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SKYWAY Panel Discussion: The Gendered Medium

SKYWAY Panel Discussion: The Gendered Medium

We begin our series of panels featuring artists from Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration and Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill with a discussion about gender and medium, particularly the role of craft in contemporary practice. FREE with Museum admission. Reception and book-signing to follow in Membership Garden.

Panelists: Neil Bender, April Hartley, Akiko Kotani, Marie Yoho Dorsey

Neil Bender uses humor and excess to explore the complex negotiations between human desire and social norms. He earned his BFA from Rutgers University and his MFA from the University of Georgia, where he received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He also attended both the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. He is co-founder of Quaid Gallery in Tampa and an Associate Professor of Painting at USF Tampa.

April Hartley uses traditional textile methods learned in her childhood to explore the themes of womanhood and personal history. Hailing from a family of professional seamstresses, Hartley believes in the universality of sewing and fabric and that it “connects her to people across cultures and the boundaries of time.” She received her BFA in Painting and Textiles from Florida International University.

In her intricate installations, Akiko Kotani brings to light the immense amount of time necessary to create what appears to be a simple work, and explores the devaluing of traditional “woman’s work.” Kotani received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, PA, and her work is held in collections all over the world. Professor Emerita at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, she now lives in Gulfport.

Marie Yoho Dorsey works in multiple mediums including printmaking, performance, and sculpture. Often referencing the passage of time and the complexities of memory, her works are intricately crafted. Dorsey studied at the Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Tokyo, and earned her MFA from the University of South Florida.

Image: Neil Bender, Tussle (detail), 1985/2017

Event Details

July 20, 2017

6:30–7:30 pm

Event Categories

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

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