Cat Crotchett

Thursday, November 20
RCVA #2008, 5:30 pm

Cat Crotchett

Cat Crotchett is a professor of Art at Western Michigan University. She has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Her studio work currently focuses on encaustic painting and oil media on paper. Layers of vibrant colors and textured surfaces are characteristics of her work.

Crotchett has taught painting, drawing and foundations courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo. She has an extensive exhibition record that includes national solo, invitational and juried exhibitions. She has also been recognized through numerous grants and awards.

Chris Martin

Thursday, October 30, 2008
RCVA #2008, 5:30 pm

Chris Martin. Tiger Preserve, 2006
Oil & Collage on canvas, 58″ x 38″
Credit: Courtesy Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
Photograph: Anthony Cunha Photography

A former performance artist, Chris Martin recently had a solo show at Mitchell Innes & Nash in NY, and was included last year in The Painted World, at P.S. 1 in Long Island City, New York as well as a group show at Feature inc. NY. He is represented by Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Mitchell Innes & Nash, NYC.

In a recent NY Times review of Martin’s exhibition at Mitchell Innes & Nash, Roberta Smith writes that “… [Martin’s] style might be called ‘80s mongrel; a mélange of outtakes from Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Elizabeth Murray and Sigmar Polke.” But his surfaces are so lavishly perfect that he seems a master of controlled chaos.

Gary Koepke

Thursday, September 11, 2008
RCVA #2008 – 5:30 pm

Gary Koepke

Gary Koepke’s graphic design and art direction have impacted global audiences since earning his BFA in Art with concentration in graphic design at WMU. Most recently, in January 2000 Modernista! was founded in Boston, MA, USA by creatives Gary Koepke and Lance Jensen. With additional offices in Amsterdam and Detroit, today the agency has nearly 200 employees from more than 15 different countries. M!’s client roster includes Cadillac, (RED), HUMMER, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Animal Planet, BusinessWeek, TIAA-CREF, Hearts On Fire and Stop Handgun Violence. Modernista! is fiercely independent.