Painting – The Right Tool for the Job

May 30 - June 12, 2022
Application Deadline: April 30, 2022

Resident Faculty: Gianna Commito
Visiting Artists: Gina Beavers and Omar Velázquez

Participants are encouraged to push methods and materials to the max during this two-week intensive. Under faculty guidance, artists will work on independently driven projects with an emphasis on developing content as it evolves out of not just what you paint, but how you paint.  With emphasis on the idea that paintings are dimensional objects made from physical material, participants will build images using a variety of media while learning from the visiting artists who use paint in robust and unexpected ways.

Non-credit Tuition Option - $1,100

Undergraduate and Graduate Credit: Undergraduate (3 credits); Graduate (3-4 credits). Standard tuition rates apply. More info available on admissions page (link below).

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About the Resident Faculty and Visiting Artists

Gina Beavers (Visiting Artist)

Gina Beavers in her studio

Gina Beavers (b. 1974; Athens, Greece) creates paintings and installations inspired by photos culled from the internet and social media and rendered in high acrylic relief. Her series have included paintings that are based on body painting, social media snapshots of food, make-up tutorials, memes, and bodybuilder selfies.
Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at galleries including Marianne Boesky, New York; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; GNYP Gallery, Berlin; Carl Kostyal, London and Milan; Various Small Fires, Seoul among others. In March 2019, MoMA PS1 opened Beavers’ first solo museum exhibition, Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve. Beavers holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (1996), an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College (2005).

Omar Velázquez (Visiting Artist)

Omar Velazquez

Omar Velázquez (b. Isabela Puerto Rico 1984) is an artist based between Puerto Rico and Chicago. He obtained a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Puerto Rico and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. 
His works revisits the history of painting, sculpture and music from the island, feeding a centrifugal inquiry on the politicization of the Puerto Rican identity. He has presented several individual projects at the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, and the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art.
 In a series of large-scale paintings, Velázquez—who lives between Ponce, Puerto Rico and Chicago—explores the lush, tropical landscape through vibrant colors and thick oil paint smears, known as impasto, creating surreal scenes from memories, dreams, and his daily walks and drives through the Puerto Rican countryside. In Velázquez’s paintings, the landscape and its creatures are mystical entities that reveal the dark legacies of colonialism and the experience of the Puerto Rican diaspora.
He has been awarded for contemporary art and cultural institutions such as MassMOCA residency 2020. His latest solo project, Miracle Fruit was presented at Corbett vs Dempsey Gallery Chicago IL (2019).

Gianna Commito (Resident Faculty)

Gianna Commito

Gianna Commito earned a BFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY and an MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. The artist has been included in exhibitions at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; The Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH; Lehman College Art Department, New York, NY; Webster State University, Ogden, UT; MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH; National Academy, New York, NY; and the Drawing Center, New York, NY; among others. Commito is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Ohio Arts Council Award; the Cleveland Art Prize; and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. In 2018, her work was featured in the inaugural edition of the FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art in Cleveland, OH. Commito is represented by Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York City.