Chicago, IL, U.S.A

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Born in Melbourne, Australia and based in the U.S since 2010, Santina Amato is a Master of Fine Art (Photography) 2017 Candidate at The School of Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A. She is the recipient of the Angela & George Paterakis Scholarship (2016) and the Leroy Neiman Scholarship (2015). Amato received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.

Amato’s practice connects through an interdisciplinary artistic dialogue between performance, video, sculpture, photography, painting, and drawing. Driven by process and directed by the work itself, she translates her own body’s experience of life viewed through an emotional, psychological and/or corporeal lens, adding a complexity to the intricacies of the female condition.

Her work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and the U.S.A including Links Hall, Chicago, USA (2016), The Governors Island Art Fair, New York, U.S.A (2014), Detroit International Videonale, Kuntshalle Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, MI, U.S.A (2013) and Currents 2012, International New Media Arts Festival, Santa Fe, U.S.A (2012).

Amato has received funding from the American Australian Association, NY (2014), Australia Council for the Arts, AUS (2012) and the Ian Potter Cultural Fund, AUS (2015 & 2008). Her video works have been screened at ExFest Film & Video Festival, Chicago (2016), Brooklyn Public TV, New York (2015), Hatched Northside Film Festival, New York (2015), The International Women’s Day Video Screening in Melbourne, Australia (2013) and awarded an Honorable Mention for Midnight Dinner at the 2016 ExFest Film & Video Festival, Chicago.

She has participated in residency programs by Artspace Visual Arts Center, Sydney, Australia (2013), Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia (2012), New York Art Residency and Studios Foundation, New York, U.S.A (2012) and held various positions including Teaching Assistant (2015-2017) and Writing Fellow (2016 & 2017)) at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Fellow at Bric Media Arts House, Brooklyn (2014).

Amato’s work is part of a collective photographic portfolio at The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection (2016) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2016) and video collection at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia (2013).

Education

School of Art Institute of Chicago

Master of Fine Art (Photography), Candidate 2017

Victorian College of the Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

Victorian College of the Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting)

Victoria University

Diploma in Visual Arts

Awards

2016

Honorable Mention Award, ExFest 2016 Film/Video Festival, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2016

Angela & George Paterakis Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2015

LeRoy Neiman Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2015

Travel Grant, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust (Melbourne, Australia) [link]

2014

Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, American Australian Association, New York, NY [link]

2014

Media Artist Fellowship, BRIC Media Arts House, Brooklyn, NY [link]

2013

Immigrant Artist Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY [link]

2013

Artist-in-Residence, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia [link]

2013

Summer Studio Artist-in-Residence, BLINDSIDE Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne, Australia [link]

2012

New Work Early Career, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia [link]

2012

ArtStart Initiative, Australia Council for the Arts, Australia [link]

2012

Artist-in-Residence, New York Artist Residency & Studio Foundation, Brooklyn, NY [link]

2012

Summer Artist-in-Residence, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia [link]