Indiana University welcomes artists Blane De St. Croix and Alix Lambert

Indiana University welcomes artists Blane De St. Croix and Alix Lambert

School of Art and Design at Indiana University, Bloomington

Top: Blane De St. Croix, Broken Landscape II, 2010. Bottom: Alix Lambert, Bronze Gloves, 2012.*
August 24, 2012
Indiana University welcomes artists Blane De St. Croix and Alix Lambert

Henry Radford Hope School
of Fine Arts at Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

The Studio Art Program in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University is pleased to announce that Blane De St. Croix and Alix Lambert will join the sculpture faculty. Both appointments will commence August 2012.

De St. Croix has been appointed to head the sculpture area with the rank of Tenured Associate Professor. In addition to being an accomplished artist, his varied and distinguished career has led him to teach at numerous universities and art schools. De St. Croix brings a vast sum of knowledge and experience to the Studio Art Program at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Blane De St. Croix’s recent body of environmentally mindful work explores the geopolitical landscape. His projects have included topics of border issues, land use, mountain top removal, strip mining, deforestation, climate change, pollution, land erosion and preservation, He conducts extensive research on each project—through on the ground site visits, aerial flyovers, photographic documentation, interviews, internet mining and satellite imagery. Interested in articulating humankind’s desire to take command over the earth and what presubscribed meanings we attribute to the land, De St Croix’s conceptual framework reveals distinct conflicts with the natural world and controlling political structures. His freestanding sculptures and monumental installations utilize architectural space in a distinct, powerful and imposing manner. His artistic practice and research seeks to facilitate discourse and a better mutual understanding of our shared social, political, ecological and cultural climate in order to create positive changes both within our local communities and in the international arena.

De St. Croix has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; The West Collection Prize: The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors; The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; The MassArt Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment; and The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture.

Upcoming in 2012, his work will be exhibited at The Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; The Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Site Lab, Grand Rapids, MI; The Kathmandu International, Kathmandu, Nepal; and The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA.

Previously he has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows in venues including The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Future Arts Research, (F.A.R.), Phoenix, AZ; SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; New York University, New York, NY; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA; Europos Parkas, Vilnius, Lithuania; Fieldgate Gallery, London, England; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; NY; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL; Art In Embassies, the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C; Sculpture Symposium, Ireland; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY.

Blane De St. Croix has also been awarded many notable international and national fellowship and residencies, some of which include The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Foundry Residency, WI; Smack Melon Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; Gasworks, Triangle Arts Trust, London; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Sculpture Space, Inc., Utica, NY; Tyrone Gutherie Center, Ireland; The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Art Omi, Ghent, NY; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; VLA Art and Law Residency, New York, NY; Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY. De St. Croix’s work has been reviewed in publications such as New York Magazine, Art In America, Sculpture Magazine, ABC NEWS, Art Net, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Public Television, New Art Examiner and The Miami Herald.

Blane De St. Croix was born in Boston Massachusetts. Educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (M.F.A. – Sculpture) and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts (B.F.A. – Sculpture with distinction).

Alix Lambert has been appointed with the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.  She has exhibited her work to international critical acclaim, showing in The Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art, The Georges Pompidou Center, and the Gwangju Biennale among others. She is represented by Anna Kustera Gallery in NYC, having had her most recent solo exhibition with in April 2012. She has published a monograph: MASTERING THE MELON, an overview of two decades of projects, which is available through D.A.P.

Lambert has taught extensively. The past two years she has served as a mentor for the School of Visual Arts Art In Practice Graduate program and the Art Institute of Boston. She has spent a year as visiting professor for the graduate program at CalArts, and taught at The Art Institute of San Francisco and School of Visual Arts in NYC among others.

She is currently co-curating (with Julian Hoeber) an exhibition, No Person May Enter a Bar Carrying a Fish, which opens July 14th at Blum and Poe Gallery in Los Angeles. Her own work will be on exhibition in two recent group shows in Paris, at GDM Gallery and at Lachatre Galerie.

This past year she received an NEA consortium grant and a Roberts Foundation grant to produce two new works for Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, where she recently had a solo exhibition. Lambert has received residencies and/or fellowships from: The MacDowell Colony, Headlands, and The Studios of Key West.

The Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts offers professional and broad-based art training within the context of a liberal arts education. The program is known for providing strong grounding in traditional and contemporary art practices, building on the exceptional resources available within a research 1 institution. As a NASAD accredited School of Art, the HRH School has a prominent and diverse faculty providing instruction in 10 areas of studio art, with access to superior specialized equipment and facilities.

*Images above:
Top: Blane De St. Croix, Broken Landscape II, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and F.A.R. Future Arts Research, Phoenix, AZ.
Bottom: Alix Lambert, Bronze Gloves, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

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