Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
University of Michigan
Rebekah Modrak is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has a B.F.A. in photography and painting from Alfred University and an M.F.A. in photography and sculpture from Syracuse University. She is interested in encounters between art, commerce, photography, and identity.
Rebekah is an
artist and writer who creates internet-based critical interventions into
consumer culture to critique brand appropriations
and visual culture. In 2013, she founded Re Made Co. (remadeco.org), an artwork
critiquing the appropriation of working class identities and the revitalization
of traditional male roles. The artwork takes the form of an online
"company," parodying existing company Best Made Co. In 2017, she
created Rethink Shinola (rethinkshinola.com),
an online artwork analyzing, critiquing and exposing a complex and patronizing
agenda of marketing the White savior myth, African American labor, Detroit, and
authenticity. Modrak is a co-curator of eBayaday and #exstrange, curatorial
projects featuring site-specific work by artists using eBay as a site for the exchange
of ideas, objects and commerce by incorporating the structures of the online
marketplace as elements in the work. She is the lead author of Reframing
Photography (Routledge 2011), a book critically exploring photographic
representation, ethics, re-enactments, mediated vision, and other issues within
the image-based world. She is Associate Professor at Stamps School of Art &
Design at the University of Michigan where she teaches courses related to image culture, commerce, labor, and public intervention, such as Shopdropping,
Dressing Up + Down, and All Work.
Additionally, Rebekah has served as a juror at the Carr Center, Detroit; Ohio Art Council, Columbus; the Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey; and Arts at Michigan, Ann Arbor. She regularly critiques graduate student and BFA thesis reviews in the Stamps School, and has served as an external reviewer internationally for dozens of promotion and tenure dossiers.
Director of Galleries and Collection
Grand Valley State University
Since 1998 Henry Matthews has been the Director of Galleries and Collections at Grand Valley State University. In that period the collection has grown from 700 works of art to more than 16,000.
These are dispersed throughout every building on 6 campuses including Allendale, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Traverse City, and Detroit. Matthews directs a team of 12, plus student workers, and works closely with university faculty, students, alumni and donor community to present public exhibitions and programing. To learn more about the collection and related programs please visit the GVSU Art Gallery website: www.gvsu.edu/artgallery
Matthews is a native of Austria, was raised in Europe and the USA, and has degrees from Alma College (BFA) and Wayne State University (MA Art History). For 13 years he was the director at the Muskegon Museum of Art, prior to which he worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the departments of Education and European Art. He was Assistant professor of Architecture at Lawrence Institute of Technology, and continues to teach, advise and mentor.
In his 45 year career, he has taken hundreds of art supporters on organized art and culture international travel tours to 6 continents and many countries. Matthews has served on numerous boards, include the Michigan Museum Association, the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, where he was founding chair of the sculptor committee; Grandville Arts Academy, Grand Rapids; ArtServe; and currently serves on the City of Grand Rapids Public Arts Advisory Committee, the Muskegon Community Foundation Arts Advisory committee, etc. He has curated and juried many exhibitions in the span of almost 5 decades as a museum professional.
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