By Sarah Hamilton
Sarah McKenzie, an artist primarily based in Colorado, has been selected as the 2021 Marion Fellow with her venture “To See Within: Knowledge the Folks and Architecture of the US Prison Method.”
Ms. McKenzie describes her challenge this way: “Due to the fact 2014, my work as a painter has centered on the architecture of the art planet, especially gallery and museum interiors. I am interested in the ways that the architecture of exhibition area – like all architecture – styles the encounter of those people who move through it, communicating social codes and standards for behavior.
“An essential concept that has emerged in this do the job is the challenge of obtain. In all of my paintings, I am keenly aware of who has insider access to these spaces (and to the social and economic standing that these kinds of accessibility confers) and who has been left out or marginalized,” McKenzie defined.
“In early 2020, I began thinking about other kinds of institutional areas and the social and cultural codes that their architecture might talk. I soon became fascinated in exploring and painting jail interiors, in element since prisons and museums occupy reverse finishes of our societal spectrum.”
As a Marion Fellow, McKenzie will be supported on a yr-extensive creative journey via various unique establishments that contain Chautauqua Establishment, Ucross, Alberta College of the Arts, and last but not least, SUNY Fredonia, where by she will present in Slide 2022.
McKenzie retains a B.A. in Film Research from Yale University and a M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Her paintings document the developed landscape, discovering modifications in architecture (what is crafted) for proof of social, economic and cultural shifts (why culture builds).
The artist’s earlier collection have concentrated on development sites, abandoned buildings, hotel rooms and the white-walled interiors of museums and galleries. Since early 2020, she has been looking into her new project exploring the architecture of prisons.
McKenzie has exhibited her paintings nationally, including shows with the Walker Artwork Middle in Minneapolis, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Yale College of Architecture, New Mexico Museum of Artwork in Santa Fe, Museum of Modern Artwork Denver, Aspen Art Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art, among other venues.
In 2012, McKenzie acquired a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, and in 2019, she was awarded the 10th Alexander Rutsch Award for Portray.
When she is not in the studio, McKenzie will help to operate Tilt West, a Denver-based mostly arts and tradition nonprofit, and teaches visual artwork through the College of Denver Jail Arts Initiative (DU PAI). Her work is presently represented in Denver by David B. Smith Gallery.
The Marion Worldwide Fellowship for the Visual and Undertaking Arts was made by the Fredonia School Foundation by philanthropists and avid supporters of the arts and education and learning, SUNY Fredonia alumna Cathy and Jesse Marion. Much more facts about the fellowship is available on line.
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