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Keith A. Smith  

May 6 through July 1
Ladies First by Keith A. Smith
VSW Gallery

Keith A. Smith is widely recognized as one of the few great living masters of the book as artwork with nearly 300 bookworks created to date. This selection focuses on his representation of women in classical painting such as his large fold book, Ladies First, and a classic women painter, Frida Kahlo.

Sage Lewis  

May 6 through June 3
Temporary Surface by Sage Lewis
Project Space

Sage Lewis is spending her time in the Project Space establishing a connection between photographic space and textile surface manipulation. She began this work in the spring of 2015 in the Doha and Gulf region where she was inspired by the massive city structures erected seemingly out of the sand and the scorching temperatures that made a hazy aura as heat waves rose through the air. Her series combines digital printing with fabric dyes using a technique called Arashi (meaning storm) to manipulate the photographic image and physical surface of the picture plane of images of the desert. Lewis is experimenting with work that conveys an alternative notion of landscape and pictorial space.

Sage Lewis holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and recently completed a 10-month Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. She has recently exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Hamad bin Khalifa University Art Gallery in Doha, Qatar.

VSW Film Series  

Saturday, May 28th, 8pm
Mare's Tail by David Larcher
Presented by Gordon Nelson
VSW Auditorium

"Mare's Tail is an epic film flight into an inner space. It is a 2-1/2 hour visual accumulation; it is the filmmaker's personal odyssey, the odyssey of each of us. The lines move into shapes which move into orbits and your eyes water into colors. The film becomes one of the most vital penetrations into the experience of seeing." - Stephen Dwoskin

Projected in 16mm. Suggested donation $5. Part of the Spring 2016 VSW Film Series, programmed by Tara Merenda Nelson, Curator of Moving Image Collections.


First Friday, June 3, 6–9pm

Join us for our First Friday reception. Free and open to the public.

Dylan Nelson  

June 6 through June 25
The Nature of Pencils by Dylan Nelson
Project Space

Nelson's work involves a combination of image and book making with an underlying interest in how these images and objects are engaged, phenomenologically. In the Project Space he will explore displaying works old and new through methods of projection, sculpture, and installation with an aim of seeing image making, installation, and book making coalesce into one working practice.

Dylan Nelson cofounded Houseboat Press, a small publisher that has produced close to 30 artists' books since 2012. He currently splits his time between New York and Minnesota. Most recently his work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, NY and Boston University Art Gallery.

Photo-Bookworks Symposium  

June 23 through June 25
VSW's Photo-Bookworks Symposium

Every two years, VSW invites a dozen people to present serious ideas about photo books as artworks at an informal assembly we call the Photo-Bookworks Symposium. Besides the remarkable speakers, the audience at this gathering is likely to include many people as experienced in the field as those presenting, which makes for many dynamic and informal dialogues over the two and a half day event. Speakers in 2016 will include Cristina de Middel, Alejandro Cartagena, Philip Zimmermann, Adrian Octavius Walker, and Houseboat Press, amongst others to be announced.


First Friday, July 1, 6–9pm

Join us for our First Friday reception. Free and open to the public.