Graduate Division People's Page

Arnold J. Kemp

Arnold J. Kemp is an artist whose role in leading students and faculty goes hand-in-hand with his personal research and passion for contemporary discourse.  He has been making and exhibiting critically engaged art for 25 years, while simultaneously writing and publishing critical and creative texts. His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; the Tacoma Art Museum; and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation; the Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Art Matters, Inc.; Printed Matter, Inc.; and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.  He was one of the founding curators of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where he worked from 1993–2003. He holds an MFA from Stanford University.

In 2009, Kemp entered full-time academic work as the Chair of the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. At PNCA, the many roles he has played as an artist, curator, writer, and lecturer came together in preparing interdisciplinary artists for a lifetime of creative practice. In 2013, he accepted an appointment as a Department Chair and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He will be coming to us from his position as Chair of the Department of Painting and Printmaking at VCU, where he introduced a diverse visiting artist lecture series, established a new curriculum, and brought a global perspective to graduate courses in professional practices. 

Professor Kemp has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Portland Art Museum; the San Francisco Art Institute; California College of the Arts; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Portland State University; Tyler School of Art; Syracuse University/ College of Visual and Performing Arts; the Vermont Studio Center; Georgia Southern University; Parsons the New School of Arts and Design; University of Illinois, Chicago; Yale School of Art, the Banff Centre, Canada; and York Saint John University, York, England.

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Dwayne Moser

Dwayne Moser has managed graduate art and writing programs for over ten years, as well as serving as Assistant Dean, Administration for the USC Roski School of Art and Design. He has taught art and writing at CalArts and Bard College, and given lectures and conducted studio visits at dozens of other institutions.
His visual art takes a variety of forms including drawing, photography, video, and installation, though for the past several years his primary practice has been painting. Moser's work has been exhibited internationally and is included in several prominent collections. His art has been discussed in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, Modern Painters, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, which named him its "hot artist" of 2005.
He is also a writer, and was a founding member of the award-winning literary journal Black Clock. He served as Senior Editor of that publication for its first four years.

Lisa Majer

Lisa Majer is the Administrative Director for the Graduate Division and oversees the management of the Graduate Studios and Grad Critique Week. You should contact her with any questions you have about critique week scheduling or studio lotteries.

Lisa was born and raised here in Chicago. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Northwestern University in 2008, and BFA from SAIC in 2004.  Her artistic practice has morphed from very painting-centric into a more physical and experiential one that explores the body through dance and acrobatics. She has video and painting works in the collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich, and Northwestern University.  Until she returns to a formal studio practice again, she can be found performing throughout the Midwest when a cerulean blue moon kisses a clear crimson sky.

Efrén Canelaria

Efrén Candelaria

Efrén Candelaria is the Administrative Assistant for Graduate Division. He manages the graduate studio facilities and student needs. Provides support to Administrative Director of the Graduate Division with management, Critique Week, Graduate Studio Orientation, and special events and projects.

Efrén is a Puerto Rico native, with a Painting and Sculpture degree from University of Miami in Florida. Efrén has over 14 years of experience in Art Handling and Fine Art services. He joins us from AIC (Museum) after working for the past 4+ years in the Packing and Crating Department under Museum Registration. Candelaria pursued a studio practice for many years, which took him to present his work internationally and throughout the US. In 2012, decides to shift his studio based practice to a collaborative community based approach. In 2012, he Co-Founded, the interdisciplinary atellier Sobremesa Supper Club, based in the Pilsen neighborhood. For the past three years, Candelaria and friends have been developing and strengthening the Pilsen Community using food as the vehicle to bring people from all walks of life over communal food centered events that promote cross-cultural dialogues among peers.

Efrén Candelaria should be contacted for any day in and day out issues with your studio space or related facilities within your studio access area.