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The following events are a part of the Kansas State University Department of Art Visiting Artists Series 2017-2018 Season  

February 26, Angi Elsea Bourgeois Lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the talk “In Pursuit of the Question: Rebuilding the Meditationes of Cardinal Juan de Torquemada in Renaissance Rome” by art historian Angi Elsea Bourgeois on Monday, February 26 at 11:30 am in room 202B Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Angi Elsea Bourgeois is a professor of art history at Mississippi State University. She received her Ph.D from Emory University in Italian Renaissance art and her research is primarily concerned with devotional art in the early Renaissance and the spiritual function of art for the Dominican Order and lay confraternities. Her book, Reconstructing the Lost Frescoes of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome from the ‘Meditationes’ of Cardinal Juan de Torquemada: A Case Study in the History of Art, which includes a preface by Diane Cole Ahl, was published in 2009. Her most recent research examines the afterlife of the Minerva frescoes through the series of printed books that expanded the audience of Torquemada’s Meditationes into private and domestic spaces. Elsea Bourgeois is also working on an expanded edition of the unpublished final volume of Alberto Zucchi’s RomaDomenicana dedicated to Santa Maria sopra Minerva. She is also currently serving as the Secretary of the Italian Arts Society, and also serves as the Head of the Department of Art at MSU.

This event is presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee. 

Image for Angi Elsea Bourgeois' Lecture 

Antoniazzo Romano, Annunciation, c. 1500, Chapel of the Annunciation, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome

 


  

February 20, Wendy Edwards and Jerry Mischak Lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present talks by internationally recognized artists Wendy Edwards and Jerry Mischak on Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:45 pm in the McVay Family Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building, Kansas State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Wendy Edwards is Professor of Visual Art at Brown University, Edwards focuses on the interaction of color relationships by combining abstraction and naturalistic imagery. Edwards recently exhibited at May China 2017 at the China National Academy of Painting in Beijing. Jerry Mischak, a Senior Critic at Rhode Island School of Design and Instructor at the University of Rhode Island, Mischak creates collage, drawings, sculpture, and wall pieces, in part inspired by Franz West and Robert Rauschenberg. 

A married couple, they work in adjacent studios in their converted firehouse which was the subject of a New York Times feature. Their work has been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  They had a museum exhibition entitled Wendy Edwards/Jerry Mischak at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, Connecticut, which closed in December 2017. The work from this exhibition speaks to elements and influences, including classical antiquity, Impressionism, Socialist Classicism, and Constructivism. Edwards’ paintings at the Mystic exhibition acknowledge the challenge of addressing and reinterpreting Van Gogh as a woman painter and of freeing her own vision from an accessible and recognizable master. Mischak is best known for large-scale duct tape sculptures. Mischak is included, along with works by Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and others, at Twenty Years at 23rd and 10th at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York City.

Artist websites: http://wendyedwardspainting.com  /  http://jerrymischak.com

This event is presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee. 

Work by visiting artist Wendy Edwards         Work by visiting artist Wendy Edwards

Wendy Edwards, Upper, 2015. Oil on canvas, 78 x 70 inches.

Wendy Edwards, Lower, 2015. Oil on canvas, 78 x 70 inches.

Work by visiting artist Jerry Mischak         Work by visiting artist Jerry Mischak

Jerry Mischak, Construction #2, 2016. Cement, Hydrocal, Plaster, Wood, & Styrofoam, 33 x 14 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art.

Group install shot. 

 


 

January 29, En Iwamura Lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present an Artist Talk by internationally recognized artist En Iwamura on Monday, January 29 at 5:30 pm in the McVay Family Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building, Kansas State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

En Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1988. Under the influence of both parents who are painters, he grew up in an artistic environment. After receiving his BFA in craft at the Kanazawa collage of Art and Craft, he began to be interested in international Art world. He considers the ceramic arts as having the potential of being one of the international languages, which can cross the different cultures, people and countries.

En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a given moment. Through his work, Iwamura intends to create such an encounter with site-responsive installations, and provide through entering the space, an opportunity for viewers to recognize Ma themselves.

Artist website: http://eniwamura.wixsite.com/eniwamura

These events are presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee. 

"Beginning of the Power (Red)", 2016 by visiting artist En Iwamura

"Beginning of the Power (Red)", 2016 

 


 

 

November 7, Jstn Clmn Lecture

MANHATTAN—The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the lecture “Making and Object-ness” by internationally recognized artist Jstn Clmn at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 7 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall on Kansas State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Artist JstnClmn will be providing an artist talk that follows his trajectory as an artist and studio potter to the development of a conceptual approach in understanding materials and use of technique such as the use of ready-mades, image appropriation, and the investigation of meaning though objects.

Artist website: jstnclmn.com

This event is presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee.

Work by visiting artist Jstn Clmn

“Untitled” (ready-made bathroom sink with black stain and glaze)

 


 

October 17, Melanie Sherman lecture

MANHATTAN—The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the lecture “East Meets West: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery” by internationally recognized artist Melanie Sherman at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 17 in the McVay Family Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building on Kansas State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Melanie Sherman was born in Germany and currently resides and works in Kansas City, Missouri. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her background is in graphic design, where she developed an eye for pattern and decoration. In her ceramics she combines her love for ornamentation and her fascination with the history of ceramics, referencing 18th century European porcelain.

Melanie has travelled to Asia and Europe to explore ancient and contemporary porcelain production of the East and the instilled taste for prestigious white and translucent table wares of the West. She has been a resident at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary where she studied with the renowned Latvian artist Ilona Romule and deepened her love for designing with plaster and detailed china-painting. Melanie was also a resident artist at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, The Archie Bray Foundation, Montana and Anderson Ranch, Colorado.

Melanie has exhibited her work internationally, including Hungary, Canada and America. She was awarded the 2014 Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship from the National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the 2014 Windgate Fellowship Award by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Artist website: www.melaniesherman.com

This event is presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee.

 Work by visiting artist Melanie Sherman

“Salz & Pfeffer”, Salt & Pepper Shaker, Porcelain, Glaze, China-Paint, Gold Luster, Decals, 4.5 x 1 inches

 


 

October 12-26, Enrico Isamu Ōyama exhibition and lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the exhibition “Aeromural” (part of "Ubiquitous" at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art) by internationally recognized artist Enrico Isamu Ōyama from October 12-26 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. The artist will also present the lecture “Stations of the Elevated” at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 12 in 101 Thompson Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Enrico Isamu Ōyama was born in Tokyo in 1983 to an Italian father and a Japanese mother. He and his family visited the Veneto region in North Italy every summer for more than 2 decades. Experiencing Tokyo as megalopolis and North Italy as quiet countryside trained him to view the world from different angles. He is now based in New York and active both as an artist and a critic linking contemporary art and street culture at multiple levels.

Ōyama’s interest in the Writing culture grew while living in Italy between 2000 and 2001. After returning to Tokyo, he started drawing a motif composed of spontaneous repetition and expansion of free flowing lines, drawn from the visual language of the Aerosol Writing culture developed in New York and beyond during the 1970s and 1980s. Soon he established this motif, which he named Quick Turn Structure (QTS), as his signature style in the Tokyo underground art scene. 

Ōyama received his MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009, collaborated with fashion brands Comme des Garçons (2011) and shu uemura (2015), published the book Against Literacy: On Graffiti Culture (2015), and edited a special issue of Japanese art magazine Bijutsu-Techo (2017) on Writing culture.

Artist website: www.enricoisamuoyama.net

These events are presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Work by visiting artist Enrico Isamu Oyama

Acrylic-based aerosol and marker, graphite, latex paint and sumi ink on canvas Collection of IAM Gallery, © Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Photo © Atelier Mole

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.

 


 

September 5-29, Katharina Bosse exhibition and lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the exhibition “Sites of Projection” by internationally recognized artist Katharina Bosse from September 5-September 29 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. The artist will also present the lecture “The Body in Space” at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Admission is free and open to the public.

Katharina Bosse is an artist photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally by the Centre Pompidou Paris, MOMA, Alan Koppel Gallery in New York and Gallerie Anne Berrault in Paris, and publications such as The New Yorker, Spin Magazine, Der Spiegel and New York Times Magazine. She lived in New York for six years and now travels the US to take photographs. Today she is Professor of Photography at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld, University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Like her contemporary Catherine Opie and other female art photographers of her generation, her work tackles traditional subjects such as forgotten architectures, as well as the burlesque as a trope in photography. In this exhibition and talk she will present two bodies of work – one explores Architectural ruins of the Nazi era in Germany, the other the burlesque in the female empowered body, portraying it in new ways to break stereotypes.

Artist website: www.katharinabosse.com

These events are presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

Work by visiting artist Katharina Bosse

"Vogelsag", Inkjet print

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.

 



August 21-September 1, Rick Griffith exhibition and lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the exhibition “Beat the Whites with the Same Red Wedge” (a reflection on the work of El Lissitzky)by internationally recognized artist Rick Griffith from August 21-September 1 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. The artist will also present the lecture “A highly improvised life in design is very difficult to plan.” at 2:30 pm on Thursday, August 31 in the Chapman Gallery, with a gallery reception to follow at 4:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Rick Griffith (born 1969) is a largely self-taught graphic designer, strategist, letterpress printer, and nerd (amateur computer scientist) living in Denver, Colorado. He faithfully attends to the business of design at his studio and typographic laboratory, MATTER.

In 1999, Rick Griffith co-founded MATTER to re-frame design and begin the adventure into design and a maker and thinker, the studio still focuses on tools and the advantages of self-sufficiency in the field of design.

Rick and the MATTER staff have designed and curated three exhibits on visible language including works by Harrison Tu, Ed Fella, and the community of letterpress printers around the United States. MATTER's works have been on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and has been celebrated by the Type Directors Club, Print Magazine, Dwell, and the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers. Works are also present in permanent collections of the Tweed Museum, the Denver Art Museum, and the Butler Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Columbia University. He was published in 'Art for Obama, Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change’ in 2008. Griffith has been awarded numerous additional titles and accolades both nationally and internationally. 

In 2013 Rick was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Art Institute of Colorado.

In addition to his current work as design director of MATTER, Rick is active in the design community through his teaching in the region and lecturing around the United States at various colleges and universities. Griffith is past President of AIGA Colorado and since 2011 he has served as a Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, in the City and County of Denver where he chairs the Public Art Policy Committee. 

website: www.morematter.com

These events are presented and funded by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee.

Visiting artist Rick Griffith

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.


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