CECA Visiting Artist Speaker Series
Throughout the history of the Department of Art + Design, we have been committed to bringing top artists, designers, curators, and thinkers to Austin Peay State University and the Clarksville community. Along with the support of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, all of our events within the Department of Art + Design are free and open to the public.
Sept. 21, 2021: Little Friends of Printmaking is a husband-and-wife team, JW & Melissa Buchanan, that first made a name for themselves
by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into
further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition
to their work as illustrators and designers, they continue their fine art pursuits
through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies worldwide, spreading the gospel
of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. The Little Friends currently live in Los
Angeles with two very round cats. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors’
Club, American Illustration and Communication Arts. Their work has been featured in
books including New Masters of Poster Design [Rockport] and Handmade Nation [Princeton Architectural Press] and has appeared in magazines including Bloomberg
BusinessWeek, WIRED and Sierra. During their visit, they will also be conducting a
printmaking workshop with our students.
Nov. 9, 2021: Paul Rucker is a multimedia visual artist, composer and musician. His practice often integrates live performance, original musical compositions and visual art installation. For nearly two decades, Rucker has used his brand of art-making as a social practice, which illuminates the legacy of enslavement in America and its relationship to the current socio-political moment. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impacts, human rights issues, historical research and basic human emotions. Rucker has received numerous grants, awards and residencies for visual art and music. He is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee in visual art as well as a MAP Fund Grantee for performance. He received a Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, for which he is the first artist in residence at the new National Museum of African American Culture. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, TED Fellow and Senior Fellow, Rauschenburg Fellow, and an iCubed Arts Research Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the curator for Creative Collaboration for VCUarts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Rucker’s visit is in conjunction with his work that is included in the Preserve & Protect exhibition in The New Gallery. Artist Talk, 6 p.m.
Feb. 8, 2022: Jean Shin, recognized for her monumental installations, transforms large accumulations of everyday objects into expressions of identity and community engagement. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object – prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters – often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations that interrogate our connection with consumption, environmental impact and the life cycle of objects. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society. Shin’s innovative work has been widely exhibited in over 150 major museums and cultural institutions, including solo exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, Crow Collection in Dallas and Storm King Art Center. Her works have been on view at the New Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Fine Art Boston, Asia Society Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Barnes Foundation, among other prestigious museums. This year Shin has a solo project at Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, New York. In recognition of excellence, she has received numerous awards, including two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Korea Arts Foundation of America, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Asian Cultural Council, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. Her works and interviews have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Artnews, Frieze Art, Hyperallergic, and Brooklyn Rail. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She also received an honorary doctorate from the New York Academy of Art. Shin is a tenured adjunct professor of Fine Art at Pratt Institute and a recipient of Pratt’s 2017 Alumni Achievement Award. Shin is president of Joan Mitchell Foundation and serves on the Board of the National YoungArts Foundation. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Hurley, New York. In addition to her lecture, she will also be conducting studio visits with interested Art + Design students. Artist Talk, 6 p.m.
March 24, 2022: Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening in 2020. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art. Davis was an inaugural artist fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, Connecticut. Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening in 2020. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art. Davis was an inaugural artist fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, Connecticut. Artist Talk, 6 p.m.
March 29, 2022: LaToya Hobbs is a native of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. LaToya’s work deals with figurative imagery that addresses the ideas of beauty and cultural identity while reexamining the traditional triadic artist, model, viewer, relationship. Her exhibition record includes several national and international exhibitions such as the Tulipamwe International Artists’ Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia (Africa), Prizm Art Fair, Miami, Florida, Salt of the Earth at the Community Folk Arts Center in Syracuse, New York, Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, and the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Art Exhibition at the Sophia Wananmaker Galleries in San Jose, Costa Rica among others. LaToya’s work has also been featured in Transition: An International Review, a publication of the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and has recently been added to the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art. Additionally, LaToya devotes her time to teaching and inspiring young artists as a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art. During her visit, Hobbs will be working with our printmaking studio to produce a limited edition print of her work, a copy of which will be donated to the University Art Collection. Artist Talk, 6 p.m.
April 12, 2022: Jordan Koch is a storyboard artist and character designer in the animation industry. Growing up in Pennsylvania, he went on to attend Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2012 with a degree in hand-drawn animation. His credits include Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Warner Bros./Renegade Animation, Penguin Random House, and Animation Magazine. Koch is a member of the Television Academy, The Animation Guild (Local 839), and ASIFA-Hollywood. During his visit, Koch will also conduct a storyboarding workshop with Art + Design animation students. Artist Talk, 6 p.m.
October 6: Chloë Bass, is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. She is currently working on Obligation To Others Holds Me in My Place (2018 – 2022), an investigation of intimacy at the scale of immediate families. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Chloë Bass registration link)
October 13: Cassils, (rescheduled from Spring 2020 due to COVID shutdown) is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Cassils registration link)
January 27: Debbie Millman, was named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company and “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA. Millman is also an author, educator, curator and host of the podcast Design Matters. For 20 years, Millman was the president of Sterling Brands, one of the world’s leading branding consultancies. She arrived there in 1995 when the company was 2 years old and had 15 employees in one office. Under her leadership, Sterling grew to 150 employees in five offices and she was instrumental in the firm’s acquisition by Omnicom in 2008. Omnicom is one of the world’s largest holding companies. While there she worked on the logo and brand identity for Burger King, Hershey’s, Haagen Dazs, Tropicana, Star Wars, Gillette and the No More movement. Millman will also conduct a virtual workshop with design students via Zoom. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Debbie Millman registration link)
March 2: Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers in the world. Described as the “master conjurer of the instantly familiar,” Scher straddles the line between pop culture and fine art in her work. Iconic, smart and accessible, her images have entered into the American vernacular. Scher has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram since 1991. She began her career as an art director in the 1970s and early ’80s, when her eclectic approach to typography became highly influential. In the mid-1990s her landmark identity for The Public Theater fused high and low into a wholly new symbology for cultural institutions, and her recent architectural collaborations have reimagined the urban landscape as a dynamic environment of dimensional graphic design. Her graphic identities for Citibank and Tiffany & Co. have become case studies for the contemporary regeneration of American brands. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Paula Scher registration link)
March 24: Eliza Evans, experiments with sculpture, print, video, and textiles to identify disconnections and absurdities in social, economic, and ecological systems. The initial parameters of each work are carefully researched and then evolve as a result of interaction with people, time, and weather. Evans was born in a rustbelt steel town and raised in rural Appalachia. She currently splits her time between New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her work was exhibited at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY (2019), Edward Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY (2019), Chashama Sculpture Field, Pine Plains, NY (2018), BRIC, Brooklyn (2017), and Purchase College, Purchase, NY (2017). Residencies include the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara (2020), Bronx Museum AIM, and Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN (both 2019). Evans holds an MFA from SUNY Purchase College in visual art and a Ph.D. in economic sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Eliza Evans registration link). Time Machine performance in the Arts Quad, March 25 April 22, 9a-4p.
April 5: Stephanie Syjuco, works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Recently, she has focussed on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship. For 2019/2020 she is a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. She is featured in Season 9 of the acclaimed PBS documentary series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Recent exhibitions include "Being: New Photography" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; "Public Knowledge," at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; "Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States," at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; and "Disrupting Craft: the 2018 Renwick Invitational" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Born in the Philippines in 1974, Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, and a 2020 Tiffany Foundation Award. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, The 12th Havana Bienal, The 2015 Asian Art Biennial (Taiwan), among others. A long-time educator, she is an Associate Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., ZOOM (Stephanie Syjuco registration link)
October 8: Antwaun Sargent, is an art critic and a writer who has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice and more, as well as essays to multiple museum publications. His first book, “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” will be published by Aperture this fall. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120
October 28: Nina Stössinger, is a Senior Typeface Designer at Frere-Jones Type in Brooklyn. She also teaches type design at Yale School of Art. Her published retail type designs include Empirica and Conductor (both designed with Tobias Frere-Jones), Nordvest, and FF Ernestine. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120
November 6: Raheleh Filsoofi, is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Texas, South Florida and Iran. Her work synthesizes socio-political statements as a point of departure and further challenges these fundamental arguments by incorporating ancient and contemporary media such as ceramics, poetry, ambient sound and video; aiming for a holistic sensory experience. Her interdisciplinary practices act as interplay between the literal and figurative contexts of border, immigration and inter-cultural communications. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ AD120
November 12: Deborah Roberts, is a mixed media artist whose work challenges the notion of ideal beauty.
January 30: Carla Repice, is a first generation Italian American born to Southern Italian immigrants Post-World War II. Her work investigates systems of oppression and memory, and probes the effects of racism and dehumanization on the human psyche. She will have a short-run exhibition of her series, The White Problem, in the Barbara Beach Gallery from Jan. 20-31. Conversational Discussion, 6:00 p.m. @ Barbara Beach Gallery
February 26: Heather Abels, is a senior matte painter with over 12 years of experience in the visual effects industry. Her work encompasses live-action blockbusters, animated feature films, national advertising campaigns, cutting-edge VR and concept work. She also has taught at several universities and has an ongoing workshop at CGSociety. She has worked at top studios including Walt Disney Animation, Blur Studios, Weta Digital, Matte World Digital, The Orphanage and Rhythm & Hues. During her time at Rhythm & Hues, she became matte department supervisor. In doing so, she was able to cross the divide between artists and technicians in order to build and adapt the department to meet new demands, as seen in the Academy Award-winning film “Life of Pi.” Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ Trahern Theatre
March 6: CECA TN Artist Fellow, The CECA Tennessee Artist Fellowship was created to celebrate contemporary art, and
to support the continued creative work of exceptional Tennessee artists. Unlike other
fellowships, nominations and applications from artists are not solicited. A committee
of APSU faculty compiles a list of outstanding artists from across the state and selects
the fellowship recipient. Through the generous support of the Center of Excellence
in the Creative Arts (CECA), the selected artist receives $5,000 to aid in the creation
of new artwork. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ The Frist Art Museum
April 9: Cassils, is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories. Artist Talk, 6:00 p.m., @ Trahern Theatre
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Below is just a selection of nationally and internationally renowned artists that the Department of Art + Design has hosted at APSU.