On October 22, 2020, interdisciplinary artist Abigail Lucien (they/she) visited Wofford virtually to deliver a virtual talk on their work. Raised in Cap-Haitian, Haiti, and the northeast coast of Florida, Lucien holds a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Working in sculpture, poetry, video, and sound, their practice looks at ways that cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche by playfully challenging systems of assimilation through material. Lucien was named the 2020 Harpo Emerging Artist Fellow and is a recipient of a 2020-21 VMFA Fellowship. Their work has exhibited at museums and institutions such as MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA), UICA (Grand Rapids, MI), Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee, FL), Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), as well as High Tide Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Lucien is currently based in Baltimore, MD, where they teach as a full-time faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Sculpture Department at the MICA.
Two paper conservators from the HF Group’s ECS Conservation Division visited Wofford recently to survey works on paper by artist Julia Elizabeth Tolbert, a South Carolina native who was active from the 1930s through the mid-1950s. Wofford houses more than three hundred of Tolbert’s works in its permanent fine arts collection, thanks to a generous gift from her family. The survey was made possible by a Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During their visit to Wofford in early November, conservators Matt Johnson and Geneva Ikle met with Art and Art History students to discuss their career paths and current projects.
Conservators Geneva Ikle and Matt Johnson surveying works by Julia Elizabeth Tolbert