Staci Bu Shea Artist-in-Residence at Flagler College through March

Staci Bu Shea
January 24, 2017

The Crisp-Ellert Museum at Flagler College is currently hosting its second artist-in-residence — independent curator Staci Bu Shea.

The artist will be on campus weekly, now through March 24, collaborating with faculty and students through class visits, workshops and to conduct research for a future exhibition. Additionally, Bu Shea will set up office hours at the museum, and is organizing a program of film screenings with special guests. These events will be free and open to the public.

Bu Shea is a curator, researcher, and writer currently based in Jacksonville, Fla. and is a graduate from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in New York. Bu Shea focused on affinity as feminist methodology, as well as works of art produced as a result of particular social relations and the work involved in forging or maintaining relationships.

Bu Shea curated “Emphasis Repeats*,” an exhibition that examined the social experience between affinity and artistic practices wherein the causation of affinity generates — and is elicited by — works of art and artistic inquiry, at Hessel Museum of Art (May 2016) as part of a master’s thesis.

Most recently, Bu Shea was Curatorial Fellow at Casco – Office for Art Design, & Theory, in Utrecht, Netherlands. There, Bu Shea worked on Alex Martinis Roe’s exhibition “To Become Two” and curated “Age Lines,” an exhibition-project that presented work by Kerry Downey, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ilyana Ritchie, and Mia You, and lectures by Natashe Lemos Dekker and Magdalena Górska. Other recent activities include a lecture with artist Constantina Zavitsanos for the occasion of the program “How Do We Save Time?” at TimeLab in Ghent, Belgium, and a class co-taught with Laura Herman on orientations and relationships with(in) domestic space at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Bu Shea was Curatorial Assistant for the exhibitions “Invisible Adversaries,” co-curated with Tom Eccles and Lauren Cornell at Hessel Museum of Art (Summer 2016) and “Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive,” co-curated by Tom Eccles and Beatrix Ruf at CCS Bard Galleries (Summer 2016).

Currently, Bu Shea is working with the evolving and expanding supergroup Army of Love on a week long program and exhibition at Casco – Office for Art, Design, & Theory (July and November 2017). With Carmel Curtis, they are co-curating a large, comprehensive exhibition of Barbara Hammer’s work at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art (September 2017). Bu Shea’s research interests include social reproduction and transmission, relationality and its discontents, psychoanalysis, Marxist feminism, black studies and organizational structures and practices.

The CEAM Artist Residency is generously supported through a grant from the JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Fund through The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

For further information on the residency, or the museum’s exhibitions and related programs, please visit the website at www.flagler.edu/crispellert, or contact Julie Dickover at 904-826-8530 or crispellert@flagler.edu.  The museum’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Photo caption: Artist Bu Shea in the studio at CoRK Arts District, January 2017. Photo by: Summer Wood.