The Foundation for Contemporary Art Ghana, FCA-Ghana, is hosting Rochelle Feinstein, a New York based International artist, under the smARTpower sm initiative in Ghana.
The FCA-Ghana is an active network of artists created to administer and streamline an alternative platform for the presentation, development and promotion of contemporary art in Ghana.
It organizes exhibitions, seminars, workshops and issues publications to raise awareness of and develop critical thinking about contemporary art and artist in Ghana.
Rochelle Feinstein, who in currently the Director of graduate Studies of Paintings/printmaking will as part of her fellowship under the smart power sm in Ghana is expected to facilitate a series of workshops for Ghanaian artists, art students and community youths in Jamestown as well as render public presentation.
These will be held at the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Jamestown, and Technology, Kumasi, and the School of Applied Art Tarkoradi Polytechnic – Tarkoradi, (SAATP-Tarkoradi) respectively.
The smARTpower sm is an initiative of the U.S Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Bronx museum of Arts with additional support from Roberts Sterling Clark Foundation, and Lori Schiff Chemla and ALTOR, partnered in Ghana by the FCA-Ghana.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts sends 15 U.S artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community based art projects.
Selected artists designing and implementing programs within a 45 day period in cooperation with local arts organizations in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela.
The first workshop under the ongoing project starting from the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre is under the Theme: LABoratory: A test site for visual artists, focuses on strategic thinking, creating a question to be solved, delineated by subject and materials.
Participating artists are expected to construct new work based on introduction or re-examination of art making and the relation of reception to specific experience, including performative work, painting, and other work. They will learn more about who they are and their potential.
Information presented will vary: visual, historically specifics through the media, statements manifestos, and films. Through this accumulation, each participant is expected to create new works with an altered understanding of a recent past of their present.
The second workshop will have the artists from LABoratory: A test site for visual artists, will join Rochelle Feinstein to train 15 community youths from Jamestown in printmaking in both College of Art, KNUST, and SAATP-Tarkoradi, after which she will facilitate a one-day workshop with art students with focus on the ideas behind their work including a presentation on her work.
The FCA-Ghana encourages dialogue, experimentation and explorations.
Through these avenues, this active network of artists, FCA-Ghana aspires to develop and expand as it networks and collaborate with artists and art organizations on local, regional and international levels.
However, most recently, the New York based International Artist has been awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, for her project “The Enigma Machine”, 2012-2013.
She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1975 and M.F.A from the University of Minnesota in 1978. Since 1995, she has been a Professor, School of Art Yale University.