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abigaile deville 

September 9, 2015:
Abigail Deville, Lecture

Trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology (BFA 2007) and Yale University (MFA 2011), DeVille's interdisciplinary practice combines fashion, painting, sculpture, and performance in order to excavate and reclaim submerged histories within expansive, vibrant, and formally rigorous site-specific installations. DeVille is a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2014-15) and was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem (2013-14).

tom burtonwood 

September 16, 2015:
Tom Burtonwood, The Re: Materialization Of The Art Object

The digitization of a continuous signal into discrete parts is an important hallmark of new media objects. In his lecture Tom Burtonwood will discuss the historical trajectory of photography from early technical images to digital representations and the digitization of objects via photogrammetry.

Joy Christiansen Erb 

September 30, 2015:
Joy Christiansen Erb, Portrait of a Mother

Joy Christansen Erb will present a series of photographic images that explore the subject of motherhood and family, both from a personal and universal perspective. As an artist and mother, she records the private moments within the lives of her family and their domestic space. The resulting images artistically document the growth cycles of her children, the successes and failures of motherhood, and focus on the body through sickness and healing.

Korean Panel 

October 14, 2015:
Korean Panel, New Hanji

In 2012, a group of Milwaukee-based artists traveled together throughout South Korea to study Hanji (Korean paper) and traditional paper crafts with master artisan/craftspeople. Dedicated to preserving histories, Korean artisans are deeply connected to their craft – obsessively, spiritually and historically. The people had such a profound impact on the artists and their making, that the lessons learned in Korea were integrated into their studio practices, both materially and in terms of the “heart” that they put into what they create. Speaking about Korean paper crafts and the unique connections between the Korean and American artists, Milwaukee-based artists Nirmal Raja, Marna Brauner, and Christiane Grauert will join Korean paper craft artisans Hyemija Kim and Keumgang Seunim of Mihwang Temple for a panel discussion moderated by Rina Yoon and Jessica Meuninck-Ganger.

anne kingsbury 

October 21, 2015:
Anne Kingsbury, Life in Everyday Art: Slow Improvisation

2014 Nohl fellow Anne Kingsbury has been a working artist for fifty years always using the hand as the primary tool: making woodcuts, hand building clay forms, mixing clay and leather within quilted wall hangings and hand beading text with images on leather or deer hide. She has come to think of her work as ‘slow improvisation’, an exploration of materials and methods that are dependent on time to find solutions, rather than a preconceived road map giving her directions on how to get there. The evolution that happens during this process is always integral to the finished piece – even if the pace means years instead of months.

vanessa renwick 

November 4, 2015:
Vanessa Renwick, To Sooth Or Seeth, Which To Beseech With?

Does one hit one over the head or does one give one a space to sink into and contemplate? In this lecture, Renwick will explore the different ways that The Oregon Department of Kick Ass decides to create art environments for people to think about what she wants them to.

 McCaw and Budsberg 

November 11, 2015:
Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg, History as Plastic Medium

2014 Nohl Fellows Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg discuss how their work in sculpture, film, and photography is an exploration of history as a malleable medium where disparate pieces of information can be reassembled on the spot to create a new narrative. They postulate that since accurately reconstructing history is a nearly impossible task that relies on conjecture to fill in the blanks, history may not be as fixed and unalterable as we often suppose. McCaw and Budsberg’s work uses various narrative techniques to explore this concept, and endeavors to categorize artists as equal contributors to our understanding of the past.

Flaunt It Grab 

November 18, 2015:
Therese Quinn, Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know: The Arts, Education, & Social Justice

Have you been called “unprofessional” or “insubordinate” at work? Good. So has Therese Quinn. At this talk you’ll learn why and hear other true tales of radical art and organizing.

marc maiorana 

December 2, 2015:
Marc Maiorana, Elegant Iron

This lecture will be a studio summary of how we promote modern designs in hand-formed iron objects: transforming a bold material into everyday items that are innovative and inviting. Included in the lecture will be a balance of custom, production, and in process metalworking projects.

dan s wang 

February 3, 2016:
Dan S. Wang, Through the Corridors of Contradiction

This lecture will outline several persistent contradictions that block left wing political thinking in the United States. Using personal examples and others, Dan S. Wang will argue that art can constructively mediate these political contradictions, thereby enabling new political formations.

rebeca mendez 

February 10, 2016:
Rebeca Méndez, CircumSolar

Méndez presents fieldwork as the core of her artistic practice, borrowing methods from various disciplines—from geography and sociology to fiction writing, and merges the apparent objectivity of scientific research with a subjective, flexible approach, drawing on multiple methodologies and discourses. In this lecture, Méndez will present about her recent work, including CircumSolar, a long-term artist/scientist collaborative project with focus on art and the environment. Through this work research into the geopolitics of the North and South Poles, climate change, and the natural forces that govern our planet is conducted by following the annual migration the Arctic Tern—a small sea bird—makes from the North Pole to South Pole and back again.

jim duignan 

February 24, 2016:
Jim Duignan, Driving from Chicago to Milwaukee

Jim Duignan will speak about his reflections on migratory work and the influences of the city; exploring the spaces that are not destinations.

clare grill 

March 2, 2016:
Clare Grill, I Don’t think Shoes are Better Than Stripes

Artist Clare Grill will discuss different shifts her painting has taken, growing "painting muscles," family, music, and finding comfort in not knowing what you'll make.

Bray AN image 

March 23, 2016:
Mike Bray, A System of Lenses

Mike Bray creates investigations into a self-inflicted cinematic space. His work recontextualizes time, frame-by-frame, while collapsing and expanding the spectacle through the idiom of cinema. Bray will discuss his exploration of cinematic artifice through his use of sculpture, video, photography, and installation in his practice.

evan garza 

March 30, 2016:
Evan Garza, A Spectacle and Nothing Strange: Pioneering Beyond Objects & Identities

This multimedia lecture that will examine the role of the artist as catalyst for formal and social change. Curator Evan Garza will use the art-making histories of the Civil Rights Movement, the AIDS crisis, and the Harlem-born voguing scene to contextualize the contemporary impulse to foreground identity as a radical means of confrontation and formal rebellion.

veleta vancza 

April 6, 2016:
Veleta Vancza, From Craft to Commerce

Veleta Vancza will discuss her personal journey as a working artist & academic, and how it led to the creation of her conceptual art meets commerce project- MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer.


April 13, 2016:

In this lecture, Min Kim Park will take a close look at the contradictions and reciprocities between feminism, art and media culture: engaging as they go in theoretical and critical conversations about contemporary media culture, feminist spectatorship in art and, above all the politics of visual pleasure.

david solnit 

April 20, 2016:
David Solnit, Beyond Resolution

David Solnit will share stories, pictures, experiences and strategies from a range of current and past mass actions and mass movements showing how we can use art to make needed changes in our communities and the world (and have fun doing it).

yevgeniya kaganovich 

April 27, 2016:
Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Some Thoughts on Function, Purpose and Intent

Yevgeniya Kaganovich will discuss her hybrid practice that encompasses jewelry and metalsmithing, sculpture and installation. She will emphasize the role, possibilities and the shifting nature of function throughout her work with a variety of material, format and process approaches.

Charles Beneke, Radiative Forcing 

September 10, 2014:
Charles Beneke, Radiative Forcing

Charles Beneke’s print-based, multi-media work views global warming through the lens of accumulation - not only of destructive industrial activity, greenhouse gasses and willful disregard, but also of human innocation and beauty. In his lecture, titled “Radiative Forcing,” he will discuss the development of, ideas and issues driving, and aspirations for his artwork.

Trudy Benson, Why Are You Still Painting? The Importance of Painting in a Post-Digital Age 

September 17, 2014:
Trudy Benson, Why Are You Still Painting? The Importance of Painting in a Post-Digital Age

Trudy Benson is known for her large-scale abstract paintings that utilize large swaths and globs of paint. Her style was influenced by early computer painting programs, such as MacPaint and Windows Paint.

The M12 Collective 

September 24, 2014:
The M12 Collective

The M12 Collective is known for groundbreaking and award-winning creative projects that explore the aesthetics of rural cultures and landscapes.

Andrew Swant 

October 8, 2014:
Special Entertainment, Andrew Swant & Bobby Ciraldo

Artists and filmmakers, Andrew Swant & Bobby Ciraldo are an award-winning partnership known mostly for what they thought of as side projects. Their works include the documentary feature William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, YouTube phenomenon What What (In the Butt), and Hamlet A.D.D. Swant & Ciraldo are co-owners of Special Entertainment, their Milwaukee-based production company, and 2013 Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellows in the Established Artists Category.

Ray Chi, Playing for Keeps 

October 15, 2014:
Ray Chi, Playing for Keeps

Chi believes that playful experiences need not be limited to children and that they can be integrated into our designed world in challenging and sophisticated ways. This lecture will include Chi’s research into this subject, as well as personal sculptural investigations that promote the effect of play as a uniquely creative state of being.

Kerstin Winking, Global Collaborations & the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 

October 29, 2014:
Kerstin Winking, Global Collaborations & the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Winking will discuss the dynamics of where contemporary art is made and shown, specifically the global collaboration within Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum.

JD Beltran, Materials, Metaphors and the Language of Storytelling  

November 5, 2014:
JD Beltran, Materials, Metaphors and the Language of Storytelling

JD Beltran will discuss her projects, which evolved from asking complete strangers to share their deepest secrets so she could reveal them online, to co-inventing the world’s first Cinema Snowglobe. Throughout, she will illuminate her own experience in what she considers every artist’s greatest challenge - to create a seamless and invisible conjunction of concept, material, execution and process to produce a result that both engages and leaves an indelible impression with the viewer.

Kiel Johnson 

November 12, 2014:
Kiel Johnson, Handmade, Hardwork, & Having Fun

Kiel Johnson is a Los Angeles-based artist, currently running around the West Coast and getting involved in any creative project that will have him. With an emphasis on drawings and sculpture, his works always say “handmade, hardwork and having fun.” Kiel brings the inanimate to live, giving us a world not unlike our own, but entirely his.

Christian Patterson, Photography, Narrative and the Book 

November 19, 2014:
Christian Patterson, Photography, Narrative and the Book

Christian Patterson will share and discuss his influences, multi-disciplinary work process, books and installations, including the critically-acclaimed Redheaded Peckerwood, which is based on a true crime story, and his most recent work, Bottom of the Lake, which revisits and re-presents his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, utilizing photographs, documents and objects.


February 4, 2015:
Carol Golemboski, Photography and Magic

Golemboski's manipulated, metaphorical images of classic illusions relate photography to the golden age of magic. Here, the photographer is a conjurer who creates photographic tricks behind the curtain of a darkroom. Her work represents more than wistfulness for a past era and disappearing photographic techniques; it suggests that the magic of the darkroom has a place in photography's future.

Ryan Mandell, Shifting Utopia 

February 11, 2015:
Ryan Mandell, Shifting Utopia

In his talk, Ryan Mandell will discuss his research on historic and contemporary attempts at the formation of Utopian society in the Netherlands via architecture, urban planning and design. Almere, the Netherlands’ youngest city, located on the world’s largest artificial island, is the central focus of this research.

A. Bill Miller, Revisiting the Gridworks Collection Project Archive  

February 18, 2015:
A. Bill Miller, Revisiting the Gridworks Collection Project Archive

A. Bill Miller, an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at UW-Whitewater, will give a general overview of the developments within the Gridworks Collection Project Archive in recent years. The presentation will include a live audio/visual performance.

Nick Tobier, Starts in the Streets  

February 25, 2015:
Nick Tobier, Starts in the Streets

Tobier’s focus as an artist and designer is on the social lives of public places, both in built structures and events. Using seemingly utilitarian objects and tasks alongside eccentric objects in everyday places, his works offer interruptions as a way to build social situations and to prompt questions of what might be possible.

Zoe Nelson, Painting Through The Absence 

March 4, 2015:
Zoe Nelson, Painting Through The Absence

Nelson will discuss the importance of absence and negation as formal and conceptual frameworks for her current series of cut-out paintings. She will talk about her departure into perpendicular painting and installation and her interest in opening up the site of painting in order to explore sculptural, performative and multi-dimensional possibilities.

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Living Between Cultures 

March 25, 2015:
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Living Between Cultures

Matthew’s work explores her experience of living between cultures - England, India and the United States. The larger work draws on archival photographs and cultural memory. Matthew’s more recent work also mirrors the direction of the evolving media environment, where the concept of the single frame is being expanded and reevaluated.

Rosa Menkman, Beyond Resolution 

April 1, 2015:
Rosa Menkman, Beyond Resolution

In this lecture, Menkman will discuss media protocols and ask the question, “Have we become bad at constructing our own resolutions, or are we just oblivious to resolutions and their inherent compromises?”

Bob Ebendorf, Jewelry as Personal Adornment 

April 8, 2015:
Bob Ebendorf, Jewelry as Personal Adornment

Ebendorf will discuss his conceptual approach to jewelry-making and the way it questions the nature of adornment itself.

Souther Salazar, Half Imaged/Half Remembered 

April 15, 2015:
Souther Salazar, Half Imaged/Half Remembered

Portland-based, California bred artist Souther Salazar’s installations transport the viewer into a vibrant and endless world of overlappting drawn, painted, sculpted and animated narratives and dreamscapes - half remembered, half imagined places - where stores can develop and take on a life of their own. Through mixed media, found objects and layers of assemblage, Salazar’s work evokes the wonders and imagination that many of us abandoned in childhood.

Kryssi Staikidis, Two But Not Two: Artistry and Research as Personal and Cultural Narrative 

April 22, 2015:
Kryssi Staikidis, Two But Not Two: Artistry and Research as Personal and Cultural Narrative

Cultural Narrative Staikidis’ lecture will focus on her studio practice informed by her scholarly work with Guatemalan Mayan contemporary artists. Her work explores the practices of painting as a site for transformative research, as well as in two research sites, the painting studios of her Maya mentors.

Patricia Olynyk, The Mutable Archive  

April 29, 2015:
Patricia Olynyk, The Mutable Archive

Olynyk will discuss her creative work, which explores the dialectics of mind and body, human and artificial, and sensing and knowing. Her work often investigates the ways in which dominant culture and institutional structures shape our understanding of science and the natural world.

Spring 2014

2/5/14 - Gustav Reyes
2/12/14 - James Haywood Rolling, Jr.
2/26/14 - Sandra de la Loza
3/12/14 - Katherine Ross
3/26/14 - Leslie Smith III
4/2/14 - Mendi and Keith Obadike
4/9/14 - Aimee Beaubien
4/16/14 - Paul Catanese

Gustav Reyes - Life Before Mind 

February 5, 2014:
Gustav Reyes - Life Before Mind

Humans surpass biological processes by creating. The desire to create is the vehicle by which we extend our minds and souls beyond the limits of our physical selves. Through the material and creation of the work, Reyes considers the complexities of the life cycle.

James Haywood Rolling, Jr. - Cinderella Story 

February 12, 2014:
James Haywood Rolling, Jr. - Cinderella Story

This lecture presents the notion that a poststructural and unexpected identity can be created from the charred embers of self-imagery strewn about an ash heap of stereotypes—a negotiated identity reinterpreted atop a pyre of modern identity constructs, authoritative stories, and assigned names. Consequentially, a Cinderella ending is not the end of a story; rather, it is the inauguration of a new ever after.

Sandra de la Loza - Art as a Living Practice 

February 26, 2014:
Sandra de la Loza - Art as a Living Practice

De la Loza returned home to LA from college three weeks after the 1992 riots. She’s spent the last 20 years approaching art as a space to enact personal and collective agency on contemporary political, social and cultural landscapes. Through a performative lecture that combines visuals from her personal archive and an experimental narrative, de la Loza reflects on her journey as an artist and the potential of art to shape our own identities and the world.

Katherine Ross - Propositions, Conversations and Unforeseen Outcomes 

March 12, 2014:
Katherine Ross - Propositions, Conversations and Unforeseen Outcomes

Ross describes the redirection of her ceramic practice through the use of animal collaborations and the histories of porcelain. The starting point is to accept an unknowable outcome, and then it gets interesting.

 Lesley Vance

March 26, 2014:
Leslie Smith III

Construction lumber, cubed structures, veils, and shrouded bits of architecture are the repeating characters in Smith’s current abstractions. Inspired by personal narrative and day-to-day interpersonal relationships, his paintings concentrate on employing abstraction to communicate the poetics of the human experience. Smith will talk about his formal, conceptual, and narrative concerns, focusing on the significance of process and the role signifiers have in creating his casts of characters and their relationship to the overall development of his paintings.

Mendi and Keith Obadik - Recent Works 

April 2, 2014:
Mendi and Keith Obadike - Recent Works

A presentation focusing on excerpts from Mendi and Keith’s recent intermedia works, opera-masquerades and single media art. The pair work across music and sound art, poetry and literature, installation and performance.

 Aimee Beaubien - Always Wherever

April 9, 2014:
Aimee Beaubien - Always Wherever

Beaubien will discuss how photography is used to complicate collage forms that overlap, intersect, and upend expectations of foreground, background, object, subject and motion.

 Paul Catanese - The Hybrid Media Works of Paul Catanese

April 16, 2014:
Paul Catanese - The Hybrid Media Works of Paul Catanese

Catanese incorporates the strengths of digital and traditional art materials, creating artworks of many forms, including virtual and physical. He will be presenting installations, printmaking, hand papermaking w/electronic inclusions, site-specific projects, and electronic media artworks. He will also discuss his recently published book Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional, and Hybrid Techniques.

Fall 2013

9/11/13 - Kukuli Velarde
9/18/13 - Renee Zettle-Sterling
9/25/13 - Shaurya Kumar
10/2/13 - Chip Thomas
10/9/13 - Faythe Levine
10/23/13 - Lois Bielefeld
11/6/13 - Karen Kunc
11/13/13 - Fred Stonehouse

 Kukuli Velarde - Keeping History Alive

September 11, 2013:
Kukuli Velarde - Keeping History Alive

Velarde will show images of what has made her an artist - from the landscapes of Perú and its people to its pre-Columbian past and the traditional arts that are a vital part of Peruvian aesthetics today. Velarde will also show her progression from an “artist” child to an artist, and the importance of family support.

Renee Zettle-Sterling - Objects of Mourning 

September 18, 2013:
Renee Zettle-Sterling - Objects of Mourning

Zettle-Sterling will discuss the trajectory of her art and design work, going in depth with recent projects, as they relate to her interests in “Things and Thingness” at large.

Shaurya Kumar - Glimpses into the Vanishing Originals 

September 25, 2013:
Shaurya Kumar - Glimpses into the Vanishing Originals

Loss of art is a loss of history, a loss of spirit of time. A progeny of the society that gestated it, an artwork embodies a past and a history in itself. It therefore survives as a filial relic of the parent civilization, fossilized in time yet fresh as a Mayflower. Yet art itself is far from immortal. Its preservation and salvation has always been a battle against nature, time—and, man. Kumar will discuss his latest work, that rhetorically raises concerns regarding methods of documentation, archiving, curation and preservation in the “Post-Post” society; a society that is often mediated through the plastic pixels of the computer screen.

Chip Thomas - Life with the Navajo through Images, Words and Wheat Paste 

October 2, 2013:
Chip Thomas - Life with the Navajo through Images, Words and Wheat Paste

Lessons learned in 25 years on the “rez.” Stories told and retold. Merging photography, street art, public art and public health in native communities in Arizona.

Faythe Levine - Busy Hands, Happy Heart 

October 9, 2012:
Faythe Levine - Busy Hands, Happy Heart

Levine (2012 Nohl Fellow - Established Category) takes you on a tour of inspiration guided with her photographs documenting subjects such as rural land projects, sign painters and artists from around the globe. The core of her creativity centers on community, art, empowerment and documentation. Levine will discuss her creative process, and building art community.

*Levine talks in conjuncture with a show at INOVA, which runs Sept. 27-Dec. 15.

Lois Bielefeld - The Conceptual Portrait 

October 23, 2013:
Lois Bielefeld - The Conceptual Portrait

Bielefeld (2012 Nohl Fellow - Emerging Category) will focus on three points of contact. First, the conceptual portrait: historically, in her own work, and with artists from which she finds inspiration. Second, her own creative process. And third, the technical and experiential aspects of her practice.

*Bielefeld talks in conjuncture with a show at INOVA, which runs Sept. 27-Dec. 15.

Karen Kunc - Printedness: An Inner Dialogue

November 6, 2013:
Karen Kunc - Printedness: An Inner Dialogue

Kunc discusses her work as a printmaker, in an eclectic presentation that draws associations and implications on her graphic instinct.

 Fred Stonehouse - Deacon’s Seat

November 13, 2013:
Fred Stonehouse - Deacon’s Seat

Stonehouse’s work is positioned somewhere between the magic realist and imagist traditions of the Midwest and the growing phenomenon of Pop Surrealism. Stonehouse will talk about his work of the last ten years and a variety of specific references that have been important in developing his visual vocabulary, showing examples of work alongside reference images ranging from Mexican folk art to the hand-painted signs of Milwaukee’s inner city.

Spring 2013

2/6/13 - Olivia Gude
2/20/13 - Seitu Jones
2/27/13 - Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo
3/13/13 - Richard John Forbes
3/27/13 - Jesse Seay and Paul Hertz
4/10/13 - Nicole Jacquard
4/17/13 - Linn Meyers
4/24/13 - Dylan A.T. Miner

February 6, 2013:
Aesthetic Geography: Collaborative Public Art by Olivia Gude

Gude’s work, emerging from the Chicago street mural tradition, gives viewers fresh insights regarding self and community. With each project, she designs a customized sequence of activities that help participants reconsider experiences, and then creates innovative interventions suited to the site.

February 20, 2013:
Seitu Jones - hortiCULTURE: Art and Culture into Horticulture

Jones examines the integration and blending of his artwork into agriculture, horticulture, water management, and community building.


February 27, 2013:
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo - Slowness and the Everyday

Jaramillo’s work characterizes the everyday by slowing viewers’ sense of time and making them aware of their own existence in transient space. This lecture addresses these concepts through Jaramillo’s recent works of digital photography, layered light boxes, and video.


March 13, 2013:
Richard John Forbes - The Mark of Temporal Repercussions & the Art of Letting Go

Forbes speaks on the practice of creating artwork through print and mark-making. This art stands as a metaphor for our visual universe, fashioned by active involvement of the audience and marks made by daily life.

March 27, 2013:
Jesse Seay and Paul Hertz

Jesse Seay is a sound artist and assistant professor at Columbia College Chicago. Her interest in field recordings led to the creation of the on-line archive, Favorite Chicago Sounds, in 2006. Her sound sculpture is on permanent display at the University of Chicago.

Paul Hertz is an independent artist and curator who teaches new media art history and studio courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In his art, he delights in dysfunctional fortunetelling, faux symbolism, intermedia, code sourcery, glitching and social interfaces.


April 10, 2013:
Nicole Jacquard - Technology: Resisting Machine Aesthetics

This lecture highlights the connections between innovative technology, traditional tools, and hand skills and shows how the computer has been adapted into Jacquard’s studio practice.


April 17, 2013:
Linn Meyers

Meyers discusses her award-winning work, which has been exhibited worldwide with solo and group projects in numerous public and private collections.


April 24, 2013:
Dylan A.T. Miner - History, Memory, and Anti-Colonial Collaboration

Miner speaks on his work with printmaking, art history, and collaborating with indigenous youth throughout the Americas, the Pacific, and Europe. He will discuss the artistic methodology of contemporary Indigenous and anti-colonial aesthetic practices.


Fall 2012

9/12/12 - Jan-Ru Wan
9/19/12 - Hank Willis Thomas
9/26/12 - Oron Catts
10/3/12 - Arthur Hash
10/17/12 - Nicolas Lampert
10/24/12 - Elisabeth Subrin
10/31/12 - Cima Katz
11/7/12 - Hans Gindlesberger
11/14/12 - Emmanuel Pratt
11/28/12 - Xavier Toubes

September 12, 2012:
Jan-Ru Wan - Re-Materialization: Creativity through Found Materials

In this lecture, Wan discusses her use of materials and installation to demonstrate the transient nature of dream, desire, hope, despair, and life. To illustrate this concept, Wan uses fiber materials and found objects that reveal the individual and the universal simultaneously.


September 26, 2012:
Oron Catts - The (Semi) Living Tissue of Art

This lecture discusses the work of the Tissue Culture and Art Project, as well as other uses of biological technologies and logic for art, design, and architecture.


October 3, 2012:
Arthur Hash - Crafting in a Digital Age

Hash discusses how today’s craftsmen have the freedom to choose from any method of making or material that is available to them, giving them the ability to blur the boundaries of crafts and redefine their field.


October 17, 2012:
Nicolas Lampert - Visualizing a People’s History

Lampert’s work addresses artists’ roles in urban ecology and social justice issues by asking two primary questions: How can artists help transform the rust belt into a green belt, and how can radical culture challenge the dominant culture and advocate for a more just and sustainable future? Lampert is a 2011 Nohl Fellow whose work will be shown in the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Exhibition at Inova Oct 5-Dec 9, 2012.


October 24, 2012:
Elisabeth Subrin - Recreating Missing Histories

Subrin presents her work in film, video and photography which explores "minor histories," the legacy of feminism, and the impact of recent social and cultural history on the contemporary life and consciousness.

October 31, 2012:
Cima Katz - “untitled”

Katz discusses how her background and conversations have influenced her studio research and related experiences.


November 7, 2012:
Hans Gindlesberger - Dead Reckoning

Gindlesberger discusses his most recent project, which combines architectural and photographic processes to create sites that interweave global history with familial memory. Gindelsberger is a 2011 Nohl Fellow whose work will be shown in the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Exhibition at Inova Oct 5-Dec 9, 2012.


November 14, 2012:
Emmanuel Pratt - Work, Intuition and Practice

Pratt will discuss re-framing the discourse of urban decline through the interface of asset-based community development, social economics, applied science, and project-based experiential learning.


November 28, 2012:
Xavier Toubes - Re-framing the Discourse

Toubes shares his way of working and elaborates on his recent work in ceramic sculpture and mixed media.


Spring 2012

2/1/12 - Elinor Carucci
2/8/12 - Lisa Bulawsky
2/15/12 - Anya Kivarkis
2/22/12 - B. Stephen Carpenter, II
2/29/12 - Maria Tomasula
3/14/12 - David Bowen
4/18/12 - Joseph DeLappe
4/25/12 - Hank Willis Thomas - CANCELLED
5/2/12 - Beth Lipman

February 1, 2012:
Elinor Carucci — Closer to My Children

Carucci's intimate color photographs chronicle her life with her family. These portraits in everyday domestic environments are at the same time, intensely personal and universal.

February 8, 2012:
Lisa Bulawsky — The Print as Organism

Bulawsky's ideas filter through her knowledge and investigation of printmaking, and its physical and philosophical implications. She will discuss the private and public impulses as well as the metaphorical role of print in her work and in culture through recent projects.

February 15, 2012:
Anya Kivarkis — Jewelry Appropriating Jewelry: From Dutch Portraiture to the Internet Archive

Kivarkis recreates pieces of jewelry from image archives. The sources of the work move through history and examine material culture in moments of Imperialism, including the Victorian, the Baroque, and our contemporary period.

February 22, 2012:
B. Stephen Carpenter, II — Artistic Intervention, Curriculum, and Public Pedagogy

Carpenter argues that the global water crisis demands creative interdisciplinary responses in the form of artistic, curricular, and pedagogical interventions that raise awareness, engage research, and take action.

February 29, 2012:
Maria Tomasula — Becoming and Being

Tomasula's paintings explore the paradox of each person being singular, yet shaped by economic, historical, and social circumstances. She will chart the influences from her own urban, immigrant, working-class background, which have formed the pictures she makes.

March 14, 2012:
David Bowen — Aesthetic Data

Bowen produces devices and situations that are set in motion to create drawings, movements, compositions, sounds and objects. These devices often attempt to mimic a natural form, system or function, and when they fail, the results can be fascinating.

April 18, 2012:
Joseph Delappe — Protest, Memory and Reenactment

In 2001, DeLappe began a series "hacktivist" performances within computer games and online communities which creatively engaged our contemporary geopolitical and technological context through interventionist strategies.

May 2, 2012:
Beth Lipman — The Still Life Revisited

Lipman's still life projects reflect her ability to control material in the moment. Through this process, glass objects are made, composed, and reduced to a photograph before they are destroyed or recycled. Lipman will discuss the still life tradition, her own work, and other inspirations.

Fall 2011

9/14/11 - Laura Nova
9/21/11 - Tiffany Holmes
9/28/11 - Bill Lucas
10/5/11 - Paul Druecke
10/12/11 - Tom Loeser
10/19/11 - Sean Slemon
10/26/11 - Mark Wagner
11/2/11 - Iris Eichenberg
11/16/11 - Martha Glowacki

September 14, 2011:
Laura Nova — Runner Up

Nova explores the impact of the environment on human relationships. Inspired by endurance sports and physical activity, her research and work often engages the public in a social practice, such as organized running races and walking tours.

September 21, 2011:
Tiffany Holmes — Beyond Eco-Art: 21st Century Eco-visualisation

Eco-visualisation artwork translates ecological data into easy-to-understand images and sounds. These projects explore new technologies and media forms to present a message of positive environmental stewardship.

September 28, 2011:
Bill Lucas — Spreading the Practice of Human-Centered Design

Lucas understands the growing need for Human-Centered design in this age of increasing technological power and complexity. He will share the mindsets, tools, and skills that are central to this practice.

October 5, 2011:
Paul Druecke — Cover the City with Lines

Druecke's projects have an uneasy, compelling relationship with intersecting notions of creating and control. He talks of possibilities for exile between the personal and communal, and between city and idea of city. Watch the YouTube video.

October 12, 2011:
Tom Loeser — Additions, Distractions, Multiple Complications and Divisions

Known for his quirky and unusual approach, Loeser will speak about the sources, inspirations, and ideas behind his functional and dysfunctional object designs, including furniture, boats, and sculpture. Watch the YouTube video.

October 19, 2011:
Sean Slemon — Public Property/ Responsibility

Slemon examines land use and nature, and how they are co-opted to create advantage or discriminate. His work explores the politics of access to natural resources and how such assets are acquired and deployed. Watch the YouTube video.

October 26, 2011:
Mark Wagner — How to Make Money by Cutting up Money

Wagner's collages use American currency as his medium, creating beautifully crafted images and objects from fragments of money. He will discuss the nature of money, economics, and currency as revealed through the act of destroying money to make art. Watch the YouTube video.

November 2, 2011:
Iris Eichenberg — Would I Be My Costumer

In this talk, jeweler Eichenberg asks: "The work I like, the works I make. Will the twain ever meet?"


November 16, 2011:
Martha Glowacki – Private Science

Glowacki will talk about directions in her current studio practice and how she develops ideas for work. She'll show some examples of source material from the history of natural science, collecting, and museums as part of the talk.

Spring 2011

02/16/11 - Stan Shellabarger & Dutes Miller
02/23/11 - Melanie Davenport
03/02/11 - Alex McQuilkin
03/09/11 - Sylvia Harris
03/16/11 - Richard Noyce
04/06/11 - Nate Larson
04/13/11 - Susie Ganch
05/11/11 - Jody Williams

February 16:
Stan Shellabarger & Dutes Miller

Husbands and artistic team Miller & Shellabarger's performances, books and installations document the bittersweet rhythms of human relationships. Their collaborative performance works are always enacted in public and together.

Image: Miller & Shellabarger Untitled Performance (Pyre) 2010 Buchanan MI

February 23:
Melanie Davenport

Davenport will share examples of stop-motion shorts created by indigenous youth at a school in central Mexico, situating the work in relation to the indigenous media movement and current trends in visual culture and social justice in Art Education.

March 2:
Alex McQuilkin

Brooklyn-based video artist McQuilkin's work investigates her relationships with the camera and screen. With sincerity and a morbid sense of humor, she digs into her own obsessions and fantasies, shedding light on the themes of disembodiment and narcissism in our hyper-mediated society.

March 9:
Sylvia Harris

A call to arms and a seminar, Harris explores the fundamental responsibility that designers have to shape the civic realm, seeking to demystify the process of working with public institutions while calling upon designers and creative professionals to roll up their sleeves in their communities.

Image: Communications analysis of the voting process. Client University of Minnesota, 2000

March 16:
Richard Noyce

Noyce discusses the journeys he made during his research of international printmaking for "Printmaking at the Edge" and "Critical Mass – Printmaking beyond the Edge," as well as the astonishing variety of print-related works he discovered.

Image: Ksawery Kaliski; 'MARI3'; Interactive screens with digital imagery; 55 x 110 inches 2007/08

April 6:
Nate Larson

Larson's photographic work uses visual and textual narrative to explore the way that individuals construct meaning in contemporary culture through the lenses of social networking, consumer behavior, organized religion, and other contemporary mythologies.

Image: Nate Larson + Marni Shindelman, Geolocation (Deserve to Know), 2010, Digital C-Print, 30" x 22"

April 13:
Susie Ganch

Ganch will talk about the ideas and motivations behind her individual studio practice as well as her traveling community art project radical jewelry makeover.

May 11:
Jody Williams

Williams' artist's books, boxes, and prints provide her with an outlet for an enduring obsession to create order out of chaos. Recently she's focused on the natural world and its small inhabitants, particularly invertebrates and their fossil ancestors.

Fall 2010

09/22/10 - Sabine Gruffat
09/29/10 - Bruce Metcalf
10/06/10 - Sigrid Sandström
10/13/10 - Aaron Hughes
10/20/10 - Kim Miller
10/27/10 - Dipti Desai
11/03/10 - Noam Toran
11/17/10 - Jon Rappleye
12/08/10 - MTAA

September 22:
Sabine Gruffat

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In order to explore the manner by which technologies alter the way we look at, listen to, touch, and transform the world Gruffat will talk about her series Video Animations combining analog and digital video signal processing, her work with live performance as part of TIME MACHINE, and introduce an Arduino-based video synthesizer. She will also talk about Bike Box, a locative media project using technologically enhanced bikes and an open-source iPhone application designed and produced with Bill Brown.

Gruffat is a media artist living and working in Madison, Wisconsin. Her films and videos have screened at festivals worldwide including in Japan, Croatia, New York, and Chicago.

Image: Video still image from "JAWS" by Sabine Gruffat, courtesy of the artist and Inova.

September 29:
Bruce Metcalf

Metcalf uses wood, metal, plexi-glass and diverse techniques to create jewelry, sculptures, and wall relief. His whimsical yet restrained works comment on the human condition.

This lecture starts with a brief overview of semiotics, so the audience is familiar with basic terms and insights. Historical jewelry is then reviewed, showing the wide variety of signifieds traditionally attached to jewelry. The variety of traditional jewelry is then contrasted with the rather more restricted range of contemporary studio jewelry. While post-modern "art jewelers" like Otto Kunzli may be aware of semiotics, they typically address the old social meanings only to criticize them. However, the old signs and signifieds may still have relevance, especially if jewelers wish to reach an audience outside the art academy.

Image: Bruce Metcalf, "Burn" brooch, 2009

October 6:
Sigrid Sandström

Swedish painter and Assistant Professor at Bard College, Sandström says her "art practice is engaged with how space, specifically landscape, is understood as a concept, a physical site and as an emotional experience." Sandström will discuss her working process, her incessant relationship to landscape, and talk about the ambiguous notion of what might constitute a place. Sandstrom's lecture is this year's John Colt Memorial Lecture and is supported by the John Colt Memorial Art Fund.

Image: Untitled, 2009

October 13:
Aaron Hughes

An artist, activist, and Veteran of the Iraq War, Hughes' videos, performance art, and drawings seek to capture his wartime experience and fight the dehumanization and hate he found so prevalent while deployed.

Image: Aaron Hughes

October 20:
Kim Miller

Action and language are determined by a public, and the public appears where action and language come together. Action determines our identity, at least in public. If what we do in public determines who we are to a public, what happens on the dance floor? How does action determine a subject, can you win a football game by standing still, and can stand-up comedy be considered action? Miller holds a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Vermont College. Her work has been shown at Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee and in New York, Helsinki and Bangkok.

Image: Kim Miller, "Mobile Position" (video still)

October 27:
Dipti Desai

Desai's work examines the ways visual representation construct meanings about culture in schools and its implications for pedagogical practice. Today many contemporary artists are assuming the role of critical historians and in doing so have transformed the possibilities for historical discourse, presenting new ways to consider the role of art in relation to history. By placing contemporary art in dialogue with history, this presentation explores the historical methods used by contemporary artists in order to make sense of the past and the ways this might inform how we teach but history and art in schools. An Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University, Desai's work examines the ways visual representation construct meanings about culture in schools and its implications for pedagogical practice.

Image: History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education, Book Cover

November 3:
Noam Toran

Noam Toran's work spans multiple disciplines and mediums, primarily involving the creation of objects and films that reflect upon the intersection between cinema, design, mass culture, technology and psychology. The works, whether presented in films or installations, are imagined as constructions for particular individuals and psyches, vehicles for an elaboration of the desires, fantasies and pathologies unique to specific modern subjects. His work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, and is part of the NY MoMA and FRAC Ile-de-France collections. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Art and lectures worldwide.

Image: Teeth, Noam Toran, Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

November 17:
Jon Rappleye

Jon Rappleye's drawings depict fantastical worlds populated by familiar animals, exotic creatures and strange hybrid phenomena. Biological structures and functions are reanimated, exploring ecological issues and evoking a dream world landscape. In his talk he will address the evolution of his work, explorations of his imagery in various media (including a ceramics residency at the JMKAC Arts Industry program and various printmaking residencies) and the balance between addressing important issues and utilizing escape in his work.

Rappleye's work has been exhibited throughout the United States. He has been an artist in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; MacDowell Colony; the Headlands Center for the Arts and John Michael Kohler Arts Center, among other venues. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He lives and works in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Image: Jon Rappleye, "Where in this Night the Beast Does Dwell," 2009

December 8:

Since 1996, Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden have partnered as MTAA, incorporating participatory performances, group installations, aesthetic decision by popular vote and creative collaborations into their work.

Image: MTAA, documentation photo from "Automatic for The People: (We Solemnly Promise That No One Will Get Naked)"

Spring 2010

02.03.10 Kristina Solomoukha
02.10.10 Ting Yi Lin
02.24.10 David Jones
03.03.10 Zach Lieberman
03.17.10 Charles Garoian
  Art Practice as Prosthetic Visuality
04.07.10 Paul Vanouse
04.14.10 Lisa Gralnick
  The Gold Standard Contextualized
04.28.10 Ray Chi
05.05.10 Jennifer Bolande

February 3, 2010 - top
Kristina Solomoukha Shedding Identity

In her most recent work, Kristina Solomoukha offers a view of a contradictory and fragmented territory--spaces of transit, intermediate spaces between the private and the public--within which we are “passengers” rather than “inhabitants.” Her process involves an analysis of the political, economic and social meanings of the urban landscape, and she presents her utopian situations and architectural projects in the form of models, drawings, installations, videos, slide shows and interventions in public space. Solomoukha uses humor, exaggeration and hybridization to push an existing aberration to the point where she can discern within its flaw a possible opening to a new utopia.

Kristina Solomoukha is in residence in the Peck School of the Arts and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning the week of February 1 in conjunction with Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism at Inova/Kenilworth (February 5-April 18). More information at While in residence, she will offer a second lecture:

Friday, February 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Architecture and Urban Planning Building, Room 170, 2131 E. Hartford Ave.

Travel Song Lyrics 
In this lecture Solomoukha describes her practice through reference to two major works that influenced her theoretical approach and working methodology: The Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1928) and Learning from Las Vegas, The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour and Denise Scott Brown, 1972). Solomoukha, who is trained as both an artist and architect, creates images by viewing her own experience through the prism formed by these works.

About Kristina SolomoukhaSolomoukha
Kristina Solomoukha was born in 1971 in Kiev, Ukraine, where she studied at the School of Industrial Art in the aesthetic-industrial section from 1986 to 1989. In 1995 she graduated with honors from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris in France. Her installations, drawings and video have been widely exhibited in France: through a public commission for the CNAP (Centre national des arts plastiques) and at the ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (2000), in La Force de l’Art at the Grand Palais (2006), and at the Lyon and Nantes Biennales (2007). In 2009 she took part in Evento, the first Bordeaux Biennale, curated by Didier Faustino. In 2005, Solomoukha’s multi-media installation was presented at Art Statements, Art/36/Basel, by Martine & Thibault de la Châtre Gallery. The following year she had a solo show in Barcelona's CaixaForum and took part in the Sao Paulo and Bussan Biennales. In 2008 she realized Mind the Gap fountain, a temporary installation in Cleopus Johnson Park, Atlanta, Georgia. Solomoukha’s work is in the collections of the Regional Contemporary Art Funds (Frac) of Pays de la Loire, Centre, Languedoc-Roussillon, Alsace, and Basse-Normandie; the Contemporary Art Fund of Ville de Paris; the FNAC (National Fund of Contemporary Art) in France; and the Artothek, Bonner Kunstverein in Germany. She is represented by Galeria Leme in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Kristina Solomoukha lives and works in Paris and teaches at the Geneva University of Art and Design in Switzerland.

February 10, 2010 - top
Tingyi Lin PhD Persuasive Communication: visual information design

Information design and users’ interactivity are important to consider when investigating the variables that can affect recognition, understanding, and memory. Dr. Lin will discuss how information design in its most simple form, a still or moving graphic, can tell a great story and educate and/or persuade a viewer.

About Dr. LinLin
Dr. Lin received her M.A. in 1998, M.F.A. in 1999, and Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Learning Support Service, College of Letters and Science from 2002-2006. Her creative art/design interests include graphic design, video production, and computer/multimedia art. Dr. Lin is an Asst. Prof. at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology where she currently teaches courses in new media and visual information design. Her visual language and information design focus on the art, design, and human learning fields. Dr. Lin has received awards and honors for her work in video production, graphic creation, and design research.

February 24, 2010 - top
David Jones Weaving the strands of time and work into a tapestry of experience.
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David Jones will speak about his position as founder and Director of Anchor Graphics, and emphasize his perspective on the value of collaboration and education. He will share images of his personal artwork, community based projects and collaborations, and published works (printed at Anchor Graphics) by regional, nationally, and internationally renowned artists.

About David JonesJones
David Jones is a Chicago-based artist/printmaker who creates mixed media works that blend photographic and digitally based imagery with experimental uses of lithography (a traditional printmaking technique invented in the late 1700's.) Jones is a Master Printmaker and Director of Anchor Graphics at Columbia College, Chicago. Anchor Graphics is a not-for-profit fine art print shop that brings together a diverse community of youth, emerging and established artists, and the public to advance the fine art of printmaking by integrating education with the creation of prints.

March 3, 2010 - top
Zachary Lieberman (New York: Media artist, hacker and researcher)
Making the invisible visible
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Lieberman will present his interactive works and collaborations, focusing on the artistic process as research. He will show works such as Manual Input Sessions, in which an old school overhead projector is transformed into a magical audio visual performance device, and Lights On, a performance of sound and light commissioned for the 2009 opening of the new Ars Electronica center in Linz. He will also talk about openFrameworks, a c++ toolkit for creative coding which is being used by developers worldwide to make compelling interactive installations and performances.

About Zachary Lieberman
Zachary Lieberman is an artist with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. He creates artwork that uses technology in a playful and seamless way to explore the nature of communication and the delicate boundary between the visible and the invisible. He makes performances, installations, and on-line works that investigate gestural input, augmentation of the body, kinetic response and magic. Most recently, he helped create visuals for the facade of the new Ars Electronica Museum, wrote software for an augmented reality card trick, performed by Marco Tempest, and helped develop an open source eye tracker to help a paralyzed graffiti artist draw again. In addition to making artistic projects, Lieberman is co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding. He teaches at Parsons School of Design.

March 17, 2010 - top
Charles Garoian, Director
Penn State School of Visual Arts and Professor of Art Education
Art practice as prosthetic visuality
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In his lecture, Garoian will explore and conceptualize the anomalous spaces of perception and memory in art practice and research where experimental and alternative discourses and pedagogies can emerge. He will argue that the instabilities and slippages between what is visible and invisible, known and unknown in these spaces enable insightful and multivalent ways of seeing and understanding the complexities of alterity and otherness. Furthermore, he will discuss how the insights and revelations of art practice and research challenge socially and historically constructed ways of seeing and understanding and, in doing so, constitute the immanent and generative learning processes of prosthetic visuality.

About Charles Garoian
Garoian received his B.A. (1968) and M.A. (1969) in Art from the California State University at Fresno and his Ph.D. (1984) in Education from Stanford University. He is Director of the School of Visual Arts & Professor of Art Education at Penn State University. He has been invited as a performance artist to exhibit in different national venues and he has a major record of publications in pedagogy, contemporary art, and visual culture studies.

Charles Garoian teaches performance art and performance-based art education courses. His scholarly articles are featured in a number of theoretical journals on art and education, and his book Performing Pedagogy: Toward an Art of Politics (1999), is a publication of the State University of New York Press (SUNY). Also from SUNY Press is his co-authored book with Yvonne Gaudelius, Spectacle Pedagogy: Art, Politics, and Visual Culture (2008). For his current book project, Pros+thetic Pedagogy: Embodied Learning Through Art, he explores the embodied spaces of art practice where slippages of meaning and understanding resist intellectual closure and where diverse subjectivities can extend and intersect. Garoian has performed and lectured in colleges and universities, galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and received significant awards for his research and creative accomplishments. In 1996, he organized the "Performance Art, Culture, Pedagogy" a national symposium held at Penn State, which examined the historical, theoretical, and experiential significance of performance art in order to distinguish its pedagogy as an emerging form of critical arts education. In 2000, he and colleague Yvonne Gaudelius organized "Performative Sites: Intersecting Art, Technology, and the Bod"; an international symposium that examined the pedagogical implications of performance artists' works that use mechanical and electronic technologies to expose, critique, and intervene in technological culture and its impact on the human body and identity.

April 7, 2010 - top
Paul Vanouse
Counter Laboratories
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Science scholar Bruno Latour has described how difficult it is to challenge established "facts" and the necessity of a "counter laboratory" to do so. In this talk, Vanouse presents his artwork of the past ten years alongside the scientific controversies with which they sought to engage.

About Paul Vanouse
Paul Vanouse is an artist working in emerging media forms. Since the early 1990s his artwork has addressed complex issues raised by varied new techno-sciences using these very techno-sciences as a medium. His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. Vanouse is an Associate Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, NY.

April 14, 2010 - top
Lisa Gralnick
The Gold Standard Contextualized
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Metalsmith Lisa Gralnick focuses on her recent seven-year, three-part body of work, The Gold Standard, showing some examples of earlier work to place the new work﹣which explores value systems and consumerism﹣in context.

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Lisa Gralnick is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position she has held for eight years. Previously, she was head of the metals program at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has received many grants and fellowships, including two NEA grants, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, four artists' fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Vilas Associates grant, and seven faculty research grants from the graduate school of the University of Wisconsin. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institution), Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Boston Museum of Fine Arts Mint Museum, and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin. Recently, she completed an oral interview for the Archives of American Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Recent exhibitions include a solo show with Ornamentum Gallery, Elegant Armor at the Museum of Arts and Design, and Women in Metal at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

April 28, 2010 - top
Ray Chi
Betwixt and Between Hither and Thither

Ray Chi will discuss his work as a multi-disciplinary artist.

About Ray Chi
Chi holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and a BS (in architecture) from the University of Michigan. He is also active as a professional cellist, performing solo and collaboratively with local artists. His background in architecture and music guides his creative output, which includes furniture design, sculpture, film and video, graphic design, and installation art. His work has been exhibited in galleries and theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and throughout the Midwest. Ray is a recipient of grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Gunk Foundation for Public Art (Gardiner, NY), and in 2005 was named an "Artist of the Year" by the Milwaukee Arts Board. His recent public artwork, RiverPulse, was unveiled in Milwaukee this summer.

May 5, 2010 - top
Jennifer Bolande
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In conjunction with Inova's presentation of the first midcareer retrospective survey of Bolande's art, the artist will cast a glance over 30 years of work.

About Jennifer Bolande
Jennifer Bolande has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions at PS1, New York; Metro Pictures Gallery, New York; Kunsthalle Palazzo, Basel; Kunstraum, Munich; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; Gallerie Nordanstad-Skarstedt, Stockholm; Urbi & Orbi Gallery, Paris; Galerie 121, Antwerp; Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne; Alexander and Bonin Gallery in New York; Fotohof Gallery, Salzburg, Austria; and Nature Morte Gallery, New York. Group exhibitions include Living Inside the Grid, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Photogenic, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Influence, Anxiety and Gratitude, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; MAPrivate Investigations, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Big Nothing, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Insites, Whitney Museum of American Art; Trippy World, Baron/Boisanté Gallery, New York; The Anagrammatical Body, Kunsthaus Muerz, Muerzzuschlag, Austria; Deep Storage, Haus der Kunst, Munich; Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; PS1, New York; Just Past, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Consortium, Dijon, France; The Readymade Boomerang, Eighth Biennale of Sydney, Australia; Status of Sculpture, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; L'Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyon; Lowen-Palais, Berlin; and Viewpoints Towards the 90s: Bolande, Kelley, Miller, Seibu Contemporary Art Gallery, Japan. Bolande has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Tesuque Foundation, and the Canadian Council on the Arts. She received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1979, and currently teaches New Genres in the UCLA Department of Art.

Fall 2009

09.09.09 Roy Staab
  Geometry, Mind, Nature, Art
09.23.09 Kim Cridler
  Beauty and Its Pursuit - The Aesthetics of Pleasure
09.30.09 Marc Fischer
  Temporary Services and Public Collectors
10.07.09 Andy Cooperman
10.21.09 Julia Fish
  [ home ] work : images in context
10.28.09 Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew Swant
  Special Entertainment
11.04.09 Nathalie Miebach
  Weaving Science into Sculpture
11.11.09 Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg
  Smallification (Undermining Preciousness)

September 09, 2009 - top
Roy Staab Geometry, Mind, Nature, Art
West Allis, WI

Roy Staab, a Milwaukee artist who makes ephemeral outdoor sculpture in locations throughout the world and the subject of a retrospective at Inova, will launch the fall Artists Now! series with a talk on three decades of making temporary geometric earthworks. An alumnus of UWM, Staab will link his education--"art education let me question and opened the door to experiment and experiences"-to his development as an artist-"I found the freedom to make art my way and choose or reject traditional techniques as a means to create visual experiences that excite me." Staab uses nature, geometry and physical science to make works that he considers a meditation on perception and being.

About Roy Staab
Roy Staab trained at the Layton School of Art and UWM (BFA 1969). He spent many years in Paris and New York before returning to live in West Allis in 1994. Staab began making site-specific installations in 1979, and by 1983 he had shifted to working entirely in nature, employing natural materials from each site. Staab has received commissions to create these environmental site installations in Denmark, Canada, Japan, Brazil, South Korea and Italy as well as in many locations in the United States. He has received various awards including a Japan/American Artist Exchange Creative Artist Fellowship, Pollock/Krasner Grant, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. His paintings, drawings and photographs can be found in the collections of the Musée d'art moderne and Le fonds national d'art contemporain in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

September 23, 2009 - top
Kim Cridler Beauty and its Pursuit - the aesthetics of pleasure
Mazomanie, WI

Metalsmith Kim Cridler explores the recent use of ornamentation in works that exploit its formal and conceptual potential. She will examine makers in a variety of craft disciplines and the recent resurgence in ornament due to technological processes in design fields. The use of ornamentation to enrich objects and environments is as old as humankind, yet, as James Trilling writes in The Language of Ornament, for most of the twentieth century-in the wake of modernism-- it has been excluded from mainstream Western art-making and appreciation. As a practitioner of craft, accountable for the aesthetics of pleasure, invested in process and the labor it requires, and inclined towards humanistic concerns, Cridler proposes that the decorative can inspire and restore. During her mini-residency, sponsored by Object, the student jewelry/metalsmithing organization, she will offer a Welding and Steel Soldering Demonstration and a critique for students.

About Kim Crindler
Trained as a metalsmith, Cridler creates works that utilize the history, making, and meaning of craft and domestic ornamentation. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Cridler earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. She has taught in art programs across the country including University of Michigan, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and Penland School of Crafts. Awards include Visual Arts Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her work is featured in collections of the Arizona State University Art Museum, the Arkansas Art Center Decorative Museum of Art, the California State University Long Beach Art Museum, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Scottsdale Contemporary Museum of Art, the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz.

September 30, 2009 - top
Marc Fischer Temporary Services and Public Collectors
Chicago, IL

Marc Fischer, a member of the group Temporary Services, will discuss their collaborative projects, such as Prisoners' Inventions, and their history of self publishing. He will also present Public Collectors, his most recent initiative. Public Collectors encourages individuals to act as their own museum directors or reference librarians and make their personal collections available to the public online and in person.

About Marc Fischer
Marc Fischer is a member of the long-running Illinois-based group Temporary Services. Since 1998, Temporary Services has produced 85 publications and organized or participated in dozens of exhibitions, projects, and events. Temporary Services' projects include Prisoners' Inventions (an ongoing collaboration with an incarcerated artist named Angelo that resulted in a book and a full-size recreation of Angelo's cell that was created from blueprints sent through the mail) and The Library Project (2001) where the group surreptitiously added 100 artist books into the holdings of the main Chicago library branch. In 2003 Temporary Services co-founded Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Though the group is no longer immediately involved, Mess Hall continues to thrive under the leadership of an ever-changing group of 'keyholders.' In 2008 Temporary Services created it's own publishing imprint and web store named Half Letter Press and released the book Public Phenomena , focusing on photo documentation of informal modifications that people make to shared city spaces, usually without permission.

In 2007 Fischer launched the participatory initiative Public Collectors. Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person so that knowledge, ideas and expertise can be freely shared and exchanged. The Public Collectors website also hosts a number of downloadable PDFs and other digital content.


October 07, 2009 - top
Andy Cooperman Flux
Seattle, WA

Metalsmith, writer, and teacher Andy Cooperman discusses his work, career and life as an artist and maker. During his mini-residency, sponsored by Object, the student jewelry/metalsmithing organization, he will discuss and demonstrate alternative strategies for incorporating stones, enamels and objects; and he will demonstrate flex shaft methods.

"I have considered myself a metalsmith since 1980. It was in the late 70's, as an English major in college, that I first encountered the field-outside of the jewelry and hollowware that I had seen in shops and stores. There was a class room in the art building (I spent a lot of time in the art building) that seemed to hold some sort of focused excitement for those who were working inside. There was fire and small, strangely specific tools. The ringing of hammers, I think, was the sound that forced me to open the doors. The fact that metal could be sawn, formed and-especially-forged in a relatively non-industrial place came as a surprise to me. And when I saw that it could be approached in ways that made it look unlike metal, that small almost animate things could be made with it, I was hooked. With a second major in Studio Art, I built a small back bedroom studio, spent some time exploring the very similar field of dental crown and bridge manufacture and worked at the bench in several jewelry stores. In 1984, I followed my wife Kim to Seattle, Washington. We have been here ever since."

About Andy Coopermancooperman
Andy Cooperman lives in Seattle, WA. His work is featured in galleries nationwide and can be found in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Central College, Pella, Iowa as well as many private collections. Cooperman has been a recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship and teaches seminars, workshops and classes around the country; he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington. In addition to creating one of a kind jewelry pieces, Cooperman works with clients as a custom jeweler and commission metalsmith. Exhibitions include The Art Of Gold, Metalsmiths Linking, Chess, Metalisms , West Meets West and , most recently, Animates, Portals and Hymenoptera (selected pieces from three bodies of work exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Washington). Images of his work have appeared in the books Art Jewelry Today (I & II), 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Craft Of Silversmithing, The Penland Book of Jewelry and Fundamentals of Metalsmithing. More information:

October 21, 2009 - top
Julia Fish [ home ] work : images in context
Chicago, IL

Artist / painter Julia Fish will present and discuss an overview of studio and site-specific projects, in addition to examples of historical and contemporary art and architecture that have been influential in the development of her work. Julia Fish is a Professor of Studio Art in UIC's School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts. Her work is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

About Julia Fishcooperman Julia Fish was born in Oregon and has lived and worked in Chicago since 1985. She received the BFA degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1976, and MFA degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1982. Her paintings and drawings have been included in curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Chicago Cultural Center; the MAK Center for Art and Architecture / Schindler House, Los Angeles; and the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, among many others. Her work has been presented in twenty-one solo exhibitions since 1980, and was the subject of a ten-year survey exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1996.

Fish received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 1991, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting in 1993, the Cal Arts / Alpert Ucross Residency Prize in 2001, and the 2006 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award; she has also been granted research and travel awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is professor of studio arts in the School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, in addition to other public and private collections.

October 28, 2009 - top
Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew Swant Special Entertainment
Milwaukee, WI

Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew Swant, joint recipients of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships (2008) in the emerging category, share their thoughts about film and new media, distribution possibilities, and publicity, and offer advice about how to navigate the entertainment industry without having to move to Los Angeles. For information on the concurrent Nohl Fellowship exhibition see: Ciraldo and Swant will screen an excerpt from their work-in-progress, Hamlet A.D.D. on November 18 in the UWM Union Theatre.

About Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew SwantSpecial Entertainment
Special Entertainment is an award-winning production partnership between Bobby Ciraldo & Andrew Swant. Current feature-length projects include a documentary starring William Shatner called William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, a sci-fi comedy called Hamlet A.D.D., and Frankie Latina's critically acclaimed MODUS OPERANDI. Past titles include the YouTube smash hit What What (In the Butt) which has been featured on South Park and downloaded over 23 million times, and a music video for Leslie & The Lys called Zombie Killer featuring guest vocals by Elvira.

November 04, 2009 - top
Nathalie Miebach Weaving Science Into Sculpture
Boston, MA

Nathalie Miebach's work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Using the methodologies and processes of both disciplines, she translates scientific data related to ecology, climate change and meteorology into brightly-colored, three-dimensional woven structures. Central to this work is her desire to explore the role visual aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of scientific information. By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, she is questioning and expanding the traditional boundaries through which science data has been visually translated (ex: graphs, diagrams), while at the same time provoking expectations of what kind of visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of 'science' or 'art.' By staying true to the numbers, these woven pieces function both as sculptures in space as well as instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates. Miebach will discuss Recording and Translating Climate Change, a project she began in 2006 that focuses on the interpretation of weather data through woven sculptures. The latest development in this project includes a more collaborative approach in data translation. Using urban weather data, Miebach has been translating weather data into musical scores, which musicians then interpret as musical compositions. Miebach interprets the scores into sculptures, which can then be played by musicians.

About Nathalie Miebachwarp
Nathalie Miebach holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Political Science from Oberlin College, OH, and both a Master of Art Education and Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, MA. She is the recipient of the International Sculpture 2006 Outstanding Student Award, a LEF grant, two year fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, a Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency in Omaha, NE, and the Berwick Research Institute Residency in Boston, MA. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Amherst College in Amherst, MA. Her work has been shown nationally and has been reviewed in Art In America and Sculpture Magazine. Current and upcoming show highlights include the Spencer Art Museum (Kansas City, KA), Museum of Science (Boston, MA), Amherst College (Amherst, MA), Reeves Contemporary Gallery (New York, NY), Skidmore College (Saratoga, NY), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA). She is represented by the Nielsen Gallery in Boston, MA and the Reeves Contemporary Gallery in New York City, NY. More information:

November 11, 2009 - top
Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg Smallification (Undermining Preciousness
Milwaukee, WI

Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, joint recipients of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Mary L. Nohl Fund Individual Artist Fellowship(2008) in the established category, discuss their use of small scale architectural forms in their site-specific installations and how miniature representations affect us psychologically and perceptually. For information on the concurrent Nohl Fellowship exhibition:

About Shana McCaw and Brent Budsbergwarp
Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg have collaborated for the past eight years constructing site-specific sculptural installations and performances. Their recent work focuses on realistic architectural miniatures utilizing narrative and mood to transform a site. Both are also founding members of the WhiteBoxPainters, a performance art group specializing in public projects. McCaw received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1999. She currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and Cardinal Stritch University. Budsberg earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000. He is a 3-D Lab Supervisor at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, a finish carpenter, a musician, and has also built numerous set pieces for the theatre/film industry. Recent exhibitions include Descendant, a solo exhibition at the Wright Museum of Art in Beloit, WI, Current Tendencies: Ten Artists from Wisconsin, at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI, Escapisms at Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, NB, Canada, Leading Edge at NML Gallery, Cardinal Stritch University, in Milwaukee, WI, Broken Down at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, and New Work/Emerging Artists at Inova at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They will also be featured in a solo exhibition in August 2010 at the James Watrous Gallery at the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Letters in Madison, WI.

Spring 2009

02.04.09 Michael Rakowitz
  Three Projects
02.11.09 Terry Barrett
  Art and Meanings
02.18.09 Antonio Martorell
  Fear, Art and Freedom
03.04.09 Glenn Adamson
  Craft as Memory Work
03.11.09 Howard Rissati
  A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression
04.01.09 Jamie Bennett THIS EVENT CANCELLED
04.01.09 Nathaniel Stern
  Nature Obliquely
04.15.09 Paul Berger
  Tile, Quilt, Pixel

February 04, 2009 - top
Michael Rakowitz Three Projects
Chicago and New York City

Michael Rakowitz will discuss three of his projects: Return, in which he resurrected his Iraqi grandfather's import-export business to import Iraqi dates to the US, the first such shipment in more than 25 years; The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, the artist's attempt to reconstruct the archeological artifacts looted from the National Museum of Iraq in April 2003; and paraSITE, in which Rakowitz used the exterior ventilation systems of existing architectural structures to create a temporary homeless shelter. Rakowitz will unpack the works' common process while plotting their components. He will describe each project's trajectory, beginning with the observations from which it stems to the ongoing nature of its dialogue with the public.

About Michael Rakowitz
Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist based in Chicago and New York City. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Lombard-Freid Projects (NY), Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea (Torino), and Stadtturmgalerie/Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, Return, was presented by Creative Time in New York. He is the recipient of a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for Dark Turquoise, a collaboration with artist Emna Zghal; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. Rakowitz is an associate professor in art theory and practice at Northwestern University and a contributing editor for Surface Tension: A Journal on Spatial Arts.

Febuary 11, 2009 - top
Terry Barrett Art and Meanings
Columbus, Ohio

Terry Barrett discusses contemporary works of art and how we can construct multiple interpretations that are personally and communally meaningful.

About Dr. Terry BarrettBarrett
Dr. Terry Barrett, professor of art education at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, teaches courses in photography criticism, art criticism, and the teaching of criticism and aesthetics. He is especially concerned with interpretation and multiple meanings of images, both social meanings and personal meanings. He believes that honest dialogue about images can further understanding and appreciation of the complexities of life, people, oneself, and ultimately contribute to world peace. His books include Criticizing Photographs, Criticizing Art, Interpreting Art, Talking About Student Art, and most recently, Why Is That Art?: Aesthetics and Criticism of Contemporary Art.

February 18, 2009 - top
Antonio Martorell Fear, Art and Freedom
Puerto Rico

Antonio Martorell offers a talk in conjunction with his exhibition at the United Community Center, which opens February 20 and continues through March 20, 2009.

About Antonio Martorell
Mortorell Antonio Martorell (b. 1939) is a painter, book designer, set designer, and installation artist. His work has been exhibited at Puerto Rico's Institute of Culture, the Ponce Art Museum as well as the National Gallery of San Salvador, El Museo de Arte Moderno de México, and the Whitney Museum. Currently he is the Resident Artist at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, where he also directs the Museum Ramon Frade. Martorell has written books such as La Piel de la Memoria (The Skin of Memory), and El Libro Dibujado (The Drawn Book) and currently writes a monthly column for the cultural supplement of the Puerto Rican newspaper, El Vocero. He was recently a Wilbur Marvin Fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. Martorell's Milwaukee visit is sponsored by several units at UWM, including the Chancellor's Office, the Peck School of the Arts and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; the United Community Center's Latino Arts program, and Carroll University.

March 04, 2009 - top
Glenn Adamson Craft as Memory Work
London, England

Glenn Adamson's book, Thinking Through Craft, proposed new ways of approaching the subjects of process and materials in the arts. In this lecture, he considers the way that craft operates in the broader cultural landscape, not necessarily within the preserve of the museum or gallery. In particular, he will address the way that DIY activities currently popular as a form of activism relate to earlier moments in craft history. Today, as often before, hand work is a means of manifesting collective memory.

About Glenn AdamsonGlenn
Dr. Glenn Adamson is Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. In that capacity, he teaches on the History of Design graduate course run collaboratively with the Royal College of Art. His research ranges from modern craft and industrial design to English and American decorative arts during the 17th and 18th centuries. He is the author of Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (Milwaukee Art Museum/MIT Press). Dr. Adamson's monograph Thinking Through Craft (V&A Publications/Berg Publishers) was published in October 2007. He also co-edits the new Journal of Modern Craft (Berg Publishers) with Tanya Harrod and Edward S. Cooke, Jr.

March 11, 2009 - top
Howard Risatti A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression
Richmond, Virginia

What is craft? How is it different from fine art or design? In his lecture, Howard Risatti examines these issues by comparing handmade ceramics, glass, metalwork, weaving, and furniture to painting, sculpture, photography, and machine-made design from the Bauhaus to the Memphis Group. He describes craft's unique qualities as functionality combined with an ability to express human values that transcend temporal, spatial, and social boundaries. Today, modern design has taken over from craft the making of functional objects for daily use by employing machines to do work once done by hand. Understanding the aesthetic and social implications of this transformation forces us to see craft, as well as design and fine art, from a new perspective. Without a way of understanding and valuing craft on its own terms, the field languishes aesthetically, judged by fine art criteria that automatically deny art status to craft objects. Craft must articulate a role for itself in contemporary society; otherwise it will be absorbed by fine art or design and its unique approach to understanding the world will be lost. A Theory of Craft is a signal contribution to establishing a craft theory that recognizes, defines, and celebrates the unique blend of function and human aesthetic values embodied in the craft object.

About Howard Risatti
Dr. Howard Risatti is emeritus professor of contemporary art and critical theory in the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University where he also was chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies from 2001-05. Before receiving his PhD in art history, he earned BM and MM degrees in music and is ABD in music theory and composition.

His writings on art and craft have appeared in various journals including the Art Journal, Artforum, New Art Examiner, Artscribe, Latin American Art, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Woman's Art Journal, Art Criticism, The Studio Potter, Sculpture Magazine, and Ceramic Art & Perception. Recently he wrote on Jackie Matisse's "Collaborations in Art and Science" for Sculpture Magazine, on "Contemporary American Ceramic Trends" for Korean Ceramics Monthly, and on the ceramic sculpture of Suk-Jin Choi for Ceramics Monthly. His latest critical writings about craft and design appeared in Crafts (the journal of the British Crafts Council) and American Craft. He has presented numerous papers on various subjects including functional crafts at the 2003 Cheongju Craft Biennial in Korea; Jackie Matisse's virtual reality kites at the "Art and New Technologies" conference in Chalon sur Soane, France; Leo Steinberg's "Contemporary Art and the Plight of its Public" at the 2005 College Art Conference in Atlanta; and Craft versus Design at the 2005 Society of North American Goldsmiths' conference in Cleveland.

His first book was New Music Vocabulary and appeared in 1975 (University of Illinois Press); Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art appeared in 1990; the 2nd edition appeared in 1998 (Prentice Hall). The Mountain Lake Workshops: Artists in Locale (1996, Anderson Gallery & VA Tech Foundation) accompanied the exhibition that he curated of the same title. In 1998 he co-authored with Kenneth Trapp Skilled Work: American Craft in the Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Institution Press). His latest book, A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in October 2007.

April 01, 2009 - top
Nathaniel Stern Interactions, Interventions and Implications
USA / South Africa

Nathaniel Stern (USA / South Africa, born 1977) is an experimental installation and video artist, net.artist, printmaker and writer. He was born and studied in the states, is a permanent resident of South Africa, and currently pursues an art and research PhD at Trinity College, Dublin, whilst an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He's produced and collaborated on projects ranging from interactive and immersive environments, networked art and multimedia physical theatre performances, to digital printing and collage, stone lithography and slam poetry. His talk focuses on the trajectory of his work from video and to interactivity and performance-based printmaking and installation.

Jamie Bennett Nature Obliquely
New Paltz, New York

Jeweler Jamie Bennett, one of the most prominent enamellists working today, explores the relationship his work has had to the interpretation of nature as a way of seeing and making. A major retrospective, Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett, is on view at the Racine Art Museum, March 22-September 22, 2009.

About Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett is a professor of art in the metal program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He received his BBA from the University of Georgia and his MFA from SUNY at New Paltz, joining the faculty of the Program in Artisanry at Boston University before returningto New Paltz. Bennett has received numerous awards and honors including three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowships, three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and a Massachusetts Council for the Arts Fellowship. He was an artist in residence at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo in 2000 and at Istanbul Technical University in 2005.

Bennett's work is the subject of a monograph, Edge of the Sublime, The Enamels of Jamie Bennett, published by Hudson Bay Press, which accompanies a retrospective exhibition of his work traveling to six museums nationally through 2010. Bennett has exhibited and lectured internationally with one person exhibitions at YO Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Gallerie Gnoss in Gothenburg, Sweden; Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA; and Tiller and Ernst Gallery in Vienna, Austria. His work is included in major jewelry exhibitions and appears in numerous publications. Jamie Bennett's work is in the permanent collection of over twenty museums around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Yale Museum of Art,; Metropolitan Museum, NY, Kundstmuseum, Oslo, Norway; Sameul Dorsky Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Western Australia; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris; Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC.

April 15, 2009 - top
Paul Berger Tile, Quilt, Pixel
Seattle, Washinton

Paul Berger talks about the trajectory of his composite and collage works over the course of the last thirty-five years. Beginning with conventional photographic analog processes and spanning the introduction and shift to digital compositing, these works evolve through multiple stages in both subject matter and approach, while consistently focusing on issues of the complications and delights of imagery in structured sets.

About Paul Bergerwarp
Paul Berger has been working in the photographic medium since 1965 and in digital electronic media since 1981. He earned a BA degree in art at UCLA in 1970 and completed MFA graduate work at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, in 1973. He is currently a professor of art at the University of Washington’s School of Art, where he co-founded the photography program in 1978. Although trained in a classical photographic tradition, he has been primarily involved in digital manipulation of electronic images for the past fifteen years, and initiated such study within the photography curriculum beginning in 1985. Berger has exhibited nationally and in Europe, and has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. A book version of Seattle Subtext was published in 1984, and a catalog to the Seattle Art Museum exhibition The Machine in the Window was published in 1990. A retrospective exhibition, Paul Berger: 1973-2003, appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in 2003.

Fall 2008

09.17.08 Michiko Itatani
  Cosmic Theatre
09.24.08 Michele Feder-Nadoff
  Inside, Outside & Across
10.01.08 Paul McMullan
  Beneath the Surface: The Ceramic Art of Paul McMullan
10.08.08 Nick Cave
  Adornment Amplified
10.22.08 Faythe Levine
  Crafting Your Life: Constructing a Creative DIY Community
11.05.08 Gary John Gresl
  Synthesis of Four Dimensions: Objects, Collecting, Creating
11.12.08 Mads Lynnerup
  You Are the Artist, You Figure It Out
11.19.08 Dianna Frid
  After the Invention of Clouds
12.03.08 Betsy Damon
  Art, Ecology and Social Change

September 17, 2008 - top
Michiko Itatani Cosmic Theatre
Chicago, IL

Painter/installation artist Michiko Itatani launches the Artists Now! series by talking about her most recent body of work, Cosmic Theater, and her three decades of painting practice.

About Michiko Itatani
Michiko Itatani's work has been seen in more than a hundred solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her works are in the collection of numerous corporate, public, and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; State of Illinois Museum, IL; University of Wyoming Art Museum, WY; Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI; Olympic Museum, Switzerland; Musee du Quebec, Canada; Tokoha Museum, Japan; Museu D’art Contemporani Barcelona(MACBA), Spain; Frauen Museum, Germany; Villa-Haiss-Museum, Germany; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul. She has received Illinois Arts Council Artist's Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Marie Sharp Walsh New York Studio Grant and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Michiko Itatani is a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

September 24, 2008 - top
Michele Feder-Nadoff Inside, Outside & Across
Chicago, IL

Michelle Feder-Nadoff discusses her experiences as an interdisciplinary artist and creative founder of the Cuentos Foundation, a community-based non-profit dedicated to building intercultural exchange and understanding through local/global artistic collaborations.

About Michele Feder-Nadoff
Michele Feder-Nadoff's installation and time-based works incorporate an unrestricted range of simple to complex materials and processes, from embroidery to lost-wax casting, examining the raw and the cooked, the transforming of matter into meaning. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally for over 25 years: at the Phyllis Kind and TOUGH Galleries in Chicago, the Venice Biennial in Italy, ARCO in Spain, and elsewhere.  She has been creating sculptural installations indoors and out, temporary and permanent, collaborative and solo, since the mid-eighties, often utilizing water as a tangible physical element and to produce sound. In 2003, Feder-Nadoff created a 2,500 square foot on-site sculptural installation, an homage to the Mexican coppersmithing community of Santa Clara del Cobre, at the Rockford (Illinois) Art Museum for the exhibition, “Art of Containment.”  She has been deeply involved with this community since 1997— through apprenticeships and transdisciplinary collaborations—and she has been studying and documenting the village’s traditional metalsmithing craft through a recently published bilingual book, video documentary, and ongoing community exchange programs. Feder-Nadoff is the artistic director and creative founder of the Cuentos Foundation, a community-based organization dedicated to creating and facilitating cross-cultural understanding and exchange through the arts.

October 1, 2008 - top
Paul McMullan Beneath the Surface: The Ceramic Art of Paul McMullan
Ann Arbor, MI

Paul McMullan investigates the making of his current ceramic sculptures and his twenty years as an artist, “a journey that has included experimentation, risk-taking and continuous change.”

About Paul McMullan
Paul McMullan was born in Rochester, New York. He received his M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York and his B.F.A. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Recent exhibitions include “The New Utilitarian,” an NCECA Exhibition at the Hoffman Gallery in Portland, Oregon; “A Tale to Tell” at the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and “Snakes in the Grass” at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McMullan has taught at Alfred University and Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently associate professor at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. He received a McKnight Fellowship from The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2005.

McMullan’s sculptural forms and art tiles deal with clay as a collage material. He incorporates the use of photo-silkscreen, painting, decals, molds and various handbuilding techniques to achieve an image-packed surface.

October 8, 2008 - top
Nick Cave Adornment Amplified
Chicago, IL

Visual/performance artist Nick Cave will address the development and production of his work, covering the territory from sculpture, installation and performance to his relationship with fashion.

About Nick Cave
A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Nick Cave joined the School of the Art Institute in 1990 and now serves as chair of the Department of Fashion and Design. Cave designed and marketed his own line of men’s and women’s clothing and ran ROBAVE, a successful retail clothing company, in Chicago for 10 years, selling to 300 retailers nationally and internationally before turning exclusively to his artistic and teaching practice. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA Jacksonville, Telfair Museum Savannah Georgia, the Mattress Factory, the Art Connexion in Amsterdam and the Zachata National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland. Cave has been invited to residency programs around the world. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. He has received several prestigious grants and awards, including a Louis Comfort Foundation grant, a USA Artist Grant, a Creative Capital Grant, the Joyce Award, the Richard Driehaus Foundation Award, grants from the Illinois Art Council grants and, most recently, the N’DIGO Award. Cave has been featured in such publications as Art News, Art in America, Sculpture and The New York Times.

In his clothing and figurative sculptures, collages, installations and performances, Cave explores the use of textiles and clothing as conceptual modes of expression. His SOUNDSUITS are full-body sculptures that recall ethnographic dress. They are composed of ephemeral materials such as twigs, dryer lint, bottle caps and recycled garments, and are designed to rattle and resonate with the body movements of the wearer. Combining Western culture and ceremonial ritual, they are catalysts for contemplating the condition of the black male in contemporary society. Whether displayed as sculptural forms in museums and galleries or worn as ceremonial garments in performances and video, Cave’s intricate constructions pose fundamental questions about the human conditions in the social and political world.  

October 22, 2008 - top
Faythe Levine Crafting Your Life: Constructing a Creative DIY Community
Milwaukee, WI

Artist and organizer Faythe Levine, a 2007 recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, talks about craft, activism and community--from your home, to the gallery, and into the street. Levine will examine local and national Do-It-Yourself movements, consider the role of DIY in arts-based initiatives, and engage you in a discussion of alternative ways to structure your life, create community and use your creative skills for personal exploration or direct action.

About Faythe Levine

Faythe Levine is an artist and organizer based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is currently finishing her first documentary film, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design, which is due to premier in 2009. She is the co-author of a book of the same title published by Princeton Architectural Press that will be released in November 2008. Faythe is the founder and coordinator of Art vs. Craft, co-owner of brick and mortar space Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery, and does freelance curating and design work. She also plays the musical saw in the experimental musical group Wooden Robot. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Utne Reader, Venus Magazine, Paper Magazine, and American Craft Magazine.

Growing up in Seattle during the 1990s,  Levine was exposed firsthand to many punk bands and the riot grrrl scene. This underground community quickly introduced her to DIY ethics, and she learned early on that you could release, self-publish and distribute your music and zines through a vast nationwide network of like-minded people. In 2003, she found herself looking at an emerging movement that embraced both art and community, a community that can now be defined loosely as "the new wave of craft." This movement is exploring the uncertainty of where fine art meets craft, redefining and reclaiming creativity. The new wave of craft is influenced by the history and techniques of traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art.

November 5, 2008 - top
Gary John Gresl Synthesis of Four Dimensions: Objects, Collecting, Creating
Brown Deer, WI

Gary John Gresl, a 2007 recipient of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Individual Artist Fellowship, talks about found or selected objects utilized in assemblage sculptures, and in particular the evolution, collecting and use of these materials in his work.

From childhood to death, real 3D objects are our road to an understanding of the material world, life, spirituality, and perhaps our demise. While we experience our relationships with other living things, the inanimate and formerly animate objects are with us throughout our lives for study and utilization, a necessary means to support our brief existence. From the organic biological and mineral realms to the products of ancient human and contemporary pop cultures, we interact with these objects, witnessing them and our selves evolve...all eventually disappearing.

They are collectibles. They are records. They are vitally important and they are junk. They are shapes and textures that can interact with us and with one another. They are metaphors and nutriments for creative acts.

About Gary John Gresl
Gary John Gresl was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1943, currently lives in Brown Deer, and is the oldest person to receive a Nohl Fellowship. He has lived his entire life in Wisconsin, though he has traveled both inside and outside of the United States. He has been an inveterate collector of many things during his lifetime, ranging from coins, rocks and minerals, Orientalia, comic books, art glass, books, ad the art of other Wisconsin artists, in particular sculpture.

He attended a small teacher's college in the early ‘60s, completing his bachelor's degree with a music minor at UW Steven's Point, where he also took art and art history classes. After teaching in the Brillion Public School system for five years, serving as principal in a small middle school, he went on to complete a master’s degree from the Related Art Department of the School of Family Resources(now the School of Human Ecology), University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gresl then worked for about 35 years in the antiques and collectibles trade serving as an owner and manager of the Milwaukee Antique Center. Around 1984 he turned attention to his own art production, becoming involved in Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors, serving often on its board and as its president for four terms. It was during this period that Gresl became more interested in the history of Wisconsin art, an interest that coincided with the discovery that real objects, as opposed to 2D materials, were a dominant factor in his own production of sculpture.

It was in the early 2000s that Gresl conceived of an organization he called the Wisconsin Visual Art Hall of Fame. This eventually became known as the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards, associated with the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Gresl has served as co-chair of the WVALAA and is a member of its nominating committee. He continues to deal in antiques and collectibles and is actively continuing his explorations with assemblage sculpture.

November 12, 2008 - top
Mads Lynnerup You Are the Artist, You Figure It Out
New York, NY

Video artist and sculptor Mads Lynnerup will present his latest work; talk about his process, inspiration and art practice; and discuss his influences and his interest in artwork that responds to its immediate audience and environment.

Mads Lynnerup's work is featured in stop. look. listen: an exhibition of video works at the Haggerty Museum of Art-Marquette University, October 23, 2008 – February 22, 2009.

About Mads Lynnerup
Currently living in New York City, Mads Lynnerup is an artist working in various forms of media from "Shish Kebab" meat and cardboard to installations using video and performance. Taking his inspiration from everyday life, his work comments and draws attention to situations that might otherwise get overlooked in the day to day. Lynnerup's work is site-specific and addresses a diverse selection of circumstances, which often make the outcome of his work manifest itself differently from project to project.

November 19, 2008 - top
Dianna Frid  After the Invention of Clouds
Chicago, IL

Mixed media and installation artist Dianna Frid's works are material responses to existing images, nomenclature systems, impressions, and things in the world. Her work alludes to the dual thoroughness and elusiveness of sensuality, to the agency and pleasure of thing-making, and to the irreducibility of art.

About Dianna Frid
Dianna Frid was born in Mexico City and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada as a teenager. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and is currently assistant professor in Studio Arts in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Frid has been the recipient of various grants and awards including the Canada Council for the Arts (most recently a travel Award in 2008) and an Artadia Award (2004). She has exhibited her work in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Belgium. Recent projects include P.S.1-MOMA (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2006); Croxhapox in Gent, Belgium (2006), and devening projects + editions in Chicago (2008). Her work was recently on view at the Drawing Center’s Selections - Spring 2008 exhibition in New York. Frid is preparing for a large site-specific project to take place at the Neue Kunstforum in Cologne, Germany (2010)

December 3, 2008 - top
Betsy Damon Art, Ecology and Social Change
New York, NY

Practical visionary Betsy Damon is an award-winning artist/ecologist who has spent the past 30 years pioneering a collaborative form of ecological art resulting in large-scale functional works that inspire, motivate and educate. Since 1985 the focus and passion of her work has been water. She believes that since water is the foundation of living systems, it must be the foundation of sustainable design and planning.

About Betsy Damon
Betsy Damon is an internationally known, award winning artist/ecologist who has spent the past 30 years pioneering a collaborative form of ecological art resulting in large-scale functional works that inspire, motivate, and educate. Since 1985 the focus and passion of her work has been water. She believes that since water is the foundation of living systems, that it must be the foundation of sustainable design and planning.

In 1995, she conceptualized the Living Water Garden in Chengdu, Sichuan, China while directing Chengdu's first environmental public event. From 1996­–1998 she directed a Chinese and US team in designing the six-acre bio-remediation park, which is now a worldwide model for urban ecological solutions. She continues to work on large-scale innovative projects in China and the US, such as an award-winning plan for Beijing Olympic Park. From 2002–2005, she directed projects for the Beijing planning bureau, three of which won awards. Damon has inspired such community efforts as Portland Urban Water Works, The Edwards Aquifer National Park in San Antonio, Texas—the first and only aquifer park in the US—and CURA, Chengdu Urban Rivers Association, which developed a model village project in Ping Yi county, Sichuan to clean upstream watersheds. Among her current commissions is the Trinity Lakes project in Dallas, Texas, which is a plan to create a 23-mile long, ecologically sound corridor on the Trinity River. Damon is the recipient of numerous grants, among them the Bush Individual Artist Grant, and was most recently nominated for the Swedish Water Prize.