The Department of Art is pleased to welcome Rotem Tamir as our newest faculty member for the 2016/17 year! Rotem will be teaching sculpture.
The questions relayed in Rotem Tamir’s work revolve around escaping time and place and creating alternative, timeless identities devoid of history and geography. Her work consists of cohesive autonomous systems whose construction determines their own logic. Each project draws inspiration from different games, crafts and hobbies such as kite building, ship modeling, instrument making, magic and traditional woodworking, from which she borrows forms, identities and materiality.
Rotem Tamir is an Israeli artist who attended Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design in Jerusalem before coming to the U.S. in 2011 to complete her MFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2013 she received the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship award for her exceptional thesis work. While living in Tel Aviv, Tamir exhibited her work in numerous venues including Kav 16 Gallery, Artists House, and Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair. Since moving to the U.S. she has participated in the 7 Below Artist Residency in Vermont and Sculpture Space in Utica and her work has been included in exhibitions in Burlington, Vermont; New York; Richmond, Virginia; Washington and Gainesville, Florida where she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Florida from 2014 to 2016.