Opening Lecture: Thursday, March 1, 6:00 pm
Featuring large-scale paintings by Ben Grasso, the 2014 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence, that display a realm of the kinetic chaos depicting familiar objects such as houses and trees that have been exploded and float in space. His paintings convey the appearance of transformation mid-genesis, and, according to Artforum magazine critic Ara H. Merjian, evoke images that are “coming undone and revealing how it might be put together again.” Grasso lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Ben Grasso was born in 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds an MFA in painting from Hunter College, New York, New York and a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. His numerous accolades include a 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the 2010New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship. His work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe as well as being featured in Artforum, Art in America, Harper’s and others.
The Frances Niederer artist-in-residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year. While in residence, the artist creates work in a campus studio and teaches an art seminar open to all students. During their time at Hollins University, the artist-in-residence plays a vital role in the campus and greater Roanoke community.