ABOUT CHRISTINE

Christine Gaffney is a transdisciplinary performance artist and sculptor from Dayton, Ohio. She is currently attending California Institute of the Arts. She has studied art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Her practice embraces ideas around body image, body politics, and feminism.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is playful and curious. I experiment with placement and I interact with objects in a way that feels accessible and inviting to the viewer. It is not my intention to provide solutions, but instead I elicit questions and stir emotions. My work often suggests ideas about body image, beauty ideology, and feminism. I discovered my current practice by way of sculpture training, and I think of myself as a sculptor. My performance work emphasizes sculptural objects that I make. I interact with these objects in my videos and performances, or I display these pieces as artifacts of a performance. By utilizing techniques such as stillness, mimicry, and repetition, I am an object in my piece I am working on, performing, or exhibiting. My sculpture is more serious and is often referred to as minimal. In contrast, my performance work is hilarious and is described as maximum. I explore these forms separately or I weave these two bodies of work together to create one. I am the object and the maker. Even when I am performing my art, I consider myself to be sculpting.

 

August 2020 - May 2022

MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Art and Technology, Valencia, California

August 2019 - April 2020

University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio

August 2018 - April 2019

Wright State University Humanities Program, Dayton, Ohio

August 2012 - December 2015

MLIS, Masters in Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh,    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

August 2007 - December 2010

BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio
Time Based Media Studies
minor in Art History

August 2013 - December 2005

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
Visual Communications

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2021

Fall Thursday Night, California Institute of the Arts, Online Exhibition of Integrated Media student work


MFA2 Art School Show, California Institute of the Arts, In-person exhibition of MFA2 student work


MFA2 Art and Technology Show, California Institute of the Arts, In-person exhibition of student work


Student Expo, California Institute of the Arts, Online School-wide exhibition of student work



Spring Thursday Night, California Institute of the Arts, Online Exhibition of Integrated Media student work


Perform-a-rama, 24-hour performance festival by Pique Gallery, Covington Kentucky


Fall Thursday Night, California Institute of the Arts, Online Student Exhibition of Cluster Tech Class Winter Session Class

2020

Illuminate, Dayton Society of Artists, Dayton, Ohio


Refresh, Refresh, Refresh. Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, Ohio


Queer Art Summer, Online Exhibition by the Bennett Collective


Performerama, Pique Gallery, Covington, Kentucky. (cancelled due to Covid-19)


Student Performance Art Showcase, Pique Gallery, Covington, Kentucky. (cancelled due to Covid-19)


First Year MFA Review, Reed Gallery, University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning ANNEX, Cincinnati, Ohio. (cancelled due to Covid-19)


Artist in the Time of Coronavirus, a Virtual Exhibition.  Art Blog, Philadelphia, PA.

                       

Open Studio, University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning ANNEX, Cincinnati, Ohio

2019

Video Screening, WavePool Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio


Open Studio, Waiting Room Gallery at University of Cincinnati’s Victory Parkway Campus, Cincinnati, Ohio


Dotted Lines, Tabula Rasa Gallery at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio


Vise Versa 2, The Clean Space at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio


 Crossing Boundaries, Dayton Society of Artists, Dayton, Ohio

Watch, a time-based experimental art show, The Collaboratory, Dayton, Ohio
(I also organized and curated this exhibition)


Bloom, an abstract/experimental art show, The Collaboratory, Dayton, Ohio


New Kids on the Block, College Student and Recent Graduate Show, Dayton, Ohio


Winterfolk Fest, Old Yellow Cab Building, Dayton, Ohio

2018

Ladyfest, Old Yellow Cab Building, Dayton, Ohio


*Christine Gaffney’s Selected Paintings, Skeleton Dust Records, Dayton, Ohio


Dayton Sideshow 13, Old Yellow Cab Building, Dayton, Ohio

2017

Sideshow 12, Old Yellow Cab Building, Dayton, Ohio

Professional Experience

August 2021 - Present

IMAGE SERVICES LIBRARY ASSISTANT

May 2021

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP LEADER

Performance Workshop, a workshop on amateurism and performance at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

May 2020

ONLINE ART COLLECTIVE CURATOR

Creator of Fat Body of Work, an online exhibition and collection of art, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 2020 - August 2020

OFFICER OF GRADUATE STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Officer of Graduate Student Government, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 2020 - May 2020

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Graduate Teaching Assistant for Performance Art Course at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 2020 - May 2020

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Graduate Assistant for Dr. Lauren Tate’s Ancient to Midieval Art History Course at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 2020

JUROR

Juror for Miami Valley Regional Art Contest at K12 Galleries

August 2019 - December 2019

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

Graduate Assistant for Professor Matt Lynch and Tabula Rasa Gallery at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio

May 2019 - August 2019

CAMP COORDINATOR

Art Camp Coordinator, Rosewood Art Centre, Kettering, Ohio

March 2019 - May 2019

ART INSTRUCTOR

Art Teacher, K12 Gallery for Young People, Dayton, Ohio

August 2018 - April 2019

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Graduate Teaching Assistant for Professor Aaron Wolpert’s Greek Mythology and Greek and Roman Culture courses at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

January 2006 - June 2017

PROFESSIONAL LIBRARIAN

Librarian, Dayton Metro Library, Dayton, Ohio

 

Professional Experience

August 2015 - December 2015

LIBRARY INTERNSHIP

Teen Spot Intern, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati,
Ohio

2005

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNSHIP

Graphic Design Intern, MTV Networks, New York, New York

2004

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNSHIP

Graphic Design Intern, Planned Parenthood Headquarters, New York, New York

2003

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERNSHIP

Graphic Design Intern, DKNY Jeans, New York, New York

 

Awards and Accolades

 

2020

Jeremy Blake Memorial Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California


Lillian Disney Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California


Wolfstein Travel Fellowship Award, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

                                   

awarded $1500.00 for travel but was not able to use because of Covid-19


DAAP School of Art Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio awarded $750.00 towards art exhibition at Roy G Biv Gallery


Graduate Student Government Diversity and Inclusion Grant, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio awarded $1500.00 grant for project, Fat Body of Work



2019

Graduate Scholarship Award, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2017

American Library Association, Emerging Leader, Sponsored by Ohio Library Council

2007

Portfolio Scholarship, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio

2005

Outstanding Student, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York