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10 Questions for Alumni with Michael Weiss, Patty Horing, James Razko, Robyn Gibson

Published in the Academy's bulletin (first appearing September 8, 2022) , the Academy asks ten questions about what's going on in the minds and studios of their alumni.










In which city do you currently reside?

Frankfurt, Germany


Dubai, UAE

Louisville, KY

Who is your favorite

artist at the moment?

Otto Marseus van Schrieck

Just one? Judith Linhares, Sally Saul, Lou Fratino, Luchita Hurtado

Teresa Lanceta

Roberto Lugo

What was the last

exhibition you saw?

Renoir. Rococo Revival

Joaquin Sorolla and Esteban Vincente at the Parrish Art Museum

Made in Tashkeel, Tashkeel, Dubai

Chloe Chiasson’s solo exhibition, Fast Hearts and Slow Towns

What are you currently reading?

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

The Artist’s Way

All About Love by bell hooks and Blood Child by Octavia Butler

What's happening in your studio right now?

Small work preparation for upcoming show in December

Just wrapped up a new body of work for Spring/Break Art Show. My presentation is titled ‘Invasion of Privacy’, and the works address voyeurism, social media, privilege and, obliquely, politics.

I’ve been dyeing linen for a new series of work that that mixes trompe l’oeil, tie-dye, and shadows.

Still looking for a studio at the moment.

What other alumni are you in closest contact with?

Darryl Smith, Helena Lopez, Adam Lupton, most of my CFA year 2018

Jaclyn Dooner, among others.

Alonsa Guevara, Patty Horing

Lauren Anders, Liza Sokolovskaya, Sarah Sager, Walker Augustyniak, Steven Johnson, Darryl Smith, Oluwatosin Adesanya-Olaleye, Nelson Nuñez, Christina Giuffrida, Sophia Kayafas

What Academy class had the biggest impact on you?

All classes by Dan Thompson, Evan Kitson, Zane York and JP Roy

Dik Liu’s painting 1! Made me understand *light* in a whole new way.

All of JP’s painting classes

Every Echorche class (two with Randy McIver and one with Jiwoong Cheh)

If you could give one piece of advice to a current student, what would it be?

Enjoy every minute while you can and don't let pettiness, envy or jealousy cloud or poison your time at the academy !

Dare to be bad… don’t let fear hold back new ideas.

Make work for yourself and do it with the purpose of craftsman

If you know this is for you, don’t quit. Find your support system and encourage them as much as they encourage you. In the end your only competition is you so build community, don’t tear others down.

Website or Instagram handle you would like to share?


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