Brett Suemnicht is the Graduate Assistant in the Education Department at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). They hold a BFA in Printmaking (2014) from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Suemnicht is currently a MFA candidate in the Department of Painting and Printmaking (PAPR). Before attending VCU, they were apart of Little Berlin in Philadelphia, PA. At Little Berlin they organized numerous programing including Falolo4ever (2016), a group exhibition featuring South American queer artists who attended the Truque residency in Ecuador.
At VCU, Suemnicht received the Mildred’s Lane Fellowship to attend Mildred’s Lane Sessions 2017: Year of The Transhistorical. They also co-taught Materials:Lithography in the Department of Painting and Printmaking funded by the VCU School of the Arts Graduate Studies Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Recent Exhibitions include The Length of our Shadow, a group exhibition at Platform Gallery in Baltimore, curated by Zoe Charlton, Paul Rucker and Jose Ruiz.
In 2015, they started GenderFail, a publishing and curatorial project focusing on the perspectives of queer and trans people, and people of color. With GenderFail, Suemnicht looks to create connections between artists, writers, poets, and activists, by creating a network of creative projects that flourish outside of heteronormativity. GenderFail publications can be found at Printed Matter (NYC), Ulises Books (Philadelphia) and Quimby’s Books (Chicago). Their publication Abortion Services was recently included in Surveillance Index one, a collection of one hundred books related to surveillance photography edited by Mark Shuneim.