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Past Welch Visiting Artists and Scholars

Visiting Artist & Scholars Program 2013-2014

October 3, 2013
John Hull, Artist Talk
The Sporting Life is an exhibition featuring sketchbooks and narrative figurative paintings by the artist John Hull.  Through his use of panoramic, open-ended narratives, Hull explores the impact of community organized sports in the formation of cultural and individual identities.  He will speak about his process, the role of observational drawing and the influence of literary narrative on his work. 

October 3-4, 2013
Dr. Melanie Buffington, Guest Speaker
Art Education and Social Media
How can art teachers use social media with their students and for their own learning?  This talk will address a range of ideas including how art teachers can use social media in their teaching and develop ideas for teaching and communicating with parents and students.

Art Museums & Multiculturalism
Art museums are challenged with helping visitors understand a wide range of works of art. Different museums use various strategies to do this.  This presentation will specifically look at culturally relevant approaches to museum education.

November 12, 2013
Aspen Mays, Artist Talk
Art Papers describes Aspen Mays' work as "standing in deft opposition to the technology we have come to rely on for answers, putting faith not in complex databases and rapidly evolving technology, but rather in the ability of everyday objects and materials to spark our imagination."  In doing so, she re-imagines the world around us, finding new possibilities in the commonplace.  Mays holds an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  She has exhibited her work at Golden Gallery in New York and and The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  Her work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Art Papers, The New Yorker, and The New York Times

December 10, 2013
amani olu & Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation, Guest Speakers
amani olu and Jon Feinstein founded Humble Arts Foundation in 2006 to support and promote new art photography.  Since then, the duo has championed thousands of emerging art photographers through grants, books, limited edition print sales, auctions, art fairs and exhibitions.  Both olu and Feinstein are active outside of Humble Arts Foundation as independent curators and writers.  Feinstein is also an artist and has exhibited and published internationally.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Christina West, Artist Talk
Langdale Hall, Troy Moore Library, 3:00 - 4:30 pm 
Christina West is a recipient of the Welch Faculty Development Fellowship and will present recent work, including her newest installation, Misfits. West holds an M.F.A .from Alfred University and a B.F.A. from Siena Heights University.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Steve Locke, Artist Talk
Langdale Hall, Troy Moore Library, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Steve Locke makes work that uses the tools of painting, specifically its ability to direct the gaze, to make visible and readable the unwritten codes of masculinity, whiteness, pleasure and desire. He has had exhibitions at The Boston Center For the Arts, The Artists Foundation, and Samson in Boston; The Danforth Museum in Framingham, Massachusetts; Aramona Studios in New York and Gallery Peopeo in Beijing, China. He has had exhibitions and solo projects at VOLTA 5 in Basel, Switzerland, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. He has been awarded grants from the LEF Foundation and the Art Matters Foundation, and he is a finalist for the William H. Johnson Prize. Locke is represented by Samson in Boston. He is Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Patrick Feaster, Artist Talk
Langdale Hall, Troy Moore Library, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
A two-time Grammy nominee and co-founder of the First Sounds Initiative, Patrick Feaster has been actively involved in locating, making audible and contextualizing many of the world’s oldest sound recordings. His recent book/CD publication, Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980, problematizes the boundaries between historical audio playback and sound art, and between sound media and visual media, challenging ingrained assumptions about what “historical audio” is. He received his doctorate in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University Bloomington, where he is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Communication and Culture and a member of the Media Preservation Initiative.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Dianna Cohen, Artist Talk
100 Auburn, Auditorium 11:30 - 1:00 pm
Los Angeles-based multi-media visual artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags. She is Creative Advocacy Director and co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. Since graduating from UCLA, Cohen has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia and Africa. Cohen will present her artwork and activism in this public lecture and work with student groups on campus with the Plastic Free GSU campus initiative.


Visiting Artist & Scholars Program 2012-2013

October 2, 2012
Flavia Bastos, Associate Professor,
University of Cincinnati
Transforming City Schools Through Art: Approaches to Meaningful K-12 Learning
AH505, GSU 5:30 pm

October 3, 2012
Colonialism, Resistance, and Transformation: A Brief History of Art Education in Brazil. AH505, GSU 5:30 pm

Associate Professor in Art Education at the University of Cincinnati. Bastos, also directs the Art in the Market Program, a community-based initiative that teams local youth and students from the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning to improve neighborhoods and empower participants through the process of community art. Basotos’ scholarship is indebted to her Brazilian roots, experiences with social and cultural diversity. Her latest co-edited book is “Transforming City Schools through Art: Approaches to Meaningful K-12 Learning” by Teachers College Press.


October 3, 2012
Rawiya, Images, Narrative & Representation in the Middle East: Panel Discussion
Welch School Galleries, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Rawiya is a photography collective founded by female photographers from the Middle East. Rawiya presents an insider’s view of a region in flux, balancing its contradictions while reflecting on social and political issues and stereotypes. As a collective, Rawiya’s photographers respect the human dignity of the stories they tell, pooling resources and vision to produce in-depth photo-essays and long-term projects. Rawiya, meaning ‘she who tells a story’ brings together the photographic styles of Myriam Abdelaziz, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Laura Boushnak, Tanya Habjouqa, Dalia Khamissy and Newsha Tavakolian. A central topic of discussion will be contemporary photographic representation of the Middle East region. The photographers will also discuss their work as individual artists exploring such themes as masculine identity in the Arab world, and subcultures of the Levant. Sponsored by The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, CENCIA and The Middle East Institute at Georgia State University.


November 7, 2012
Craig Drennen, Assistant Professor, GSU
Troy Moore, 9th Floor, GCB, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Craig Drennen is the inaugural recipient of the Welch Faculty Development Fellowship and will present portions of his Timon of Athens project.


November 14, 2012
Nancy Floyd, Professor, GSU
Troy Moore, GCB, 9th Floor, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Nancy Floyd is a recipient of the Welch Faculty Development Fellowship and will present new video and photographic work that focuses on America’s elite rifle and shotgun shooters.


January 24, 2013
Ben Edwards, Painter
Troy Moore Library, GCB, 9th Floor, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Recent Exhibitions include: “Democracy”, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo Japan; “Either Studies”, Galarie Jean-Luc and Takako Richard, Paris France; “We”, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY. Private Collections include: Carnegie Museum of Art, Chicago Center for the Print, Goldman Sachs, Museum of Modern Art, and New York Public Library.


February 7, 2013
Traces of New Documentary Practices
Kopleff Recital Hall, 5:30 pm

A panel discussion about lens-based artworks that explore the line between reality and representation. Panelists include: Daniel Bejar, Cinque Hicks, James Elkins and Susan Richmond. Co-sponsored by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design and CENCIA at GSU.


February 8, 2013
James Elkins, Art Historian and Theorist
Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom: Elements of Current Theorizing on the Beholder. Troy Moore Library, GCB, 9th Floor, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

James Elkins is the E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Current projects include a series called Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts. His most recent book: What Photography Is, is written against Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida, Sponsored by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design and CENCIA.


March 7, 2013
Ayanah Moor
Welch Artist in Residence and Printmaker
Artist Lecture of Current Work
Welch School Galleries, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Ayanah Moor’s work addresses contemporary popular culture through an interrogation of vernacular aesthetics and gender identity. Recent print, performance, and video exhibitions include, Forja Arte Contemporáneo, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, The Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football Project, Wexner Center for the Arts, and The Print Center. Her work has been addressed in publications such as: What Is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press) Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (Indiana University Press); Black Women, Gender and Families (University of Illinois Press); and Critical Inquiry (University of Chicago Press). Moor completed a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA at Tyler School of Art. She is currently Associate Professor at School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Moor will be the Welch School of Art and Design’s Artist in Residence in the spring of 2013.


March 14, 2013
Hermann Zschiegner, Architect, Designer, New Media, Real Opportunities
489 Edgewood, 7:00 pm

Zschiegner is the principal of TWO-N, INC – New York based design studio working at the cross section of new media, graphic design, and the built-environment – committed to experimentation and collaboration in the fields of architecture, interaction design, branding, data visualization, print design, and photography. Zschiegner’s work will be shown at this years Rencontres d’Arles in the group show “FROM HERE ON”, curated by Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta , Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, and Joachim Schmid. Some of his books will be part of the ABC/POD show at Printed Matter, New York. Zschiegner will visit Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design studios with Interior Design, Photography and Graphic Design. There will be an exhibit of his work and a talk at the gallery, 489 Edgewood.


April 3, 2013

Tim Roda, Photographer

Troy Moore Library, Langdale Hall, 3:00pm


Visiting Artist & Scholars Program 2011-2012

Nicole Eisenman, Painter, Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Nicole Eisenman will jury the Spring 2012 Student Exhibition. Eisenman will give a survey of her work, with emphasis on her current projects. Eisenman was born in Verdun, France and educated at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has won grants from the McCall Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Guggenheim. She recently had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College; Leo Koenig Gallery, NYC; and Suzanne Vielmetter Gallery, L.A. Some of her group exhibitions include "A Painting Show" at Harris Lieberman, NYC; "The American Century" at the Whitney Museum; "Picturing the Modern Amazon" at the New Museum; 1995 Whitney Biennal, and the 2012 Whitney Biennal.


Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology, MSU, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kopleff Recital Hall, A&H Building, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Root-Bernstein is co-author of "Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People". His lecture will address his research on creativity and the ways in which the arts and artistic thinking have stimulated scientific progress and discovery. He suggests that education must make the arts essential components of all curricula that teach students how to think, invent, and create. We must recognize that the arts offer a rich source of insight. As W. Blake put it: "Art degraded, imagination denied".


Dr. Elaine King, Art Critic/Curator, Professor, History of Art, Theory and Museum Studies, Monday, February 6, 2012

Kopleff Recital Hall, A&H Building, 4:00 pm. "Art's Global Amalgamation: Complexities in a New Age - Artists, Critics and the Market". In an era in which there is open discussion of many previously forbidden subjects; why is it that the nexus between money and art remains perhaps the last taboo subject? The answer can be found five centuries in the past. Dr. King will address the following: Have the arts become overly institutionalized? How do we evaluate the art of today with its production and reception being ever more determined by corporate sponsorship and private money?


Sarina Basta, Independent Curator, NYC, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

8th Floor Colloquium Room, Library South, 3:00 pm. "Sites of the Ocean: From the Marvelous to the Unknown" examines the works of artists engaged with the ocean, regarded as "the forgotten space of Modernism" (Allan Sekula). The talk incorporates the work of writers and theorists who develop investigations and allegories related to the ocean, and where each perspective can be fluidly positioned on a "navigation wheel".


Allyson Comstock, Fiber Artist, Friday, October 7, 2011

Textiles Studio, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design. Papermaking Workshop, generously supported by CENCIA. Workshop is free and open to students in all majors, but limited to the first 25 who register.


Rob Nadeau, Painter, Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. New York-based painter Rob Nadeau will speak about his work on view in the exhibition "REPURPOSED".