Kevin Appel Bio:
Kevin Appel received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1990 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. The artist is the recipient of the 2011 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Appel has had numerous solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, which include Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; “Paintings,” Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY; Wilkinson Gallery, London, England; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, among others.
Group exhibitions include “Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; “XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar, Poughkeepsie, NY; “Drawing Now: Eight Propositions,” The Museum of Modern Art, Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Qtt Center, Minneapolis, MN, among others.
Appel is a Professor at UC Irvine and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Stephen Barker Bio:
Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and Director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, Stephen Barker has been Chair of Drama, Chair of Art, Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor, and Director of the UC-wide Education Abroad Program in France. He was previously a professional actor, director, dancer, choreographer, musician, and advertising executive. He now works internationally in critical theory and aesthetics. He has written and edited books and articles on numerous artists and philosophers, and has recently translated several volumes by French philosophers for Stanford University Press. Barker is a founder of the journal Derrida Today and is on the faculty of the London Graduate School. He lives in Irvine and Provence with his wife Michelle, a retired clinical psychologist.
Cécile Whiting Bio:
Cécile Whiting is Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Art History and the Graduate Program in Visual Studies at UCI. She specializes in the history of American art with a focus on the mid-twentieth century about which she has published three books: Antifascism in American Art (Yale, 1989), A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender, and Consumer Culture (Cambridge, 1997), and Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s (University of California, 2006). Pop L.A. was awarded the 2009 Charles C. Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian Institution for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art. This fall she will receive the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Archives of American Art.