Chicago, IL-based artist Arnold J. Kemp has close ties to the SF Bay Area, where for years he engaged with artists, writers, and curators, starting his career in spaces founded by and in support of artists. His artistic work is rooted in research and process, and engages ideas about the permeability of the border between self and the materials of one’s work. His experimental practice extends beyond the studio and formal gallery system to the public, taking the form of talks, performances, limited-edition artists' books, and art objects. For Arnold, art production holds potential to spur new thinking about the requirements of creativity in a world where all bodies need to engage creatively every single day. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA), The Portland Art Museum (Portland, CA), and The Fine Arts Collection at University of California, Davis. He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has received awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Art Matters Inc., Printed Matter, Inc., and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. He received his MFA from Stanford University and is Dean of Graduate Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Arnold joined Workshop Residence in Winter 2018.