2018 CAPE Artist-in-Residence
Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972, Colorado Springs, Colorado; lives and works in New York State) grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, and England. A mid-career multidisciplinary artist, he is a citizen of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is half Cherokee. He incorporates this heritage into his work, which includes sculptures, paintings, prints, and video.
Gibson earned his MA in painting at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998 and his BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Gibson has work in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum; National Museum of the American Indian; National Gallery of Canada; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Mississippi Museum of Art; among others. He is a member of the faculty at Bard College, a past TED Foundation Fellow, and a Joan Mitchell Grant recipient.
Over the course of summer and fall of 2018, artist Jeffrey Gibson created a new video artwork as part of a Jackson, Mississippi-based national artist residency program supported by the Mississippi Museum of Art and CAPE. The artwork, Wonderlust, debuted at a mini-symposium entitled Wonderlust: Materiality & Movement in Mississippi held November 3, 2018. Gibson's mid-career survey exhibition, Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer, is on view at the Museum September 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019.
CAPE National Residency:
Jackson + The Nation
Once a year, from 2018-2020, CAPE and the Mississippi Museum of Art will invite a nationally-recognized artist to travel to Mississippi to engage deeply with communities in Metro Jackson, Mississippi. These residencies will explore legacies and issues that resonate both locally and nationally, and use art as a lens to inspire dialogue, empower personal experiences, and connect people across geographic boundaries. The resulting art installations, performances, and programs will be the products of collaboration between artists, makers, participants, and organizational partners.
"I want to make work that makes the marginalized feel central... Even if we didn't solely create our current circumstances, we can feel empowered to author our own future." - Jeffrey Gibson
During his summer residency at the Mississippi Museum of Art, artist Jeffrey Gibson collaborated with a group of Mississippians of diverse backgrounds who participated in multiple workshops encouraging self-care and self-expression in the LGBTQ+ community. The workshops included meditation, yoga, voice lessons, movement, dance, creative writing, and storytelling. Each participant developed a character for themselves (based in fact and/or fiction), crafted a monologue, choreographed accompanying movements, and performed in a cabaret-style show for multiple cameras. Gibson will curate these narratives into an original video artwork that will be unveiled at the Museum in late Fall 2018.
Greater Jackson Arts Council
New Horizon Church - Jackson, Miss.