This is the first in a series of five 2014 UIC MFA candidate artist talks. The artists will discuss their work and their concurrently running thesis exhibition, Beneath the Paving Stones, the Beach.
Matt Brett is a sculptor and MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is from Richmond, VA and has previously lived in Philadelphia, PA. He holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Houston Cofield is a photographer from Memphis, TN currently based in Chicago, IL. Cofield is a photographer who uses video and objects to create fictional narratives. Concerned with how history retains itself in a place or region, most of his current work takes place in North Mississippi where literal, fictional, and familial histories collide. Cofield’s photographs attempt to extract history, both actual and imagined, to create a new fiction about this region.
Colleen Keihm is an artist born in Levittown, NY. She prefers a slowness that allows for time spent and attention given to things while working with photography, video and performance. Using these media, she evaluates the best way to embody the idea of home, how beliefs arise, and modern familial relationships.
A Colorado native, Melissa Myser grew up on the far Western slope amid mesas, cowboys, tall tales and taller hats. Having previously received her BFA in Film Studies (cum laude) and BA in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Myser is currently a MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.