Proyecto Ace’s “Genius Loci’”

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PROYECTO ACE

PROYECTO ACE

Location: Hyatt Grand Ballroom A
Date/Time: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 – 10:00am
Organizer: Alicia Candiani
Presenters: Aleksandra Janik (Poland), Miguel Rivera (México/USA), John Hitchcock (USA)

This panel will introduce Proyecto´ace -an independent non-profit studio and residency program located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina- and will address the particular spirit of this place based on collaboration, theory, expanded field printmaking practices and urban involvement.  For the last decade ’ace has act as a bridge that allows artists to cross disciplines, cultures and places, embedding in its activities a distinctive atmosphere (a genius loci) in which diversity, exchange and risks have taken place and have been welcome. From Alaska to Tasmania, its international projects and residencies have been linking traditional and innovative printmaking with expanded field artistic practices as well as connecting the international artistic communities with art, artists and the city of Buenos Aires, one of the Latin America cultural centers.

Alicia Candiani is a practicing artist and independent curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the founder and current director of Proyecto’ace and the president of Fundación‘ace para el Arte Contemporáneo, which are located in her home city. She exhibits widely and her works have received several international major awards. Candiani has been artist-in-residence, visiting artist, guest professor and lecturer at numerous and prestigious institutions all over the world. She has directed international projects as well as joined the international jury at print biennials including China, Poland, Slovenia, Serbia, the United States, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Cuba, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Egypt, Russia, Bulgaria and Check Republic.

Aleksandra Janik received her MFA in printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland in 1996. In 1996-97 she was the DAAD grant holder at the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany. Her artistic and academic interests concentrate mainly on printmaking and photography – traditional as well as digital. She is currently the Associate Professor and Vice Dean of the College of Graphics and Media Art at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland.   Aleksandra has been artist in residency at Proyecto´ace as well as head collaborations between both, Projecto´ace and Wroclaw Academy.

Miguel Rivera joined the KCAI faculty in fall 2008 to serve as chair of the printmaking department and he is a steering committee member at KC Artist Inc. and a Board member at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.  A practicing artist as well as an experienced educator, Rivera has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Mexico, Japan and the United States. He earned a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting in 1995 from Southern Oregon University in Ashland and an associate degree in printmaking in 1992 from the University of Guanajuato.  At Proyecto´ace he has been an artist-in-residence in 2011 as well as directed the Crossover International Project in 2013.

John Hitchcock is an Artist and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
where he teaches screen-printing, relief cut, and installation art. Exhibitions include: the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; International Print Center New York, New York; Museum of Arts & Design, New York; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Exit Art, New York; the Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an artist in residence at Proyecto´ace John develop the Moving Target project- an intervention in the city railroad system-and the installation Expansion.

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