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January 26, 2011

SFAI Faculty and Alumni Awarded Eureka Fellowships for 2011-2013

San Francisco Art Institute professor Lynn Hershman Leeson, visiting faculty Jennifer Locke, Yoon Lee, and Sean McFarland, staff member/alumnus Mauricio Ancalmo, and alumni Tamara Albatis and Colter Jacobsen are among the 12 artists to receive Eureka Fellowships for 2011-2013. Sponsored by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the fellowships provide an unrestricted grant of $25,000 to Bay Area visual artists, and are the largest cash prize for individual artists in the Bay Area.

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Chair of the Film department, is known for her technologically innovative, socially engaged work. Her new documentary !Women, Art, Revolution, which traces 40 years of the Feminist Art Movement, has been selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program and the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. Hershman Leeson was also recently awarded a SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant, presented by the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. She will receive $50,000 for the development of her film Killer App, about a visionary doctor at a fertility clinic who realizes that a patient’s DNA holds the key to the evolutionary leap from homo sapiens to “machine sapiens.” Other honors include the 2010 d.velop digital art award, the 2009 SIGGRAPH Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Jennifer Locke is visiting faculty in the New Genres department, and also received her BFA (1991) and MFA (2006) from SFAI. Working in video and installation-based performance, she explores the unstable nature of artist/model/camera/audience hierarchies. Her actions focus on cycles of physicality and visibility, and draw from her experiences as a professional dominatrix, champion submission wrestler, and artists’ model. Locke has exhibited in such venues as the Venice Biennale, Havana Biennial, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Yoon Lee is visiting faculty in Painting, and received her MFA from SFAI in 2005. She makes large-scale paintings through a painstaking process that results in a dynamic sense of motion. With intricate layers, dots, and swirls of acrylic paint, her work expresses the activity and anxiety of contemporary urban life. Lee has had solo exhibitions at Pierogi gallery in New York and the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco. Recent group exhibitions include Boiler Grand Opening: Yoon Lee, Jonathan Shipper, Tavares Strachan at Pierogi's new Boiler space; Artisterium at ARCI gallery in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape at Neuberger Museum of Art, New York; and Red Hot at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Mauricio Ancalmo is SFAI’s Equipment Technician and Studio Coordinator for Film and New Genres, and received his MFA from SFAI in 2006. He creates installations and kinetic sculptures from discarded objects such as turntables, 16mm film projectors, sewing machines, and word processers, pushing these mechanical instruments to their material limit so that chance, physical breakdown, and erosion become incorporated into his working method. Ancalmo’s solo shows include Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco and the Images Festival, Toronto. In San Francisco he has staged video performances at the Treasure Island Music Festival and Noise Pop. He received a 2010 SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and has been selected for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ upcoming triennial Bay Area Now 6.

Sean McFarland is visiting faculty in the Photography department. His work explores the relationships between the process of image making, artifice, photographic truth, and the representation of landscape. His solo exhibitions include White Columns, New York City; Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco; and San Francisco Camerawork. McFarland’s work has also been exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Headlands Center for the Arts, Art/Miami/Basel, and Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, and will appear in Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Library. 

Tamara Albaitis received her BFA from SFAI in 2002. She is a sculptural installation artist whose work posits a holistic understanding of humans’ relationship to nature. Using audio equipment both for the sonic and sculptural properties, she creates interactive pieces that examine the natural, constructed, and simulated environments that exist in a technology-saturated world. In 2003, she started the experimental sound department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated in 2005 with the first MFA in sound art in the United States. Albaitis’ work has been shown in venues including the Istanbul Biennial; The Digital Media Centre, Bracknell, England; artTransponder, Berlin; V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam; ParaSite, Hong Kong; G2 Gallery, Chicago; and Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco.

Colter Jacobsen received his BFA from SFAI in 2001. Culling from collections of found source material, both physical and digital, he creates drawings and assemblages that engage with questions of seeing and blindness, memory and forgetting, and pairs and mirrors. Jacobsen’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Corvi-Mora, London; Tibor de Nagy, New York; LA><ART in Los Angeles; and Jack Hanley Gallery, New York and San Francisco. He received a 2010 SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.