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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.
Date & Time
February 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; no RSVP required. Everyone welcome.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Rebecca Kuzemchak (Trinity ’13) is a New York based visual artist whose work explores the history and politics of language and labor. During her Ruby Friday talk, Kuzemchak will discuss her experiences making art at Duke (where her mentors included Bill Fick, Pedro Lasch, and Bill Seaman), in an MFA program, and as a professional balancing art with a non-art career. She’ll also address the crucial question of why—why make art; why are you doing this?—and how her answer has evolved over time.

This talk coincides with Kuzemchak’s show Babel, on view at the Brown Gallery in the Bryan Center February 12-27, with an opening reception at 6pm on February 13.

About Ruby Fridays

Ruby Fridays are casual art talks offered at noon most Fridays during the semester in the Rubenstein Arts Center’s Ruby Lounge. Speakers include Duke faculty and students who are creating or exhibiting work in the Ruby, visiting artists from far and wide, and local creatives. Learn about the amazing art being created on Duke’s campus, the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process, careers in the arts, and more. A free lunch is included!

About the Speaker

Rebecca Kuzemchak received a BA from Duke University in 2013, where she studied visual arts, psychology, and religion and graduated with both a Benenson Award in the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Visual Art Award. She received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (as part of Debtfair) and at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Pauley Center Galleries.


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