Work by Kelley Meister

Candice Davis ’18 and Kelley Meister ’08, MFA, are among the eleventh cohort of Art(ists) On The Verge (AOV11) fellows.

AOV11 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for four Minnesota-based emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. New this year, the AOV11 cohort will present final projects as works in public space rather than a group gallery exhibition.

Davis is a conceptual artist working primarily in digital media, installation, and performance, with a focus on engaging audiences with social issues. For AOV11, Davis engages an interest in genealogy and proposes to create an online search tool that would allow Black Americans to search through Slave Schedules–lists that prior to 1870 serve as the primary means for documenting Black people, namelessly and as property. 

Meister’s body of work employs the use of drawings and sculptures, video, and participatory experiences to investigate and call attention to this moment in geological history where the planet is shifted by the indelible touch of humans. For AOV11, Meister will organize a participatory artwork that joins observation and data collection with a one-hundred-mile bicycle ride between nuclear power plants in Minnesota. 

Among the jury were MCAD faculty members George Hoagland and Ellie Kevorkian. Faculty member Piotr Szyhalski is a co-director of AOV11.

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