Creative Industries Discussion: Hollis Witherspoon (VIDEO)
On June 10, 2020 the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University hosted a virtual Creative Industries Discussion with Hollis Witherspoon – Improv for the Artist. This conversation was moderated by Artist Grayson Cox. This presentation was originally presented and recorded via Zoom on June 10, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About Hollis Witherspoon
Hollis Witherspoon is an artist, performer, teacher and drama therapist who lives and works in New York City. She worked as an actor and improviser for many years, appearing in numerous independent films, comedy web series, commercials, and in the experimental theatre scene at spaces like LaMama, Bushwick Starr, Ontological-Hysteric and the Brick. Hollis frequently collaborates with artists on performance projects as a director, actor and deviser. She has produced and contributed to the multi-media storytelling series Start the Car, written and performed in short films with her improv collaborators, and directed Lior Shvil’s long form military improvisation piece “Protocols“, at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA and for Art In General in NYC. For many years, Hollis developed artist-centered improvisation curriculum at various institutions including Columbia University, NYU, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, SVA, and at Pratt Institute, where she is on faculty in the Fine Arts department. Improvisation as a practice of mental freedom, spontaneity and curiosity led her to pursue her Master’s in Drama Therapy at NYU. Hollis now works with individuals and groups as a drama therapist while pursuing new forms of the personal, experimental, interactive, ritual and creative. She continues to create her ongoing series The Untitled Anthropology Project, a series of verbatim monologue video pieces she began in 2016. Hollis looks forward to bringing her version of Performance Art: theory and practice to Southern Oregon University as a visiting artist lecturer in Spring 2020.
More Information at http://holliswitherspoon.com/
About Grayson Cox
Grayson Cox is a New York City based artist working in a variety of media, from painting and printmaking to photography and furniture-like sculpture. He was born in 1979 in Indianapolis, Indiana, received his BFA from Indiana University and spent two years living and working in Tokyo before moving to New York City in 2005. Grayson received his Masters of Fine Art from Columbia University in 2010. Grayson is the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic innovation and collaboration grant, National Society of Arts & Letters Career Award, the Daisy Soros Prize, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency. He has exhibited in New York and internationally including the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, Israel; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; The New Museum, New York; Elizabeth Foundation, New York; The Fisher Landau Center for Art, Queens, New York; Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY; The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY; and the Sculpture Center in Queens, NY.
Grayson’s most recent solo and two person exhibitions have been held at Pressure Club Gallery in Philadelphia, Gasser Grunert Gallery in New York, and Planthouse Gallery in New York. His shows have been reviewed in multiple publications including the New York Times, Art in America, Artnet.com and Time Out New York. Grayson is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
More Information at http://graysoncox.com/