Fall means ArtPrize, and with that comes a new sculpture exhibition opening at Meijer Gardens. This year’s exhibition, Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors, features 16 artists and also serves as our fall exhibition, running from September 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
Meijer Gardens maintains a close relationship with artists in our permanent collection and relied on their recommendations of new and upcoming sculptors to form this group exhibition.
Meet the rest of our participating artists below, and see our Meet The Artists Part 1 blog post to read up on the other artists that are participating in Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors.
Osman Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York in 1995. He is an artist interested in constructing artifacts and experiences for social criticism and aesthetic expression. His work plays and subverts the materiality behind themes of identity, communication, economics and public space through participatory & performative installations and site-specific interventions.
Born in Petaluma, California, Sean Paul Lorentz lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and is the West Coast Studio Manager for sculptor Mark di Suvero. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts at Studio Art University of California. His work is the product of an instinctive process involving personal experience and the perpetual development of skills within the mediums of life and steel.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Washington, Seattle, Alyson Shotz has upcoming solo exhibitions at Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum and Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others.
Tom Price (b. London, UK, 1981) studied at Chelsea College of Art (2001-2004) and received a MA at the Royal College of Art, Sculpture School (2004-2006). In 2009 he was featured alongside Grayson Perry, Michael Landy, Sir Anthony Caro and Cornelia Parker on the BBC 4 television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now?, presented by Gus Casely-Hayford. In 2010 he featured on BBC 4’s, How to Get a Head in Sculpture, also featuring Marc Quinn and Sir Anthony Caro.
Born in London in 1972, Daniel Silver was raised in Jerusalem and moved back to London in 1994. He has exhibited extensively across the UK and internationally. He holds a BA of Fine Art from Slade School of Art and an MA of Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art.
Alisha Wessler lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Johansson Projects (Oakland), MeetFactory (Prague), Claire Morris Gallery (Ireland), Blütenweiss (Berlin), G2 (Chicago), Gowanus Studio Space (Brooklyn) and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (Ann Arbor).
Christopher Yockey was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He has a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and in addition to his own work, works with sculptor Mark di Suvero. He is also an avid hockey player, living in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Antonella Zazzera lives and works in Todi, Italy. She completed her studies with a degree in painting at the Pietro Vannucci Academy in Perugia in 1999. Over the years, she has deepened her knowledge of Italian Art and the recovery of its values: Sign, Light and Space. Always faithful to her first intuition, her current work of sculpture is the result of a process which springs from photographic researches leading her to focus the importance of Light in the definition of both Space and Form.