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Viewers at the Opening Reception read Rosemary Jesionowski's piece


Thursday, February 17th, 2011
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Taking Part: Walk & Talk
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Sheena Varghese and Brigette Thomas installing the exhibition Hope Hilton at the Opening
Discuss the exhibition with:
ATHICA Educational Coordinator Sage Rogers • Assistant Curator Sheena Varghese • Taking Part artist Hope Hilton • ATHICA director Lizzie Z. Saltz

Come and talk informally with us about the work on display in Taking Part, the current exhibit of six artists’ participatory projects.

Prior to the opening reception, Hilton led a silent walk in and around the Chase Street warehouses to inaugurate her interactive project Walk with me: Athens. There are now many responses from area participants in the form of drawings, stories and maps, which the artist will discuss as well as her philosophy about walking, contemplation and community. Hilton’s walks provide participants with a chance to share their experience of Athens with others and to take a turn walking through someone else’s vision of the city.



Participating Artists
Hope Hilton, an artist with many years of installation and conceptual projects under her belt, explores place and common experience in Walk with me: Athens, a new work in her Walk with me series which includes Walk with me: San Francisco and Walk with me: Georgia (which took place in Decatur, GA in 2008). Hilton was born in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2003 and her MFA from The City University of New York, Hunter College in 2008. Hilton is a co-founder of the artist collective Dos Pestañeos. As an artist Hilton curates, collaborates, designs, publishes, writes, and walks. In 2005 she was awarded the Good Earthling Award, presented in the form of a grant by the artist Harrell Fletcher and CalArts. In Winter 2007 Hilton completed a 60-mile memorial walk in the southern United States to recognize the walk a slave named Henry made to announce the birth of her great-great grandmother. She was a participant at the University of Regina in Canada in October 2007 as part of Open Engagement: Art After Aesthetic Distance and recently completed projects include a silent walk commemorating the Black Heritage Trail in Boston for Brandeis University, MA, silent walks in various locations, walking all over San Francisco using strangers' directions for 30 days, and a Dos Pestañeos retrospective at Alfred University, New York. Hilton was awarded a grant in 2010 from the Forward Arts Foundation in Atlanta and was a finalist for the Hudgen's Prize. Hilton resides in a crooked farmhouse on a hilltop near Athens, GA.

Sage Rogers is an Athens native, graduated from UGA with a BA in Comparative Literature and from Brandeis University with an MA in Cultural Production with a focus on Art and Education. While in Boston completing her Masters degree, she interned at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for the education department and worked for Dot Art, a non-profit center for the visual arts. Dot Art offers affordable art classes for all ages and awarded scholarships to local students.

Assistant Curator Sheena Varghese has volunteered at ATHICA since 2008, joining as an intern in Fall 2009. She is a student at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia expecting to graduate with degrees in Art History and Studio Art in May 2011. Earlier this year, she traveled to India, volunteering as an English and art teacher in an underprivileged school for five months. Back in the States she has also interned at the education department at the Georgia Museum of Art and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. This is her debut curatorial turn. She plans to continue a career in the arts after graduation.

Lizzie Zucker Saltz exhibited nationally as a sculpture and installation artist for a decade. She is the Artistic Director of ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Inc., which opened its doors in 2002. She founded ATHICA after familiarizing herself with the local art scene, writing art reviews and features for Flagpole Magazine from 1998 to 2000. She has also written for the international, non-profit Art Papers Magazine, publishing reviews and new stories intensively from 1998 to 2003, with two feature articles published in 2005. As a freelance curator she has developed exhibits for the Athens area since 2000, such as Rock Art: An Exhibit Of Visual Art by Athens Musicians and Eclectic Electric: An Exhibit Of Electronic And Digital Art, both held at the Lyndon House Art Center. She curated many of the exhibits at ATHICA and serves as Senior Curator on all. She received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1993. Shortly after she moved to Athens, GA with her spouse, David Z. Saltz--currently the chair of the UGA Dept. of Theatre & Film Dept.--they collaborated on several large-scale New Media projects, which exhibited at the Georgia Museum of Art (2000), The Sweeney Gallery in Riverside in CA (2002), Presbyterian College in SC and the Detroit MONA in 2003. They have two children.



 
 
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