EXHIBITION: ON THE RISE 
EMERGING ARTISTS OF THE FINE ARTS WORK CENTER

OPENING: AUGUST 2, 6-7PM
ON DISPLAY THROUGH AUGUST 18

This exhibition celebrates Fine Arts Work Center Visual Arts Fellows who are currently making a vivid mark in their artistic fields. 

This has been a remarkable year of recognition for our Fellows. Work Center artists have been featured in the Whitney Biennial and won solo exhibitions at Queens Museum, Rose Art Museum, and David Zwirner Galleries.  Fellows’ work appeared in  venues ranging from New York’s New Museum, Schomberg Center, High Line, DC Moore and Jack Shainman Galleries; to MASS MoCA and LA’s Broad Museum and as far afield as Ottawa, London, Amsterdam, the Philippines, Tokyo and Singapore.

The artists featured here are representative of recent years of the Fellowship.  Their work is part of a contemporary art scene that embraces both figuration and abstraction.

We are honored to celebrate them at the 43rd Annual Art Auction on Saturday, August 17th. Advance bidding online through FAWC.ORG/AUCTION.

 

Wilder Alison is an interdisciplinary artist and a recent graduate of the Bard MFA Painting program.  Engaging with found visual media and language gleaned largely from authorless sources, Alison's work elaborates how pairing texts and images can subtly subvert — rather than encourage — the production of discrete identifications and narrative coherence. Through painting, screen-printing, textiles, photography, and music, Alison frames contemporary questions about labor, madness, gender, and sexuality. Wilder has exhibited work with 247365, Rachel Uffner, Culture Room, Primetime, and Garden Party Arts, among others, has apprenticed at the Fabric Workshop & Museum, and has participated in residencies at the Lighthouse Works, Real Time & Space, Ox-Bow, and Vermont Studio Center. Wilder is a two-year Fine Arts Work Center Visual Fellow.

Austin Ballard conflates innovation and tradition through man-made and natural materials. Adopting a precarious connection to the personal, Ballard explores how the objects and images we choose to surround ourselves with are meant to facilitate a sense of intimacy. Toying with tropes in design and craft, Ballard disarms the viewer in order to provoke contradictions within the works. Ballard received an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he also served as an Assistant Professor in Textiles. Ballard has received numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Scholarship, Windgate Foundation Fellowship, Kenneth Stubbs Endowed Fellowship and the Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies Grant. Ballard has been awarded fellowships to the Museum of Arts and Design, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Ox-Bow School of Art, Vermont Studio Center, Wassaic Project, McColl Center for Art + Innovation and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Ballard has held solo exhibitions at Smack Mellon, NY, Wave Hill, NY, Napoleon, PA, Real Art Ways, CT, and Ithaca College among others.

Heidi Hahn creates work that engages with the psychological realm of attachment to the female body and how that’s processed through both a traditional and a contemporary reading. She received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Cooper Union in 2006 and her Master's degree from Yale University in 2014 and has been awarded residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fine Arts Work Center and the Headlands Center for the Arts, among others. Solo exhibitions include The Future is Elsewhere (If it Breaks Your Heart) at Jack Hanley Gallery, Bent Idle at Jack Hanley Gallery and Shadows from Other Places at Premier Regard, Paris. She has also participated in several group exhibitions, including Engender at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Part Deux, at Jack Hanley Gallery, and The Edge of Doom at H I L D E, Los Angeles, among others.

Painter Arghavan Khosravi creates work that is deeply connected to her own personal experience of the culture and politics of her homeland of Iran by integrating historical motifs with imagery taken from popular culture and contemporary media. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Islamic Azad University of Tehran, an MFA in Illustration from University of Tehran, a post-baccalaureate in studio art at Brandeis University, and an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Khosravi has completed residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center, the Studios at MASS MoCA, Monson Arts, and Residency Unlimited and is a 2017-18 recipient of the Walter Feldman Fellowship. Her selected exhibitions have taken place at galleries around the world, including the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City, the Newport Art Museum in Newport, Provincetown Art Association and Museum in Provincetown, Museum of Contemporary Art in Yinchuan, China, and Homa Gallery in Tehran, Iran, among others.