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November 14, 2013

Liam Everett, Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow, Partners with ODC for a Collaboration Exploring Painting and Movement

Liam Everett’s undergraduate advanced painting class Painting Between Action and Idea partners with ODC Theater through the Dance Odyssey Project to give students the opportunity to observe, engage, and experiment with movement, and develop tools to inform their own research process in the visual arts.

An introduction to the relationship between action and idea, Everett’s class explores alternative methods of mark-making through a series of restrictions driven by time, movement, and the body. Some of the materials and themes explored in this class mirror choreographic concerns and questions.

Everett’s students will look closely at the work of ODC Artist in Residence and Choreographer Scott Wells before taking part in a workshop with Wells at ODC Theater on November 20. They will practice and experiment with space, speed, and weight through their bodies, and engage in a discussion about practice and process in choreography and visual art. Students will then produce work, as a direct response to the workshop and discussion with Wells.

The project will culminate with an exhibition on view at ODC Theater, at 3153 17th Street, in San Francisco. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 6:30–8 pm, prior to a preview of Scott Wells’ new work, Father On, at 8 pm. Discounted tickets will be made available for SFAI students. Further details will be released to students in the coming weeks.


Liam Everett, visiting faculty at SFAI and the 2013 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow, has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world for the past 15 years. He has had solo exhibitions at Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco; the Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; White Columns, New York; and LISTE 17, Basel, Switzerland. Last year, Everett received the San Francisco Artadia award and was recognized by SFMOMA as a finalist for the SECA Art Award. Other recent group exhibitions were held at Josh Lilley Gallery, London; MacArthur B Arthur Gallery, Oakland; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. Everett has completed artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, Calif.; at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; and at Astérides, Marseille, France. His current projects include three-person exhibitions at Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, and Andreas Huber Gallery, Vienna.

Scott Wells, Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers, has created new works in San Francisco every year since 1992 including dances for skateboarders and boxers, and choreography for West Side Story (Sonoma State University). In 2005 and 2010, Wells received the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography. In 2005, Wells was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of 25 to watch.” Other honors include a GOLDIE (1994), and the Lester Horton Award for Choreography (1995). Since 1996, Wells has toured Europe teaching and performing at festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Zagreb, and Warsaw, among others. Locally he has taught at A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater), the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance, and UC Berkeley. He is currently an artist in residence at ODC Theater. Father On is an evening-length dance about 21st-century fatherhood, co‐created by Scott Wells and Sheldon B. Smith. Performed by an all-male ensemble, Father On explores the many joys and complexities that make up fathering in an era of two-income earner households, combining the artists' autobiographies with physical invention to explore the often-contradictory ways in which fathers are expected to act today.