Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Grant Profile: Geoffrey Krawczyk

Guest Author: Lauren Kubier, Intern 
Geoffrey Krawczyk, Swarm, Mixed Media installation
With the help of an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant, Geoffrey Krawczyk will install his installation piece, Swarm, in the exhibition “Beacons: An Exhibition of Luminous Art” at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. The grant will in part fund the purchase of materials to complete his project, travel to the installation site and shipping cost back to Oklahoma. 
Geoffrey Krawczyk, installing Swarm, Mixed Media installation
Krawczyk’s project includes a group of hundreds of cardboard scale models of UAV Predator drones at approximately 1:45 scale. They will be suspended from fishing line at various heights in the gallery space and are equipped with a battery powered LED light in place of the camera apparatus in the original. He said, he hopes “the effect would be a constellation of sorts, with the lights being the most prominent visual component.”

After receiving his BFA from the University of Oklahoma, Krawczyk received an MFA at the University of Buffalo in 2010.  His recent solo exhibitions include the AKA Gallery in OKC and Artspace Gallery and Vault Gallery in Buffalo, NY.  He recently moved back to Oklahoma City and his work was profiled in the January/February issue of Art Focus Oklahoma. More about his work can be found at www.geoffreyk.com

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides project grants to artists to help themat watershed stages in starting and growing their careers. The next deadline is April 15 and guidelines can be found here. The program is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts as well as discerning individuals and businesses.

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