In his talk, “Queer + Southern: Roots + Diasporas” Aaron McIntosh addresses the historic and contemporary creative cultural production of queer Southern artists, as well as the impacts of migration, brain-drain and rural/urban divides on artists’ lives.
Aaron McIntosh is a fourth generation quiltmaker and cross-disciplinary artist whose work mines the intersections of material culture, family tradition, desire and identity politics in a range of works including quilts, sculpture, collage, photography and writing. McIntosh received his BFA from the Appalachian Center for Craft and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited work widely throughout the United States and his critical writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic. McIntosh is a recipient of two Windgate Fellowships (2006, 2015) and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant (2013), as well as residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Craft and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. McIntosh has taught in the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at James Madison University. He currently lives and works in Richmond, VA, where he is an assistant professor and Fiber Area Head in VCU’s Department of Craft/Material Studies.
Funding for this series has been received in part from the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and educational grants from the Arcus Foundation and the Keith Haring Foundation.