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DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY

July 19, 2021

The department welcomes three new members in fall 2021: Harris Fellow Sara Garzón, Visiting Artist Ace Lehner, and Harris Fellow Christopher Kojzar.

Sara Garzón is a curator and PhD candidate in art history at Cornell University. In her research, Sara specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American art focusing on issues relating to decoloniality, temporality, and indigenous ecocriticism.

Sara has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art both as the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow (2020-2021) and the Lifchez-Stronach Curatorial Intern (2014-2015). She was also Audience Engagement Associate at the Brooklyn Museum. In addition, Sara has curated a number of exhibitions such as Mapping the Cartographic (upcoming in Croatia 2022), Not Everything that Shines at the Museo Antropológico y de Arte Contemporáneo in Guayaquil, Ecuador (MAAC, 2019); Gestures of Power at Profound Studio, Brooklyn, NY (2018); and Nobilitas: Of Royal Blood and Other Myths at KB Espacio de Arte in Bogotá – Colombia (2017). Sara is also a founding member of the curatorial working group Collective Rewilding, which investigates the intersection between curation, ecology, and care.

Sara’s writings have appeared in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Studies Journal, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, DASartes Magazine in Brazil, Ocula Magazine in Hong Kong, and Hyperallergic. Her essay “Deborah Castillo: The Performativity of Ruination and other Forms of Civil Disobedience” was published in the book Deborah Castillo: Radical Disobedience (Hemipress NY, 2019), and the article “Manuel Amaru Cholango: Decolonizing Technology and the Construction of Indigenous Futures,” was included in a special issue of Arts on decolonizing contemporary Latin American art (December 2019). This article was awarded Best Essay in Visual Culture Studies 2020 by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Ace Lehner is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar specializing in critical engagement with identity and representation; history, theory, and criticism of contemporary art; visual studies; photography; queer and trans theory; and critical race studies. Lehner's artistic practice often embraces collaboration and utilizes photography, video, and installation to mine the complex relationship between representation and the constitution of identities. Lehner's work has been exhibited internationally and will be featured in a solo exhibition at Practice Gallery in Philadelphia later this year. Lehner recently published their first book, From Self-Portrait to Selfie: Contemporary Art and Self-Representation in the Social Media Age (MDPI Books, Basel Switzerland), and has a chapter forthcoming on trans selfies in the book Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie (Routledge). Lehner completed their Ph.D. in History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California (Santa Cruz) in 2020. Their dissertation was entitled Trans Representations: Contemporary Art Photography and Non-Binary Visual Theory. Lehner holds an MFA/MA in Fine Art and Visual Studies from California College of the Arts. Lehner has also worked as a museum educator for over a decade and piloted The Museum of Modern Art's first-ever queer tours. Lehner is very excited to be joining the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Vermont and is looking forward to getting to know you all!

Christopher Kojzar received his BA from George Washington University and his MFA from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. A list of residencies includes La Napoule Art Foundation, the Creative Alliance and the Santa Fe Art Institute. The Deutsch Foundation and the Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize awarded he and his collaborators for their oeuvre ‘Renovations’ while the Maryland State Arts Council granted the group, known as strikeWare, a Regional Individual Artist Award in 2021.

His ongoing project ‘Plainclothes Agenda’ is also recognized for the regional 2021 Sondheim Award and has been noted by the Washington Post, presented at conferences across the United States, and fleshed out in publications with the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, the New Media Caucus and Seventh Wave Magazine.

For the upcoming year, he is collaborating on the ‘McDonogh Memorial to Those Enslaved and Freed’  to design a public monument that celebrates and traces the origins of the men, women, and children who labored as slaves on the plantations of John McDonogh.

 

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