This is the second in a series of five 2014 UIC MFA candidate artist talks. The artists will discuss their work and their concurrently running thesis exhibition, Yell Me About Myself .
1986 - Born in Louisville, Kentucky
1998 - My first French kiss; her name was Angel
1999 - Attended a Limp Bizkit concert
2006 - Watched Neil Young perform "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World"
2012 - Michael Stipe of R.E.M. re-blogged an image of mine from tumblr
2013 - Learned what "Ad hoc" means
Hanna M. Owens was born in Vermont in 1987 and raised in Maryland. She graduated summa cum laude from Towson University in 2011 holding a BA in French Literature and Fine Arts. She studied French and Wolof in Senegal as a 2009 Benjamin A. Gilman scholar and taught English for the French Ministry of Education's TAPIF program in 2011-2012. Her work has been exhibited and performed at spaces including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland Art Place, Institut Für Alles Mögliche (Berlin), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Links Hall (Chicago), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Floristree (Baltimore), Load of Fun (Baltimore), and Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia. Her work has been published online on Internet Poetry, The Jogging, The Present Tense (May 2014), and on the cover of the Institute for International Education's 2010 publication Open Doors.
Matt Shaw was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2007 he graduated high school and moved to Bar Harbor, ME to earn a BA in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic. He would live there for the next five years before moving to Chicago for his MFA at UIC. Following an infatuation with cartography, letter-writing, beach-combing, and long walks in the woods with friends, he has turned to art as the attempted articulation of his situation.
Nicholas Rigger was born in Coon Rapids, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2010 with a BA in Studio Arts. Upon graduation he moved to Philadelphia to continue his education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 2012, he moved to Chicago to pursue his MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago.