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Artist Talk: Delta Triennial

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July 25 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Detail shot of an artwork by Letitia Huckaby.

With an exciting format and style, all seven artists invited to the Delta Triennial – representing Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, respectively – will come together for this special event at AMFA.

Join Kevin Demery, Christian Dinh, Anita Fields, Coulter Fussell, Letitia Huckaby, Jerry Phillips, and Andrew Scott Ross as they share the stories behind their works and insights on their artistic practices in short, seven-minute presentations before joining each other in open conversation and taking questions from the audience.

Kevin Demery

Kevin Demery is an interdisciplinary artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Demery received the Municipal Art League Grant from SAIC and participated in the Artist in Residence programs at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, and Acre Residency in Steuben, WI, and Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO.

He has exhibited work both nationally and internationally at the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator, H&R Block Space at the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Art Berlin Fair in Berlin, Germany. He most recently participated in a group exhibition at SakhileandMe gallery in Frankfurt, Germany in 2023 and in 2024 received the Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. 

Christian Dinh

Born in 1992, Christian Dinh is a Vietnamese-American ceramic artist from St. Petersburg, Florida. He received his B.A. in 2016 from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. While studying at UWF, Dinh was nominated for the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Relocating to New Orleans in 2018, Dinh received his M.F.A. at Tulane University.

During his time at Tulane, Dinh’s work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Ceramic Monthly, The Times Picayune, and Adore Magazine.

Dinh’s ceramic and sculptural work has been in numerous exhibitions, including Focus Spotlight: Nail Salon at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA, Knowing Who We Are: The Contemporary Dialogue at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Trường Ca Mươi Ngàn Năm Solo Exhibition at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, MS, Legacy Traces: Recent Additions to the Museum Collection at the Newcomb Art Museum in New Orleans, LA, PHILIC / PHOBIC at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, FL, Blue Norther Exhibition at the Silos at Sawyer Yards in Houston, TX, GBA House Party Vol. 1 at 3.1 Phillip Lim in New York, NY, and Here’s What I Was Thinking at Sibyl Gallery in New Orleans, LA.

In 2023, Dinh was a recipient of the Take Notice Fund from the National Performance Network, a grant awarded to BIPOC artists living and working in Louisiana. In the Fall of 2024, Dinh will be a featured artist in the New Orleans triennial, Prospect.6: the future is present, the harbinger is home.

Anita Fields

Born in Oklahoma, Anita Fields is a multi-disciplinary artist and citizen of the Osage Nation. She is known for her works which combine clay and textile with Osage knowledge systems.

Fields explores the intricacies of cultural influences at the intersections of balance and chaos found within our existence, explaining that “The power of transformation is realized by creating various forms of clothing, coverings, landscapes, and figures. The works become indicators of how we understand our surroundings and visualize our place within the world.” In this way, the early Osage concepts of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female, are represented throughout her work.

Her sculptures have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Counterpublic2023 St. Louis Triennial, St. Louis, Missouri, Form and Relation: Contemporary Native Ceramics, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, the 2018-2020 Hearts of Our People, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the 2018 Art for A New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950’s to Now at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and Pottery by American Indian Women at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.

Her work can be found in several collections, such as the Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, the Museum of Art and Design, New York City, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, and the Heard Museum, Arizona. Fields is 2017-2023 Tulsa Artist Fellowship alumni. She was named a 2021 National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Fellow and received a 2021 Anonymous Was a Woman award. In 2022 she received a Francis J Greenburger award.

Coulter Fussell

Coulter Fussell was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, an old textile town. She is the youngest family quilter, hailing from multi-generations of seamstresses and quilters. She produces quilt-works using discarded and donated textiles as her sole materials.

Coulter has exhibited works across the country including The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami. Her textiles works are in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Coulter is a 2023 Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship recipient, the 2023 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Inductee, a 2021 Museum of Arts and Design Burke Prize Finalist, the Jane Crater Hiatt Fellow of the 2021 Mississippi Museum of Art Biennial, a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Craft, the 2019 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Inductee, and the Finalist for the 2017 SouthArts Southern Prize. Coulter lives in rural north Mississippi with her family.

Coulter is a 2023 Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship recipient, the 2023 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Inductee, a 2021 Museum of Arts and Design Burke Prize Finalist, the Jane Crater Hiatt Fellow of the 2021 Mississippi Museum of Art Biennial, a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Craft, the 2019 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Inductee, and the Finalist for the 2017 SouthArts Southern Prize. Coulter lives in rural north Mississippi with her family.

Letitia Huckaby

Letitia Huckaby has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in photography, and her Master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Her work was featured in the 2023 exhibition Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation, organized by Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Williams College. On view during the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Emancipation sought to visualize what freedom looks like for Black Americans today and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond.

Letitia Huckaby was awarded 2022 Texas Artist of the Year with an exhibition of her recent work Bitter Waters Sweet at Art League Houston, along with a publication. This critical body of work explores the legacy of Africatown, the historic community near Mobile, Alabama, its West-African founders, and their descendants, along with the history of the ship that trafficked them to the States in 1860, the Clotilda.

In 2020, Huckaby was a Fall 2020 Artist in Residence at ArtPace, where her she debuted And Thy Neighb(our), a series that portrays Black refugees and immigrants from across the diaspora in the vein of Old Master paintings.

Letitia Huckaby has exhibited at Phillips New York, the Tyler Museum of Art, The Studio School of Harlem, the Camden Palace Hotel in Cork City, Ireland, and the Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Her work is included in several prestigious collections; the Library of Congress, the McNay Art Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College in Claremont, California. Huckaby was a featured artist in MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain at the Amon Carter Museum and State of the Art 2020 at The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum, both opened in the spring of 2020.

Jerry Phillips

Jerry Phillips (b. 1958 Marshalltown, Iowa) lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas. Solo exhibitions include It Should Have Been the Happiest Moment of My Life at Artists Space (New York), maybe nothing was said/might be continued at TOPS Gallery (Memphis), Cultivate Your Garden at Good Weather (North Little Rock), Phantom (following five previous solo exhibitions) at Feature Inc. (New York), Drawings at Blondeau & Cie (Geneva), Get A Simple Landscape at the Butler Center (Little Rock), and Into Thin Air at University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Phillips’ work has been featured in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs), Blondeau & Cie (Geneva), Feature Inc. (New York), Good Weather (Chicago), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), ACME (Los Angeles), Fringe Projects (Miami), The Bedfellow’s Club (Little Rock), MOCA Pacific Design Center (Los Angeles), and through Gallery Galerie Galería at Jack Barrett (New York).

His drawings are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and Museum Overholland (Amsterdam), as well as in private collections in the United States and Europe. He received a BA from Florida State University (1980) and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (1993).

Exhibitions for Spring 2024 include solo exhibitions Phantom Redux at Good Weather (Chicago) and Pollen and Fragments at Good Weather (Little Rock) He will also be included in this year’s installment of the Barely Fair (Chicago).

Andrew Scott Ross

For over twenty years, Andrew Scott Rosshas produced creative research focusing on the language of museums. This language includes how culturally significant objects get displayed and what socio- and psycho-cultural constructions are embedded in those displays.

Ross received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He subsequently studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Ross has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Building for Contemporary Art in Geneva, Switzerland, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Guggenheim Museum’s Peter Lewis Theater, the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Weatherspoon Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and the Asheville Art Museum.

His installation Century Zoo 10 was commissioned for the exhibit, Southern Voices / Global Visions organized by South Arts and ArtFields in 2023.

His work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum Magazine, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, and Artsy.

Past awards include the Joan Mitchell Fellowship for MFA, The Tennessee Fellowship from the Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts, and the South Arts Fellowship for the state of Tennessee. Most recently, he received a 2022 Current Art Fund grant through Tri-Star Arts.

Ross is currently a professor of drawing in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University.

Letitia Huckaby (Augsburg, Germany, 1972 – ), Ms. Woods (detail) , 2022, pigment print on fabric with embroidery, 71 x 41 x 1 7/8 in., Courtesy of the artist and Talley Dunn Gallery.

Artist Talk: Delta Triennial is supported by the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

Delta Triennial is presented by Anne and Merritt Dyke.

Additional support provided by Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP and the Andre Simon Memorial Trust Fund in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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July 25
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