One of the ArtPrize venues, UICA, secured two artists this afternoon and their selection committee secured one for The Old Federal Building (the UICA selection committee is handling both venues). These are the first three artists secured for ArtPrize, happening September 23 – October 10, and it’s kind of exciting for us.

Pascal Haudressy was born in Paris and exhibits at Louise Alexander Gallery with locations in both Italy and France (view his work on their website).

Last year he exhibited at the Scope Art Fair Miami, USA; the Louise Alexander Gallery, Porto Cervo, Italy; the Hôtel Royal Monceau, Paris, France; the Heritage Gallery, Moscow, Russia; the Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China and at the Mercedes Center of Contemporary Art, Paris, France; ArtParis, France

From his bio:

Born in Paris in 1968, Pascal Valéry Haudressy, a French artist of Tatar origin, is distinguished by his unprecedented artistic approach, with a complicit relationship between the content and the form, the format and the substance. He pioneered a new image format focusing on movement.

From 1992 to 2004, he worked as a cultural project manager for Unesco and was responsible for major international artistic events. It was during this period that he launched the “Flags of Tolerance” project, which he carried out in collaboration with six eminent artists including Rauschenberg, Matta and Hunderstwasser.

Pascal Haudressy explores the theme of a changing world, where biological entities ever-increasingly coexist with virtual life forms whose inevitable hostility takes the reassuring mantle of chimerical progress, which intersects with the wholesomeness of comfort.

He creates a dialogue between substance and form to a paroxysm by using two basic concepts in the process of its creation: movement and installation.

Betsy Stirratt has exhibited at the UICA before and is returning for ArtPrize. She’s the Director of the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington and is represented by Packer/Schopf Gallery in Chicago and Rushman Gallery in Indianapolis. Check out her website.

Last year she showed at Packer/Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN; Medium and Message, Ruschman Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary, IN; Art Hospital, Bloomington, IN

From her bio:

Betsy Stirratt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She received an MFA from Indiana University in 1983, and worked as a graphic designer for the Pan American Games, IBM Corporation and other clients. She is currently the Director of the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington. As Director, she has curated numerous exhibitions including Feminine Persuasion, Personal: Selections from the Robert J. Shiffler Collection, and Human Nature. She has edited several books, most recently Human Nature, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University (2007), Les Vérités du Sexe, Editions Marval, Paris, France (French, German editions, 2003) and Feminine Persuasion: Contemporary Women’s Sexuality, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN (2003).

Her work has been exhibited at many known venues, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, White Columns and Art in General in New York, the City Gallery at Chastain in Atlanta, the Indiana State Museum and at other venues in Houston, Los Angeles and other locations. Her work is currently represented by Packer/Schopf Gallery in Chicago, and at Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and awards from the Indiana Arts Commission and the American Craft Council.

Jason Hackenwerth was born in St. Louis, MO and lives and works in NYC (here’s his website). He’s a sculptor working in balloons and in 2005 he won the Scope Roving Artist Grant, Public Art, Venice Biennale, Venice Italy.

Last year he showed at Cecile R. Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Navta Schultz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT; St. Pete’s Times Forum installation, Tampa, FL; Herron Gallery IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN.

From his bio:

Colorful flowers in a botanical garden or green and blue underwater sea creatures swimming along a coral reef – the mind conjures such images when viewing the alluringly aerial art of Jason Michael Hackenwerth – made entirely of balloons.

Sculptors tend to hew stone, hammer metal, or mold clay. Mr. Hackenwerth blows, twists, and shapes inflated plastic into configurations as magical and ephemeral as sand castles at the seashore. Mr. Hackenwerth draws inspiration from the plant and animal kingdoms’ “combination of spirituality and sexuality.” Of these plastic shapes, he said: “I’m filling them. The air inside is slipping out. It’s a great metaphor for our own lives.” The works sag with gravity over time, shrinking as they age, “a perfect combination of sadness and joy.” Mr. Hackenwerth’s work celebrates exuberance while transcending the carnivalesque.

-Gary Shapiro, NY Sun
June, 2005

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