Sculptor Denise Pelletier received her MFA from Alfred University and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. Her work in ceramic sculpture and site-specific art has been shown extensively in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; the Katonah Museum of Art, NY; the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Hogeschool, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden; and Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. She has had solo shows at Garth Clark Gallery, NY; the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Ontario, the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, and others. She has taught and lectured widely, received numerous grants and awards, and has held residencies in the Netherlands and France; Hunter College, NY; the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art, Me; and in the Kohler Arts Industry Program, Kohler Company, WI. Material culture, historical image and literary influences converge in the work of Denise Pelletier. Addressing the body as both flesh and social construct, her ceramic and mixed-media objects and installations make symbolic use of reinvented cultural artifacts, displaced and transformed to create new meanings and re-imagined narratives. Pelletier currently teaches at Connecticut College in New London, CT.
Photographer David Hilliard is currently a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and has also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and the University of Southern Florida. His work can be found in important collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has had dozens of solo exhibitions including one at the New Britain Museum of American Art in 2007. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an artist residency at Dartmouth College in 2010, a Guggenheim in 2001 and a Fulbright in 1995. David Hilliard earned his MFA from Yale. His second monograph will be published this year (Minor Matters Books) and is called David Hilliard: What Could Be. David Hilliard writes: “While my photographs focus on the personal, the familiar and the simply ordinary, the work strikes a balance between autobiography and fiction. For me, the construction of panoramic photographs, comprised of various single images, acts as a visual language. Focal planes shift, panel by panel. This sequencing of photographs and shifting of focal planes allows me the luxury of guiding the viewer across the photograph, directing their eye: an effect which could not be achieved through a single image.”
James McNabb is a young, emerging Philadelphia-based artist working primarily in wood. His creations of cityscape-inspired sculptures explore sociological concepts regarding transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment. McNabb blends traditional woodworking technique with experimental mark-making using a bandsaw. This intuitive process, referred to as “sketching with a band saw,” allows the artist to generate forms rapidly, working through new and exciting ideas without preliminary design development. This approach to woodworking is an attempt to capture the fast-paced, crude mark-making that is commonly found in contemporary urban art. The resulting works are distorted compositions of abstracted architectural forms, exploring the limitless possibilities of the urban landscape and our human relationship to it.