5/15: Arnold Kemp, erica lewis, Sreshta Rit Premnath

Arnold Kemp is an American artist that works in painting, print, sculpture, and poetry. Kemp received a BA/BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from Stanford University. From 1991 to 2006, Kemp lived and worked in San Francisco, CA, where he showed works independently and was a curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More recently, he was chair of the MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art PNCA in Portland, Oregon. He currently serves as Painting and Printmaking Chair & Associate Professor at the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2001, he first showed work in New York at the Studio Museum's "Freestyle" Exhibition. The "Freestyle" exhibition was discussed in the context of the Post-black art movement, a moment where black artists confronted and abandoned the label of being 'black' artists. Significant works of Kemp’s are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis. In 2012, Kemp was awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist and curates the john oates house reading series. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, journals, and on the SFMOMA “Open Space” blog. Books include daryl hall is my boyfriend (Barrelhouse 2015), murmur in the inventory (Shearsman Books), and the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books) and camera obscura (BlazeVox Books), both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein. A double chapbook project, rarities and b sides/songs for mary is forthcoming from Lame House Press in fall 2015, and a chapbook, voodoo child vintage church bird house/wood, was published in spring 2015 from Ypolita. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sreshta Rit Premnath has had solo exhibitions at KANSAS, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Wave Hill, New York; Art Statements, Art Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including Queens Museum, New York; YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong; Thomas Erben Gallery and Friedman Benda Gallery, New York. He is the founder and co-editor of the publication Shifter. Premnath completed his MFA at Bard College, and has attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Skowhegan and Smack Mellon. He has received grants from Art Matters and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and was awarded the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College. Based in Brooklyn, Premnath is Assistant Professor at Parsons, New York.


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