The School of Visual Arts Visiting Artist Program

2014. Matt Repsher demonstrating hand-carving techniques on wheel-thrown pottery. Repsher is a ceramic artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who works in both sculpture and vessel forms.

Visiting Artist, Matt Repsher, demonstrating hand-carving techniques on wheel-thrown pottery, fall 2013. Repsher is a ceramic artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, who works in both sculptural and vessel forms.

The School of Visual of Visual Arts has a very active Visiting Artist Program.  Typically, seven art professionals representing a wide range of specialties participate in the program each year.  The Visiting Artist Program enriches art students’ experiences in a number of ways.  Gallery Director and Visiting Artist Committee Chair, Lauren Kinney, discusses the importance of the program: “The Visiting Artist Program facilitates opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to expand their knowledge of the arts by introducing new styles, techniques and ideas. The program brings a variety of artists, art historians, and art professionals to MSUM to present lectures, exhibitions, and demonstrations that enable supplementary learning in the arts.”

James Elkins, Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a visiting artist this fall in the School of Visual Arts. In addition to his evening lecture, "How to Use Your Eyes, and how some animals use them," Elkins had individual portfolio critiques with students.

James Elkins, Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a visiting artist this fall in the School of Visual Arts. In addition to his evening lecture, “How to Use Your Eyes, and how some animals use them,” Elkins conducted individual portfolio critiques with students.

Amy Jo Hendrickson–printmaker and graphic designer–kicked off this year’s roster of visiting artists in September.  James Elkins–artist, art historian, and art critic–was on campus in early October.

Upcoming visiting artists include David Adams and Ellie Richards.  In addition to working with students and giving presentations on their work, they will be showing their work in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery, November 24 through December 18.  Richards is an artist who primarily works in wood, including installations, sculpture, and furniture.  She is currently the Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Crafts.  Adams is a photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona.  He recently received the prestigious Lens Culture International Exposure Award.

Margot Ecke

Margot Ecke, owner of Smokey Road Press in Athens, Georgia, giving a lecture on the business aspects of art, spring 2013.  Ecke also gave a bookbinding demonstration and an evening lecture in the SVA Colloquium Series.

For more information in the Visiting Artist Program, contact Lauren Kinney at lauren.kinney@mnstate.edu.

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