Esteban Vicente (b. 1903, Turegano, Spain; d. 2001, Bridgehampton, NY) Vicente studied sculpture at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid (1921 – 1922; 1933 – 1934). Throughout his career, he held numerous positions teaching Spanish and studio art at educational institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Vicente received a fellowship from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Los Angeles in 1962. He was awarded the Benjamin Altman Prize from the National Academy of Design (1980); the Saltus Gold Medal from the National Academy of Design, New York (1985); the Childe Hassam-Eugene Speicher Purchase Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1988); the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes from King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of the Spanish government (1991); the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the Guild Hall Museum, Southampton, NY (1993); the Premio de Castilla y León de las Artes from the government of Castilla y León, Spain (1997); the Gran Crux de la Orden Civil de Alfonso X “el Sabio” (1999); the Segovian Man of the Year Award (1999); and the Premio Arcale from the city of Salamanca, Spain (1999). Vicente became a National Academician at the National Academy of Design in 1986 and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1993. In 1998, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente was opened in Segovia, Spain, and a memorial exhibition of Vicente’s work was held at the museum in 2001. In 2011, a solo exhibition of Vicente’s work was held at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, New York.
Ursula von Rydingsvard (b. 1942, Deensen, Germany) Von Rydingsvard studied at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, before completing her BA and MA at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida (1965). In 1970, she continued with post-graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, before earning her MFA at Columbia University in New York in 1975. Von Rydingsvard is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she was the recipient of the Academy’s Award in Art in 1994. She has received grants and awards from numerous organizations, including the New York State Council on the Arts (1978); the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1983); the Athena Foundation (1983); the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1986); and the Joan Mitchell Foundation (1997). In 2007, von Rydingsvard was resident at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She was awarded the Rappaport Prize by the deCordova Museum and Sulpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Madison Square Park, New York (2006); the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2007); the Portland Art Museum, Oregon (2007); the Pilane Heritage Society, Tjorn, Sweden (2009); Galerie Lelong, New York (2006, 2010); and the Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston (2010). Von Rydingsvard lives and works in New York City. More information about her work can be found at www.ursulavonrydingsvard.net.
Joan Waltemath (b. 1953, Nebraska) Waltemath studied at the University of Nebraska (1971-1973) before completing her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence (1976). She earned her MFA at Hunter College, New York, in 1993. Waltemath is a writer and educator, as well as Editor-at-Large for The Brooklyn Rail. She is the Director of the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Victoria Munroe Fine Art, Boston (2005); Gallery Niklas von Bartha, London (2006); Galerie von Bartha, Basel, Switzerland (2007); and ArtON, Bonn, Germany (2009). Waltemath’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, at such venues as MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2007); The Drawing Room, East Hampton, New York (2006, 2008); The Painting Center, New York (2008); the San Diego Museum of Art, California (2008); the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont (2009); 210 Gallery, Brooklyn (2009); Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (2009); The Philoctetes Center, New York (2009); Gallery Joe, Philadelphia (2006, 2009); Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester (2009); Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn (2008, 2009); Björn Ressle Gallery, New York (2008, 2009, 2010); and Frederico Sève Gallery, New York (2010). Waltemath lives and works in New York City.
Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, Bronx, NY) Weiner attended the New York public school system. He spent the late 1950s and 1960s traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Weiner’s work was first shown in Mill Valley, California in 1960. He has since participated in numerous public and private projects and exhibitions, both within the United States and internationally. Weiner has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1976, 1983) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1994), as well as the Singer Prize (1988); the Arthur Kopcke Prize (1991); the Wolfgang Hahn Prize (1995); and the Skowhegan Medal for Painting and Conceptual Art (1999). He lives and works in New York City and Amsterdam.
Anne Wheeler is a graduate student at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and a Curatorial Assistant at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. She lives and works in New York City.
Mark Williams (b. 1950, Pittsburgh, PA) Williams completed both his BFA in Art Education and his MFA in Painting and Sculpture at North Texas State University in Denton. In 1975, he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. He is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1980, 1989); Artists’ Space, New York (1985); and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1994). Williams became a member of the American Abstract Artists in 2006. In 2007, he was Artist in Residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Fruehsorge Galerie für Zeichnung, Berlin (2006); Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas (2007); Galerie Schlegl, Zürich (2007); Wade Wilson Art, Houston (2007); and the Mildred Hawn Gallery and Pollock Gallery, both at Southern Methodist University, Dallas (2010). Williams’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at St. Peters College Art Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey (2007); Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York (2008); The University of Texas, Dallas (2008); Galerie Schlegl, Zürich (2006, 2008, 2009); the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Neuchatel, Switzerland (2005, 2009); 210 Gallery, Brooklyn (2009); Museum Liner, Appenzel, Switzerland (2009); Janet Kurnatowksi Gallery, Brooklyn (2008, 2010); the New York Institute of Technology, New York (2009, 2010); Wade Wilson Art, Houston (2006, 2009, 2010); Castello Aragonese di Otranto, Italy (2010); and Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). Williams lives and works in New York City. More information about his work can be found at www.markwilliamsartist.com.