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ART 281 Lecture Series

Contemporary Art Forum | Fall 2017 Series

All talks Thursday 5:50 p.m.–7:05 p.m. in ART 100 (unless otherwise noted)

September 7: Dan Cameron | 2017 Young Sculptors Competition Juror

Dan Cameron

Dan Cameron is a New York-based independent curator, art writer, and educator. He was Curator of the 2016 Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador, which closed February 2017, and featured 47 artists from 20 countries. He is known for being the founder of Prospect New Orleans, an organization he ran the from 2006-2011-a period when he was also Director of Visual Arts for New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center (CAC).

Cameron was Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA from 2012 to 2015, and Senior Curator at The New Museum in New York from 1995 to 2006. As an independent curator, he served as Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial in 2003 and Co-Curator of the 10th Taipei Biennial in 2006. Cameron is currently guest curator for the Palm Springs Museum of Art, California, where he is preparing an exhibition on Latin American kinetic art of the 1950s and 1960s.

As a writer, he has hundreds of publications to his credit, has lectured at museums and art events around the world, and taught on the MFA faculties of Columbia University, NYU, School of Visual Arts, and as guest faculty at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; and California State University, Fullerton.

September 14: Art Department Open House

Exterior of the Art BuildingArt Department Open House, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

September 21: Raul Gonzalez | Painter, Performance Artist

In an art gallery, a man with closed eyes turns his head skyward as he flings his arms back while standing on a colorful canvas. An audience looks on. Artist Looking at Art: Portraits of a Working Artist performance series at the McNay Art Museum, 2016; photo courtesy the artist

Photo from Artist Looking at Art: Portraits
of a Working Artist performance series
at the McNay Art Museum, 2016

Born and raised in inner-city Houston, Texas, Raul Gonzalez holds a Masters of Fine Art in Art from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Houston. Raul Gonzalez is best known for his energetic and versatile approaches to painting, drawing, performance, and dance. His work is often inspired by being a stay-at-home father, work, his Mexican heritage, challenging stereotypes, and possibility to make a difference.

Raul’s work has been exhibited nationally and is part of a number of private and public collections, such as the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX), the National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL), Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, TX), Capital One Financial Services (Plano,TX), Artes de la Rosa (Fort Worth,TX).

Raul currently lives and works in San Antonio and spends his days as the primary caretaker to his two young daughters. Raul recently was awarded a National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC) San Antonio Artist Grant which is being used to fund his current project “Doing Work”, which includes the creation of new artwork and as well as performances “Doing Work” will be exhibited later this year at grayDUCK Gallery in Austin and Freight Gallery in San Antonio, and the show will travel to Fort Worth in early 2018.
Instagram: werkin_artistraulgonzalez

October 5: Jax Brill | Illustrative Designer

"Surface Sing"

Patterned artwork

The obscurity of the term "surface design" offers one room to range. Through a playful process—creating a situation where intuition and iteration can happen in pattern and mixed media illustration—traditional drawing techniques and digital manipulation are combined. Pattern created through combining and recombining elements: outcomes include pattern as narrative, pattern as dimensional environment, pattern as collaborative process through engaging others. Explore the historical context, the definition, and inadequacies of surface design.

Jax Brill is a Cambridge-based illustrative designer who recently received her Master of Graphic Design degree from the Vermont College of Fine Art. Formerly an art director at a Boston-based publishing company, she is currently focused on the practice of surface design. After defining a goal to use pattern in unusual and unexpected ways, she has experimented with pattern as music, pattern as social commentary, and pattern components recombined to create narrative illustration. She has recently exhibited her work Alien Nation in a group show at the Wedeman Gallery at Lasell University, Newton, MA.

October 19: Gary Freeburg | Photographer

"A Hard Walk Through Solitude: Volcanic Landscapes of Alaska"

Fragments of ice and rock in a black and white photo by Gary FreeburgGary Freeburg’s talk will be about living and working alone as an artist in the wilderness of Alaska’s volcanic regions: preparation (research), experiences and significance of creating artwork that reflects a post-eruption landscape.

After serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Navy, Freeburg received three degrees in photography: his B.F.A. and M.A. from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 1974 and 1977 and his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1978. He lived and worked in Alaska for twenty-five years and served as a professor of art at the University of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula College, where he directed the art program and served as the curator in the campus art gallery that now bears his name. He is currently a professor of art at James Madison University.

Freeburg has worked with renowned photographers and educators, such as Ansel Adams, Oliver Gagliani, and John Schultz, and his photographs and drawings have been exhibited nationally and in several publications including his recent book, The Valley of 10,000 Smokes: Revisiting the Alaskan Sublime, a publication by George F. Thompson Publishing, 2012.

He was recognized by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts for his art advocacy work in Alaska and Washington, DC. A documentary film by George C. Johnson, An Artist's Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: The Photography of Gary Freeburg, serves as a capstone to Freeburg's photographic work in the wilderness of Alaska.

October 26: Emily Moorehead | Sculptor

"Completion: the Last 20%"
(Lecture at Miami Art Museum)

A partial bicycle forms the focus of a sculpture by Emily MoorheadMaking is only the beginning. In Completion: the Last 20%, Emily Moorhead discusses the difficulties in finishing an art work.  Through the lens of museum practices, public art installation, and mediation, she will work through strategies for pushing past the struggle to make well rounded and exhibit-able pieces.

Emily Moorhead is an art and artist advocate in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a BFA in Studio Sculpture from Miami University of Ohio and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Moorhead and her partner, J. Taylor Wallace, combine construction experience and design expertise in rehabilitating their turn-of-the-century brick home on Chicago's Southside.

Moorhead's work is exhibited nationally, predominately showing in the central U.S. She has been a featured lecturer at various institutions including Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois among others. She has been an artist in residence at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, FugScreens in Chicago, Illinois, and the Springer School & Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Additionally, Moorhead is the Board of Directors President for Chicago Sculpture International, a non-profit organization devoted to championing sculptors and the creation of sculpture through public exhibitions and programming.

November 2: Mollie Oblinger | Environmental Artist

"Resurface Again"

Mollie Oblinger artwork 'To cover the otherwise bare', wood, felt, 27

to cover the otherwise bare
wood, felt, 27"x20"x8", 2015

Mollie Oblinger uses abstraction to cull from diverse sources and relate them back to the environmental themes in her work. The result references the original sources, but is also changed by the process to reference more than just that source. And that parallels the alterations that have occurred to the environment.

Oblinger is an artist whose works investigate the environment. She has an upcoming solo show at MacRostie Art Center in Minnesota and other recent exhibitions include solo shows at Furman University in South Carolina and Sierra College in California. She was an artist in residence at Playa in Oregon in 2015, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary in Michigan in 2012 and the Roswell Artist in Residence Program in New Mexico in 2005-2006.

Oblinger received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis and a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Ripon College in Wisconsin.

November 16: Calcagno Cullen | Multimedia Artist

"Participation and Organization in Contemporary Art"

Calcagno Cullen artwork '9x18: The Parking Lot Art Experiment' festival

9x18: The Parking Lot Art Experiment festival

The emersion and popularity of social practice and other community-based art forms are challenging the ways in which arts institutions traditionally curate and program exhibitions. These new art forms, along with a broader change in how we live and operate in a participatory-based culture, has affected what we expect from an arts organization and its role in engaging with community. This presentation will examine the changing roles of arts institutions and their ability to adapt while the power shifts from the owners of white cubes to the artist as participatory art in untraditional locations has become more and more the norm.

Calcagno Cullen is a multimedia artist, arts educator and curator.  She is founder and executive director of Wave Pool Arts Center, a gallery, studio space, and socially-engaged artist residency program in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has previously worked in the education department of SFMOMA, Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA and was the Director of Adobe Books Backroom Gallery in San Francisco, CA. In all that she does, she aims to use contemporary art as a catalyst for positive community change.

November 30: Matthew Littekin | Mixed-media artist

"Hunt and Gather"

A collage with a rusted Stop sign, an 'All Way' sign, a photo of an uncooked steak, and swirling filigrees

Matthew Littekin’s work investigates the notion of value through the exploitation of money and value in multifaceted projects that incorporate the iconography and motifs from U.S. currency, generating a dialogue about the interplay of both spending practices and value assignments that penetrate our daily experiences. He examines the role of these assessments through both subject matter and color theory, challenging viewers to reconsider the value systems so deeply embedded in the American psyche in the consumption of goods and services that is directly tied to the human desires, fancies, and whims in our post-industrial consumer society. The images, found objects, and decorative elements speak to a number of issues surrounding societal assessments, particularly in relation to home improvement, commodities, and consumer habits.

Matthew Litteken is a full-time artist living and working in the greater Cincinnati area. He predominately works in the medium of painting and drawing, but maintains an increasingly diverse practice that includes mixed-media printmaking, collage, and wall/floor installations. Matthew earned his BFA from Miami University (of Ohio) in 1995 with concentrations in both painting and ceramics. He went on to complete his MFA with distinctions from the University of Cincinnati at the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2004, with an emphasis in two-dimensional studies. Matthew’s artwork has been exhibited in over 20 solo and 80 group shows and his paintings, prints, and drawings are in private collections across the United States.