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Open Studio Hour: Rhonda Weppler and Patrick Coughlin

Fri, Jan 8, 2021

MAD’s Artist Studios are online!

The Museum’s artists-in-residence Rhonda Weppler and Patrick Coughlin are hosting informal, virtual studio visits via Zoom webinar. Learn about new directions in contemporary art and design while joining the artists in their homes and studios. Preview works in progress and chat with Rhonda and Patrick about their inspirations and creative practices.

Open Studio Hours take place on Fridays and welcome visitors of all ages, families, classes and camps, creative cohorts, aspiring artists, and more. Participants are invited to participate in the conversation via Zoom's chat function and will not be on-screen. Members of MAD’s Education team will be on hand to facilitate and help answer any questions.

Established in 2008, MAD’s Artist Studios program has served as an important platform for more than 180 artists and designers to advance their careers.

12:00-12:30 pm ET with Rhonda Weppler
12:30-1:00 pm ET with Patrick Coughlin

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rhonda Weppler makes sculptural still lifes using the centuries-old technique of repoussé, in which a malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. Embossing aluminum, brass, and copper foils on objects, Weppler creates residual shells that serve as commentary on the ephemerality of all things. Weppler presented an exhibition in collaboration with the MFA Boston’s Community Arts Initiative, and has exhibited extensively across Canada with her frequent collaborator, Trevor Mahovsky. Weppler received an MFA from the University of British Columbia and a BA from the University of Toronto.

Patrick Coughlin examines the ubiquitous, mundane, and inconspicuous aspects of American material culture and domestic spaces. He abstracts structural joinery, furniture, and traditional craft processes to create mixed-media sculptures that consider the hidden complexity and sensuality of everyday objects. Coughlin is currently a senior lecturer at The University of The Arts and an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Coughlin received an MFA from the University of Florida and a BFA from Syracuse University.

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