Artist Headshot: Kevin Van Aelst

Kevin Van Aelst

Resides
New Haven, CT
Born
1980
Website

Kevin Van Aelst was born in Elmira New York and grew up in central Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of Hartford.  He has taught photography courses at the Hartford Art School, Middlesex Community College, and currently at Quinnipiac University and the ACES/Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut.  He is a 2008 recipient of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism fellowship grant, and has been commissioned to create artwork for such publications as TimeMen's HealthGQBusiness WeekFast Company, and Scientific American. His photo illustrations can be seen  weekly illustrating "The Medium" in the New York Times Magazine.

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My artwork is an attempt to reconcile my physical surroundings with the fears, fascinations, curiosities, and daydreams occupying my mind. The photographs and constructions consist of common artifacts, materials, and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged and reassembled into various forms, patterns, and illustrations. The images aim to examine the distance between where my mind wanders to and the material objects that inspire those fixations.  Equally important to this work are the "big picture" and the "little things" — the mundane and relatable artifacts of our daily lives, and more mysterious notions of life and existence. This work is about creating order where we expect to find randomness, and also hints that the minutiae all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.

Education

2005
M.F.A. Photography, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

2002
B.A. Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

One Person Exhibitions

2010
Elsewhere, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Kevin Van Aelst, Seton Gallery, University of New Haven, CT

2009
Catalogue 4.25.09, Catalogue Gallery, Hartford, CT

2008
Minutia, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT

2007
Phases of the Moon and Other Lessons in Science, Khaki Gallery, Wellesley, MA

2005
Step Up, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

Group Exhibitions

2010
Flash Forward 2010, Magenta Foundation Festival of Emerging Photographers, Traveling
Artist as Curator, Kehler Liddel Gallery, New Haven, CT
Artplace XVI, Yale Physician’s Building, New Haven, CT
Conspectus I, Artspace, New Haven, CT
New Visions, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Matters of Pattern, Grant Recipient Exhibition, CCT, Hartford, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art Spring Gala, New Britain, CT

2009
Refurbished Means, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Favorite Things, Ken Jones Jr. Gallery, Easton, PA
PRC Benefit Auction, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Disperson, and Index II, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Exposure 2009, Photographic Resource Center of Boston University, Boston, MA
A Parade of Happy Dreams, Gallery at 70 Audubon, New Haven, CT
Status Update, Haskins Laboratory Gallery, New Haven, CT
New Britain Museum of American Art Spring Gala, New Britain, CT
Beyond a Boundary, Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2008
Where is your Beauty Marked?, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT
The Little Apple, Ken Jones Jr. Gallery, Easton, PA
PRC Benefit Auction ’08, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
Art and Math, Axiom Gallery, Boston, MA
Vintage Reserve: ACES/ECA Faculty Exhibition, Gallery 70, New Haven, CT
Artspace Gala Benefit Auction, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2007
Black +White and Red Upstairs, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT
What is Big?, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA
Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament Players’ Lounge Exhibition, Yale Bowl, New Haven, CT
Celebrating Genius: ECA Faculty Exhibition, Gallery at 70 Audubon, New Haven, CT
Texas National Art Exhibition, SFA University Gallery, Nacogdoches, TX
Table Tops, Haskins Laboratory Gallery, New Haven, CT
Gala Fundraising Art Auction, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Earth and Sky: Juried Exhibition, Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT
Mini: Exhibition of Miniature Art, Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT
Store Front Window Installation for New Haven Arts Council, New Haven, CT
Places: Juried Exhibition --1st prize, Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT

2006
Pure: An Exhibition, Boston, MA
The Human Figure: Juried Exhibition –2nd prize, Firehouse Gallery, Milford, CT
Flatfile: New Additions to the Collection, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Real Party Fund Raiser Exhibition, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Gala Art Auction Flatfile Preview Exhibition, Artspace, New Haven, CT
Hartford Art School Faculty Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.

2005
Goldfarb Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
Images 2005, Shoreline Art Alliance, Guilford, CT

2004
Printmaking, Painting, Photography, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT.
Arts + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers, New York, NY
Summer in the City, Artworks Gallery, Hartford, CT
Emerging, Philip Allen Gallery, New York, NY
Artworks Juried Winter Show, Artworks Gallery, Hartford, CT
Goldfarb Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

2003
Works in Progress, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT

Collections

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Artspace Flatfile, New Haven, CT

Awards and Grants

2010
Flash Forward Winner, the Magenta Foundation

2008
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship Grant
Northeast Exposure Online, Featured Artist: August
Visiting Artist Honoraria: Southern Connecticut State University, Hartford Art School

2006-2007
Milford Fine Arts Council Artist in Residence, Milford, CT

Editorial Work

  • Khanna, Parag, “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” New York Times Magazine, New York, New York, January 2008. (Cover and four interior photo illustrations).
  • T:  Living, New York Times Style Magazine, New York, NY, May 2007. (Featured Photograph Illustration)
  • Virginia Heffernan,“The Medium,” New York Times Magazine, New York, NY, October 2007 – present (Weekly Photograph accompanying column)
  • Additional Clients:  Boston Globe, Business Week, GQ, Courier International, Men’s Health, Fast Company, Atlanta, Proto, Cookie, Women’s Health, Money, Scientific American

Bibliography

  • American Photography 21, Amilus Publishers, New York, 2005.
  • Data Flow2: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design, Die Gestalten Verlag Publisher, 2010
  • Glueck, Grace, “Art in Review,” New York Times, New York, NY, July 29, 2005 (Show Review)
  • McNally, Owen, “Artistry You Can Chew On,” Hartford Courant, Hartford, Ct, July 29, 2005 (Show Review and Essay)
  • NcNally, Owen, “Kevin Van Aelst,” Real Art Ways Exhibition Catalogue and Essay Muhlke, Christine.  “Timeless: Wonder Bread,” New York Times Style Magazine, New York, NY, November, 2004. (Editorial Photograph Illustration)

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