The Harold J Miossi Art Gallery and INVERSE host this year's summer residency - a three-week intensive program for 15 students culminating in a group performance and installation exhibition downtown San Luis Obispo. This program is designed for students who work and will include individual meetings, intensive group weekends with visiting artists and guest critiquers along with public-facing performances throughout the three-week residency. 


A conversation on collaboration and making work in the virtual landscape

August 7, 12pm PST

Join INVERSE Summer Residents 2020 for a group conversation on their three-week residency. Residents will share about their upcoming virtual performances and their experience working collaboratively across difference and distance.



  • Laboratory Series I - Tsedaye Makonnen and Ayana Evans:

        July 23, 5pm PST

In collaboration and solidarity with R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County, join us for a performance and Q&A conversation with performance artists Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen. Tsedaye Makonnen is an interdisciplinary artist whose studio, curatorial, and research-based practice threads together her identity as a daughter of Ethiopian immigrants and a Black American woman, as well as her experience as a doula and a mother. Makonnen invests in the transhistorical forced migration of Black communities across the globe and Black womxnhood. Ayana Evans is a NYC based artist who received her MFA in painting from Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. Her work attempts to pursue the origins of how her conscious body is perceived as it operates in artistic and social sphere. Her desires to examine the process of art-experiencing and its hierarchal notions of 'meaning' and 'value', particularly within a profoundly prejudicial way of seeing race, gender, sexuality and class. Evans and Makonnen are long-term collaborators in their performance practices.


  • Christen Clifford Artist Talk and Q&A:

    July 24, 5pm PST

Join us for an artist talk and Q&A with Christen Clifford. 
About Christen Clifford: I’m a feminist performance artist, writer, curator, professor, actor, and mother. My work has been shown at Eva Presenhuber, The New Museum, AUNTSisdance, The Culture Project, PS 122/SoloNova, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Lab, Dixon Place, Postmasters Gallery, Vox Populii, ArtShare LA, Project for Empty Space, EFA Project Space, Art in Odd Places and abroad in Slovenia and Canada and across the U.S.

Currently, I teach at The New School and curate Experiments and Disorders with Tom Cole at Dixon Place. I'm making my first film which has been supported by IFP and Women Make Movies. In 2019, I co-chaired and organized Rape, Representation and Radicality for The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels/CAA and chaired the Sexual Justice Symposium at The New School. 

  • Durational Performance: A Meditation on Time:

     July 29, 12pm PST 

An artist conversation with LA-based educator/curator of Irrational Exhibits Deborah Oliver with LA based artists; Zeina Baltagi, Anaeis Ohanian, Sichong Xie, and Kim Zumpfe.

We will discuss the power of durational performance, through process, materiality, actions, narrative and the constructs of time in a performative art practice.



INVERSE strives to foster local dialogue about performance art on an international scale and build a community of performance artists and supporters. Organized by Cynthia Post Hunt of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Emma Saperstein of San Luis Obispo, California, INVERSE presents new work and engages local, national, and international communities. INVERSE facilitates various forms of engagement: for the space, for the artist and for the viewer. INVERSE is an artist-run, community-supported inclusive platform and works with artists from around the world. INVERSE provides opportunities for performance work to be cultivated outside of city centers and is committed to supporting new and emerging artists.

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