Join us for an insightful discussion with DFW area artists working at the crossroads of art and technology. The panel will discuss the many avenues artists are working in today as new forms of technology are being developed and how it is shaping contemporary art.
Moderator: Nick Bontrager
Bontrager is currently an Assistant Professor of New Media Art at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Bontrager received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Art & Technology at The Ohio State University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the University of Houston.
Bontrager is an interdisciplinary maker whose work and research explores born-digital narratives, game-based interactions and collaboration, and the idea of replicas or facsimiles as tools of preservation or understanding.
Bontrager has most recently begun working with Adam Fung in a collaborative making process stemming from unfamiliar environments with the goal of producing unexpected results. Their collaboration, Drone Beuys, operates at the intersection of Art, Science, and Technology where materials and imagery are dynamically utilized and white-cube aesthetics are augmented to suggest open-ended or ongoing possibilities.
In addition to teaching and exhibition of his artwork, Bontrager is also currently working with the NASA Lunar Sample Laboratory in Houston, Texas to conserve and repair original drawings and documents related to Apollo-era specimens recovered from the Moon.
Kris Pierce is an artist working in Dallas, Texas. His work explores notions of power, value, and states of consciousness in the context of our modern digital world. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces, including recent and upcoming solo and group exhibitions at the Hiroshima Art Center, Japan; CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea; Gallerie Se Konst, Falun, Sweden; Réunion, Zurich, Switzerland; Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio; the Dallas Museum of Art; and Ryan/Lee Gallery in New York City. Pierce has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Texas.
Julie Libersat is an intermedia artist and art educator based in Denton, TX. Born in Kerala, India and raised in Philadelphia PA, Libersat received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. After living in India for eight years, Libersat returned to the United States and received an MFA in New Media in 2016 as well as a Masters in Art Education from the University of North Texas. Libersat has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, School 33 in Baltimore, The Center for Art and Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France, Currents International New Media Festival, Paseo Taos and Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. She has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, the Onstead Masters Fellowship, the 2014 CADD FUNd grant and the Velma and Davis Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Sculpture Magazine online. Libersat is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Design and Technology at Texas Woman’s University.
Other panel speakers include Tramaine Townshend