Guna S. Mundheim Visual Arts Fellow - Class of Fall 2012
Visual Artist, Los Angeles
Richard Hawkins is a painter, sculptor, and collage artist who is currently participating in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. In 2010, his work was the subject of the retrospective “The Third Mind” at the Art Institute of Chicago, curated by Lisa Dorin; it traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2011. Hawkins has completed over 30 solo exhibitions internationally, and his works reside in many international collections, both public and private. His next major projects are a solo exhibition at Greene-Naftali in New York in October 2012, and in 2013 he is scheduled for Le Consortium in Dijon. Hawkins received his training at the University of Texas and at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, and he has been awarded the Arts Matter Fellowship, the US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, and the Otis College of Design Faculty Development Grant.
American Academy Project
At the American Academy in Berlin, Hawkins will explore how gay artists have historically reclaimed images from a largely heterosexual world by either recontextualizing them through collages or by fetishizing them through scrapbooks. After initial research at the ONE Institute in Los Angeles, he hopes to complete an essay and exhibition based on the collection of the Schwules Museum in Berlin.