Each year the Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program brings renowned artists from diverse disciplines to lecture on their work, engage with students in the studio and meet in informal gatherings. Distinguished visiting artists including Terry Adkins, Arlene Shechet, Rochelle Feinstein, Polly Apfelbaum and Jessica Stockholder have infused the studios with their creative energies and shared their work with faculty and students. Recent visiting artists have included Jessica Vaughn, Jane Fine, Jamie Diamond and Emilie Clarke and Paula Wilson.
2018 Visiting Artists
Courtney Mattison '08
Courtney Mattison is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policymakers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She hand-sculpts intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of ocean ecosystems—primarily coral reefs—and the human-caused threats they face. Courtney’s delicate and often large-scale ceramic sculptural works have been exhibited at prominent science and art venues including the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Tang Museum, the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.
To learn more about Courtney Mattison, visit her website.
Deborah Zlotsky creates interrelationships through cycles of accumulation, rupture and repair. She writes, “Each painting materializes out of a friction between intention and coincidence, much like the daily processing required to be in the world.” In a catalog essay, writer Carmen Machado described Zlotsky’s work as “a convergence: of Renaissance images and pop art, of the past and present, of science fiction and reality, of physicality and illusion.” Zlotsky is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver. She has received a NYFA fellowship, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and her work is in many public and private collections. She teaches at RISD.
To learn more about Deborah Zlotsky, visit her website.
Sana Musasama received her B.A. from City College of New York in 1973 and her M.F.A. from Alfred University in 1988. Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place. Clay was a geographical catalyst that brought her first to West Africa. She studied Mende pottery in Sierra Leone (1974–75) and ventured later to Japan, China, South America and Cambodia. She has continued her quest, expanding her interests to tribal adornment practices in various indigenous cultures. She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity and the “purification” of the female body.
Musasama’s travels have transformed her approach to clay. Realizing that clay is universal, she believes that there is no dichotomy between her life and her work. Her trekking has taught her valuable lessons in observation, and her mission speaks of a global citizen who walks through the artwork, heart first. Musasama’s work is informed by history, women’s studies, culture, and her travel journal.
To learn more about Sana Musasama, visit her website.
Past Visiting Artists
Jessica Vaughn is a Chicago-born interdisciplinary artist who uses sculpture, photography and installation to discuss belonging and dispossession in urban spaces. To learn more about Jessica Vaughn, visit her website.
Jamie Diamond's art is grounded in photography, video and performance and revolves around modes of exchange, intimacy and perception. Through collaboration with strangers, she uses recognizable photographic genres to explore family identity, physical connections and social interactions. Visit www.jamiegdiamond.com for more information.
Borinquen Gallo's art reconfigures ordinary materials into unexpected combinations, the irreproducible and the commercial, the original and the copy, the permanent and the consumable or even the disposable. Her goal is to elucidate an unexpected beauty from the transformation of mundane materials and to displace the familiar or the mediocre, giving way to the surprising. Visit www.borinquengallo.com for more information.