Hope Ginsburg has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, Wexner Center for the Arts, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, Baltimore Museum of Art and SculptureCenter. Ginsburg’s pedagogical project Sponge (2006–2016) was the focus of solo exhibitions at Solvent Space in Richmond, VA (2008) and CUE Art Foundation (2011), which was accompanied by a catalog. In 2010, her Sponge HQ opened at the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, where it was sited for six years. A 2011 Art Matters Grant enabled her to learn to scuba dive so that she could see the sponges in their reef habitats. Ginsburg’s 2013 project for the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil took inspiration from that investigation. In 2014, at a Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida, she began a new body of work entitled “Breathing on Land”. In 2015, Ginsburg presented these projects at the Creative Time Summits: “The Curriculum at La Biennale di Venezia” and “The Curriculum: NYC”.  That same spring, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Sponge HQ with a portfolio designed for a book about the Anderson Gallery, published in April 2016. "Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy", a new video work produced with the support of a residency at the Film/Video Studio at the Wexner Center for the Arts, premiered jointly at MASS MoCA in the exhibition "Explode Everyday: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder" and in a solo exhibition at Temple Contemporary in the spring of 2016. She is currently at work on a new project investigating coral reef restoration, which she will pilot during a Rauschenberg Alumni Project Residency in October 2017.

Each of Hope Ginsburg’s long-term projects build community around learning. Her work is by turns collaborative, cooperative, and participatory. These artworks are made with peers, students, scientists, members of the public, and experts with knowledge from outside of the field. Rooted in first-hand experience, Ginsburg’s projects are invested in the socially transformative potential of knowledge exchange. For each new body of work, she spends time mastering skills such as beekeeping, vermiculture, scuba diving, wool felt-making and natural dyeing; which she does through informal apprenticeships and the development of relationships. As such her practice is interdisciplinary, social, and driven by curiosity about the natural world, its materials and the species with which we share the planet (in a dynamic deeply troubled by humans). Through these works, she aims to challenge institutionalized pedagogy, traditional disciplinary boundaries and hierarchies of expertise. Though the work is generally organized around live experiences for those directly involved, there are representations and records made for viewers to encounter the works at a later time. Examples of such outcomes include objects (particularly in projects where collective making is a component), photography, and video.

Hope Ginsburg is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
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