JR Uretsky

Location:
Providence, RI
Work:
Artist-in-residence at the Dirt Palace; Makes of abstract sculptures and videos that reference the body in awkward and surprising ways; Artist assistant for Megan and Murray McMillan; Digital Media and Design Teacher at Eastern Connecticut State University

What are some of the most exciting opportunities you have had since graduation?

Since Biola I have relocated to the east coast where I graduated with my MFA in sculpture from the University of Connecticut. I have exhibited my work nationally and internationally and been published by several online journals.

How do you feel that the Biola art department prepared you for your life as an artist?

I was not shocked by how difficult life was after graduation because the Biola faculty set an honest example of how a professional artist lives, works and functions on a day-to-day basis. The faculty encouraged me to find my own means of art making, living and working and continue to support me as I develop as an artist and an individual.

Any advice for future Biola art majors?

How to succeed as a Biola alum:

  1. Develop a parasitic relationship with a Biola faculty member and cling to them for the rest of your life, or until they stop returning your phone calls.
  2. Capitalize on the Biola-inspired propensity toward community. Community is really important for artists: it is how we get shows, studio space, press, etc. As Biola students you already have it in you to create, work with and inspire communities -- don't let that part of your Biola education go.
  3. Try not to limit yourself by assuming that Biola is anything more than an excellent point of departure. You learned some skills at Biola and you have the rest of your life to figure the other stuff out.
  4. Try not to be too hard on yourself, you'll be okay.