SFUAD Art Faculty Member Susan York to Exhibit Work in Munich
Installations on display at Galerie Renate Bender beginning June 28
For Immediate Release
Santa Fe, N.M.—July 3, 2012— Susan York, the president's chair in art at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, is exhibiting her latest installations in Pure, an exhibition at Galerie Renate Bender in Munich, Germany, from June 28 through Aug. 4.
York's installations, which feature large, solid graphite blocks mounted on the wall, are accompanied by graphite drawings.
"I draw inspiration from the golden ratio in Greek mathematics and classical geometry, as well as the open and seemingly infinite land of New Mexico," said York, whose work explores the relationship of shapes with one another and the visceral tension created by angles and space.
York joined the faculty of Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 1998 (when it was known as the College of Santa Fe). She is currently the head of the university's Sculpture program. Her sculptures and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe, including the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe; Galleria d'Arte Diagramma/Studioeffe in Grottaglie, Italy; Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco; and Galerie Renate Bender. York's site-specific installations and drawings are in the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum and other art magazines. In 2012, York received the Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize, the Herb Alpert Foundation Award for residency at the Ucross Foundation near Sheridan, Wyo.
"Susan is an inspiring mentor, and her international art practice is a model for our students' aspirations," said Linda Swanson, chair of the Art Department at SFUAD. "She is a focused and inventive art maker within her studio; outside of her studio, she is an effective communicator who connects her work with significant galleries and curators both nationally and abroad. The balance of these two activities stimulates her highly successful career."
Throughout the past decade, York has lectured extensively at a variety of institutions, including Harvard University, New York University, Pratt Institute, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Hunter College and the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
About SFUAD's Art Department
The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding his or her artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe's internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.
About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world's leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.