Greenville, SC – Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) is excited to announce the opening of their February exhibitions, My Daughters Gathers Seeds by Rachel de Cuba and matthew anthony batty & Production Landscape with Meghan Kirkwood. The exhibition opens with a First Friday reception from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, February 4th and continues until March 23rd, 2022. The exhibition will also be open during the First Friday on March 4th, 2022. As part of GCCA’s exhibition programming, there will be an ARTalk discussion on Tuesday, March 8th from 6:00 – 7:00pm.
My Daughter Gathers Seeds is a collaborative exhibition between Rachel de Cuba and matthew anthony batty. The works in this show tackles large cultural concerns through tender moments and soft, powerful movements. Combining digital media and traditional craft the artists have worked to create a spectrum of pieces that will invite viewers to consider acts of empathy and tenderness. In Production Landscape, Dr. Meghan Kirkwood explores the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the four states it crosses: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. Meghan uses landscape photography to question the nature and extent of social and environmental costs of this activity.
Rachel de Cuba
Rachel de Cuba is an interdisciplinary artist raised in Sebastian, FL. She received her BFA in Studio Art at Flagler College in 2013 and her MFA in Digital Art at Indiana University in 2019. She received recognition for her thesis work with Grant awards from Indiana University. In 2019 she was invited to create new media artworks for the New Orleans Film Festival with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation. de Cuba’s work has been shown nationwide and was recently selected to exhibit in 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s 2021 South Carolina Biennial in Columbia, South Carolina. Her mixed media work has also been selected for publication in New American Paintings Southern 2022 Edition. Rachel de Cuba is currently a Co-Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Greenville and the Provost Pathways Fellow in Art at Clemson University.
matthew anthony batty
matthew anthony batty received a BFA in Studio Art at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and their MFA in Studio Art at Indiana University. batty has received recognition for their practice through Grants–In–Aid while at Indiana University, and has been selected as an artist-in-residence at The Birdsell Projects in South Bend, IN. matthew was invited as an artist-in-residence with The Weight of Mountains, a nomadic video art program, which spent the winter in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada making work for a solo show at Black Vulture Project, in Paoli, Indiana. matthew, most recently was commissioned by the New Orleans Film Festival to create an installation for the festival, which was funded in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation. batty also explores curatorial work as an extension of their art practice. They have curated exhibitions such as Extended Family at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. They have also curated experimental venues such as The Breezeway Gallery, The Fuller Projects, and in 2018 he was an artist/curator-in-residence with Black Vulture Project, focusing on quarterly experimental poetry/video/performance events. matthew anthony batty recently was working with the Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University as an artist advocate facilitating discussions with rural communities to build relationships in order to support the community with art programming.
Meghan Kirkwood is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where she serves as area head of Photography. She earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography before completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art at Tulane University and PhD at the University of Florida. Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Thailand, Mexico and South Africa. Her photographic research looks at the ways in which landscape imagery can inform and advance public conversations around land use, infrastructure, and planning.
Greenville Center for Creative Arts is a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. For more information, visit www.artcentergreenville.org, call 864-735-3948, or check out GCCA on Facebook (Greenville Center for Creative Arts) & Instagram (@artcentergvl).