Paul Brach Lecture Series
Lauren Halsey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. She holds an MFA from Yale University (2014) and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2012). Lauren recently completed a residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2014-2015) and is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2014). She builds fantasy sculptures and environments that remix ephemera she gathers with hyperreal nature, technicolors, outerspace and Funk. The works exist as spatial metaphors for optimism, self-determination and love.
EJ Hill practices endurance-based performance and incorporates painting, sculpture, and writing to examine the many ways in which physical and ideological bodies may transcend their afflictions. Recent exhibitions include Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015-16
, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic
L.A., PIASA, Paris; and Surface of Color
, The Pit, Los Angeles. He is a 2015 recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and was a 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Hill received his BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2011 and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.