Blank Canvas: December 11th, 2019, Arnold J. Kemp

On this evening’s “Blank Canvas,” Amanda Coulson (NAGB Executive Director) is visited by American-Bahamian, Arnold J. Kemp, an artist who works in painting, print, sculpture, and poetry. He is represented globally and has received several prestigious awards, from the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Kemp is currently the Dean of Graduate Studies at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as well as Professor of Painting and Drawing, and has recently been in Nassau to speak to students—high school and college—about the possibilities of studying at this institution, which is considered one of the leading art schools in the world. SAIC currently has two Bahamian students—Dominique Knowles (painting) and Letitia Pratt (creative writing)—as well as another Bahamian professor, the scholar and poet Christian Campbell, and Kemp, sees even more opportunity to expand possibilities for Bahamians abroad.

Kemp gave a lecture at UB about the classes at SAIC, did a portfolio workshop with high school students at the NAGB, and performed a crit in one of the UB art classes to help students prepare for submitting their work to MA programmes.