Ivan Boyd, Melissa Gwyn & Jessica Kennedy

a new series of artist talks, demos and conversations 

516 ARTS premieres the first in the new series "516 ARTISTS IN PERSON" featuring an hour of artist talks, demos and conversations. Join current Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers local artists Jessica Kennedy and Ivan Boyd along with visiting artist Melissa Gwyn for an evening of fruitful exchange about artistic processes and concepts.

Ivan Boyd 
received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2012. His work was selected by LA Times critic David Pagel for a juried exhibit at UNM ART Museum in 2012. He has recently had solo shows at the John Sommers Gallery, the Harwood Art Center and the Bright Rain Gallery. His awards include The Phyllis Muth Scholarship for Fine Arts, The Harry Nadler Memorial Fellowship Award and The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at Yale University. He worked as an Analyst Programmer for many years.

Melissa Gwyn received her MFA from Yale. She has had solo exhibitions at Feigen Contemporary, Stux Gallery and White Columns in New York, Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, and group shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, The Tang Museum, London, Japan and elsewhere. Her work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Time Out New York, Village Voice, Art News, Arts Magazine, The New York Times, Chromogram Magazine, Chemistry World and other publications. An Associate Professor of Art at University of California Santa Cruz, she’s given presentations on her work at USC, Carnegie Mellon, The Tang Museum, Penn State, Ohio State and Vassar College among others.

Jessica L. Kennedy works primarily in abstract painting and drawing. She earned her BFA in 2005 form the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her MFA form the University of New Mexico in 2009. She exhibits her work regularly in juried and group exhibitions both locally and nationally and has served as an arts educator for the past six years.

This presentation is in conjunction with the exhibition Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers at 516 ARTS.

Free and open to the public.

image: (top) Jessica Kennedy, Fusiform, 2013, acrylic, graphite, metal leaf on panel, 84 x 42 inches