The 2014 Speaker Series, CoHosts, will be presented at the Baltimore School for the Arts and cohosted with thirteen local commercial, artist-run, and independent galleries. Each gallery responded to a simple question: Who is the one artist or art professional that you want The Contemporary to bring to Baltimore? Each gallery will cohost a residency for their selected speaker and identify local artists for their respective studio visits.

Reception / Lecture

Jacob Khepler

Jacob Khepler is an American artist, writer, and editor from New England, whose primary project is the monthly newspaper/magazine Mothers News.

In 2006 Jacob founded HBML, a visionary junk shop and social sculpture in downtown Worcester MA. Inspired by Claes Oldenberg's "Store" and Pee Wee's Playhouse, and in the tradition of New England junk barns, HBML was a hectic assemblage of small sculptures, prints, artworks, and actual garbage, for sale at reasonable prices. The store functioned as a location for schemes, performances, and gallery shows by Khepler and other artists. HBML closed its doors in 2009.

In 2010 Jacob started Mothers News as a free monthly publication in Providence RI-- free in the meaning of gratis: without cost, and libre: without obligation. He continues to write and edit the paper, mostly by himself, although the cast has increased to include a comics section featuring CF, Mickey Zacchilli, Brian Chippendale, Mike Taylor, Michael DeForge, Katrina Clark, Charlotte DeSedouy, and more, plus a host of occasional contributors and psychologically valuable pseudonyms. Mothers News is notable for being essentially without focus, guided mainly by a desire to provide the reader with something helpful to read at the time. Topics shy away from the traditional news cycle in favor of larger motifs and structures, including mythology, language, animals, plants, and the weather. It is distributed free around Providence and at low cost around the country, with yearly subscriptions available.

In addition to these key projects, Khepler has toured the United States in a variety of to-remain-undisclosed bands, released records, tapes, cds, and DVDs on a variety of labels, performed in two incarnations of the Secret Shakespeare Dinner Theatre presented by The Missoula Oblongata & Puppet Uprising (Julius Caesar and Anthony & Cleopatra), and shown visual works in galleries such as Space 1026 (Philadelphia), Clark University's Trainer Center for the Arts (Worcester MA), the RISD Museum (Providence), and the Carpenter Center for the Arts at Harvard University (Cambridge MA). He was a featured guest at Baltimore's Print & Multiples Fair in 2013 and the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo in 2014.

Image courtesy of the artist.