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Von Hess Artist in Residence Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan was selected as the 2016 Von Hess Visiting Artist. During the summer of 2016 Wardell Milan worked with master printer Amanda D’Amico to create an edition utilizing the offset press in the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts. Additionally, Milan is continuing to produce a limited edition print on handmade paper with pulp painting with the graduate students. Both will be available soon.

Wardell Milan grew up in Knoxville Tennessee, where his parents provided a separate “studio space” at home and his teachers nurtured his artistic talent.  As a teenager Milan turned his attention to photography, later earning a BFA in photography and painting at the University of Tennessee (2001).  He was an artist in residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2003) before he earned an MFA at Yale University (2004).   After graduate school Milan moved to New York where he exhibited in Frequency (2005) curated by Thelma Golden and Christine Y. Kim at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Greater New York (2005) curated by Klaus Biesenbach at MoMA PS1 and Log Cabin (2005) curated by Jeffrey Uslip at Artists Space.  With his first show abroad, La Beaute de l’Enfer (2005) at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels and his first solo gallery show at Taxter and Spengemann Gallery (2005) Milan was on his way to becoming an important emerging artist.  Thus respected art critic for the The New York Times, Holland Cotter concluded, “Mr. Milan’s work has plenty of finesse, but also feels flexible , on a growth curve an auspicious debut” (NYT, December 16, 2005). Most recently Wardell Milan has been exhibiting selections from ongoing bodies of work on paper and photography such as A Series of Inspiring Women (2012), at Louis B. James Gallery in New York, Kingdom or Exile: Parisian Landscapes (2013), at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, and (Show Untitled) Parisian Landscapes (2014), curated by Isolde Brielmaier, at Osmos Address, New York, and The Charming Hour(2015) at David Nolan Gallery, where he is represented in New York .

Von Hess Artist in Residence, Wardell Milan with Amanda D'Amico in the Browosky Center