April 15—May 15, 2016
Nic Wiesinger completed his Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia Art from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He received a BS from Ball State University in Education with a focus on Social History, and a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in Photography. His interdisciplinary, social based art practice weaves history, place, participation, ecology and technology. Drawing on a background of social history, land art, and mapping practices, he creates online participatory websites, site specific performances mediated through technology, and social / spatial mapping events that tie history and water with place, experience and memory.
Wiesinger has personally shown in the ASU Art Museum’s Open for Business show, The Ohio State University’s Re.SURFACING show, at the International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference, the Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid, and at the Shemer Art Center. He is a former member of Eye Lounge Co-Op and is a fairly recent Contemporary Forum grant recipient from the Phoenix Art Museum. Wiesinger is the founder and editor ofThe Arts Beacon (www.theartsbeacon.com) an online resource for the arts in the Phoenix Valley area. The website offers a Big Calendar of Events, Calls for Art, Reviews of Exhibitions, Artist Interviews and other local arts content that showcase the wealth of quality art in the Valley.
He is also the founder and lead curator of the newly created “pop-up gallery” called Rhetorical Galleries. Founded as an alternative to the brick and mortal gallery system, Rhetorical Galleries strives to create unique, site specific exhibitions that challenge the ideas of place and art making while showcasing and nurturing new and under exposed artists in the valley and beyond.