Fruit and futures with Sam Van Aken
Sam Van Aken is my guest on this episode of Inside Ideas. Sam is a contemporary artist who works beyond traditional modes of art making, crossing artistic genres and disciplines to develop new perspectives on such themes as agriculture, botany, climatology, memory, and the ever-increasing impact of technology. Sam works in the natural and public realm are seen as metaphors that serve as the basis of narrative, sites of place making, collective learning, and in some cases have become the basis of scientific research. Born in Reading Pennsylvania, Sam received his undergraduate education in Art and Communication Theory. Immediately following his studies he lived in Poland and worked with dissident artists under the former communist regime through the auspices of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the United States Information Agency. Sam received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and since this time his work has been exhibited and placed nationally and internationally. He has received numerous honors including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Association of International Curator’s of Art Award and a Creative Capital Grant. Most recently, his work has been presented as part of Nature-Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial with the Cube Design Museum, Netherlands as well as at the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His most recent work, the Open Orchard is set to unveil summer 2021 on Governor’s Island, New York City. Sam lives and works in Syracuse New York, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Art at Syracuse University. His work is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.