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Friday, January 9, 2015

Ayako Abe-Miller, Clemson University MFA Candidate, to Exhibit in ArtFields 2015

Ayako Abe-Miller's Spiral Memory
 ArtFields will be a diverse competition, exhibiting approximately 400 works selected from 1,061 submissions from across the Southeast. The accepted artwork represents a wide range in subject matter, medium, and emerging to established artists. Ayako will exhibit her artwork in Lake City, SC during ArtFields from April 24-May 2, 2015.

ArtFields 2015 mission is to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of citizens residing within the greater Lake City area through, among other things, educational offerings and activities that foster and develop culture and arts within the community.

The Review Panel of ArtFields 2015 consisted of:

William Pittman Andrews is the Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. His career in museums began over 20 years ago as a docent for a traveling exhibition from the Roger Houston Ogden Collection, which later from the nucleus of the Ogden Museum collection, and has since included curatorial and administrative work in galleries and university museum systems. During this time, Andrews’ scholarship has focused on Southern Self-Taught Art and the correlation between the development of visual arts and the traditions of Blues and Jazz, Southern literature, and culinary heritage.

Andrews is former Director of the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford, MS, a large museum complex that includes writer William Faulkner’s historic home, Rowan Oak, and the surrounding pristine 30-acre wilderness sanctuary called Bailey’s Woods. There, Andrews established, with donor Mike Edmonds, the Hattie Mae Edmonds Fund for Southern Folk Art.

Andrews is a Mississippi native and Mississippi Arts Commission Fellow, who studied fine art, art history and educational psychology at Mississippi State University, earning both BFA and MFA degrees. He was Gallery Director and the founding Director of the Visual Arts Center at Mississippi State University, and served on Board of Directors of the Mississippi Historic Trust.

An artist, writer, educator and curator, Andrews widely exhibits  his own work. Between 2005 and 2014 his work has been the subject of 18 exhibitions in Mississippi, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans. Andrews received Best in Show at the Greenville Invitationals and the Mississippi Art Faculty exhibition at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
Andrews’ own work is process oriented and involves various materials in diverse disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation to depict conditions of loss and gain as a testament to the constantly changing nature of life.

Curator Chad Alligood joined Crystal Bridges in July, 2013, working with Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi in curating State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Beyond State of the Art, Alligood’s ongoing work at Crystal Bridges focuses on the collection, presentation, and scholarship of modern and contemporary American art, with an emphasis on the postwar period. Alligood’s research and exhibitions have focused on American art since 1900, and his areas of particular interest include contemporary art, art of the 1960s and ‘70s, and art of the west coast.

Alligood is a Perry, Georgia native who earned his bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, his master’s degree in Art History from the University of Georgia, and has completed his PhD coursework at City University of New York (CUNY). After serving as adjunct professor of art history at Brooklyn College from 2010 to 2012, Alligood interned at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where he provided research support for the development of large exhibitions of modern art in New York and abroad.

Alligood received the Kress Foundation Fellowship from Smith College Institute for Art Museum Studies, and came to Crystal Bridges from Cranbrook Art Museum where he was serving as the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow.

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