Grant Wood Fellow Talk: Joe DeVera "How We Got Here"

  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM

240 Art Building West
141 N. Riverside Drive, Iowa City

A preamble on the autobiographical and historical influences as well as the creative processes in the work of visual artist and Grant Wood Fellow in Painting & Drawing, Joe DeVera. He will address his concerns regarding the possibility of art objects functioning not only as visual informant, but also as cultural provocateur, actively effecting the actions and events of the world at large.

Given his past enlistment in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 to 2008 (serving two combat deployments), and in addition to having been born in the Philippines during a time of political turmoil and violence, Joe DeVera’s works are often attempts to make sense of the absurd theaters of human tragedy; exploring the possible relationships between historiography and art objects, while simultaneously investigating the cultural networks of mass conflict.

His exhibition record includes solo and two-person shows in Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Southern California, as well as an inclusion in the publication New American Paintings (Issue 111, April 2014).   He has been awarded the Joshua Tree Highlands Art Residency (2015), The Terra American Art Foundation Summer Fellowship (2016), and the Cloud Projects Prize (2016). In addition to his art practice, DeVera also served as the curator for Aftermath, a four-artist exhibition that ran from November 2 to December 5, 2016 in Santa Ana, CA, which examines the resonance of war through the artist as a lived body (Santora Building, Santa Ana, CA).  Joe DeVera received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Yale School of Art (2014) and his BFA in Painting from California State University, Fullerton (2011), where he also served as an adjunct lecturer for several years.

Cost: Free

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