Travis Head, Personal Best, 2011
Travis Head, Personal Best, 2011, graphite on paper, 7 x 5 inches

AAC is pleased to announce the SOLOS 2012 artists.

Barbara Bernstein, Emily Biondo, Michael Borek, Leah Cooper, Warren Craghead, Nancy Daly, Naomi J. Falk, Travis Head, Emily Hermant, Laura Hudson, Timothy Thompson, and Richard Vosseller were selected by the AAC review panel with special guests Klaus Ottman, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large of the Phillips Collection, Karen Milbourne, curator at the Smithsonian African Art Museum, and J. J. McCracken, installation artist and art professor. Some of the artists will mount exhibitions in SPRING SOLOS 2012, April 4 to June 10, and the others will exhibit in FALL SOLOS 2012 October 3 to December 23, 2012.

Each year AAC selects 10 to 14 artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region to exhibit at AAC. Each artist is invited to mount a solo exhibition of contemporary art in any and all media in one of AAC’s nine galleries—or outside on the grounds. 

Barbara Bernstein
Barbara Bernstein has exhibited her work nationally and internationally—at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh PA, the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, and the UN Conference for Women in Beijing, China. Bernstein's public art projects include the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway, creating the design enhancements for all seven stations. Her teaching positions include the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University. She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the HK Mellon Foundation among others. Bernstein's awarded residencies include the MacDowell Colony, the American Academy in Rome; since 2007, she and her husband David Garratt have been the Resident Artists at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst VA.

Emily Biondo
Emily Biondo is a visual artist working and residing in Washington DC. She received her MFA in Studio Art from American University in 2011. Several of her pieces were seen recently at the (e)merge art fair in Washington DC in September 2011. Her current work is primarily electronic interactive installations that focus on communication and miscommunication, particularly within relationships. She is Video Editor at The Studio Visit web journal.

Michael Borek
Michael Borek, a photographer of Czech origin now based in Bethesda MD grew up under communism in what he describes as “newly created, cheerless urban landscapes.” He found these new constructions depressing and was drawn instead to older buildings. That these old structures were dilapidated and deteriorating only added to their appeal. Borek continued to be fascinated by the visual archeology of urban decay after he moved to the United States in 1992. Several years ago, Borek became a member of the Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA. He has had a solo show at the Czech Embassy in Washington DC, and last year he was a featured artist in the Rayko Gallery in San Francisco. This year, his photographs from the old lace factory in Scranton PA were selected for juried shows by curators from the Corcoran, Whitney, Hirshhorn, and Getty Museums, and one of them won second prize in the fine art category of the international competition of FotoWeek DC.

Leah Cooper
Leah Cooper is fascinated by the extraordinary world that exists within the ordinary. Her work questions our perception of the everyday, explores an expanded notion of drawing, and aims to create site-responsive installations whose existence function as open works, pointing to a field of possibilities rather than a static fait accompli.
She is an avid observer, a determined thinker, a purposeful maker, and an artist who designates a piece successful when it has generated more questions rather than illustrated a single answer. Leah received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009, where she was awarded the MFA in Studio Art Fellowship. She completed her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1989. Since 1989 she has lived and worked in Baltimore. Leah was a 2010 Sondheim Finalist and a 2011 recipient of a Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Grant. She has shown in the Mid-Atlantic region at The Baltimore Museum of Art, The University of Maryland, The Creative Alliance, and Montpellier Arts Center, and RTKL Architecture Firm.

Warren Craghead
Warren Craghead III lives in Charlottesville VA. He likes to make pictures and has exhibited his work internationally. He has also published many works, including the Xeric Grant winning Speedy and several collaborations with poets and writers, one of which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006.
He received an MFA in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA in 1993, and attended the Skowhegan School in 1993.

Nancy Daly
Daly currently lives in Baltimore MD and works as an adjunct professor of Electronic Media and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a recent graduate of the Photographic and Electronic Media MFA program at MICA and also holds a BFA in graphic design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg VA. Her current body of work examines how the development of the online social world is affecting identity and social behavior. By creating interactive machines reminiscent of outdated technology, she addresses the contradictions present in various social media that are at once ephemeral and entirely permanent. Interactivity and the vocabulary of minimalist sculpture are key elements of her installations that challenge the viewer to look beyond the user-friendliness of online technology and consider what their participation in it means.

Naomi J. Falk
A graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture, Naomi Falk continued her studies in sculpture at Portland State University. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 2003, earning an MFA in Sculpture and Performance Art.
Falk is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor, Gallery Coordinator, and Technician at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg VA. She has exhibited regionally and nationally and has done artist residencies in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony in Austerlitz NY, and last summer, at Nes Artist Residency, in Skagaströnd, Iceland.Falk’s work includes performance, video, sculpture, and text, where she explores the distance between physical and psychological space and interprets the impact of social events and their dynamics by delineating presence, absence, action, and reaction. She lives in Williamsburg VA.

Travis Head
Head earned an MA and MFA in Painting and Drawing, with a minor in Printmaking, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He received the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship during his final two years of study. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College, and SUNY New Paltz. He currently lives in Blacksburg VA where he is an Assistant Professor of Art, teaching drawing for the School of Visual Art at Virginia Tech University.
Head’s work is included in the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program, and his drawings and artist’s books have been exhibited nationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Selected recent exhibitions include Small at Luise Ross Gallery, NYC, Soft Eyes at Furman University, SC, and Terrain: Travis Head, April Warren and Neial Hollinger at KMOCA in Kingston NY.

Emily Hermant
Emily Hermant received her BFA with Distinction in Studio Arts and Religion from Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, in 2004, and completed her MFA as a Trustee Merit Scholar from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, where her work was supported by a research grant from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture. She has exhibited widely in museums, galleries, and festivals in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe. She has been award residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT and at Studio XX Media Arts Center in Montréal, and her work has been reviewed in Espace Sculpture, the Village Voice, American Craft Magazine, and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, among others. Hermant is currently based in Richmond VA where she is Visiting Assistant Professor in Fiber in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Laura Hudson
Hudson grew up on Whidbey Island, located north of Seattle in the Puget Sound. She recently graduated in 2011 with an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art at the Mt. Royal School of Art in Baltimore MD. Her work is installations of figurative paintings based on events that she orchestrates. She is currently an artist in residence at Gallery Four in Baltimore. She works as a food runner at Woodberry Kitchen.

Timothy Thompson
Thompson received his MFA in Sculpture from the Rinehart School of Sculpture, MICA. He lives and works in Baltimore. His focus is on making, and his sculpture uses a vast array of materials and media. Through his practice, he explores contemporary ideas and issues while experiencing and understanding the objects and materials that surround him. All kinds of making interest him: ancient and classical casting methods as well as codes that power the apps on smart phones.

Richard Vosseller
After obtaining his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Richard Vosseller spent the requisite time in New York where he continued to grow his studio practice, took welding classes, and worked as assistant to sculptor Mihai Popa. To expand his discipline, he moved west and received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001.
Over the last decade, Mr. Vosseller’s practice has grown and evolved to incorporate ideas of time and space, success and failure, and motion: the world as four dimensions. He has created these works through a singular vision of architectural constructions built to craftsmanship standards outside the art world while including the process-as-author and the welcome necessity of collaboration. Vosseller has been the recipient of a Cirque Du Soleil Grant, a supported residency at the Goldwell Artists Residency in Rhyolite, Nevada, and a commission from Arlington County, Virginia. He was recently named a semi-finalist for the 2011 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Richard Vosseller is adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Maryland University College.