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Artist Corey Antis to speak about his work and have an open studio session at SJU Art Center

Corey Antis, who is this year’s recipient of the Sister Dennis Frandrup Artist Residency, will present a talk about his work at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) in the Saint John’s University Art Center Auditorium.

In his current studio practice, Antis uses painting, drawing and book-based sculptural practice to investigate how images and representations maintain, emphasize or subvert different aspects of their readability. The ideas are shared as examples of how landscape, material and embodied cognition are avenues toward diversity.

Antis, an associate professor of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, also will have an open studio session from 7-8:30 p.m. March 1 upstairs in the SJU Art Center. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including juried shows in New York City, Philadelphia, the United Kingdom and other collaborative and curatorial projects. His recent sketchbook facsimile, Black Coffee, published by Specific Ideas Press, has been collected by the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection/Flaxman Library at the Art Institute of Chicago and was featured at the ABC Art Book Fair in Beijing and the One Thousand Books Fair in Copenhagen in 2021. He also was recipient of the 2018-19 Rosser Painting Fellowship Award, which supported field research in materials science in Nara, Kochi and Tokyo, Japan, where he was a guest at Musashino Art University.

The Sister Dennis Frandrup Artist Residency is for emerging to mid-career artists. Recipients are chosen based on submission of a portfolio and a proposal of how a six-week work period would benefit their artistic practice. Artists chosen receive a stipend and accommodations that include studio space and access to equipment and supplies. They also are able to stay at the Collegeville Institute, near the SJU campus.

Facilities on both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s campuses include capacity for papermaking, printmaking, darkrooms, a Mac lab with scanners and inkjet printers, a video editing lab, woodshop and studios for photography, ceramics, book arts and sculpture.

In the past five years, visiting artists have included the collaborative duo of Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was (2018), Lourdes Gonzalez Osnaya in 2019, and Katayoun Amjadi in 2020. During restrictions for COVID-19, a series of virtual presentations was conducted by visiting artists. In 2022, Shen Xin was on campus to create moving image installations and performances that empowered alternative histories, relations, and potentials between individuals and nation-states.

Corey Antis artwork

These paintings are examples of the work of Corey Antis, who is the current Sister Dennis Frandrup Artist in Residency at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Corey Antis book sculpture

This is an example of book-based sculpture that also is evident in some of Corey Antis’ artwork.