A panel discussion with Exhibiting Artists of FROM THIS DAY FORWARD and Guest Lecturers about the historical, cultural, and psychological significance of masks in art and society.
This exhibition is an invitation for us to consider the eight Exhibiting Artists’ responses to our current reality. BMoCA is excited to hold space for this contemplation, and encourages visitors to move through the galleries and experience virtual programs while thinking critically about where we see ourselves going, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD.
Panelists include: Exhibiting Artist Ellamaria Ray, June Gruber, Michael “Chip” & Pat Coronel, and Sabrina Marques.
About the Panelists
Ellamaria Ray is a professor of Africana studies who dives into art through the lens of anthropology. She uses visual and performing art to understand and analyze cross-cultural human experiences, particularly those of continental and diasporic Africans. Ray’s ceramic sculpture emerges from a commitment to acknowledging the ways continental and diasporic Africans share cultural commonalties while simultaneously expressing cultural distinctions. As an anthropologist and visual artist, she strives to teach and understand the complex vision diasporic Africans are creating for themselves and for all humanity in the twenty-first century. Ray earned a BA from Colorado College and an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. She has studied figurative and conceptual ceramic sculpture with Arthur González and ceramics with Jean Van Keuren (Davis Arts Center), Arnold Zimmerman (Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO), Gayla Lemke and Barry Rose (Art Students League of Denver), and Marie EvB Gibbons.
June Gruber is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory and was previously an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Dr. Gruber received her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley and has published over 100 articles and chapters and has edited 2 books on severe mental illness and emotional well-being in adolescents and adults. Dr. Gruber’s work has been recognized by several prominent awards including the Association for Psychological Science’s Rising Star Award and the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, Society for Research in Psychopathology’s Early Career Award, and NARSAD Young Investigator Awards, and Yale University’s Arthur Greer Memorial Award. Dr. Gruber is actively engaged in science call to action centered on the mental health crisis sparked by COVID-19. She has co-led a field-wide call to action on the mental health crisis sparked by COVID-19, recently launched a massive course titled #talkmentalillness to raise awareness about mental health and address stigma available to 75 million people on Coursera’s platform and is leading a multi-site project on college student mental health before and during COVID-19.
Michael “Chip” Coronel is a Faculty Emeritus Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Design at the University of Northern Colorado specializing in the traditional native arts of Africa, South Seas and the Americas.
Patricia Coronel Is Professor Emeritus, Art History, Department of Art and Art History from Colorado State University and continues to serve as Associate Curator of African and South Seas Art for the University’s Gregory Allicar Museum of Art.
Specializing in the arts of Africa, they have conducted research field in Africa (western, eastern and south) also Mesoamerica, South Seas, Europe, and Asia. They have both taught at institutions around the world. They are consultants for the African Art Collections at the Denver Art Museum and the Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia.
Sabrina Marques is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and The Director of the Kathwari Honors Program at Western Connecticut State University. Marques earned her BA in visual arts from Columbia University and her MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale School of Art. Her artwork focuses on narrative, utilizing storytelling, memory, cultural commentary and humor. As the daughter of a Cuban exile, her paintings are filled with stories of her family’s experience during the Cuban Revolution. Her current academic research involves a four-year cross-cultural interdisciplinary project where she travels to Alagoas and the Amazon in Brazil and studies the relationship indigenous tribes and quilombolas have with art. She is a part of this collaborative project with professors from other institutions to study protocols on art, positive emotion, neuroscience, and its effect on wellbeing.
Marques has had solo shows at Real Art Ways, Whittier College, and Yale University. She has had group exhibitions at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Morgan Lehman Gallery, and Platform Project Space, as well as other galleries in the country. Sabrina has been an artist in residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The Studios of Key West, The Vermont Studio Center, The Trelex Residency in Switzerland, and The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Italy. She was a recipient of Painting Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts and selected for the Radius Program at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.
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This free event is made possible thanks to a grant from the City of Boulder Human Relations Commission.
Image: Rochelle Johnson, Future Gatherings (detail), oil on canvas, 2020, 40″ × 60″. Courtesy of the artist.