Art As Autobiography: The History of the Artist in the Work Panel Discussion

By: Lubeznik Center for the Arts Last Updated: July 9, 2014

art-as-autobiographyLubeznik Center for the Arts will hold a panel discussion, Art As Autobiography: The History of the Artist in the Work. Panelists include author Stephanie Medlock and artists Suzanne Cohan-Lange, Richard C. Lange and Material Possessions exhibiting artists John Paul Morabito and Aram Han. Panelists will discuss what influences inspire their works, from the more obvious fascination with forms and materials, to the socio/political issues that interest them, and the deeply personal memories that may unconsciously direct their choices.

Aram Han is a fiber artist. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Modesto, California in 1992. She mines from her family's immigration experience to address issues of labor and explores identity as a 1.5-generation immigrant. Han's work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions. She was the 2013 Windgate Museum Intern at the Smithsonian's Archive of American Art. She was also a 2012 - 2013 Curatorial Fellow at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Richard C. Lange is a Chicago artist and former Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University, Chicago. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MA in Inter-Arts from Columbia College, Chicago. Lange has appeared in numerous one person and group shows in the United States and Europe. His drawings and paintings are included in many museums and corporate and private collections. Richard is co-owner with sculptor Suzanne Cohan-Lange, of Blink Contemporary Art in Michigan City, IN.

Suzanne Cohan-Lange is a sculptor, curator and art educator whose principal concern over the past thirty years has been the design of educational programs, museums and art installations using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach. Suzanne recently retired as founder, Chair and Professor Emeritus of the Graduate Department of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago, after 25 years and the design and creation of three graduate programs. Suzanne is also a past president of LCA Board of Directors and remains an active and dedicated board member.

Stephanie Medlock is a novelist, memoirist, and storyteller. Her novel, The Lives of Things, is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She spent twenty five years at the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies, developing the nationally known Publishing Programs, the National Museum Publishing Seminar, and co-developing the Writer's Studio, among other projects.

John Paul Morabito is an interdisciplinary artist, initially trained as a commercial textile designer, Morabito now uses the precision and rigor of industrial weaving in durational performance based textile work. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues nationally and internationally including the; the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY; the RabbitHoleStudio Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; and the Local Lore Museum in Kherson, Ukraine. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Morabito teaches in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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