Opening Reception: January 22nd 7-11 pm
MASS is pleased to present Staycation, an exhibition featuring six Austin-based artists whose works display different approaches to abstraction and painting. Artists included in this exhibition are Jeana Baumgardner, Anthony Creeden, Ryan Davis, Caitlin Halloran, Dan Sutherland, and Raymond Uhlir. While their approaches to image-making share an interest in the deconstruction and rearranging of shapes, color, and form, a full spectrum of processes and goals leads to a wide range of outcomes.
Staycation is the first of an annual series of exhibitions at MASS Gallery based on studio visits with artists working in Austin, TX. The series is designed to broaden the curatorial practice at MASS, and give Austin-based artists more opportunities to show amongst their peers.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jeana Baumgardner received her BFA in Painting from the University of Iowa in 1998. In 1997, she was awarded a Fellowship from Yale University and attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. After receiving her BFA, Jeana attended Hunter College in New York City where she received her MFA in Painting in 2001. Her work has been reviewed and/or published in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Artworld Digest, Zing Magazine, and Flaunt Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, New York, and Venezuela.
Anthony B Creeden is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. Born in Washington D.C., he earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin in the painting department. Recent exhibitions include the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL, and William Benington Gallery in London, UK. Previous exhibitions include RAID Projects in Los Angeles, CA, Free Range Gallery in Chicago, IL, and Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI.
Ryan Davis was born in 1984 in Austin, TX, where he currently lives and works. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Studio Art in 2006.
Caitlin Halloran was born and raised in Franklin County, Massachusetts. A recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Greenfield Community College, she is a current MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dan Sutherland grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C., received his BFA from James Madison University and his MFA from Syracuse University. Dan lives and works in Austin, Texas, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and is represented by Moody Gallery in Houston, TX and Dutton Gallery in New York.
Raymond Uhlir was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1979. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas – Austin in 2002 and his MFA in Studio Art from the University of California – Santa Barbara in 2010. He has been active in several artistic collectives and had his work exhibited at various galleries and museums across the United States. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.