SIVA announces 2016 Visiting Artist Fellows, calls for applications

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 16, 2016 — The Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University has confirmed its 2016 Visiting Artists and is now accepting applications for new students. The priority deadline for admission is March 31.

The Summer Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA) at Drury University is dedicated to advanced research and practice in the field of contemporary visual arts. Each summer, SIVA offers four Visiting Artist Fellowships to internationally recognized artists and a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) program for emerging and aspiring artists.

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New this year is the Tom Parker Scholarship, established by Earl and Mary Jane Pool in honor of Tom Parker, emeritus faculty and founding director of the Summer Institute for Visual Arts. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded to one full-time, degree-seeking student toward tuition costs over the course of the program and is based on the strength of their portfolio, other application materials, and financial need. To be considered, applicants must be fully admitted to the MART program by the March 31 priority deadline.

2016 Visiting Artist Fellows

Mary Walling Blackburn mobilizes a range of materials in the service of her work: herbs, clay, leather, concrete stain, live performance, plywood, video, feathers, hot tub, and seismic recordings amongst an array of other substances. She has taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Ox-Bow School of Art, The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, and New York University.

Nina Bovasso is predominantly a maker of works on paper, which was greatly influenced by her mother who was a textile designer. Bovasso’s work has been exhibited internationally including Schema Projects (Brooklyn), Inman Gallery (Houston), Galeria Casado Santapau (Madrid), Cleveland MOCA, and New Museum. She has held visiting artist positions at the University of Georgia, California College of Art, University of Virginia, and University of Tennessee.

Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist, working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Felipe has been the recipient of the 2013 John Fergus Post MFA Fellowship at The Ohio State University; the 2014 Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy in London, UK; and most recently commissioned to develop a large participatory project in the Philippines through the American Arts Incubator exchange program.

Ian Giles explores how human relations create an energy as palpable as traditional sculptural materials. His work has been exhibited internationally at Poole Museum, Glasgow International and Tate Britain among others. Forthcoming projects include a collaborative performance with the Whitechapel Gallery Youth Forum. Ian received an MFA from Slade School of Fine Art and he is an Associate Lecturer for the Fine Art BFA at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

“Gravity Bound,” painting by Mary Walling Backburn.

Call for Applications

SIVA’s Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) program offers students an intensive summer residency experience with an international roster of visiting artists. It features an artist-centered approach to modern and contemporary art history, theory and criticism, and supports individualized portfolio and professional development.

By combining artist residency and graduate program structures, the MART degree program bridges an academic undergraduate education and a professional art practice. The curriculum consists of three summer sessions of intensive artistic engagement that include studio and visual culture courses plus one online seminar. Participating artists develop a capacity for independent practice and scholarship under the guidance of visiting artist fellows, faculty and staff, who, as experienced and engaged practitioners, provide first-hand understanding of contemporary art issues.

This interdisciplinary program benefits emerging and aspiring artists who hold an undergraduate degree (from any field) who wish to develop their art practice, artists who wish to develop a portfolio for application to MFA programs, non-degree seeking artists interested in the opportunity to work with our visiting artist fellows, and art educators wanting to pursue their Master’s degree during the summer months.

For more complete information about the program, visiting artist fellows, eligibility and cost, visit the SIVA website at Interested individuals are encouraged to contact the program at


Media Contact: Sarrita Hunn SIVA Director,

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