Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hybrid Teaching and Performance Art

There is a fine line between hybrid teaching and performance art in my world.

I am having a solo exhibition at the Swan Hill Museum in Hyogo, Japan. It opens on Monday (this coming Monday). I am performing at the opening on Thursday; I occasionally do opening performances in various art gallery spaces.

What is unusual about this time is that I am providing free academic consulting services for museum visitors who want to study abroad. Many Japanese people like to visit the United States and I am assuming most people who come to my art show are interested in studying at LaGuardia (they might need to start in ESL, though).

My opening performance will be done via Skype and/or Facebook. I will look at art portfolios if they want to show me photos of their artwork.

This is something I have been thinking about for sometime, and I am finally doing it. This seminar provided me with everything! I mean, everything, even "tools" for my art!

I will report how it goes.
Nozomi Kato: "Wind"
June 11-September 30, 2012

Opening Reception & Performance*
6:00-8:00pm on Thursday, June 21st, 2012
@Swan Hill Museum of Contemporary Art (SHMCA)
1-17-7 Hakucho-dai, Himeji, Hyogo 671-2245 Japan
+81 (0792) 67-2554

Museum Open Hours:
6/21 opening 6-8pm
6/22 11am-4pm
6/23 11am-4pm BBQ 6pm-8pm
6/24 1pm-4pm
#Please feel free to call in if your travel plans fall outside of those hours.

*Nozomi offers free consulting sessions for study abroad via Skype at the opening. Museum visitors interested in studying in NYC is welcome to talk to her online in Japanese or English. Please bring digital photos of your artwork if you would like to have a serious portfolio review with the artist. There will be a Mac computer with the internet on site.

BBQ Party at SHMCA:
6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
BYOB in the museum courtyard. Food and soft drinks will be provided by A. Sortie, Inc.

The last stop at the city bus to Hakuchou-dai from the JR Himeji station (30 minutes). The museum is located near the Himeji Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage site and the National Treasure.

More Information about the Artist:
Nozomi Kato grew up in Kobe and Hawaii, went to school in Paris, Rome, and New York City, and studied fine art at the City University of New York where she was awarded an honor residency at Barnard College/Columbia University as an ICP Scholar. Later, Nozomi graduated from Cornell University with a BFA in Painting. Her MFA came from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the top museum schools in the country and the world. As a visual artist, she has exhibited her work at Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Sullivan Center at the Art Institute of Chicago, Bridge Art Fair New York, LVL3 in Chicago, the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, and New Century Artist and Kravets|Wehby in Chelsea, among others. Nozomi is currently a Professor of Art in the Visual Arts Program at LaGuardia Community College, the City University of New York in Long Island City. Her new course HUA191: the Art of Eastern Asia exploring the Art of India, China, and Japan will be offered in the Fall 2012 semester at LaGuardia.

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