SculptureX Symposium 2014

The Social Political Object



SCULPTUREX 2014: THE SOCIAL POLITICAL OBJECT will examine social and cultural activism carried out 

through the mechanisms of art and culture.


Hosted by Columbus College of Art & Design on Saturday, Oct. 11, The Social Political Object will 

present artwork and research that explore designation, the object, and the system an object 

is held within. Artists, academics, community members, and cultural practitioners will come 

together for discussions intended to illuminate both historical work and current activity.

Keynote speaker Sharon Hayes is an internationally renowned artist whose work looks at 

gender by demonstrating how historical gender affiliations have embedded themselves in our 

collective memory and are played out in current political situations. Her work has been shown in 

museums, galleries, and performance spaces around the world, including the New Museum, the 

Tate Modern in London, Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, and the Deutsche Guggenheim in 



Founded in 2010, SculptureX is a teaching and networking resource that serves as a catalyst for 

collaboration among Midwestern arts institutions and seeks to build awareness of Midwestern 

visual art programs both regionally and nationally. It promotes the intellectual pursuit of 

empathetic thinking, uncovering new forms and definitions of visual communication and 



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Sharon Hayes

assistant professor at Cooper Union

SculptureX 2014 Keynote Guest Sharon Hayes’ cross-disciplinary artwork and research mine the 

intersections of history, politics, and speech, eliciting a response between public and private 

historical realities and raising questions about the complexity of today’s collective affiliations 

around gender. Her conceptual and methodological approaches borrow from artistic and 

academic practices including theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism.


Her work has been shown at institutions including the New Museum for Contemporary Art, 

the Guggenheim, P.S. 1, Art in General, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Dance Theater Workshop, the 

Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Tate Modern, Museum Moderner Kunst, and the Deutsche 

Guggenheim. Locations include California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Bogotá, 

Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, Vienna, Vancouver, Zagreb, and 45 lesbian living rooms across the 

United States. She took part in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, the 2009 Istanbul Biennial, the 2008 

Yokohama Triennial and Guangzhou Triennial, and PERFORMA05.


Her collaborative piece 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, made with Andrea Geyer, Ashley 

Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne, was shown in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany, and 

subsequently at the Tate Modern in London and REDCAT in Los Angeles. Hayes is represented by Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.


Susan Richmond

assistant professor of Art History at Georgia State University

Susan Richmond’s research and teaching focus on questions of gender, sexuality, and class 

in modern and contemporary U.S. art and visual culture. Her new book on Lynda Benglis 

(forthcoming from Tauris Press) will provide the first in-depth art historical analysis of the 

artist’s career and her vital contributions to contemporary sculptural practices.

She is currently working on a project about the roles of sentimentality and love in Ree Morton’s 

sculptural installations; this research is part of a larger study on the gendering of aesthetic 

taste in post-war American art. In 2009, she co-curated Losing Yourself in the 21st Century, an 

exhibition of new media works by emerging female artists that debuted at the Welch Art Gallery 

before travelling to Maryland Art Place in Baltimore in 2010.



Nereida Garcia Ferraz

Nereida Garcia Ferraz is a painter, photographer, and video maker. She graduated from the 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited work in numerous museums and 

galleries around the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and

Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City.


Jillian Hernandez

Jillian Hernandez, founder of Women on the Rise!, is professor, curator, and community arts 

educator. Her research centers on racialization, sexualities, embodiment, girlhood, and cultural 

production ranging from hip hop to visual and performance art. She is assistant professor of 

Ethnic Studies and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego.


Anya Wallace

Anya Wallace’s research investigates the intersections of art theory, social justice, literature, 

and women’s health. She also works with photographic field study document social activism 

related to Black female youth. She is a PhD candidate in Art Education and Women’s Studies at 

Pennsylvania State University.




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10am – 4pm Symposium

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Canzani Center 60 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), in partnership with The Sculpture Center, will host the 2013/2014 Annual SculptureX Symposium, an intensive learning event that encourages collaboration among arts educators and artists, and addresses evolving ideas about sculpture within a broad cultural context. The two-day event "Participatory Objects and The Everyday Spectacular" will include a keynote address by Martin Kersels, an accomplished sculptor and installation artist, and Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University School of Art.

SculptureX 2013/14 highlights include noted art historian Terry Smith (University of Pittsburgh), Chido Johnson, Youmna Chlala, Osman Khan, Lilian Beidler, and exhibitions of work by emerging artists.



Let's Talk About Love, Baby

Hosted by Columbus Love Librarians, Danielle Julian Norton and Erin McKenna

Byers Gallery

October 11, 2013 - November 9, 2013

The object of affection takes the form of a book—individual artists’ interpretations of “love” concealed and superficially homogenized as romance novels. For more information, click here . 

Everyday Spectacular

CCAD Broad Street Gallery

October 11, 2013 - November 9, 2013

With work by emerging artists who are enrolled in or have recently completed their BFA or MFA, including Zimra Beiner, Eli Blasko, Eric Charlton, Lindsey Dezman, Leah Frankel, Taylor Hawkins, Anne Keener, Ginny Martin, Sean Pearson, Paige Phillips, Greg Ponchak, Liz Roberts, Pallavi Sen, and Zac Weinberg. 


My Crippled Friend

Canzani Center Gallery

October 11, 2013 - January 10, 2014

Investigates the recent history of the intersection of painterly abstraction and the object. With work by Richard Aldrich, Claire Ashley, Anna Betbeze, Sarah Braman, Todd Brandt, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Burr, Kathy Butterly, Sarah Cain, John Chamberlain, Cheryl Donegan, Michel François, Joe Fyfe, Katharina Grosse, Mary Heilman, Chris Johanson, Ross Knight, Jim Lambie, Chris Martin, Davis Rhodes, Matt Rich, Cordy Ryman, Nancy Shaver, Amy Yoes, and Tamara Zahaykevich. 



Martin Kersels

Michael Mercil, Osman Khan,Youmna Chlala, and Chido Johnson

Michael Mercil, Osman Khan,Youmna Chlala, and Chido Johnson

Danielle Julian Norton

Danielle Julian Norton

Terry Smith

Terry Smith

Lilian Beidler

Lilian Beidler

Love Library

Love Library