For Immediate Release
June 12, 2013
(Philadelphia, PA) We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new Foundation/Fine Arts faculty members, Asuka Goto and Sreshta Rit Premnath, who will be joining the Moore community in August.
Asuka Goto received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Tyler School of Art of Temple University, her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Brandeis University. Her work has been exhibited in Philadelphia, New York, Connecticut and Berlin. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the LMCC Swing Space Residency in NY, HomeBase V Residency in Berlin and the Vermont Studio Center Residency. She has received several grants and awards including the Joan Mitchel Foundation MFA Grant, the Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship at Skowhegan, an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Emergency Grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in NY and Change Inc. in Florida. Asuka has taught at Tyler and at City College of New York, CUNY.
As part of a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant project, Asuka will travel to Mongolia for one month this summer to examine first-hand the structure and daily use of the ger. Similar to a yurt, the Mongolian ger is a tent-like living structure made of canvas, felt and a wooden frame. This minimal one-room structure - used by nomadic families year-round - is both collapsible (able to be assembled and disassembled in thirty minutes) and portable. During the first half of her research period, she plans to travel to several regions, looking at the different types of gers used by the different nomadic communities within Mongolia. Asuka will document these structures through photo and video. In the second half of the trip, she will live in a rented ger herself, in order to gain a more intimate knowledge of these one-room spaces and the customs surrounding their use. It is her hope that the information and experiences collected during the trip will help inform her own studio practice and will lead to new work in the artist’s ongoing “Malleable Spaces” series.
Sreshta Rit Premnath received his Master of Fine Arts from Bard College and his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Prior to attending Cleveland Rit studied at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and after completing his MFA he attended The Whitney Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NY. He has had solo exhibitions in Long Island, Cleveland, New York, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Bangalore, Berlin and Basel, Switzerland. He has also exhibited in group shows in New York, San Francisco, Amherst, Portland, Chicago, Miami, Brooklyn, Newark, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Bangalore, Mumbai, Lahore, Vancouver, Paris, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Yale-Norfolk Painting Residency, Skowhegan School of Art and at the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, in Umbria, Italy. He has received several awards and fellowships including th Civitelia Ranieri Fellowship and an Art Matters Foundation Fellowship. Rit is the founder and editor of Shifter Magazine, a topical magazine founded in 2004 that invites contributions by emerging artists, poets, theorists and scientists. His work has been reviewed in numerous online and print publications including Artforum.com, Art Asia Pacific, Platform Magazine, Art 21 Blog, Art Slant, Artscape Magazine, The Bangalore Mirror and The New York Times. He has taught at Parsons College at The New School for Design, at the Vermont College of Fine Art, Williams College and Cooper Union School of Art.