Editor's Note: The following announcement was submitted by Purchase College.
Purchase, NY—Continuing to connect students and the community with the important influencers in the art and design world, Purchase College, SUNY’s School of Art+Design will bring to campus this fall 10 noted artists, curators, critics, and historians to be part of a Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
The weekly series, which will serve multiple audiences, will run from September 11 through December 11. Each of the 10 lecturers will share their perspectives and expertise, providing insight into current issues facing the contemporary artist and designer.
The lectures are free and open to the public on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Purchase College Visual Arts Building, Room 1016.
“Through an open and critical dialog with important cultural practitioners, the Visiting Artist Lecture Series encourages a rigorous and diverse public conversation for students and the larger creative community that surrounds Purchase College,” said Steve Lam, director of thePurchase College School of Art+Design. “By addressing a multitude of issues, be they the development of one’s artistic work or key topics pertinent to the role of culture in contemporary everyday life, the series is an invaluable resource for an educational institution focused on building future vocabularies and methodologies of professional cultural and artistic practice.”
The lectures are as follow:
Sept. 11: Michael Cullen (a Windgate Artist-in-Residence) is a custom furniture builder, producing work ranging from exquisitely detailed and elegantly veneered formal furniture to monolithic pieces hewn from giant hunks of wood. He also builds what he calls fantasy pieces, which can range from whimsical furniture to pure sculpture.
Sept. 18: Jules de Balincourt is known for his abstract and figurative paintings of utopian, dystopian and marginalized communities as well as American politics. de Balincourt sets his lens to both macro and micro, zooming in and out of physical and psychic realities that comprise individual and collective experiences.
Sept. 25: Justine Kurland is a contemporary photographer whose work focuses on the American Landscape and the adolescents, wanderers, seekers and nymphs that populate and mythologize its surface. She is known for lushly described, large format color photographs that show vignettes of life played out by the willing strangers she meets on road trips crossing the country.
Oct. 3: (Thursday) Gary Kachadourian whose recent work has been drawing based and is designed to be copied, shown, and/or distributed as Xeroxed or laser printed booklets, prints or posters.
Oct. 9: Amanda Ross-Ho is an artist whose installations combine architectural elements, paintings, found and fabricated objects, textiles, and photographs to explore translation, scale, artifact and authorship. His carefully choreographed environments use an ever-evolving vocabulary to weave together and explode apart the points where personal narrative and popular visual culture intersect.
Oct. 23: Elena Sisto is an artist who paints fictitious painters, mostly women, in front of their canvases. Her content-development process fluctuates between the pop culture/social (signified by the abstracted language of cartoon) and the personal (signified by elements of realism).
Oct. 30: Anthony Cafritz is the director of the Salem Art Works, a non-profit art center and sculpture park located in rural upstate New York that is dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists in the creation of new and progressive work, as well as promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the region.
Nov. 13: Barnaby Furnas is an artist whose paintings are monumental in both scale and content. Filled with visceral red paint, Furnas’s paintings combine the drips, splashes and pours of historical abstraction with cinematic violence and cartooning to depict reworked biblical narratives.
Nov. 20: Janet Biggs is known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville salt flats, horses galloping on treadmills, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, and kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters.
Dec. 11: Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt is an artist whose work incorporates materials such as tinsel, foil, cellophane, saran wrap and glitter, putting together unique and influential mixed media constructions and installations.
About the Purchase College School of Art+Design
The School of Art+Design, part of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, offers premiere programs that prepare students for careers in the visual arts and design, as well as lives informed by aesthetic experience. The school honors tradition, encourages experimentation & collaboration, develops critical thinking, and embraces new concepts, materials, and technologies. A faculty of working artists is committed to creating a supportive climate in which students are passionate about learning to see, to think, to make, and to reflect. Our graduates are leaders in cultural production throughout the world.