Brooklyn, NY. 
Drew Cameron  |  Five Years Running

I didn't realize how badly I wanted to get moving until after I was released from active duty in 2004. I had spent most of my months of war on the road throughout Iraq and it seemed to be a natural inclination to keep doing so once I returned home. An anxious swelling inside of me like I had to be someplace only it was impossible to determine where. It has been nearly ten years since I have returned from Iraq, and still the movement continues.

The American road trip is characterized by a lure of open roads and individual life altering experience. Through the past decades since its invention, the roadways have catered to this floatilla of vacationers often corralling them. A repeat traveler on these roads begins to notice patterns in themselves and the landscape. A never-ending need to travel and perhaps never return the same.

Drew Cameron is a papermaker and artist involved with Combat Paper and Shotwell Paper Mill in San Francisco, CA. After a stint in the Army he began to make and teach the ancient craft of hand paper making, using uniforms as a source material for creation. 

Rebecca Silberman | Spine

The concept for Spine is drawn from a passage of journal pages, which illustrate a partially fabricated bone doll/puppet. The torso of the puppet, diagrammed facing forward and backwards, shows a spine made from a found animal jaw picked up on a walk. The spine is also the center of the journal, which changes from a rapidly passing horizon line/fence line to the gutter between the journal pages, then moves slowly up a set of stairs in the rain. The clip depicts a passage that loosely represents movement through physical and mental terrain--a kind of abstracted association, which attempts to willfully engage with creative process – thus drawing more from an overlooked or unexceptional experience.

Alan Nakagawa | Line to Lightning Field

Lydia Moyer  |  Colored lightning (phase shift)

Strange weather plagues a small house on the coast of Nova Scotia (but it could be anywhere).  Eventually, the earth and sky themselves begin to shift phases, suggesting the alterations that await us as the climate change predicted for the years ahead begins to become reality.

Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in Central Virginia.  She directs the new media program in the art department at the University of Virginia.  Her work draws on both documentary and contemporary studio practices with a particular emphasis on landscape and how human narratives play out on the natural world.
Solange Roberdeau | To Draw (on Portuguese Beach)

When I read the myriad definitions of the verb to draw, I was immediately attracted to the sense of poetry in this list's vast applications and forms. Even how it read on the page and jumped from definition to definition appeared poetic. As viewers, when we hear a voice-over in cinema, we are accustomed to it acting as a narration of what we are seeing. By pairing a list that is so visual and varied, with the simplicity and directness of drawing in the sand, the two began to create new dynamics, with meanings that continue to change. There is an exchange -between what is seen and what is heard, but also between the viewer and the mind's eye. This to me is a moment of emphasis on the creative potential in the environments around us. By allowing our perception of those places, words, actions to shift away from how we have categorized them and open up into fresh incarnations. This play that occurs when something that feels known is presented in such a way that one's understanding of it shifts, however slightly -this unfamiliarity with the familiar creates a feeling of untethered newness that is exciting and hopeful to me.

A California native, Solange Roberdeau received a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. From there she relocated to Oaxaca, Mexico and then to Brooklyn, New York where she lived for 6 years working as a fine art studio assistant and screen printing instructor. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. She currently lives and works in Northern California.
Fiona Larkin | Need to Withdraw (retreat to Monaghan)

Fiona Larkin’s work arises from an interest in the lives of others.  In discovering ways of understanding and engaging with others the work finds form in a variety of media, from action to video to drawing. The camera is a starting point and is used it to engage reflexively or directly with viewers. The work touches on the sense of allowing to be carried along, surrendering to the determination of significant chance elements for example: a stranger with an unusual emblem photographed in the street, the collection of ‘yellow’ images through casual sightings, or the kindness of strangers. Partial documentation and emblematic outputs function to support the idea of the artist as the determining element of production in the event and concurrently a narrator. The artist as intervention becomes a connective tissue between the action, the material production and the spectators access to the story. Developing fictions and inventing languages and histories seem a fitting way to engage with the stranger or the unknown. In creating these fictions the work settles on the surprising or unsettling fact that we can never truly ‘know’ another.

Fiona Larkin is a multi media artist based in Orchid Studios, Belfast. She holds a BA from N.C.A.D. and received an MFA from the University of Ulster in 2002. She has participated in International residencies in Tokyo and New York and has been the recipient of several Arts Council NI awards.  She has exhibited both nationally in Ireland and internationally with work shown in Belfast, Derry, Dublin, the UK, Spain and Japan. Currently she lectures at N.C.A.D. Dublin, Ireland on the Fine Art media course.  Her video work is held in the ACNI’s and University of Ulster’s public collection. She is currently living and working in Newcastle Upon Tyne. 
Dean Dass | The Winter War  (excerpt)

 Annu Vertanen and I have worked together on a number of projects. She has often exhibited her work and been in residence here at Virginia; I have taught and been in residence several times at the South Carelia Polytechnic University where she works and teaches.  This university is in the city of Imatra, on the Russian border. This border was newly drawn after the Winter War of 1939-41 and the subsequent Continuation War of 1941-43. This landscape, which in Finland is called The Lake Landscape, provides the setting and the inspiration for the project. The video opens with the Vuoksi River passing through a narrow gorge as it drains from Lake Saimaa, a short distance from the University. During a month-long residency in the winter of 2007 we conducted a workshop in the field of artist’s books and gathered most of the archival photographs and shot the new footage for this project. In the autumn of 2008, while Ms. Vertanen was in residence in Virginia, we recorded her voice-over. The narrative structure of a visual book provides the basis of our aesthetic. Work on this project continues to the present day. Andrew van der Vaart has composed three original musical compositions for the project, and much of the videography must be credited to Ashley Brett Chipman, both Virginia alumni.

This 4-minute excerpt from a 15-minute video (the first 4 minutes) includes archival footage from the Finnish War Archives layered with my own photographs from The Lake Landscape. Gradually, over the course of the footage, the viewer will come to realize that this new video talks about the war of 1939 as a metaphor for a conflict taking place today. This new conflict is not between nations but between man and nature. The battle lines have been drawn. The voice-over of Mother Nature and a barren winter landscape both appear as characters, reproaching mankind, and teach animism instead.

Dean Dass studied art, philosophy and anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa,  B.A. 1978;  and received an M.F.A. in printmaking from The Tyler School of Art, Temple University., Philadelphia. Since 1985 he has taught drawing, printmaking, bookarts, and seminars on contemporary art at the University of Virginia. Dass has in recent years established a collaborative relationship and exchange with artists from Scandinavia. He has taught in several universities in Finland and curated exhibitions of contemporary Scandinavian art while bringing a number of Finnish artists to UVa. Several recent exhibitions of his oil paintings focused on Lapland. His own works are held in wide-ranging public collections - from The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Walker Art Center, The Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress, to the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, as well as numerous university collections. Dass lectures widely on his work and on issues related to contemporary practice. 
Sarah Klein and David Kwan  |  Lone Star

Sunlight is comprised of a vast spectrum of lightwaves and therefore colors. In breaking down the sun’s rays into single frame captures, one begins to see a multitude of waves and frequencies. Ascribing line and color to each component of light becomes an impossible but basic challenge. Drawing light.

Sarah Klein is a San Francisco Bay Area artist, curator and educator.  Her art practice includes live action and stop-motion animation. Klein uses paper cutouts and stop-motion techniques to create humorous and often dark narratives on domestic life and related themes.  She has screened and exhibited her work widely at an international selection of venues including General Public in Berlin, The Glasshouse in Tel Aviv, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose and the Mill Valley Film Festival.  Among her many honors are residencies at the International Animated Film School in Cakovec, Croatia, Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, California and the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming. She has received awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant. Klein has curated for Root Division in San Francisco, Rhodes and Fletcher alternative art space and the online gallery Art Micro Patronage. In 2008 she began the touring curatorial project Stop & Go that features stop-motion works by visual artists and filmmakers. Currently she is touring the third installment of the show called Stop & Go 3-D.  

David Kwan is a media artist who creates interdisciplinary works for installations, screenings and performance. He adapts environmental sounds and images into nascent and generative systems, in which transformative processes are set into motion and resulting forms emerge over time. By reframing our surroundings and magnifying aspects of perception, he hopes to engage experiential aspects of listening and seeing. He has presented work at the Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts and Mission 17 in San Francisco; Jack Straw New Media Gallery and 4Culture in Seattle; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia; General Public in Berlin, Germany. In the San Francisco Bay Area he has taught studio art and music in local colleges and produced programs for public radio. He is co-producer of the Stop & Go Animation series with partner Sarah Klein.
Anne Beck |  Situational Awareness

The term Situational Awareness is used by the military and other strategic entities to describe the ability to assess the surrounding environment for resources, protection, and threat. Anne Beck & the resident ants at Lost Coast Culture Machine collaborate to surpass General Atomics, the maker of the Predator Drone, in their slogan Leading the Situational Awareness Revolution. 

Anne Beck is a curator, educator, and artist working collaboratively & independently in a variety of media from painting to print & book making to public intervention. She holds an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute & a BA in printmaking & art history from the University of Virginia. Anne lives & works in Northern California where she is co-founder & director of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space & handmade paper mill focusing on interdisciplinary & sustainable creative practice. She curated Drawing More with Dietmar Krumrey. 
Christopher Coleman  |  Tumultuary Regions Abroad

Far above information is gathered, collected, processed.  From this vantage point, borders are data points, just more manipulations of the land below. Territories are clearly demarcated, and where there is unclarity, there is tension. Over time, the information is the landscape, there is little need for physicality - it is just digested and stored like everything else.  The engine is ever hungry.

Christopher Coleman received his BFA in his native state from West Virginia University in 2001 and his MFA from New York State University at Buffalo in 2003. A number of his undergraduate years were devoted to studying Mechanical Engineering, knowledge that he brings to bear in his installations. His work includes sculptures, performances and videos as well as interactive installations. Coleman was twice a participant in the VIPER Basel Festival in Switzerland and has had his work in exhibitions in Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia and 16 other countries. Domestically his work has been shown at more than 45 events and festivals, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, the Albright Knox in Buffalo NY, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to name a few. In 2009 he received the Metropolis Art Prize Grand Prize and had his work featured in Times Square NYC. His software project (in collaboration with Ali Momeni) called Maxuino has been downloaded by 30,000 by people in 125 countries and is used in classrooms and artworks across the globe. He currently resides in Denver, CO and is an Associate Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.
Laura McMorrow |  Negative Space

Dramatic movements within the landscape reflect the drawing process: spraying, smudging, darkening, expanding. Natural phenomenon are invented and recreated through three dimensional mark-making: a lunar landscape is construction with traditional drawing materials. Black ink combines with gel and found rocks to create an illusory effect. Nothing is as it seems, the sense of scale is lost.

Laura McMorrow is a visual artist. She studied fine art at Limerick School of Art and Design (2008), and holds a masters degree in Fine Art from The University of Ulster, Belfast (2012). Laura is currently based in Flax Art Studios, Belfast. Recent exhibitions include New Image Gallery, Virginia; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; Douglas Hyde Gallery 3, Dublin; Event Gallery, London; Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick; and Platform Arts, Belfast. Laura works predominantly in video installation, collage and sculpture. Her work is an exploration of fiction and fantasy and of interplanetary and otherworldliness.
Tonya McMullanConstitution
Tonya McMullan studied Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, she graduated in 2004 and has since continued to develop her practice to include a range of media. Tonya often works collaboratively with other artists and the public. She is currently based in Belfast where she was a co-director at Catalyst Arts (2010 - 2012). Tonya continues to participate in and organise artist led and peer learning workshops in Belfast and further afield, she is a founding member of the PRIME Collective.

Kyle Butler  |  Leisurely Confronting the Abyss

Leisurely Confronting the Abyss documents a performance where I pull a recliner strapped to a cart from my studio in downtown Buffalo to a break wall at the harbor along Lake Erie.  Once at the harbor, I recline in the chair and scream to the water, provoking some acknowledgement from the presumable abyss.  It is a contrived attempt at catharsis where I vent abstract frustrations to an abstract authority from the comfort of a Lazyboy.  An honest, yet cynical appeal, it portrays the human condition as inane non sequitur.

Kyle Butler a visual artist from Michigan who currently lives in Buffalo, New York. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in painting from Central Michigan University in 2008 and his Master's degree in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo in the spring of 2010. He is represented by the Nina Freudenheim Gallery in Buffalo.