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Hope Ginsburg

Visiting Artist

MFA Interdisciplinary Art

Hartford Art School

Master of Science, Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Tyler School of Art

Hope Ginsburg makes live work situated within or just at the edge of what can be considered everyday life. She uses a variety of strategies such as video, photographs, installation and object making to represent these projects.

Ginsburg has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, Wexner Center for the Arts, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Baltimore Museum of Art and SculptureCenter. Ginsburg’s pedagogical project Sponge (2007–2015) has been the focus of solo exhibitions at Solvent Space in Richmond, VA (2008) and CUE Art Foundation (2011), which was accompanied by a catalog. In 2010, her Sponge HQ opened at the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, where it was sited for five years. A 2011 Art Matters Grant enabled her to learn to scuba dive so that she could see sponges in their reef habitats.

Ginsburg’s 2013 project for the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil took inspiration from that investigation. In 2014, at a Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, she began a new body of work entitled “Breathing on Land”. In 2015, Ginsburg presented these projects at the Creative Time Summits: “The Curriculum at La Biennale di Venezia” and “The Curriculum: NYC”.  She has recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Sponge HQ with a portfolio designed for a book about the Anderson Gallery, published in April 2016. “Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy”, a new video work produced with the support of a residency at the Film/Video Studio at the Wexner Center for the Arts, premiered jointly at MASS MoCA in the exhbition “Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder” and at Temple Contemporary in May 2016.

Hope Ginsburg is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.