July 8 – October 1, 2017 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 1 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Art League
Now in its 29th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 29 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. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. From 247 submitting artists, twelve were selected by juror Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.
Biennial 29 artists are:
- Heather Brammeier, Peoria, Illinois heatherbrammeier.com
- Ryan Lewis, Kalamazoo, Michigan wmich.edu/art/directory/lewis
- Nathan Margoni, Benton Harbor, Michigan nathanmargoni.com
- Shanna Merola, Hamtramck, Michigan shannamerola.virb.com
- Andrea Ellen Reed, Minneapolis, Minnesota andreaellenreed.com
- James Robert Southard, Lexington, Kentucky jamesrsouthard.com
- Hunter Stamps, Lexington, Kentucky hunterstampssculpture.com
- Jacqueline Surdell, Chicago, Illinois jacquelinesurdell.com
- Carolyn Swift, Traverse City, Michigan carolynswift.com
- Nhat Tran, Indianapolis, Indiana urushi-artist.com
- Adam White, Maplewood, Minnesota a-white.com
- Zhiyuan Yang, Chicago, Illinois zhiyuanyang.com
Juror Miranda Lash is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. At the Speed, Lash oversees the contemporary department’s exhibitions, programming, collection, and acquisitions, as well as commissions for the Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park. Prior to the Speed, Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 2008 to 2014. At NOMA she organized over twenty exhibitions, including the traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch; Swoon: Thalassa; Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys; and Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park. Her essays have been published in the Harvard journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the anthology Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, New American Painting, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Lash has been a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a consultant for Creative Capital, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the Curator’s Council for U.S. Biennial Prospect.4. Her upcoming exhibition at the Speed, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, an inquiry into Southern identity, is co-organized with Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and is accompanied by an extensive catalog published by Duke University Press. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Williams College.