Dr. Erin Devine, associate professor of art history and humanities at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus has been selected among 75 artists from 28 countries to participate in the Venice International Performance Art Week, held at the European Cultural Center - Palazzo Mora in Venezia, Italy.
Beginning Dec. 7 through Dec. 16, Venice International Performance Art Week is an independent on-going 10-day live art exhibition project which aims to promote the practices of performance art on a local, national and international scale. The international event is sustained by the cultural contributions of prestigious institutions, event-associated curators, and the in-kind support of donors, philanthropists and Venetian enterprises. This year’s theme, CO-CREATION LIVE FACTORY Prologue 1, highlights the collaboration between artists across cultures through daily lectures, performances and artistic interventions by participating artists and associated curators. Devine was selected to participate in the Venice International Performance Art Week based on an evaluation of her artistic abilities and projects led by a group of renowned artists and curators from around the world.
“This year’s theme has a big emphasis on collaboration among artists across cultures. I'm humbled by the honor and excited because I enjoy collaboration and the meaning of collaborative partnership has been a focus of my own work,” Devine said. “I have been asked to bring materials, such as clothing, that I sometimes use in my own performance. The curatorial team also asked that I bring a particular object of my choice, along with novels and poems that mean something to me, which is great because literature is a big part of my work. I'm nervous and excited to see what we'll come up with collectively and how the experience will shape and inform my work in the future.”
As an artist-scholar, Devine received a Ph.D. in art history with a focus in contemporary art from Indiana University. Her work has been included in exhibitions regionally and internationally. The Louisville, Ky., native has been published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society, Art Papers, Washington City Paper and Woman’s Art Journal. She has also written exhibition reviews for The Berkshire Review and New York Arts online. Devine anticipates the trip to Venice will enhance her students’ passion for the arts and create new opportunities for classroom instruction.
“Venice is such an important place for contemporary art, I'm hoping that I can share this experience on that level of interaction with our NOVA art students,” she said. “This trip will inspire me to put together a collaborative project with my students next semester. So many projects in contemporary art are collaborative, and it's important for students to have experiences that take them into that world, beyond the object.”
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