Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jeffrey Vallance
ART: Jeffrey Karl Reese Vallance (born 25 January 1955 in Redondo Beach, California) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Vallance received a BA in Art from California State University, Northridge, in 1979, and an MFA from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, in 1981. Best known for projects that blur the lines between object-‐making, installation, performance, curation and anthropological study, Vallance’s work has long challenged critics to define the artist’s unique multidisciplinary cross-‐pollination. In 2004, Vallance received the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation award for installation art. In 2001, he received a Stiftelsen Framtidens Kultur (Foundation Culture of the Future) grant to curate a performance festival at the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden. In 2000, he was conferred with the royal title of Honorary Noble by the Tongan National Center, Nuku’alofa, Tonga, and also received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.