Michael Jones McKean’s diverse sculpture practice explores the boundaries of understanding and meaning and touches on issues of personal, generational and global relevance. McKean is a recent recipient of numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Nancy Graves Foundation Award, and an Artadia Artist’s Award. He has been granted residencies at the CORE foundation / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE; Central Michigan University / Stephen L. Barstow Fellowship, Mount Pleasant, MI. McKean’s work is represented by Horton Gallery in New York, NY and by Gentili Apri in Berlin, Germany. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
“For me, there are moments when specific external details about an object, such as how it was made, or what it was made from, or its compounding meta-histories should surface. These details have the possibility to tell us about ourselves, our time, and belief in things - but it’s not enough. For it to work, an object’s private reserve of hidden-away knowledge and arcane anecdotes - the backstory – must also find access to larger, more shared structures; the ancestral, the civic, the continental. There, an object’s metaphors stretch out from the clique-ish to the communal – something way more generous”.
-Michael Jones McKean
This event is made possible by a grant from the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development’s Mutual Mentoring Initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation