July 5 – September 27, 2015 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 4 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Art League
Now in its 28th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 28 presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest. Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, this exhibition is an up-to-date dialogue of art happening in our own backyard. From hundreds of submitting artists, only twelve were selected by juror Staci Boris, Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), Elmhurst, Illinois. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist.
Biennial 28 artists are:
- Thomas Berding, East Lansing, Michigan art.msu.edu/profile/berding
- Mille Guldbeck, Grand Rapids, Ohio mille-guldbeck.com
- Garrett Hansen, Lexington, Kentucky garrettohansen.com
- Jessica Harvey, Chicago, Illinois thejessicaharvey.com
- Alisa Henriquez, East Lansing, Michigan alisahenriquez.com
- Jessica Labatte, Winfield, Illinois jessicalabatte.com
- Jennifer Lanski, Cincinnati, Ohio jenniferlanski.com
- Valerie Mann, Saline, Michigan valerie-mann.squarespace.com
- Grant Newman, Lyons, Illinois grantnewman.com
- Gautam Rao, Indianapolis, Indiana gautamrao.net
- Millee Tibbs, Detroit, Michigan milleetibbs.com
- Monika Wulfers, Chicago, Illinois monikawulfers.com
Juror Staci Boris has been the Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) since 2012. For EAM, she has organized such acclaimed exhibitions as Richard Koppe, Heidi Norton: Prismatic Nature, SpotLight, Inventory: The EAM Collection, Fragment: Sampling the Modern and Open House: Art About Home and coordinated the presentation of the recent exhibition Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday. Staci served as Senior Curator at Chicago’s Spertus Museum from 2004 to 2009, and was responsible for shaping and overseeing the museum’s exhibition program. She curated the inaugural exhibition The New Authentics: Artists of the Post- Jewish Generation and co-organized the exhibition A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, producing major publications for both. Staci served as a curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), where she worked for 12 years and organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions, including the first U.S. retrospective of William Kentridge, the first survey of John Currin, and the first solo museum show of Sarah Sze. At MCA, Staci was the Project Coordinator for the “12 x 12” exhibition series dedicated to emerging artists and served as Assistant Curator for the major Art in Chicago: 1945-1995 exhibition. Staci lives in Chicago and has an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Boston University, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.