We are happy to announce the Exploring Visual Art in Genealogy and Identity Workshop with Jessica Wimbley.
The Goal of the Workshop:
Audre Lorde defined her seminal piece ZAMI: A NEW SPELLING OF MY NAME as bio mythography- combining elements of history, biography and myth. This work being know to shape the theory of intersectionality and highlighting the idea of internal, external, and multiple selves in literature, Ted Warburton goes on to further define Bio mythography as the weaving together of myth, history and biography in epic narrative form, a style of composition that represents all the ways in which we perceive the world.
In this workshop we seek to explore biomythography as a visual art practice, expanding beyond the literary tradition investigating the biological and biographical. Using our own genetic information from 23 and me, we will focus on interoperating genetic, as well as our own genealogical information as biography.
The goal of the workshop is to help visual artists, and scholars across humanities and the science develop frameworks for visual art projects that link biology, genealogy, biography and visual art.
Introduction: Our Genetic Selves
Jessica Wimbley presents her work: Instructor introduces students to her body of work, and presents findings from 23 and ME.
Participant Introductions and Group Discussion: The first day will focus on interoperating our individual genetic information from 23 and Me, the largest DNA ancestry service in the world. Writers and visual artists will be used as reference including Octavia Butler, and will be discussed as means of considering biology, as well as advances in science, which help reframe social political ideas of identity.
The class will be given 30 minutes to discuss findings and discoveries from his/her own individual tests. Followed by group discussion.
Landscape is investigated as a means of defining the body and the place of the body. What are the politics of the body in/of landscapes? In the second day of the workshop we will investigate Landscape as extension as well as holder of the body, identity, and history.
Group Discussion/Presentation: Body and Landscape in Art and Popular Culture: The instructor will give presentation on artists who have used/addressed the Body and Landscape in art, in particular highlight socio political connections, and aesthetic devices used in the making of the work.
Place and Body: The class will present information on the region/regions in which there ancestry is linked, providing context of place to there own history.
Making Connections: The class will engage in discussion of composing your own story or pulling narrative from your findings in day one and two. This is a brainstorming session in which consideration of literary and visual art devices are considered in conjunction with the individual story- part critique and asking questions, this part of the workshop is to tease out some of the larger ideas and questions in your findings.
All ways of seeing: Artist is charged with exploring the different means in which we can represent “perceiving” the world, as a tool within his/her work. An intensive studio day, we combine what we learned in days one and two in considering the aesthetics of how to represent or write our individual biomythography.
The class will be charged with writing a short narrative that will either help shape, define, or create framework of there individual biomythography. Students have individual meetings with instructor.
Studio, final group critique and 30-minute individual meetings with instructor.
Date: TBD, April 2015
Venue: THE PROJECT ROOM Workshop Retreat
Tuition fee: $1,125 (does not include travel, accommodation or on the ground expenses)
Workshop is limited to 10 participants
Participants make their own arrangements regarding travel and accommodation; however, we are able to provide a list of possible accommodation options to confirmed candidates.
Applications are open until March 2015.
Applications will be presented to Jessica Wimbley and THE PROJECT ROOM for acceptance and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please read the REGULATIONS to APPLY and follow the included instructions.
For all inquiries regarding the workshop, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wimbley received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design, M.F.A in Visual Arts from the University of California, Davis, and her MA in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University. Represented by Western Project in Los Angeles, Jessica Wimbley has been included in exhibitions at the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art in Athens Georgia, Raid Projects, California State University at Long Beach, California, National Palace of Culture/Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria, 21st Century African Youth Movement, Sierra Leon, Africa, and other galleries and institutions in the United States. Her work has been reviewed in both the LA Times and Huffington Post. Wimbley is a recipient of the 2012 Peter S Reed Foundation Grant.
Named 2012 Fellow in Association of Academic Museums and Galleries and Northwestern University’s Leadership Seminar, Wimbley’s work in arts management, Museum education, and outreach includes having conceived, launched, and managed the program Art After Hours, a weekly event of extended museum hours and diverse programming at Pomona College Museum of Art- Receiving National Recognition from Inside Higher Ed for its success, receiving the National Endowment for the Arts Grants, and generating an audience of over 6,800. Having served as a board member of Museum Educators of Southern California, Wimbley has helped develop professional development workshops and activities for the Southern California Museum community. Additionally, she has chaired and presented at a number of conferences including Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Post-Colonialism and After Conference in Malta, and Minority Mentor Program Conference at Claremont Graduate University.
Wimbley has also served as a visiting lecture to a number of institutions including The Getty Multicultural Internship Program Symposium, Ripon College, and Chaffey College. She has also been a contributing writer for White Hot Contemporary Art and has curated a number of exhibitions including fundraising exhibitions for the Society of Young Philanthropists and Tinlark Gallery in LA, where she also acted as Associate Director. Wimbley has taught studio art, art history, and visual culture courses at University of California, Davis, Platt College, and Mt. San Jacinto Community College.
THE PROJECT ROOM is a collaboration dedicated to shared passion, innovative perspectives and thought provoking stories that inspire action and ignite change to positively impact our world. THE PROJECT ROOM’S international platform creates an outlet to share Patti’s 30 years of experience with photo documentation and visual storytelling while providing an opportunity to learn from outstanding global artists who wish to share their work and stories.
"Connectivity truly has been food for my soul. By bridging artists and institutions from every continent, my desire is for THE PROJECT ROOM gallery to help us all become more globally aware, feel a strong sense of unity, create more depth and inspiration in our lives.”
Patti drives THE PROJECT ROOM to investigate themes of well-executed conceptual depth by crossing disciplines and featuring often under-recognized work across the globe. She specializes in the development and implementation of workshops and programs with world class leaders and facilitators, stressing upon the importance of overlapping the fine art with the broad range of liberal arts, intersecting humanities and sciences, building on a powerful knowledge base to create brilliant work, while simultaneously raising awareness within our global community, including historical and social political understandings.
Patti holds a BA in photography studies from University of Colorado, Boulder, a BFA from Columbia College, Chicago, and she was selected for an honors photography program in Florence, Italy. Her professional engagements include positions at Martha Schneider Contemporary Photography Gallery and MCA Chicago. Patti is a nationally certified instructor for the Yoga Alliance, a member of Humble Arts Foundation, Woman in Photography and she currently serves as an advisory board member for the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago