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FAR & Away

Creative collaborations have always been an integral part of FAR’s mission. The FAR & Away series is a new approach to working with guest artists and scholars. Over the course of the school year four residents will be commissioned to spend a week working at FAR. The resident has the opportunity to seek interdisciplinary partners from across the university who share research interests. By triangulating the collaboration between the FAR & Away Resident, FSU scholars, and FAR artists, the stage will be set for creative conversations that lead to unexpected output.

FAR & Away Residents will be featured in a public Research Night that could take the form of a discussion, lecture, demonstration, or performance. Interactions between the resident and FSU College of Fine Arts students and faculty will range from conversations to hands-on participation.

Stay tuned for a podcast documenting the visit.

FAR & Away Residents 2021/2022

Kei Ito and Andrew Keiper

Residency Dates: March 7th-March 11th

Link for zoom registration here!

Kei Ito is a visual artist working primarily with experimental photography and installation art who is currently teaching at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC. Ito received his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep intergenerational loss and connections as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography, visualizing the invisible: radiation, memory and life/death.


Ito’s work, fundamentally rooted in the trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather – a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, meditates on the complexity of his identity and heritage through examining the past and current threats of nuclear disaster and his present status as an US-immigrant. Many of Ito’s artworks transformed both art and non-art spaces into temporal monuments that became platforms for the audience to explore social issues and the memorials dedicated to the losses suffered from the consequences of those issues.


Ito has participated in numerous Artist in Residence programs offered by the Studio at MASS MoCA, the Marva and John Warnock Biennial A-I-R, CPW, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and Creative Alliance. His works are included in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Norton Museum of Art, Candela Collection, the Marva & John Warnock A-I-R Committee, En Foco, and California Institute of Integral Studies. His internationally recognized solo and group shows can be read in reviews and articles published by Washington Post, Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, ArtMaze Magazine, Washington City Paper and BBC Culture/Art.


Andrew Paul Keiper is an artist and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland where he teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the Animation and Film & Video programs. Working in sound, image and installation, Andrew’s work dances across the boundaries of sound art, experimental music and sound design.


Field recordings, drones, drumming and sound designed evocations of places remote in time and place commingle in Keiper’s work, inviting the audience to listen in ways they may not be accustomed to listening. Much of Andrew’s work contemplates the legacy of his grandfather’s role in the creation of the atomic bomb, and the ramifications of atomic weaponry past and present. Andrew also maintains a practice as a sound designer for film, and as a musician and audio engineer.


Keiper received his BFA in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2002. He has exhibited in nationally, including in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington DC. In 2016 and 2019 he was a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist, and in 2016 won a Rubys Artist Grant along with collaborator Kei Ito to produce a large scale project.


In January of 2018 Keiper and Ito presented their Rubys project, Afterimage Requiem at the Baltimore War Memorial. The exhibition received coverage by the Washington Post Magazine, the BBC, the Baltimore Sun and others. In 2016, they brought this work, along with others to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where they exhibited their first large-scale art museum exhibition, Archives Aflame.


Jiha Moon

Residency Dates: February 16th-19th

Public Event: February 17th @ 6pm

Link for zoom registration here!

Jiha Moon is from DaeGu, Korea, and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Moon’s gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says, “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify yet familiar.





Residency Dates: November 8th-12th

Public Event: November 9th @ 7pm

Sonnenzimmer is the collaborative practice of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their work investigates and challenges preconceived notions of the graphic arts. Their experimental studio was established in 2006 in Chicago. Together, they explore the physical and psycho-physical nature of visualization through image-making, sculpture, writing, publishing, exhibitions, design, music, and performance. While they move through an array of media, their focus is on triangulating a deeper understanding of graphic expression at large.



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Keioui Keijaun Thomas

Residency Dates: October 11th-15th

Public Event: October 12th 2021 @ 7pm

Keioui Keijaun Thomas  creates live performance and multimedia installations that address blackness outside of a codependent, binary structure of existence. Her work investigates the histories, symbols, and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood. The materials employed by Thomas function as tools, objects, and structures to compose a visual language that can be read, observed, and repeated within spatial, temporal, and sensorial environments. Thomas is the inaugural winner of the Queer|Art 2020 Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists and the Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient for 2018. She earned her Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA with Honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


FAR & Away Residents 2019/2020


Ruth Dusseault
Residency Dates: April 5-8
Public Event: April 7, 2020 @ 7PM

Ruth Dusseault is a cross-disciplinary media artist who works in photography, film and installation. Her work falls at the intersection of geography and social psychology, reflecting utopian expressions as they enter the built environment. She has a BA in psychology and attended graduate school in journalism before earning her MFA at Florida State University.  For 11 years, Dusseault taught lens-based and site-specific art as Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Georgia Tech’s College of Design. She curated exhibitions that merge art and architecture for the District of Columbia Art Center, the Contemporary in Atlanta and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Abigail Levine
Residency Dates: March 1-4
Public Event: March 3, 2020 @ 7PM

Abigail Levine is an artist working between New York and Los Angeles. Rooted in dance but moving across media—performance, text, drawing, sound—Levine focuses on the poetics of our body’s work, how we record and value it. Levine holds a Masters in Dance and Performance Studies from New York University under the advisement of André Lepecki and was the 2013-15 editor of Movement Research’s digital performance journal Critical Correspondence,where she co-curated the Dance and the Museum project. Levine is currently contributing editor at the Movement Research Performance Journal. She has been visiting professor in Dance at Wesleyan University and now teaches in Florida State University’s ARTS in NYC program.

Sam Van Aken
Residency Dates: December 8-11
Public Event: December 10, 2019 @ 7PM

Sam Van Aken is a contemporary artist and Associate Professor of sculpture at Syracuse University who works beyond traditional modes of art making, crossing artistic genres and disciplines to develop new perspectives on such themes as communication, botany, agriculture, climatology, and the ever-increasing impact of technology. Employing “anti-structures and unknowing as generative processes”, Van Aken’s interventions in the natural and public realm are seen as metaphors that serve as the basis of narrative, sites of place making, and in some cases even become the basis of scientific research.

Liat Berdugo
Residency Dates: November 3-6
Public Event: November 5, 2019 @ 7PM

Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Berdugo holds a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Brown University, an M.F.A. in digital + media from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently an assistant professor of Art and Architecture at the University of San Francisco. Her work strives to create an expanded, thoughtful consideration for new media and digital culture. She is the co-founder of World Wide West, co-founder of the Living Room Light Exchange, and Net Art and Special Programs Curator for Israel’s Print Screen Festival. Current research projects include a series of works that interrogate citizen video archives in zones of conflict.

FAR & Away Residents 2018/2019


Olivia Valentine
Residency Dates: April 1-5
Public Event: April 4, 2019 @ 7PM

Olivia Valentine is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily in textile construction, creating architectural scale textile installations and collaborative projects that span a variety of media and disciplines. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Installation Art in Turkey and the Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Arts and has exhibited her work internationally. Olivia received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Iowa State University.

Chris Kardambikis
Residency Dates: February 19-24
Public Event: February 21, 2019 @ 7PM

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project, Crosstown Arts, Pioneer Works, The Art Students League, The Millay Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.  He received his BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a podcast that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.

Carole Garmon
Residency Dates: October 29- November 2
Public Event: November 1, 2018 @ 7PM

Carole Garmon holds an M.F.A. and a B.F.A. in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught at the University of Mary Washington since 1998 and is a recipient of UMW’s Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award. Garmon’s research acknowledgements include the accessioning of select images and research materials on Rembrandt into the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam, Holland, and participating in a BBC Two documentary on Rembrandt’s painting, The Night Watch. The segment is part of the larger series, The Private Life of a Masterpiece. She was one of two Americans chosen to participate in the international exhibition, Inspired By Rembrandt, commemorating Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. In addition to numerous private collections, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including Washington, D.C., New York, New York, Lima, Peru, Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Monica Martinez
Residency Dates: September 18-22
Public Event: September 19, 2018 @ 7PM

Monica is a native of Mexico City, receiving her MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. Monica is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony as well as Sculpture Space in New York and has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, most recently at the New Positions program at Art Cologne in Germany and the Museo de Arte Querétaro in México. Her work has been featured on NOVA, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, PRI’s The World and the United Nations FAO report on Food Security. Monica resides in San Francisco, California where she is an adjunct professor at the Califonia College of the Arts and an active advocate for creating sustainable food systems.