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Gwynneth VanLaven and Molly V. Dierks

January 12, 2016

Members of the Michigan Chapter of Women’s Caucus for Arts along with the general arts public are invited to attend an artist gathering sponsored by the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies at 1 p.m. on January 28, 2016. The event will be held at Angell Hall, room 3222 (third floor) on the UM campus.  Artists  Gwynneth VanLaven and Molly Dierks will be featured.

Gwynneth VanLaven http://www.gwynneth.vanlaven.net/  is an artist and educator whose practice includes photography, installation, writing, performance, and social engagement. VanLaven received her BA from Knox College in Multimodal Language: Verbal Visual, and Kinesic Systems (an independent, cross-disciplinary major) with a minor in photography. In 2010 she received her MFA from George Mason University in Critical Art Practice, also a multimodal course of study.

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Gwynneth VanLaven

VanLaven’s visual and written works have been shown in numerous exhibitions including the Washington Post and Performance Research and at the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center.  In addition to her solo art practice, VanLaven works as a part of the Floating Lab Collective, a group of artists dedicated to social engagement and activism through interactive and inclusive art. VanLaven recently presented reflections on a Floating Lab project to the 2014 Association of Art Historians Conference at the Royal College of Art in London.

 

 

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Molly V. Dierks

Molly Valentine Dierks www.mollyvdierks.com explores the expanding field of sculpture through her work across media (performance, installation, and digital media). Dierks received her BA in Behavioral Psychology from Dartmouth College, a Postbaccalaureate degree in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her MFA in Art and Design from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She has participated in exhibitions nationally (including in New York City, Detroit, and Los Angeles) and internationally (Japan, South Africa). Her work has been included in exhibitions by such prestigious institutions as the Musem of Contemporary Art Detroit, University of Michigan Museum of Modern Art, and Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art. Dirks’ sculptures and installations have been featured in Southern Magazine, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s ‘Post Industrial Complex’, the University of Michigan’s site on digital media artists, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art’s Art Yellow Book. She currently lives and works in the Detroit metro area.

Both articulate disability issues in their visual arts practice. Don’t miss this opportunity two see these two significant and charismatic artist in action.

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