The RELEVANT program has been put on hold for 2014.

The RELEVANT Alumni Group Show will run from August 16 - October 26, 2014 at the Kimball Art Center Main Gallery.

RELEVANT Mentors

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John Bell

Multi-disciplines

John Bell is a nationally emerging artist who describes his work as postmodern mash up. He combines abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop art and other movements in contemporary art. Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist incorporating print making photography, sculpture, text, installation and performance art. His work depicts wide ranging themes from social to political, popular culture, media and the public domain to comment on — and understand the complexities of contemporary American culture.

Ohio-born John Bell lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upcoming solo museum exhibitions include BYU Museum of Art. He has exhibited in countless solo and group exhibitions, including Art Basel, Miami, New York’s Time Warner Center, Southern Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City, UT. His work has been placed in many private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Press accolades include a profile in the national art magazine Blue Canvas (Los Angeles), a cover editorial in Seven Magazine, (Las Vegas), Beyond Pop; The man and message behind the paint. His work and mid-century modern home has been highlighted in the Los Angeles-based, lifestyle, and culture-centric 944 Magazine and Utah Style & Design. Hailed as “artist on the rise” by Salt Lake Magazine, Bell has received numerous acknowledgments and reviews in NY Art World, City Weekly, Salt Lake City, Seven, and Juxtapoz magazines and a host of online publications. He is represented by Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, Cancio Contemporary, Miami/New York.

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Reni Gower

Printing & Printmaking

Reni Gower is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2008, she was recognized by VCUArts with an Award of Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service and by the Southeastern College Art Conference in 2007 with an Award of Excellence in Teaching. In addition to her teaching and painting practice, she curates award winning traveling exhibitions. Her current project Papercuts (2011 – 2014) will travel to nine national venues.

Her artwork has been showcased at international and national venues for over 30 years. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a NEA / SECCA Southeastern Artist Fellowship and Virginia Commission for the Arts Project Grants. Her work is represented in various collections including the Library of Congress Print Collection; Pleasant Company / Mattel, Inc; the American Embassies in Lima, Peru and Osaka, Japan; Media General, Inc; and the Federal Reserve Bank. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Alexandra Grant

Painting, Drawing, Sculpture

Alexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing and sculpture. Grant is known as a ‘radical collaborator’ – it is collaborating that shapes what she does outside of the studio as much as within it. Grant has worked with writers as diverse as hypertext pioneer Michael Joyce, actor Keanu Reeves, artist Channing Hansen, and philosopher Hélène Cixous.

Grant’s first solo exhibition at a museum was in 2007, organized by curator Alma Ruiz, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Numerous other shows at museums and galleries have included Grant’s work, including the 2010 California Biennial of Art at the Orange County Museum of Art, the Artists’ Museum at MOCA in 2010-1, Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection at LACMA in 2011, and Drawing Surrealism, also at LACMA in 2012.

Grant is currently working with Cixous on two-city exhibition called, Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest, which was inspired by Cixous’s book Philippines. This multi-dimensional project, encompassing a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups, artist collaborations and an installation premiered in Santa Monica at 18th Street Arts Center and will be presented at Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France this fall.

In addition, Grant’s new body of work in painting and sculpture Century of the Self will be exhibited in the fall of 2013 at USC’s Fisher Museum.

For more information on the artist and her projects, please visit: www.alexandragrant.com and www.grantlove.com

Katina Houvouas

Photography

Katina Houvouras was born in Morristown, NJ and currently resides and works in New York, NY. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and Spanish from Middlebury College, completed a one year Academy Program at The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, and has taken several workshops at both the International Center of Photography in NYC and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

Her landscape photography has been inspired by studying with and assisting many fine art and editorial photographers including Mary Ellen Mark, Roy Zipstein, Simon Watson, Barbara Kasten and William Abranowicz. She travels extensively and is currently working on a long term project in Venice, Italy.

She has shown her photography in solo and group exhibits in the US and abroad and her work is held in numerous domestic and international private collections.