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Public Art Symposium: Finding Our Place on Campus and in Community

  • Date & Time
    • Saturday, July 27, 2024 9:00am to 4:30pm 2024-07-27 09:00:00 am2024-07-27 04:30:00 pmAmerica/New_YorkPublic Art Symposium: Finding Our Place on Campus and in CommunitySamuel P. Harn Museum of Art
  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    The Public Art Symposium: Finding Our Place on Campus and in Community centers the public in public art. New and returning students, as well as faculty, staff and the surrounding community can learn about public art, its place on campus, and explore meaningful interactions with art encountered in the built environment. This Symposium will educate, inspire, and foster connection to each other through our shared campus experience with public art. Public art aids in recovery by creating a sense of belonging and wonder. Art heals when connection is found. The programming consists of presentations, a keynote, discussions, art making, and touring public art on campus. The Public Art Symposium is a time to come together to explore the value, to celebrate, to appreciate, and to thoughtfully question the role of art in the public sphere. 

    Featured Keynote Speaker: Nastassja Swift

    Nastassja Swift is a Virginia Commonwealth University alum working primarily in fiber, sculpture and performance. In 2023, Nastassja was commissioned by the SCAD Museum of Art to perform “Turning Seeds” a collaborative and site-specific masked performance centered around the history of rice. Similarly, in 2021, she produced a masked youth parade in Cleveland, OH, and in 2019, her short film, and documented collaborative performance, “Remembering Her Homecoming,” premiered at the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, and screened at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville. 
    Nastassja is a recipient of the Center for Craft: Research Fund Artist Fellowship, a VMFA Fellowship, a Dr. Doris Derby Award, an Art Matters Fellowship Award, the inaugural Black Box Press Foundation - Art as Activism Grant, and a Virginia Commission of the Arts Fellowship. In 2022, she was selected as a Distinguished Fellow at the Penland School of Craft. Her work was acquired into the Grace Linton Battle Memorial Fund for the Arts Collection and Quirk Hotel in Charlottesville. Nastassja has been included in the Berlin publication - SomeMagazine, Bmore Art Magazine, RVA Magazine, RHome Magazine and the a Seattle publication, the Stranger, She has participated in several national and international residencies and exhibitions, including her solo exhibit in Doha, Qatar in 2016, NADA Miami, The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Michigan, Carl Freedman Gallery in the UK, and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, SPACES in Ohio, and MASS MoCA in Massachusetts. 
    Nastassja is currently living and working in Virginia. 

  • Links
  • Venue
    Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
    3259 Hull Road
    Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art Website