About the Artist
Paper Buck (he/him) is an interdisciplinary visual artist, printmaker, and writer. His recent work is focused on place-centered research that critically explores white settler constructions of conservation, ecology, and the “American Landscape.”
Paper received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and American Studies from Macalester College in 2008. His practice is informed by a background in community organizing that centers anti-racist education, decolonial movements, and transgender justice. He was formerly a leadership team member at the Transgender, Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project, Unsettling Minnesota and the Catalyst Project.
Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Form and Formless, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY; Cornucopia, Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Counterpressures, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; State of Nature, Chautauqua Visual Arts, Chautauqua, NY; The Self, Realized: Queering the Art of Self-Portraiture, Brew House Association, Pittsburgh, PA; It’s A Long Story I’ll Save For Later, The Powder Room, Pittsburgh, PA; Today Descends From Yesterday, Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA; History in the Present, Historisches Rathaus, Dringenberg, Germany; Queer Prophesies, National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Michelle Lopez (she/her) is an interdisciplinary sculptor and installation artist. Her work examines collapsed political and social structures by inverting cultural tropes through her process of building. Her research and exploitation of industrial materials within her work exposes the finite and sometimes invisible boundaries of our own embedded societal constructions. Lopez is a material manipulator, a conceptualist, a builder, who researches cultural phenomenon and its material to push it out to its Nth-degree. With that comes an inventive spirit by stretching the industrial processes of crafting consumerism in all of its many forms.
Lopez earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY and BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include: Michelle Lopez: Ballast & Barricades (2020), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) (2020), Philadelphia, PA; House of Cards, (2018), Simon Preston, Gallery, New York, NY; Halyard (2016), Alt, Istanbul, Turkey; Angels, Flags, Bangs (2014), and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, among others in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles. She has participated in group exhibitions at Harvard Carpenter Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (MCAD), Manila, Philippines; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY among others. In 2019, Lopez was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Michelle Lopez has taught at UC Berkeley, Yale School of Art (Sculpture), SVA MFA, and now heads Sculpture & Installation in the Fine Arts Program at UPenn. Lopez is standing faculty in the Penn MFA program and based in Philadelphia.
Sa’dia Rehman (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. Their work explores structures of the family, the nation, and the border. They center familial history to expand on harm and survival.
In 2023, Rehman had their first major solo show at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. In 2022 Rehman delivered a keynote address with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natalie Diaz regarding the “Global Imagination of Racial Justice” at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Rehman was selected and exhibited as an Artist to Watch in 2021 by and at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. In the last five years, Rehman was awarded residencies at the Film/Video Studio at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Art Omi, Ghent, NY; Abrons Art Center, New York, NY; Asian American Arts Alliance, New York, NY; Edward Albee Foundation, Montauk, NY; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and NARS Foundation, New York, NY. Recently, their work was featured in the Brooklyn Rail, The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, Colonize This! Young Women of Color On Today’s Feminism, Breakthru Radio and Hyperallergic.