May 11 – September 9, 2017
Thursday, May 11 // 5–7 p.m.
Dallas native Carris Adams received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and an M.F.A. from the University of Chicago in 2015. Her large-scale drawings and paintings deploy signs and signifiers appropriated from man-made landscapes to point to class, race, gender, systemic inequality and resilience, begotten in urban, suburban and rural spaces. Thus her works seek to inform and position viewers to recognize their reactions concerning others. Adams’s works have been shown in exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York (2016), Logan Art Center Gallery in Chicago (2015), and South Dallas Cultural Center (2014), among other venues. She lives and works in Chicago.
February 16 – April 29, 2017
In her non-medium specific paintings, Nicole Awai moves fluidly between two and three dimensions, and employs popular commercial materials such as nail polish, to explore notions of identity and history. Born in Trinidad, Awai received her MFA in Multimedia Art in 1996 from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. Her work has been included in several seminal exhibitions, including the first Greater New York: New Art in New York Now at P.S. 1/MoMA (2000); Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004) and Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), both at the Brooklyn Museum; the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea; and Global Caribbean: Focus on the Contemporary Caribbean Visual Art Landscape at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico (2011). Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include Asphaltum Glance, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2013); Washington Square Windows installation Mi Papi, Dream On – Happy Ending…, 80wse Galleries, New York University (2012); and Almost Undone, The Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY (2011). Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2013.