Apr 1st 2017

Artist Talk: Andy Coolquitt, Ben Murray, moderated by Jennifer Reeder

@ Monique Meloche Gallery

2154 W Division Street

Opening Saturday, April 1st, from 2PM - 3PM

On view through Saturday, April 1st

Join us on Saturday, April 1st from 2-3pm for an artist talk with Ben Murray and Andy Coolquitt, moderated by Jennifer Reeder

Reeder, whose film “Marietta Brimble” is currently on view in #porcelainprojects, will lead an informal discussion of the works in Murray’s second solo exhibition at moniquemeloche, “In Life Review”, as well as Andy Coolquitt’s #onthewall installation, “Economy Botttom”.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

–Exhibition Press Releases–
Ben Murray: http://moniquemeloche.com/current-exhibition/
Andy Coolquitt: http://moniquemeloche.com/current-onthewall/
Jennifer Reeder: http://moniquemeloche.com/exhibitions/5440

Ben Murray (b. 1977, Merrillville, IN; lives and works Chicago) received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2013 and his BFA from the Herron School of Art, Indianapolis in 2011. He was a 2014 Artist in Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska and a 2012 MFA Resident at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan. After this MFA thesis show at UIC in 2013, Murray was in the group exhibitions Recent Paintings at Northwestern University, Kaplan A.I.R Exhibitions, curated by John Neff and Revisiting Undomesticated at Design Cloud, Chicago. In 2014, Murray had his first solo show at moniquemeloche, followed by the important group exhibition Ground Floor at Hyde Park Art Center—a juried exhibition of the best recent MFA graduates from Chicago’s top art schools. In 2015, moniquemeloche presented his work at The Armory Show, New York. Recent group exhibitions include New American Paintings: Midwest Edition at Elmhurst Art Museum and #BemisPainters: 1985-2015 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, both 2015. Murray currently teaches at Illinois State University.

Andy Coolquitt (b. 1964, Mesquite, TX; lives and works Austin, TX) earned a BFA in Art History from University of Texas at Austin in 1988. In 1989-1990, he studied under Paul McCarthy and Charles Ray in the graduate program for Studio Art at University of California, Los Angeles. In 1993 he entered the graduate program for Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Sculpture, taking a permanent leave of absence in 1996. Coolquitt has been an artist in residence at Artpace, San Antonio, TX (Summer 2016); Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX (2014), and 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2013). He has had solo exhibitions at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR (2015); Lisa Cooley, New York (2014, 2012, 2010, 2008); Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria (2014); 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2013); and the Blaffer Museum, University of Houston, TX (2013). His work is included in the collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria; the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Jennifer Reeder (b. 1971, Ohio; lives Hammond, IN) received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her films have been screened at The Whitney Biennial; Sundance Film Festival; The Berlin Film Festival; and the Venice Biennale. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. In 2015, Reeder received a grant from Creative Capital. She is currently Associate Professor of Moving Image and Head of the Art Department in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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