School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art

Laini Nemett

Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 11:00 am

Visual & Performing Arts Center
WCSU, Westside Campus

Laini Nemett holds a dual BA degree from Brown University in Visual Arts and History of Art & Architecture, and an MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, The Awesome Foundation New York, and the Fulbright Program. She has been awarded many U.S. residencies, including Yaddo, Joan Mitchell Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as international residencies in Ireland and France.

From Laini’s artist statement, “My work responds to the lived, remembered, and imagined histories that emerge from aging buildings, ancient dwellings, and new constructions to reflect on how we live across cultures and communities. I collage and collapse planes to fuse times and places. . . . My current work includes large-scale canvases that explore the epic nature of endangered sites, as well as more intimate paintings of their inner walls.”

Nemett’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including Italy, China and Africa. She has lectured about her work at universities including Cornell, Adelphi, Pace, and MICA, and at art institutions in Italy, Germany and Spain. Nemett lives and works between Brooklyn and Schenectady, New York, and is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Union College.

Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Alliance