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Rembrandt Quiballo, Assistant Director

Rembrandt Quiballo is a visual artist, critic and curator with a special foucs on issues in the digital arts. His own work explores mass media and its effects on social and political history. Quiballo has been a practicing artist and advocate for the arts in Phoenix for more than two decades. He is the Arts Editor for JAVA Magazine and has written for Hyperallergic, Southwest Contemporary and many other magazines. He sits on the board of Artlink, a leading non-profit arts organization, as well as being a member of the Artlink Artist Council. In the past he has worked for Bentley Gallery, where he regularly produced video interviews and helped to organize exhibitions. Quiballo is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ASU GPSA Research Grant, The Society of Photographic Education Student Award, the Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship and the Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant. He holds a BFA in Painting and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Arizona as well as an MFA in Photography at Arizona State University.

Gregory Simoncic, Curatorial Specialist

Gregory Simoncic has worked for non-profit organizations in New York City, Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale Public Art and the Heard Museum. He is also the founder of Attick Studios, a company dedicated to supporting creativity in all of its forms. With over a decade of experience in nearly every area of artistic activity, Simoncic has helped to bring a sense of artistic inspiration to homes, businesses, and other venues across the Valley while representing the works of some of today's most inspired artists as well as cultural creatives in a wide variety of disciplines. His education includes a degree in sculpture from Arizona State University and an MFA from the Parsons School of Design, having graduated with honors at both institutions. Simoncic has also studied art and theory with many of todays most well known artists, critics, curators and art historians. Combined with his real world experience, this has allowed him to develop a comprehensive understanding of emerging trends in the contemporary art market. He has also been an instructor in courses like Concepts and Materiality at Parsons which focused on the intersection of theory and practice. Known for his professionalism, broad skillset and dedicated work ethic, Simoncic has built a reputation for himself as an arts promoter, trusted advisor and cultural impresario.

Molly Koehn, Director of Publishing & Design

Molly Koehn is the Director of Publishing and Design at Fine Art Complex 1101, bringing 10+ years experience to her position. Her time as the Editor-in-Chief of The University Leader, contributing writer to The Hays Daily, and copy editor for The Haskell County Monitor Chief have given her a strong background in publishing, while her design background has been learned through freelance work with clients like Curator Engine, Global 3D Arts and assisting artists like Adrienne Jenik and Kris Kuksi. Koehn is also an accomplished artist, curator, and teacher having received her BFA in Studio Art from Fort Hays State University and her MFA in Studio Art from Arizona State University. She has served as the Chief Curator for Curator Engine, has participated in multiple residencies including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Pentaculum at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and is the President of Houston's weaving guild, The Contemporary Handweavers of Houston. She teaches art workshops regularly throughout Houston and the  United States.

Virginia Broersma, Career Development Specialist

Virginia Broersma is a working artist and the founder of The Artist's Office, which exists to help artists achieve their personal and professional goals. Her commitment to community building in the arts involves curating, writing, and collaborative projects as well as organizing support for artists through workshops, conversations and one-on-one mentoring. Broersma developed the Fair Artist’s Reserved Equity (FARE) Contract for sales which she drafted with attorney Susan Schwartz. Broersma has exhibited her work at museums, galleries and alternative spaces in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, New York, and Chicago among other US and international cities. Her recent projects have been shown at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Latin American Art, The New Museum, Los Gatos, The Lodge Gallery and the Laband Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Broersma has been the recipient of several grants including funding from the Arts Council of Long Beach, the California Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Puffin Foundation and the City of Chicago. She received her BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Grant Vetter, Executive Director

Grant Vetter is the Program Director at Fine Art Complex and the head curator of MCC Art Gallery. He has been curating exhibitions for almost two decades in Los Angeles and Phoenix around issues of abstraction, capitalism, identity and environmental concerns. He is also an art critic, writer and the author of The Architecture of Control (Zero Books, 2012). He is the former Galleries Director of the Arizona State University gallery system and continues to teach curatorial studies and art criticism at ASU today. He was a previous  board member of Fine Art Resources in Los Angeles, the Curatorial Programs Coordinator for Artlink in Phoenix and the director of Autonomie Arts in Los Angeles. He holds advanced degrees from the European Graduate School (EGS), the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the Critical Theory Institute (CTI), the Art Center College of Design (ACCD) and he completed his Post-Doc work in curatorial studies in the International Curators Program (ICP) at the NODE Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. He specializes in building collections for art lovers, patrons and corporate clients throughout the US and around the world.

FINE ART COMPLEX COUNCIL

Jeff Cabot, D-Block Projects and Modified Arts

Andi Compognone, Landcaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)

Ciara Ennis, Pitzer College Art Gallery

Luis G Hernandez. San Diego State Gallery & Co-Founder Mexi-Cali Biennial

Ichiro Irie, Jaus Gallery

David Michael Lee, Coastline Community Gallery

Julie Perlin Lee, Laguna Art Museum

James MacDevitt, Cerritos College & Foundation for Art Resources

Max Presneill, Torrance Art Museum

Donna Napper, San Jose Insititute of Contemporary Art

Corrie Siegel, Museum of Neon Art (MONA)

Julia Swartz, Figure / Ground Communications

 

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT

Fine Art Complex is located in Tempe, AZ, which is the homeland of the Native people who have inhabited this landscape since time immemorial. We acknowledge that ancestral O’Odham settlements are located throughout the entirety of present-day Tempe and recognize the ancestral lands of the O’Odham (known as the Pima), Piipaash (known as the Maricopa), and their ancestors as extending far beyond our community.

This land continues to be spiritually connected to the O’Odham of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Gila River Indian Community. The SRP-MIC and GRIC, located northeast and south of Tempe, respectively, are confederations of two unique groups with their own languages, customs, cultures, religions, and histories; the O’Odham and the Piipaash. 

This land is sacred to the O’Odham and Piipaash and reflects cultural values that are central to their way of life and their self-definition. Their oral history and song culture are indelibly tied to tangible places that are associated with specific historic, cultural, and religious values. Settlement patterns, advanced irrigation practices, and other lifeways driven by a deep understanding of and respect for the landscape are directly attributable to the ancestors of the O’Odham and Piipaash and served as the template for the establishment of Tempe. 

HISTORY

Established in 2014, Fine Art Complex is devoted to promoting contemporary art from around the world. Housed in a landmark building by modernist architect Will Bruder, FAC consists of four adjoining exhibition spaces including a Main Gallery, a Project Room, the New Media Arts Center and a Public Works Space on University Drive which gets traffic in excess of 20,000+ viewers day. In additon to these on-site facilities, FAC also supports off-site projects at a number of auxillary spaces, temporary sites and autonomous zones for interventionist actions. Selected by the city of Tempe for Best in "Exhibitions" and recognized by the Phoenix New Times for "addressing topics at the forefront of American culture such as racism, sexism and climate change", FAC remains committed to developing progressive programming that challenges how we think about the intersection of culture and society.

 

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