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Department of Art / Visiting Artists

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

2014-2015 Lectures:

  • Giffin' Termeer - Thursday October 2nd, 2014 7PM

    In 2003 Jess Giffin & Jim TerMeer began collaborating on a series of small design projects that draw as much from art as from design, privileges concept, the everyday experience of products and small-scale production. They live and work in Chicago. Jess brings an artists perspective to design. Central to her work is an engagement with cultural issues and conceptual art. Jess holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Print Media from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jim uses a decade’s worth of experience as an industrial designer for technology products as both technical foundation and reactive catalyst for his current work. Jim holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MA in design (2002) from the Design Academy Eindhoven.

  • Jonathan Keep - Thursday October 16th, 2014 7PM
  • Kerry Tribe - Thursday November 13th, 2014 7PM

    Kerry Tribe works primarily in film, video, and installation. Focusing on the mechanics of representation—particularly cinematic representation—its metaphoric potential and its engagement with reality, her art addresses processes of thought and their relationship to subjectivity, narrative, place and time. Employing image, text, sound, structure, and space, her work plays upon the internal workings and ingrained habits of the mind, its unavoidable quirks, flaws, and shifting fault-lines. Stimulating both reflexive experience and a reflection upon such experience, she prompts an unusual type of self-consciousness, a disorienting and discomforting awareness of the gaps between perception, cognition, and memory, the fluidity—and ultimate unreliability—of each.

  • 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 A Disagreeable Object (2012), on the legacy of surrealism, and Better Homes (2013), which addressed domesticity in contemporary art, as well as the first comprehensive solo museum exhibitions of Cory Arcangel (2010) and Claire Fontaine (2010). Her writing has appeared in several periodicals including ArtforumKaleidoscope, 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 Black Dog Press, London, 2013.

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

    Sara Black has worked broadly as an artist, artist-teacher, arts organizer and curator. In 2005 she was a founder of the artist group Material Exchange active in Chicago until 2009, in which she worked closely with artists John Preus and David Wolf and briefly with artists Charles Hassrick and Alta Buden. She continued to work with co-founder John Preus through 2010. Black is currently working with artist Jillian Soto under the collaborative name Fielding. She is also currently working on a design build project with artist and architect Charlie Vinz, artist Rod Northcutt, and Jillian Soto. Her artworks use carpentry, wood-working, and repair as a time-based method, inherited wood or other haunted objects as a material, and imagine building as a physical means of articulating lived relationships in a constant state of renegotiation.

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.