Friday, November 13, 2015

The Interdisciplinary Nature of Contemporary Fiber-based Art by Alison Ferris, Curator of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

  • DATE of event: November 17, 2015
  • TIME of event: Reception 5:15 pm; Lecture 6pm
  • LOCATION of event: Denius Student Center, Hartley Room (Florida Tech Main Campus)
  • ADDRESS of the location: Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901
  • PHONE NUMBER for public use:  321-674-8313
About the Speaker:
Alison Ferris has been a curator for over twenty years and is known for her exhibitions that offer contemporary, critical engagement within a broad-based art historical perspective. As a curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center from 1992 to 1996, she organized three particularly powerful exhibitions: Conceptual Textiles: Material Meanings, Discursive Dress, and Hair. Ferris returned to the Arts Center in 2010 and was the lead curator for the major exhibition series The Drawing Season; the kids are all right a traveling photography exhibition that went to the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Addison Gallery of American Art; and Uncommon Ground featuring major installations by John Grade, Lauren Fensterstock, and artist team Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen. Currently on view at the Arts Center is Toward Textiles, a series of 5 exhibitions focusing on contemporary fiber-based for which Ferris was the lead curator.

Before returning to the Arts Center, Ferris served as assistant director of the Maine Arts Commission where she managed the public art program among other responsibilities. As curator at Bowdoin College Museum of Art from 1996 to 2008, she curated over twenty-five exhibitions of contemporary art including the acclaimed traveling exhibition The Disembodied Spirit. Ferris has served on grant review panels, lectured and taught at institutions across the United States, and has written

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