Serena Aurora Day Himmelfarb (They/Them) is Artist in Residence at Hampshire College. They hold an M.F.A from the California Institute of the Arts, Post-Bacc Certificate from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and a B.A from Hampshire College.
Their studio practice blends traditional methods of direct observation and more idiosyncratic processes based in post-studio methodologies. They are rooted in queer, feminist, and reproductive justice frameworks, whether geo-political, interpersonal, or internal.
Selected galleries they have shown at include Human Resources, JOAN gallery, and Track 16 in Los Angeles. Their work has been included in Printed Matter’s LA Book Fair and the Other Places Art Fair.
This foundational studio arts course explores a broad range of strategies, processes, and materials. Students are introduced to a variety of approaches to art making through small guided prompts as well as two independent projects. Students will undertake research particular to their materials, interests, and processes. Slide lectures introduce the class to contemporary and historical artists and art movements across cultural perspectives. From the dollhouse to the forest, soft sculpture to performative objects, this course embraces an expanded definition of studio art. No previous experience in studio art required or expected - interdisciplinary interests are welcomed and encouraged.