Benjamin Lee Sperry and Julia Stoddard in Conjoining Islands, opening July 21st at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Alumni News, Exhibitions, VCS Alumni | No Comments

Recent VCS graduates Benjamin Lee Sperry and Julia Stoddard will have works on display later this month in the four-person exhibition Conjoining Islands at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, running from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, August 28, 2016 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the 21st. Here is the Sheen Center website’s exhibition description and profile of the participating artists (click on the link above or the image below to visit the site):

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Leah Frankel’s installation-based practice employs a variety of materials, objects, and media to form a body of work that centers around time, systems, intersections, and the subtleties of our common experiences.
She uses ordinary moments like a glass of water balancing on a table and the shadows of balloons sliding along the floor to demonstrate these extraordinary phenomena. Frankel’s work has been recognized nationally as a finalist in the 2014 Dedalus MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture and statewide with a 2015 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She was a Hamiltonian Fellow in Washington, DC (2008–2010) and has exhibited work nationally on the East Coast and in the Midwest, as well as internationally in Berlin and Tampere, Finland. Leah Frankel is a teaching artist based in Columbus, Ohio and received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Ohio State University in 2014.

Jeffrey Cortland Jones is an Artist and Educator who lives in Southwestern Ohio with his wife Heather and two young children. He received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Dayton where he heads the Painting program. Jeffrey’s work is represented by Angela Meleca Gallery, Columbus, OH; Galleri Urbane, Dallas + Marfa, TX; Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA; Gray Contemporary, Houston, TX; and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY. In addition to making work, he also actively curates exhibitions at a number of galleries and alternative spaces, including Divisible, a project space in Dayton, Ohio, which he co-founded in 2014.

Benjamin Lee Sperry is from rural Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts in 2016. He received the Chairman’s Merit Award and has exhibited with Dacia Gallery, Lambert Fine Arts, and The James Oliver Gallery. He chooses to work with a variety of visual media as well as the written word. He lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

Julia Stoddard is a multi-media artist based in New York. Her work in print, sculpture, video, sound, and syntheses thereof engage carefully selected and sometimes cultivated environments which become mediums for generating recordings used in compositions or spatial installations. The work seeks to reveal unheard sonic phenomena while investigating memory via acts of transference to land and environment. She received a BFA from the Visual & Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts (2016).


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