Visiting Artists: Steven Ladd and William Ladd

May 29, 2018

Posted In: 2018 Visiting Artist, Events, Visiting Artists

New York based artists Steven Ladd and William Ladd have been collaborating on an international body of work since 2000.  With a concentrated—almost obsessive— fascination with materials and process, they have forged the foundation for a rich and productive creative process from their common early childhood memories and a close familial bond.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977 and 1978, the brothers and collaborators have developed an expanded practice consisting of text, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance and design. They have combined a range of techniques, forms and practices, forging a unique aesthetic vocabulary. The brothers have had major solo museum shows at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY, Saint Louis Art Museum, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum and the Miami Dade County Museum of Art + Design.

In 2006 they created their community engagement program Scrollathon to bridge a gap between communities and contemporary art, engaging people from all walks of life to create museum quality works of art. To date the Scrollathon has served over 6,000 people throughout the United States and abroad, and since 2012 has expanded to hospitals, women’s shelters, youth missions and jails. Through museum partnerships, the program has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Knight Foundation.

The artists have been honored to receive grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Steven and William Ladd’s works belong to the permanent public collections of several museums including the Honolulu Museum of Art, The Corning Museum of Glass, Mingei International Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Rockwell Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum and in the private collections of Beth Rudin DeWoody, Shelley and Philip Aarons, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson and Fidelity Investments.

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