Discover the latest developments in fine arts, craft, and design at our free public lectures by some of the most prominent artists, critics, and gallery and museum directors. The Visiting Artist Colloquium is held every Wednesday during the academic year, and is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, September 5: Jeffrey Clancy
Jeffrey Clancy is a visual artist, designer and educator whose studio practice is informed by historical and traditional craft theory, practicing centuries-old traditional metalsmithing techniques of hollow forming and fabrication of non-ferrous metals.
Wednesday, September 12: Kris Grey/Justin Credible
Kris Grey/Justin Credible is a New York based gender-queer artist whose cultural work combines strategies of communication, activism, community building, education, lecture, and studio production through curatorial projects, performance, writing.
Wednesday, September 19: Amy Gilman
Dr. Amy Gilman is the Director of the Chazen Museum of Art and formerly the deputy Director of the Toledo Museum of Art with experience as both a curator and an administrative leader who finds innovative ways to engage the public.
Wednesday, September 26: Rashaad Newsome
Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field.
Wednesday, October 3: Jayden Moore
A graduate alumni of UW-Madison, Jaydan Moore was born into a family of fourth generation tombstone makers in California and is a metalsmith and printmaker. He is currently is an adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Wednesday, October 10: Adam Dant
Adam Dant is a contemporary British artist known for his visual narratives realized through elaborate and intricate pen-and-ink drawings. His pictorial social commentaries are well-researched and studied, and imbued with wit and humor.
Wednesday, October 17: Suchi Reddy
Architect Suchi Reddy is the founder of Reddymade, a diverse architecture and design firm, with a human-centric approach to design, one that assess the economic, social, environmental and cultural impacts of her work on both people and planet.
Wednesday, October 24: Gideon Bok
Gideon Bok is an American painter from Maine. Committed to painting the passage of time within a confined space, his own studio, he depicts it over and over in various states of array with objects such as draped clothes, musical instruments, and artist supplies.
Wednesday, October 31: Catarina Leitão
Catarina Leitão is an artist working in drawing, sculpture, installation, and artist books, investigating the spatial possibilities of drawing in the relationships between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space.
Wednesday, November 7: Christy Matson
Christy Matson is a textile artist from Los Angeles. Each of her pieces begin as agile drawings and watercolors and are materialized through a Jacquard loom into a colorful weaving that, at once, evokes idealized geometry and the enchantment of ancient textiles.
Wednesday, November 14: Ursula Hargens
Ursula Hargens is a ceramic artist and educator in Minneapolis. She is co-founder and Program Head of Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education, an advanced certificate program in ceramics, developed in collaboration with Northern Clay Center.
Wednesday, November 28: David Clarke
David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths, producing a wealth of covetable objects, pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British silversmithing and metalwork. Clarke subverts his chosen medium in playful, often humorous, ways. His domestic objects, which sometimes take on anthropomorphic features, often look, when grouped together, like sets of surreal characters.
Wednesday, December 5: Alison Ferris
Alison Ferris, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center, has been a curator of contemporary art for more than 20 years. Ferris directs the curatorial, registration, and installation departments that produce approximately 15 exhibitions per year and oversee the care and conservation of the 5,500 object collection including 28 works in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
The VAC series is supported by the Anonymous Fund and the Brittingham Trust.
- Times: 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
- Admission: Free