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Burlington City Arts

OCTOBER 21, 2015

BCA Fall/Winter Visiting Critic Series Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burlington, VT: Burlington City Arts is happy to announce the 2015/2016 Fall/Winter Visiting Critic Series. Burlington City Arts' Visiting Critic program is designed to connect Vermont artists with influential arts writers, institutional curators, and commercial gallerists. The program brings distinguished art world individuals to Vermont to conduct one-on-one studio visits and to give a lecture that is free and open to the public. This continues BCA’s commitment to connecting the art and ideas of Vermont to a broader audience of influential contemporary art professionals.  For more information about the Visiting Critics program and to apply for a studio visit, please visit http://www.burlingtoncityarts.org/visiting-critic-program.

SCHEDULE + CRITICS:

October 27 – 29, 2015: Harlan Levy
Public Lecture: Wednesday 10/28 6:30pm
Studio Visits: Tuesday 10/27 & Wednesday 10/28

Harlan Levey arrived in Europe in 1996 with the ambition of becoming a professional football player. This did not work out. Fortunately, while on trial in Limburg, he was hired to teach comparative American Literature at the University of Maastricht and offered the chance to continue his studies. He earned an MA in Science, Technology and Society studies before moving to Brussels. 
In Brussels, he originally worked as a meta-marketing manager for popular trading card and role-playing game brands, before co-founding a company called Myco-Labs and eventually returning to academics as a research fellow at the International Forum for Bio-Philosophy (IFB at KU Leuven) where he advised on ethical dilemmas in EC funded science research. Parallel to this position, he enrolled as a PhD candidate in Media Aesthetics at the European Graduate School. He left the IFB in 2004 and became the Editor in Chief and later Creative Director of Modart Magazine. In 2011, he opened his own gallery space in Brussels (Harlan Levey Projects). In conjunction with the activities of the gallery, Harlan gives lectures, maintains his own writing practice, works as an external expert for the European Commission, and is leading a 4 year public art project for the city and region of Brussels. Harlan is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he received his B.A. in Literature and Political Science. www.hl-projects.com

November 11-13, 2015: Ola Wlusek
Public Lecture: Wednesday 11/11 6:30pm
Studio Visits: Thursday 11/12 & Friday 11/13

Ola Wlusek is an independent curator based in Southern Ontario. She obtained an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK. Previously, she studied Cultural Anthropology and Art History at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. For the past ten years, she worked in educational and curatorial departments at public art institutions in Canada and abroad. From 2011 - 2015 she was the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario.

April 2016 (specific dates TBA): Anaïs Castro
Public Lecture: TBA
Studio Visits: TBA

Anaïs Castro is an art critic and curator based in Montreal.  She has worked as the Assistant Curator of Kirsten Lloyd at Stills, Scotland’s Centre for Photography and has led multiple curatorial projects, including Monochrome³, Staging the Scene, Porcelain: Breaking Tradition, Moving Still | Still Moving and more recently #self. She writes for various magazines, including esse arts + opinions, Espace art actuel and Line Magazine. She holds a BFA in Art History from Concordia University and a Masters in History of Art, Curating and Criticism from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since January 2013, she has been working as Art Mûr’s Program and Content Manager.

The Visiting Critic Series is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating over 30 years of supporting the arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. For more information about gallery exhibitions, special events, classes and workshops, please call 802.865.7166 or visit BURLINGTONCITYARTS.ORG. 

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