Mark di Suvero (b. 1933, Shanghai, China) Di Suvero immigrated to the United States in 1941 and received a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the founder of the Athena Foundation (1977) and the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York (1986). In 2000, di Suvero was awarded the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement Award for Contemporary Sculpture, and he received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities in 2005. Di Suvero’s sculpture is publicly sited throughout the United States and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Millennium Park, Chicago (2007); the Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois (2007); Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin (2007); the City of Valenciennes and the City of Cambrai, France (2007); LA Louver Gallery, Venice, California (2008); the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida (2008); John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2009); Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe (2009); the Morgan Library & Museum, New York (2010); Tasende Gallery, La Jolla, California (2010); and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Di Suvero lives in New York City and works in Long Island City, New York; Petaluma, California; and Chalon-sur-Saône, France.
Nicole Phungrasamee Fein (b. 1974, Evanston, IL) Fein earned her BA and BFA from Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1995-1996). During her undergraduate study, she traveled to Hanzhou, China, where she received her Foreign Student Certificate from the China National Academy of Fine Arts (1994). In 2002, Fein earned her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas (2006); Gallery Joe, Philadelphia (2006, 2009); and the Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco (2004, 2007, 2010). Fein’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at such venues as Victoria Munroe Fine Art, Boston (2007); the Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco (2007); San Francisco State University, California (2007); the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Legion of Honor, California (2007); Gallery Joe, Philadelphia (2006, 2009); and the Hosfelt Gallery, New York (2006, 2007, 2009). Fein lives and works in San Francisco.
Elizabeth Finch is the Lunder Curator of American Art at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.
Dan Flavin (b. 1933, Queens, NY; d. 1996, Riverhead, NY) Flavin was trained as a meteorological technician by the United States Air Force before studying at the University of Maryland Extension Program in Osan-ni, Korea. He attended the New School for Social Research, New York (1956) and Columbia University, New York (1957-1959). Flavin’s first solo exhibitions were held at the Judson Gallery (1961) and the Green Gallery (1964), both in New York. In 1969, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, organized his first major museum retrospective. His work was included in a number of key early exhibitions of Minimal art in the 1960s, among them Black, White, and Gray (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, 1964); Primary Structures (The Jewish Museum, New York, 1966); and Minimal Art (Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 1968). The Dia Art Foundation opened the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York, in 1983. His work was permanently installed in the Dan Flavin Gallery at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas in 1998. In 2004, a retrospective was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in association with the Dia Art Foundation, and traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Gagosian Gallery, London (2006); The Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2006); Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York (2007); Björn Ressle Fine Art, New York (2007); Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (2007); The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, Missouri (2008); Zwirner & Wirth, New York (2008); David Zwirner, New York (2009); and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2006, 2010). Flavin lived and worked in New York.
Carter Foster is the Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
John Fraser (b. 1952, Chicago, IL) Fraser earned his BA from Roosevelt University, Chicago (1975) and his MFA from Northern Illinois University, Dekalb (1989). Fraser has been a visiting artist at numerous universities, including the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2007); the Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (2008); and Grinnell College, Iowa (2009). In 2010, he was an artist in residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. A survey of Fraser’s work was held in 2004 at St. John’s University, St. Joseph, Minnesota. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at I-Space Gallery, Chicago (2007); Galerie Renate Bender, Munich (2008); Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee (2007, 2010); Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago (2007, 2008, 2010); and Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2011). Fraser’s work has also been included in many museum exhibitions, including recent shows at the Neuer Kunstverein, Aschaffenburg, Germany (2008); the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah (2009); the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2009); the Museo de Art Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain (2009); the Lancaster Museum of Art, Pennsylvania (2010); and the University of Alberta Museums, Edmonton, Canada (2010). Fraser lives and works in St. Charles, Illinois. More information about his work can be found at www.johnfraserstudio.com.