Valerie Skakun portrait

Valerie Skakun

Studio 360

www.valerieskakun.com

b. 1986, Houston, TX

BFA, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

Area of Concentration at Hunter: Sculpture

Projected Graduation: Spring 2019

I am interested in making objects with a variety of methods and materials, and I collaborate with time and decay. I have also founded and curate two artist-run spaces, Future Development (in my former studio which was recently sold to developers in Brooklyn) and ValeRina Gallerina + Greg (in my basement in Queens). Everything is ephemeral.

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"Future Development" is a space curated by Valerie Skakun. The space is her former studio in Greenpoint, which is in the basement of an industrial building that was recently sold to developers. "Future Development" will continue to subsist as an experimental space for emerging artists to exhibit their work until we are kicked out of the building. http://futuredevelopmentspace.tumblr.com/
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ValeRina Gallerina + Greg is an art gallery in the basement of our apartment in Queens. Co-Founded with Rina Goldfield and the soon-after partnership with Greg Skiano, all artworks submitted are accepted and exhibited as part of an egalitarian philosophy. Each show has multiple participating artists. Over 60 artists from various cities and countries have participated since our first show. We have established the Emerging Artist Trust Fund, a monetary award given to a randomly chosen artist participating in each show. Funds come from donations collected during openings. http://valerinagallerinaplusgreg.tumblr. com
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