A Catalyst of Meaning: The Art of Karrie Ross

See also: “Synergy of Expression: A Conversation with Karrie Ross.” A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition at LA Artcore Gallery at the Union Center for the Arts (August 25 – 31, 2014), Los Angeles, California, by Jill Thayer, Ph.D.      For centuries, artists have explored the conceptual boundaries of art and science, such as Da Vinci, […]

Life Imitates Art: A Conversation with Alba Francesca

May 2014 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Summer issue “Sometimes it starts by something as simple as a piece of fabric that triggers a memory.”      Alba Francesca Color-infused textiles of cotton and silk pieced into figurative narratives and geometric abstractions personify the life and multi-faceted career of Alba Francesca. Her work […]

Word Play: A Conversation with Tm Gratkowski

See also: “Tm Gratkowski: NOTHING SHOCKING.” December 2013 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, Winter issue “There became a point where art making became the career wasn’t about taking notes, it was about doing.”      Tm Gratkowski A stream of print media is captured, codified, and shared through the process-driven works of Tm Gratkowski. […]

The Sublimity of Trang T. Lê

A catalogue essay to accompany the exhibition, Trang T. Lê: Quiet Thoughts (October 4 – November 11, 2013) at Artspace Vincennes, Indiana. By Jill Thayer, Ph.D. A calm presence is felt upon viewing the paintings of Trang T. Lê. Her ethereal compositions impart the quiet essence of nature in a visual language of contemplation. For Lê, […]

The Cultural Contexts of Arnold Mesches

Arnold Mesches: A Life’s Work at Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design and MDC’s Kendall, Wolfson, and North Campus Galleries reveal the life and times of the prolific artist and activist in an ambitious retrospective. By Jill Thayer, Ph.D., Contributing Writer, ARTPULSE Magazine MIAMI – During the Great Depression, artists portrayed the plight […]

In Their Own Words: Oral Histories of CGU Art

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Søren Kierkegaard In May 2011, Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities invited me to compile and produce oral histories of alumni artists, professors, and professors emeritus of CGU Art. This post-doctoral project evolved from my dissertation, which explored the mechanisms of […]

A Conversation with Billie Milam Weisman: President and Director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

June 2012 Written by Jill Thayer, Ph.D. for ARTVOICES Magazine, June/July issue A number of years ago, I had the privilege to work with curator Billie Milam Weisman during my master’s thesis in presenting the exhibition Made in California: Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at the Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University, Bakersfield. The […]