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Atlantic Lecture: Beverly Semmes
Petunia by Beverly Semmes
Beverly Semmes, Petunia, Nylon and polyester with attendant, 4 x 30 x 90 ft., 2001

Beverly Semmes’s work straddles a multiplicity of mediums, including fabric, fashion, ceramics, appropriated photography, and painting, among others. Her first shows were two concurrent project rooms at PS1 and Artist’s Space in New York City in 1990. Other early exhibitions included a large installation at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a room-scaled work made for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. By the mid-1990s, she was exhibiting work across the United States and in Europe. European projects included solo shows at such major venues as the Camden Arts Centre in London; the Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. She was also included in several important group shows early in her career, such as Plastic Fantastic Lover at the Blum Helman Warehouse in New York City, Bad Girls at New York City’s New Museum, and Bad Girls West at the UCLA Art Museum in Los Angeles.

April 25, 2018, at 4:30 pm
Room 16, Ron W. Burkle Family Building
1021 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Reception Following Lecture
East & Peggy Phelps Galleries
251 E. 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Our Atlantic Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Non-art students are encouraged to come.

About Beverly Semmes
Beverly Semmes is a New York-based artist with over 50 one-person exhibitions. She received her MFA at Yale and teaches sculpture at the Steinhardt School of New York University and the Pratt Institute. Her work appears in museum collections throughout the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Denver Art Museum and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Semmes has received numerous grants and awards, including an Alice Kimball English Award from Yale (1997), a grant from Art Matters (1998), an Artist’s Space Grant (1989), an NEA Fellowship (1994-95), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1997), and a prestigious award from the Art Critics International Association (AICA USA, 2001) for her exhibition at the Philadelphia-based Fabric Workshop and Museum. Before receiving her MFA, she attended the Boston Museum School and the Skowhegan School of Art and received a BA in art history, as well as a BFA in fine art, in 1982.

To learn more about Beverly Semmes, please visit: http://beverlysemmesstudio.com/ .

About the Atlantic Lecture Series
The Atlantic Lecture Series was created by Sally Hurt and is supported through the Hurt Foundation for Claremont Graduate University University’s Art Department, with the express desire to bring talented artists from outside Los Angeles to Claremont. This series brings greater exposure of CGU Art to a wider platform of artists and art making, while also giving our students knowledge, discourse, and contacts with prominent artists working today. Since the inception of this lecture series, the art world has expanded into a global network and the meaning of Atlantic has broadened to represent a more inclusive nexus of art production in Europe, Africa and Latin America.