Carmen Papalia "How to Close Your Eyes"

Carmen Papalia Fall 2015 UTC Diane Marek Visiting Artist in conjunction with his exhibition “How to Close Your Eyes”. Exhibition dates October 27 – December 08, 2015. Diane Marek Series events October 26 – 30, 2015. Artist’s Lecture Tuesday, October 27, 5:30pm, Derthick Hall, Room 101, 624 Vine Street (Map Here), followed by a reception in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine Street. This exhibition and all Diane Marek Series events are open to the public. Admission is free.

October 27, 2015 - December 08, 2015

Carmen Papalia is a social practice artist who creates participatory projects on the topic of open access as it relates to public space, the art institution, and visual culture. Ultimately Papalia works to build and promote trust, as the artist’s own access is defined by a visual impairment.

Papalia’s survey exhibition for the Cress will include two new works created in collaboration with UTC students, faculty, staff, and others, alongside previous works of multi-layered perceptual experiences. In addition to his lecture and activities as Diane Marek Visiting Artist, Papalia will conduct blind walking tours and other perceptual experiences with UTC students.

The Cress gratefully acknowledges Carmen Papalia’s Chattanooga collaborators for their contribution to the production of several works in this exhibition: UTC Assistant Professor of Art Katie Hargrave and her students enrolled in UTC Art 1999 Intro to Contemporary Art Practices; UTC Associate Professor of English Sybil Baker and her students who served as “Verbal Translators” enrolled in UHON 1010 Humanities; the Staff of the UTC Disabilities Resource Center, Michelle Rigler, Director, for their general support and their role as “Audio Interpreters”; the Hunter Museum of American Art for making the collection available to the “Verbal Translators”, Nandini Makrandi, Chief Curator; Adera Causey, Curator of Education, and Theresa Slowikowski, Registrar; and the Faculty of the UTC Department of Art, Professor Ron Buffington, Head, who guided the fourteen Art Major members of Papalia’s “Visual Translators” team.

Papalia’s work has been featured as part of exhibitions and engagements at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, the CUE Art Foundation in New York City, the Grand Central Art Center at California State University Fullerton, the Portland Art Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others. He is the recipient of the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and the 2013 Wynn Newhouse Award and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University. In early 2015 Papalia served as artist-in-residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK, and at the Model Contemporary Art Centre, Sligo, Ireland, where he assumed the role of Access Coordinator making site specific interventions in response to the long history of disabling practices at each institution. He recently finished a project in collaboration with Sara Hendran and students from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering to develop an acoustic mobility device. His upcoming work “For a New Accessibility”, a convergence of artists and activists will take place November 20 – 22, 2015, in Vancouver. Paplia lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Carmen Papalia