Artist Josephine Halvorson to Speak at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 16, 2018—Williams College will present a lecture by acclaimed artist Josephine Halvorson. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Monday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in Lawrence Hall, room 231, at Williams College.

Josephine Halvorson, whose work is currently on view in the MASS MoCA exhibition “Lure of the Dark: Contemporary Painters Conjure the Night,” investigates objects and environments through paintings made directly on site. Her engagement with a given subject centers around intense observation. Many of the artist’s works depict easily overlooked scenarios in everyday life, envisioning vacant spaces as full and dynamic.

Halverson’s art has been on view at various solo and group shows, most recently at Peter Blum Gallery, N.Y., in 2018. Her first museum survey exhibition, “Slow Burn,” was exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 2015, and she made a series of large-scale painted sculptures for Storm King Art Center in 2016.

Her work has been written about in ArtForumArt in America, FriezeThe Brooklyn RailHyperallergic, among others, and she is a subject of the Art21 documentary series New York Close Up.

A frequent lecturer at college and universities, Halverson taught in the M.F.A. program in painting at Yale from 2010-2016, and she was appointed professor of art and chair of graduate studies at Boston University in 2016. She was also a resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in summer 2018. She currently serves as professor of art and chair of graduate studies in painting at Boston University.

Among her many honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship in Painting to Vienna, Austria, the Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009), and a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Painting (2010). In 2014, Halverson became the first American to receive the Rome Prize at the French Academy at the Villa Medici, Rome, Italy. She has also been granted residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (2009) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (2016).

She received her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union in 2003 and M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2007.

The lecture is sponsored by the art department and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams College.


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