Biography

Jose Ferreira is Assistant Professor and Area Chair of Sculpture at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. Born in Mozambique, Ferreira moved to South Africa where he later studied Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology. After spending a brief period living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he returned to Johannesburg, South Africa, to co-initiate The Trinity Session, a curatorial organization that develops projects in collaboration with artists and institutions. In early 2001, he began teaching in the Cultural Studies Department at the University of East London, United Kingdom, and later that year accepted a full-time position as Research Fellow in Fine Art Digital Media, at the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom. From 2006 to 2013 he was full-time faculty in the Sculpture Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, United States. From 2015 until 2017 he served as Artistic Director of Sculpture at Anderson ranch Arts Center.

Contributions to the art world have been recognized through prestigious grants and awards presented throughout the years, including, The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, The Hague, Netherlands; The London Arts Council, London, United Kingdom; The Human Science Research Council, South Africa; The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; Grainger Grant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Megan and Julia Chandler Merit Award, Durban, South Africa.

He has exhibited internationally at venues like, The Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago; The 8th Havanna Biennale, Cuba; Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York City; The Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; The Good Citizen Gallery, St Louis; World Wide video Festival, Amsterdam; OK Video festival, Jakarta; Pulse Projects, Durban; MiMo (Museum of Moving Image) Leiria, Portugal and many others.

 

 
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Academic Experience (selected)

2017   Assistant Professor and Area Chair of Sculpture, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, U.S.A.

2015 - 2017    Anderson Ranch Arts center, Artistic Director of Sculpture. Snowmass Village, Colorado, U.S.A.

2006 - 2013   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Sculpture Department. Chicago, U.S.A.

2001 - 2005   University of Sunderland, Research Fellow in Fine Art Digital Media. Sunderland, U.K.

2016   Visiting Professor, Colorado College. Colorado Springs, U.S.A.

2014    California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Visiting Class Lecture. Valencia, U.S.A.

2012    University of Illinois Chicago, Guest Artist Graduate Critique Week. Chicago, U.S.A.

2009    Maryland Institute College of Art, Visiting Artist Lecture. Baltimore, U.S.A.

2008    Bergen Academy, Visiting Artist. Bergen, Norway

2007    Oslo Academy, Visiting Artist Lecture. Oslo, Norway

2005    Bafta, National Film School, Visiting Lecturer. Johannesburg, South Africa    

2002    University of East London, Senior Lecturer, Cultural studies. London, U.K.

2002    Buckinghamshire College, Senior Lecturer. High Wycombe, U.K.

2001    University of Sunderland, Lecturer, Digital Media. Sunderland, U.K.

2001    University of Sunderland, Lecturer, Digital Media. Sunderland, U.K.

2000    Portsmouth University, Guest Lecturer, Photography and Digital Media. Portsmouth, U.K.

2000    Winchester School of Art, Guest Lecturer, Fine Art Studio. Winchester, U.K.

2000    Buckinghamshire College, Guest Lecturer. High Wycombe, U.K.

2000    Winchester School of Art, Guest Lecturer, Fine Art. Winchester, U.K.

1999    Witwatersrand Technikon, Guest Lecturer. Johannesburg, South Africa

1999    Wits University, Guest Lecturer, Video Outreach Program. Johannesburg, South Africa

1998    Parktown College, Lecturer, Drawing and Sculpture. Johannesburg, South Africa

1996    Durban Institute of Technology, Part time Lecturer, Sculpture. Durban, South Africa

1995    Durban Institute of Technology, Part time Lecturer, Sculpture. Durban, South Africa

Conferences and Presentations (selected)

2011    Borders and Bodies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, U.S.A.

2010    Art Therapy and Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, U.S.A.

2009    Visibly Swept, Living Landscapes, Aberystwyth University. Aberystwyth, Wales

2009    Migrancy, Memory, Phantasy, Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, U.S.A.

2008    Refraining from the Gilded Frame, Bergen Academy. Bergen, Norway

2004    Looking for Black Hamlet, Pulse Projects (RAIN Project, Rijksakademie). Durban, South Africa

2003    Migrancy, Memory and Phantasy, Center for Contemporary Art. Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2002    Sweeping Maputo, National Museum of Photography Film and Television. Bradford, U.K.

2001    Boundaries, CEIA, The Visible and the Invisible in Art (RAIN Project, Rijksakademie). Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2000    Biographies, Trama conference (RAIN Project, Rijksakademie). Buenos Aires, Argentina