Enganging Religion: Visiting Artist Kelvin Burzon

Center for Religion and the Human

March 9, 2023 | 6:30p

Indiana University Bloomington, IN
1211 E. Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401

Join us at the Center for Religion and the Human to hear visiting artist Kelvin Burzon discuss his photographic project, also entitled Noli Me Tangere , alongside Solve et Coagula by Ryan M. Pfeiffer + Rebecca Walz, which is currently on exhibition at the Cook Center in Maxwell Hall as part of the Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) digital archive project.

Each of these visual collections explores religion and the senses—eroticism, embodiment, and ecstasy.

Burzon will be joined by two Ph.D. students in the Department of Religious Studies who will offer their perspectives on the aims of these art collections. Reverend Amber Lowe (she/her) specializes in the study of Afrofuturism, Black speculative fiction, phenomenology of religion, womanist theology, and myth and is an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Josie Wenig (they/them) specializes in transgender studies of religion, craft, asceticism, and the body, race and religion in feminist and transgender politics.

Identity: Identify

Grunwald Gallery of Art
Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design
Indiana Univsity, Bloomington

September 9–November 12, 2022

View the exhibition online (VR)

The Grunwald Gallery of Art presents Identity: Identify, an exhibition of artworks by six artists who are examining the vast territories of identity within today’s visual artistic practice. Containing works in photography, digital art, fashion design, ceramics and other media, the exhibition illustrates the concept of identity from a variety of intersectional viewpoints and perspectives. Participating artists include Kelvin Burzon (Indianapolis), Larissa Danielle (Bloomington), Skyler Pham (Lafayette, LA), Bun Stout (Chicago), Troll (Bloomington), and Timothy White Eagle (Seattle, WA).

Indianapolis Monthly

Interview by Katie Marple, Photo by Tony Valainis

What projects are you currently working on?

I think the better question is, what projects am I not working on? I always have several pots simmering on the burners, moving from one pot to another, until one is brought to a completion. My current bodies of work are ongoing and will probably keep living and evolving until there is a point in my life that I feel I’ve said all I can or that I’ve resolved the conversations internally.

If you could live in anyone’s shoes for a day, who would it be?

My very first thought is to think of someone famous or admired or wealthy, but upon further internal dialogue, I would probably pick someone closer yet distant. Like a distant cousin who still lives in the Philippines. My entire immediate family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 11 and I’d probably benefit from knowing how families that have been left in the Philippines live their daily lives.


DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award

Indianapolis Arts Council
Gallery 924

The DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award program, a partnership created in 2017 between the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Indy Arts Council, recognizes and celebrates contemporary visual artists in Indiana supports their aspirational projects with grants of up to $10,000.

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Indy Movement Arts Collective, Tube Factory Artspace

Multi-genre visual artists Kelvin Burzon and Jenny Delfuego are creating movement-based work to accompany their visual art as part of a partnership between Big Car Collaborative and Indy Movement Arts.

In the fall of 2020, Indy Movement Arts began experimenting with small, digital fellowships as a small contribution towards the arts economy and keeping artistic production viable. The Process/Progress residency is the latest iteration of this experiment, paying intermedia artists to reflect on their creative process and how they incorporate movement into their practice.

The residency was conceived as a digital one but given that Indy Movement Arts is rooted in movement and dance, a discipline that often involves some immediate interchange between artist and audience, the artists were commissioned in partnership between the two organizations to make a new work involving such an interchange.

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Listen to the WQRT Indianapolis interview:

Produced by artists and curators from Big Car Collaborative — the nonprofit arts organization behind WQRT — Create Hear is your place to listen to conversations with people making intriguing, innovative, and impactful things happen on the cultural front in Indianapolis, across Indiana, and beyond. Find out more and access additional episodes at wqrt.org.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Syracuse University

Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:30PM, Shemin Auditorium or on Zoom

Burzon’s current exhibition at Point of Contact Gallery, Noli Me Tangere, “touch me not” or “don’t tread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines an internal conflict of homosexuality and Catholicism. On view through December 10, 2021.