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 Berlin.

Founded in 2010 and managed by Cleveland's The Sculpture Center, 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 understanding.



Attention interested BFA, MFA and recent graduates since 2012 -

Call to participate in this year's SculptureX Symposium in Columbus, OH on Saturday October 11th 2014 // "Emerging Artist " presentations: 

This is your opportunity to give a brief presentation (similar to an elevator pitch) of your work to a large audience of practicing artists, art educators, art historians, and others in the region.  The panel will now be 60 minutes long and we are looking for 12 quality BFA/MFA students in the region to proficiently present a few images of recent work and briefly talk (2 minutes & 30 seconds maximum) about ideas, themes, and/or process. 

If you are interested in presenting your work and/or being a student moderator at the SculptureX symposium PLEASE email

- images 10 Images

-artist statement

- resume/CV

to Danielle Julian Norton, subject line "SculptureX CALL" by September 10th 2014. 

Danielle will respond in a timely manner notifying you about the additional information we need from you if you would like to participate.

If you have any additional questions please e-mail Danielle Julian Norton

(djuliannorton at ccad dot edu) 


The SculptureX chairs:

Molly J. Burke, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

Danielle Julian Norton, Associate Professor, Fine Arts

Columbus College of Art & Design


60 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 224-9101

1834 E 123rd St, Cleveland, OH 44106

(216) 229-6527

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444

(814) 732-2000

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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 Document 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

Susan Richmond is an associate professor of Art History in the Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University. She teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, with a specific emphasis on issues of gender, sexuality, and class in contemporary feminist practices and theories. She recently co-edited (with Jillian Hernandez) a special forum in Art Journal entitled “Sexing Sculpture: New Approaches to Theorizing the Object.” Richmond is also author of Lynda Benglis: Beyond Process (I.B. Tauris Press, 2013) and has published essays in Feminist Theory, Camera Obscura, n.paradoxa, and Art Papers, among others. She recently completed a writing project on the role of sentimentality in Ree Morton’s sculptural installations, and is beginning a new research project on the intersection of post-war domestic hobby crafts and contemporary sculpture. Richmond received a PhD in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin.


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.

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.


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.


Carmen Winant

assistant professor critical studies at CCAD

Carmen Winant is the newest member of the Critical Studies area at CCAD. Winant, an artist and writer,holds both an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. She is the Dean at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, an editor at Highlights Journal and WAX Magazine, and a regular contributor to Artforum, Frieze, The Believer, and Aperture Magazines. Winant is currently working on a book investigating ideas of practice as well as developing a literary magazine with the artist Matthew Brannon.


Eliza Myrie

Eliza Myrie was born in Albany, New York, in 1981 and currently lives and works in Chicago. Myrie was an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago in 2012 and a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. Myrie received her MFA from Northwestern University and her BA from Williams College. Select group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2012); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); Zora Space, Brooklyn, New York (2011); Applied Arts, Chicago (2011); Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago (2010); Davidson Contemporary, New York (2010); and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, Illinois (2010). Myrie experiments with multiple forms of popular media, focusing on class, ethnicity, politics, and race. She manipulates images through video, sculpture, and drawing to create new narratives.


Mitchell Squire

Mitchell Squire is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose practice engages material culture, architecture and visual art. He has recently exhibited at New Museum (New York), CUE Art Foundation (New York), White Cube (London UK), and Pèrez Art Museum Miami (Miami, FL). He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, and the University of California Berkeley. He was awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture’s (ACSA) “New Faculty Teaching Award,” as well as its “Creative Achievement Award” for his course “Craft and Crafty Action: On the Relationship Between Creativity and Mischief.” His publications include “Paris Done Burnt!” in White Papers, Black Marks: Architecture, Race and Culture (Athlone); and “cultureWARE: Implements of Desire; or, EAT THIS!,” in Eating Architecture (MIT). In 2011 Squire was listed among 25 artists in Art Review Magazine’s annual issue “Future Greats.” 





Saturday October 11

60 Cleveland Ave

Columbus, OH 43215


9 AM

Check-in & Registration (will continue through Noon) // Canzani Center Atrium


Welcome: Lisa Austin, Co-Founder SculptureX Symposium, Professor Edinboro University // Canzani Center Auditorium

10:15 AM

Emerging Artist Presentations – Selected Panelists TBA // Cazani Center Auditorium

11:30 AM


Learn more about CCAD’s MFA Program (refreshments provided) // Design Studios on Broad, 3rd floor 


Lunch on your own

12:30 PM         

Sharon Hayes, Keynote // Canzani Center Auditorium

2 PM            

Susan Richmond, Sculptural Improprieties // Canzani Center Auditorium

3 PM              Break

3:15 PM             

Panel Discussion: Visualizing Bodies/Space: A Performative Picture of the Justice System // Canzani Center Auditorium

Moderator: Jillian Hernandez

Panelists: Anya Wallace, Nereida Garcia Ferraz


4:15 PM

Panel Discussion: The Edible Ghetto // Canzani Center Auditorium

Moderator: Carmen Winant

Panelists: Mitchell Squire, Eliza Myrie


5:15 PM               

Closing Reception // Canzani Center Gallery



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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