Christina Rosenberger is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she is a Craig Hugh Smyth Fellow. Rosenberger’s academic work focuses on modern and contemporary art, and her dissertation investigates the early work of the artist Agnes Martin. She is the Research Coordinator for the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art at the Harvard Art Museum. The Center investigates the materials and issues associated with the making and conservation of modern art and serves as a resource for conservators, scholars, and students by collecting, preserving and presenting relevant research and materials.
Robert Ryman (b. 1930, Nashville, TN) Ryman studied at the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Cookeville and the George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tennessee (1948-1949). He has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1973) and the Skowhegan Medal from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1985). Ryman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1994. The most recent retrospective of Ryman’s work was organized in 1993 and traveled to the Tate Gallery, London; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Other solo exhibitions have been held at Inverleith House at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland (2006); the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2006-2007); The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (2007-2008); Yvon Lambert, New York (2009); Hallen für neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (2008-2010); Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries, New York (2010); Pace Wildenstein, New York (2007, 2010); and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2010). Ryman lives and works in New York City.
Karen Schiff (b. 1967, New Haven, CT) Schiff earned her AB in Comparative Literature and her AM in English from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (1989). From the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (1998). Schiff completed her MFA in Studio Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University, Boston (2006). She won a Drawing Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2005. Schiff has been resident at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson (2004); the Jentel Arts Foundation, Wyoming (2006); the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico (2007); and the Edward F. Albee Foundation, Montauk, New York (2007). In 2010, Schiff spoke on two panels on book arts criticism at the Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, MoMA / PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, New York. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Kingston Gallery, Boston (2006); the Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, Massachusetts (2006); Waypoint Gallery, Marfa, Texas (2006); Jason Rulnick Gallery, New York (2007); Danese Gallery, New York (2010); the Flanagan Campus Gallery, Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick (2011); and the Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut (2011). Schiff’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at such venues as Björn Ressle Gallery, New York (2008); the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Massachusetts (2009); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain (2009); Galería Astarté, Madrid (2010); and Danese Gallery, New York (2010; 2011). Schiff lives and works in New York City. More information about her work can be found at www.karen-schiff.com.
Richard Serra (b. 1939, San Francisco, CA) Serra received his BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1961), before earning his BFA and MFA in painting at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, Connecticut (1964). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2005) and the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris (2008). A forty-year sculpture retrospective was organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2007, and a retrospective exhibition of Serra’s drawings will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, travelling to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (2012). Serra lives and works in New York City.
Joel Shapiro (b. 1941, New York, NY) Shapiro received his BA from New York University, New York (1964) before joining the Peace Corps in India (1965-1967). He earned his MA from New York University in 1969. Shapiro is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Swedish Royal Academy of Art. He has received a Visual Art Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1975); the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award (1984); the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture (1986); and the Award of Merit medal for Sculpture from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York (1990). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Texas Gallery, Houston (2008); The Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, North Carolina (2008); Gana Art Center, Seoul (2008); LA Louver, Venice, California (2006, 2009); Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (2009); Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, New York (2009); Paula Cooper Gallery (2010); The Pace Gallery (2010); and Galerie Karsten Greve, St. Moritz, Switzerland (2009, 2010); and Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln (2010). Shapiro lives and works in New York City.
Mark Sheinkman (b. 1963, New York, NY) Sheinkman received his BA from Princeton University, New Jersey (1985). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Gallery Joe, Philadelphia (2007); the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan (2008); Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawings, Berlin (2008); Von Lintel Gallery, New York (2006, 2007, 2009); the Museum Gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany (2009); Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas (2010); and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston (2010). Sheinkman’s work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at the University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California (2006); the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park (2007); the University of Richmond Museum, Virginia (2007); the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa (2008); the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio (2008); the Museo de Art Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain (2009); and the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (2010). Sheinkman lives and works in New York City. More information about his work can be found at www.marksheinkman.com.
Holly Shen is a graduate student at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. In 2006, she received her BA from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to commencing graduate studies, Shen worked as a registrar at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she assisted with the permanent collection.
Robert Smithson (b. 1938, Passaic, NJ, d. 1973, Amarillo, TX) Smithson studied at the Art Students League, New York and the Brooklyn Museum School, New York. His earthworks, including Spiral Jetty in Utah’s Great Salt Lake, are sited throughout the United States. A retrospective of Smithson’s work was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2004 and traveled to the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2005. Other recent solo exhibitions have been held at James Cohan Gallery, New York (2001); the American Academy in Rome, Italy (2003); the Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada (2003-2004); Art Kabinett at Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida (2008); and James Cohan Gallery at Art Basel, Switzerland (2010). Smithson lived and worked in New York City.