Rachel Hayes and Eric Sall

Hayes/Sall Exhibition in Kansas City
Married alumni of the Department of Painting & Printmaking, painter Eric Sall and sculptor Rachel Hayes are going big at Kansas City gallery, Dolphin with large-scale artworks in separate exhibits.

Eric Sall: Isolated Incidents and Rachel Hayes: Ice Cold Daydream continue at Dolphin, 1600 Liberty St., through Nov. 7. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, 816-842-4415 or www.thedolphin gallery.com.


Matthew Damian Ritchie

Matthew Damian Ritchie Exhibits

Matthew Damian Ritchie, alumnus of both of the Department of Painting & Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media, is taking over Richmond this month with three concurrent exhibitions around town.

Like Water Yoga Studio
October 2nd – November 4th

Lift Coffee Shop
“Dangerously Cute”
October 2nd – November 4th

Cafe Gutenberg
“The Rise and Fall of Iron Town”
Opening October 7th, 7pm

Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich was born 1971 in Northport, NY. His photographs portraying contemporary consumer culture reside in major museum collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Ulrich earned his MFA in photography at Columbia College Chicago and a BFA in photography at the University of Akron. An internship at the Akron Art Museum further fueled Brian’s research and knowledge of the history of the medium. He later spent considerable time working at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in NY and then the Cleveland Museum of Art, often staying after hours to sift through the vast libraries, collections and archives of photography. It is this understanding of the history of the medium that informs much of his work which today addresses issues social, political and historical.

Since finishing his graduate studies in 2004, Ulrich has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; the Julie Saul Gallery; and the Robert Koch Gallery. His work has also been included in many group exhibitions such as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Photography; Galerie f5.6 in Munich; the Krannert Art Museum; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Walker Art Center; and the Carnegie Museum; among others.

His first monograph, Copia was published in 2006 by Aperture as part of the MP3: Midwest Photographers Project. In 2007 Ulrich was named one of the years 30 Emerging Photographers by Photo District News magazine, and a critic’s pick by Richard Woodward for ARTnews magazine.He was recently awarded a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. His work has been recently featured in the New York Times Magazine; Orion Magazine; Vice Magazine; Mother Jones magazine; the Chicago Tribune; Artforum; Harper’s; Leica World; Yvi Magazine and as a frequent contributor to the like-minded magazine Adbusters. Brian’s work has been featured alongside writings by noted academics, environmentalists and activists such as: Bill McKibben (Mother Jones, 2007), Michael Pollan (NY Times Magazine, 2007), Jeff Madrick (Le Monde, 2008), Kalle Lasn (Adbusters, 2006) and Jeffrey Kaplan (Orion Magazine, 2008).

Brian Ulrich will be giving a lecture here on October 14 at 2.30pm in the Student Commons Theatre.

Mohamed Zakariya

VCU-Q Calligraphist to Design Gift for Saudi King

Mohamed Zakariya is an Islamic calligrapher, artist, and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. Born in Ventura, California, in 1942, he began his study of Islamic calligraphy in 1961. After continuing his studies with A.S. Ali Nour in Tangier, Morocco, and independently at the British Museum, he was invited in 1984 by the Research Center for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul to study with two celebrated Turkish calligraphers: Hasan Celebi and Ali Alparslan. In 1988, Zakariya received the prized icazet (diploma) in sulus/nesih script from Mr. Celebi in a ceremony in Istanbul, and in 1997, he received the icazet in ta’lik from Dr. Alparslan.

In 2001, Zakariya designed and did the calligraphy for the “Eid Greetings” U.S. Postal stamp, the first to commemmorate a Muslim holiday. He has presented numerous workshops and lectures on Islamic calligraphy, and his calligraphic works have been exhibited widely in this country and abroad. (See Selected Exhibitions and Other Occasions.) He is the author of numerous articles and monographs, including Music for the Eyes, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Museum of Art in conjunction with a 1998-99 exhibit of Ottoman calligraphy from the Sakip Sabanci collection. He has also translated from the Turkish the exhibition catalogue, Letters in Gold, by Ugur Derman, as well as Mr. Derman’s Art of Calligraphy in the Islamic Heritage (IRCICA, 1999).

A master woodworker, engraver, and machinist, Zakariya also designs and constructs functioning examples of antique-style horological and scientific instruments, examples of which are in the collections of the Aramco Science Museum in Saudi Arabia, the National Museum of Qatar, the Time Museum in Rockford, Ill., and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Earlier in life, Zakariya performed in England with the stage comedy troupe Bruce Lacey and the Alberts (1964-66) while he was pursuing independent studies at the British Museum and in Fez, Morocco. Following that, he was a consultant to Oscar Meyer Antiques, Los Angeles, in the areas of calligraphy, illumination, antique restoration, and instrument making (1966-71).

Also a member of Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar (VCUQ) Joint Advisory Board, Mohamed Zakariya was recently commissioned by US President Barack Obama to create a gift of calligraphy for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.

The commissioned gift is a work of Islamic calligraphy in Arabic Sulus script with ink and gold on Ahar paper with Ebru borders and backing for President Obama’s visit to the Middle East.

Taken from the Qur’an (Chapter 49: Verse 13), the English translation of the script reads:

“O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognise one another. The noblest among you in God’s sight is the most conscientious of you. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware.”

To read more, please go here.

Teresita Fernández

Fernández Exhibit

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present a group of new works by Teresita Fernández, alumna of the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, for her fourth exhibition at the gallery’s Chelsea location. Made entirely of graphite, the works in the exhibition establish a unique and unconventional vocabulary with the material itself. Referring to Borrowdale, England where graphite was first discovered and mined in the early 1500s, Fernández pushes the boundaries of this once sought-after and coveted material. Reimagining the graphite landscape of Borrowdale, her works reflect elements of sculpture and installation and redefine the notion of precisely what constitutes a drawing.

Teresita Fernandez
22 October – 19 December 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 22, 6-8pm

Lehman Maupin
540 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
t 212-255-2923

David Herbert

David Herbert to Exhibit in Albany

David Herbert, alumnus of the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, has a large sculpture called “Holiday” in a show called “Uncharted” at the University Art Museum at the University at Albany curated by Janet Riker and Corinna Ripps Schaming.

September 15 – December 13

University Art Museum
University at Albany
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222

Benjamin S. Jones

Benjamin S. Jones To Have First Solo Exhibit

Benjamin S. Jones explores pattern, fractures, shifts, and realignment to question the idea of development, destruction and co-dependence, and in turn obsessive fetishes and vain ambitions. He explores the dualities of the habitat that is at once residential and industrial, private and public, constructed and de-constructed. These dualities are further explored through a language of form that pairs elements that are highly finished and completely raw, explicit and evocative.

Casing the Promised Land

Gallery SATORI
164 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002

September 16 – October 18, 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Gallery SATORI is pleased to announce the first solo show of Benjamin S. Jones (MFA from Department of Sculpture + Extended Media) in New York. Evoking a sense of rapid production and consumption, the exhibition features a group of sculptures that utilize architecture and urban planning as metaphors to probe issues of growth, frailty, and self-destruction.