Visiting Artist Lecture: Mia Feuer


Mia Feuer’s work focuses on the post-natural landscape, visible sites where human interaction has altered or is in the process of rapidly changing the land, and thus our relationship to it.  Her sculptural practice is driven by a causal sequence of explorative inquiries, prolific discoveries and fascinating collaborations that have taken her to the Arctic Circle, Alberta Tar Sands, Louisiana Bayou and the West Bank.  What started with a naive love affair of manipulating Styrofoam to build lightweight sculptures turned into a decade of exploring the environmental and socio-political implications of extracting fossil fuels from the Earth and engaging with damaged, marginalized, or threatened places.

Feuer has received numerous travel, research, production and creation grants from the Manitoba Arts Council; the Winnipeg Arts Council; The Canada Council for the Arts and The Lila Acheson Readers Digest Foundation.  She was a 2011 District of Columbia Center for the Arts and Humanities fellow, and also won the 2011 Trawick Prize.  In 2012 she received the prestigious Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Solo Exhibitions include Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, The Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA,  RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design, Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC and the University of Mary Washington Gallery in Fredericksburg VA.

Recent exhibitions include Synthetic Seasons at The Esker Foundation in Calgary, Alberta  and Mesh at Locust Projects in Miami FL., and Champagne Life at The Saatchi Gallery in London, UK.

Feuer has attended artist residencies at The Vermont Studio Center; The Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts, The Millay Colony, The Macdowell Colony; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Sculpture Space, The Banff Centre, and the Va Space Residency in Isfahan, Iran.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Mia received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and her MFA in 2009 from the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.   Mia lives and works in Oakland, CA where she is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California College of the Arts.

This talk is made possible with support from the Lilla B Morgan Memorial Endowment.