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Lunch on Fridays: SIE 73 Jurors
Heather Day, Rena Detrixhe, and Letha Wilson

February 08 2019

When 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B. Lewis Theater, 1st Floor

abstract student artwork

SIE 73 logo by Cass Penegor '20

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Spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design during these Friday lectures. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided on a first-come, first served basis.

Meet the artists chosen to select work for the 2019 Student Independent Exhibition at this week’s Lunch on Fridays talk. The jurors are Heather Day, a California-based abstract painter; Rena Detrixhe, an artist who often works with found materials and visuals from nature; and Letha Wilson, who combines large-scale landscape photographs with sculptural elements of metal and concrete.

Juror Bios

Heather Day makes abstract paintings that are informed by sensory interpretations bridging the thoughts between what is known and how they are felt. Her encompassing murals, spacious canvas paintings, and intimate drawings read like handwriting, from one side to another.

Day received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has exhibited widely, including at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Ritz-Carlton, AirBNB, Facebook, Snapchat, Dropbox, Warner Brothers, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Day lives and works in San Francisco.

Rena Detrixhe creates contemplative work combining repetitive processes and collected materials to produce meticulous, large-scale objects and installations. Her recent work explores cultural relations to the land, with attention to histories of injustice.

Detrixhe has exhibited across the United States and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a two-year studio residency with Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City) and a three-year Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Ephemera at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas), and a solo exhibition at the Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK).

Letha Wilson combines large-scale landscape photographs with sculptural elements of metal and concrete, often challenging the two-dimensional nature of traditional photography.

Wilson received a BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Hunter College. Wilson's work has been exhibited widely, including at MASS MoCA, Art in General, Bronx Museum of the Arts and the International Center for Photography. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the Farpath Foundation (France), and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. She received a fellowship in photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. Born in Hawaii and raised in Colorado, Wilson lives and works in Brooklyn, and Hudson, New York.


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