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Visiting Artists

The College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series is funded by a generous gift from the late Vincent and Mary Agnes Thursby. Unless otherwise noted all lectures are in the Fine Arts Building (530 Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306), Room 249 at 7 pm.

For more info, call (850) 644-6474, or join the FSU Visiting Artists Series on facebook

To view past Visiting Artist lectures, visit the Department of Art Youtube Page

2015-2016 Lectures:

  • Adam Putnam - Thursday October 1st, 2015 7PM

    Adam Putnam has engaged in mediums such as performance, drawing, and photography in his artwork. He toys with the idea of the physical self being one with architecture and the surrounding space and brings sexuality into his artwork through the blurring of these lines. As described by Adam on Art Forum "It’s funny––I’m taking a lot of photos in my studio that are technically “unfinished” in the sense that they sit around for a long time. But then all of a sudden something triggers them, and I think: “This is the photo. This is it.” It happens quickly, almost in a panic."

  • Tanja Softic - Thursday October 15th, 2015 7PM

    Tanja Softic works across the media of printmaking, drawing, photography and book arts.  Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. Tanja describes, "I use languages of drawing, printmaking, photography and poetic text to explore questions of cultural belonging, hybridity and memory.  I work on and with the paper, the substrate civilizations are recorded upon and the platform that is being eclipsed by digital recording methods: the last bastion of tactility in the world of data and ideas.  The processes themselves and metaphors they offer, the physicality of paper and drawing media, the visual sources I use, all inform my work."

2014-2015 Lectures:

  • Jess Giffin' and Jim TerMeer - Thursday October 2nd, 2014 7PM

    Jess Giffin and Jim TerMeer of studio giffin’termeer are designers and educators. Central to their practice is their interest in the physicality inherent in methods of production, and the ways in which these methods can actively shape ideas or concepts, as they become design. They see this as a kind of tangible speculation. With this approach, their small studio is able to both investigate and participate in the craft of global production. Their designs (usually objects) are produced as limited-run editions, products licensed to industry and experimental work presented in international exhibitions, festivals, and trade-shows. Recent work explores lightweight lighting, growing products, and the nature of 3-D scanning.  Alongside their work with the studio Giffin and TerMeer both teach in the Designed Objects Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Giffin received her MFA in Printmedia from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and TerMeer received his MA in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Their work is exhibited and published internationally.

  • Kerry Tribe - Thursday November 13th, 2014 7PM

    Kerry Tribe’s large scale projects in film, video and installation investigate the relationships between consciounsess and the moving image. She regularly collaborates with individuals from a range of non-art disciplines to produce ludic philosophical inquiries through structurally rigorous forms. Tribe’s “Greystone” (2013) was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The New York Film Festival and The London BFI Film Festival. Her performance “Critical Mass” was staged at The Tate Modern in London; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Power Plant, Toronto; Modern Art, Oxford; Camden Arts Centre, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. She received an Artadia Fund for Art and Dialog in 2013, and was a United States Artist Fellow and Creative Capital Grantee in 2012. Tribe is represented by 1301PE in Los Angeles, where she currently works and lives.

  • Ruba Katrib - Thursday January 8th, 2015 7PM

    Ruba Katrib is Curator at SculptureCenter in Long Island City, New York, and was previously Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. Her recent exhibitions include the group show Puddle, pothole, portal, and solo projects with David Douard, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Jumana Manna (all 2014), and Tue Greenfort (2013). Group exhibitions include A Disagreeable Object (2012), on the legacy of surrealism, with Anicka Yi, Pamela Rosenkranz, Camille Henrot, Ian Cheng, Sarah Lucas, and others; andBetter Homes (2013), which addressed domesticity in contemporary art, with Josephine Pryde, Martha Rosler, Carissa Rodriguez, Neil Beloufa, and others. At MOCA Miami, she organized the first comprehensive solo museum exhibitions of Cory Arcangel (2010) and Claire Fontaine (2010). Her writing has appeared in several periodicals including Artforum, Kaleidoscope, and Mousse Magazine. New publications include New Methods (MOCA, 2013), on independent artist initiatives throughout Latin America, and Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture — Where is Production? (co-editor) from SculptureCenter and Black Dog Publishing London, 2013.

  • Lisa Sigal - Thursday January 29th, 2015 7PM

    Lisa Sigal was born in Philadelphia, PA. In her recent work, Sigal has been painting on walls and making forms that combine painting with architecture. Her work suggests a mutable delineation between interior and exterior and explores their meaning both socially and politically. Utilizing and expanding upon notions of space, she investigates how art can challenge set ideas about property, containment and freedom. Her work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been exhibited at the New Museum, MOMA/PS1 Museum, The Sculpture Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Albright Knox and the Brooklyn Museum. Recent solo exhibitions were at LAXART in Los Angeles and a solo show at Samson Projects in Boston and in 2015, a solo exhibition at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. Sigal is presently exhibiting in group exhibitions: Prospect 3 New Orleans Biennial, Walden, Revisited at the DeCordova Museum in Boston, Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Inside Out Art Museum in Beijing. 

  • Sara Black - Thursday March 19th, 2015 7PM

         Sara Black works broadly as an artist, artist-teacher, arts organizer and curator. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2006              and is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work uses conscious processes of carpentry,              wood-working, and repair as a time-based method, inherited building materials or other exhausted objects as material, and create works that              aim to expose the complex ways in which things and people are suspended in worlds together.

2014-2015 Guest Arts Speakers Series:

  • Victoria Sambunaris - Monday, October 13th, 2014

    Victoria Sambunaris received her MFA from Yale University in 1999. Each year, she structures her life around a photographic journey crossing the American landscape. Her most recent project has been working in South Texas photographing the intersection of geology, industry and culture encompassing the international boundary and energy industry. She is a recipient of the 2010 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and the 2010 Anonymous Was a Woman Award. In 2011, a twelve-year survey of her work was exhibited at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and is currently at the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Lannan Foundation. Radius Books recently published her first monograph, Taxonomy of a Landscape, released April 2014. Victoria Sambunaris is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery and James Kelly Contemporary.

  • Jonathan Keep - Thursday October 16th, 2014 7PM
  • Barbara Ramsay - Thursday February 5th, 2015 7PM
    Chief Conservator at the Ringling Museum
  • Matt Ducklo - Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

    Matt Ducklo lives in Memphis, TN  where he operates Tops Gallery. His photographs have have been shown at The Power House, Memphis, Eleven Rivington and The Hermes Foundation. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at Launch F18 in New York.

  • Jodi Slade - Thursday February 26th, 2015 7PM
    Medical Illustrator with the FSU College of Medicine

    Pursuing Illustration as a Career and Passion: Many young artists want to make a living from their work but aren’t sure how to begin. If you are an aspiring artist unfamiliar with illustration as a career choice, then come see Jodi Slade, FSU studio art alumna, Johns Hopkins grad, and current medical illustrator explore the many different avenues to begin, maintain, and advance a happy career as a professional person-who-draws-things.  Jodi will outline her own journey from graphic design student to professional medical and scientific visual communicator, including some of the pitfalls and misconceptions along the way.  She will also share some technical and professional tricks she’s learned over the past few years in the business to help get you started.

    Jodi graduated from FSU in 2008 with two degrees: one in studio art and another in Biology. She then attended the Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore and completed her masters in Medical & Biological Illustration. After graduating in 2011, she came back to Florida State and became the medical illustrator and animator for the College of Medicine.

2013-2014 Lectures Include:

  • May Sun - Thursday, September 26th, 2013 7pm - May Sun is an LA-based artist working in sculpture, multi media, installation, and photography.  She often refers to aspects of her Chinese heritage in her work, which consistently crosses cultural and political boundaries traditionally separating art forms and disciplines.  Her public art commissions include the Hollywood and Western Red Line Subway Station in Hollywood, CA; the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA; and the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel in LA.  Her works draw inspiration from the history and surroundings of the sites.
  • Joe Delappe - Thursday, October 17th, 2013 7pm - Joe Delappe directs the Digital Media program at the University of Nevada and works in electronic and new media, gaming performance, sculpture, and electromechanical installation.  In 2006, he began the project "dead-in-Iraq" and typed the consecutive names of American military casualties from the war in Iraq into the American Army's online first person shooter recruiting game.  More recently, in 2013, he rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States.
  • Conrad Bakker - Thursday, November 7th, 2013 7pm - Conrad Bakker makes copies of real things using wood and paint.  He places these simulated objects in specific sites and gallery installations to comment upon and make tangible the economies and networks that connect things to persons, places, and other things.  His "Untitled Projects" are often located in a variety of consumer contexts that range from eBay and Craigslist to sidewalk sales, shops and galleries, promoting a strange push and pull of fake things performing as real, critical commodities.
  • Katerie Gladdys - Thursday, November 14th 7pm - Katerie Gladdys' artwork and research interrogates and re-presents marginalized spaces such as agricultural land, abandoned groves and orchards, sanitary canals, the liminal zone between suburban and rural, housing subdivisions, the occasional national or state park, domesticity and disability and the digital images of landscapes generated by satellites that populate the nightly news. She seeks to transform mapped landscapes and familiar interactions into alternative geographies that transmits her own sense of wonder in the ubiquitous, encouraging others to look more closely at what constitutes their everyday existence.
  • Michael Rees - Thursday, November 21st, 7pm
  • Will Lamson - Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - William Lamson is an American installation and sculpture artist, working from Brooklyn, NY.  His work includes small performances and actions that create objects and images. His works include "A Line Describing the Sun," a 366-foot arc carved into the Mojave Desert by sunlight focused through a lens, "Diving Meteorology," a communications tower transformed into a musical instrument, and "Solarium," a hilltop chapel/greenhouse made with panels of caramelized sugar.
  • John Ensor Parker - Thursday, February 13, 2014 7pm - John is a Brooklyn based curator, painter and new media artist whose work draws upon both analytical and primitive processes. In addition to gallery exhibitions, his large-scale public art pieces include: "To the People of Orlando" a city block long permanent public art installation, mapping projections on the façade of The New Museum and Manhattan Bridge Anchorage. He was a visiting artist and instructor of Art & Science at Eugene Lang College | The New School for Liberal Studies. Current projects include “Mixed Botany”, a public art commission for a series of large-scale interactive light sculptures at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a solo exhibition at Galeria Carles Taché in Barcelona.
  • Craig Drennen - Thursday, March 27th 7pm

2012-2013 Lectures Include:

  • Monica Cook - Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
  • James Elkins - Thursday, October 4th, 2012 (2004 Williams Johnston Building)
  • Thomas Southall - Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
  • Paul Catanese - Thursday, October 11th, 2012 (2004 William Johnston Building)
  • Peace Papers: Drew Matott & Margaret Mahon - Thursday, October 25th, 2012
    (2004 William Johnston Building)
  • Kristen Morgin - Thursday, November 8th, 2012
  • Erik Geschke -Thursday, February 7th @7pm, FAB 249
  • Brian Knep, Friday, February 8th @ 6:30pm, 6pm, MoFA
  • Joe Davis - Thursday, February 28th @ 7pm, 2013, WJB G40
  • Joe Davis with Peter Sasowsky- Friday, March 1st @ 7:30 pm All Saints Cinema
  • Stuart Horodner - Thursday March 28th @ 7pm, FAB 249
  • Retiring Professor George Blakely - Thursday, April 4th @ 7pm, FAB 249

2011-2012 Lectures Include:

  • Hasan Elahi - Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
  • Judith Schaechter - Thursday, October 13th, 2011
  • Christie Blizzard - Thursday, October 20th, 2011
  • Swoon - Public Lecture Thursday, October 27th, 2011
  • Nancy Hightower - Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
  • Beverly Semmes- Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
  • Michelle Grabner - Thursday, January 26th, 2012
  • Bryan Cebiesz- Thursday, February 9th, 2012
  • Guerra De La Paz - Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 (William Johnston Building Room 2005)
  • Nancy Youdelman- Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
  • Joe Forkan- Thursday, March 1st, 2012

View the FSU College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance Master Calendar.