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Visiting Artist Events

The following events are a part of the Kansas State University Department of Art Visiting Artists Series 2018-2019 Season  


October 22, Kevin Townsend Lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the lecture “drawing, duration and time-space compression” by Kevin Townsend at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 23 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Admission is free and open to the public.

Time-space compression is an inescapable fact of contemporary life. In our era of instantaneous imaging and accelerated electronic transmissions, distant locations and time periods are brought closer together. We live our lives immersed in multiple time-flows simultaneously and are capable of being present both physically and virtually. Kevin Townsend’s expanded drawing practice builds upon these ideas fusing concepts of mark-making, duration, and temporality to engage time as both material and site for artistic production. Employing processes that are equal parts obsessive and meditative, Townsend produces large-scale ephemeral works that leverage the power and possibility of drawing to give form to our evolving relationship to time-space. In this artist talk, Townsend will discuss the ideas and process that animate his practice.

Kevin Townsend is an internationally recognized drawing artist and professor currently living and working in Kansas City. He has taught at Maine College of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and Kansas City Art Institute. Townsend earned his BFA from Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University and his MFA from The School of Visual Arts.

Artist website: www.kevin-townsend.com

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

Work by visiting artist Kevin Townsend

"looking for a recollection," 2018, A two-act durational drawing/erasing, PLUG projects, KC MO, graphite and eraser on wall surface.



September 20, Ezra Shales Lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the lecture “Curating Women’s Ceramics and Coping with an Aesthetic Canon” by Dr. Ezra Shales from 3:00-4:30 pm on Thursday, September 20 in Regnier Forum, College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Ezra Shales teaches the history of art at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is the author of two books, Made in Newark (Rutgers University Press, 2010), which explores craft as an anchor of regional identity in progressive-era New Jersey, and The Shape of Craft (Reaktion, 2017), which has prompted a reviewer to identify him as a “philosopher of the factory floor.” He also works as a freelance curator and has published numerous articles and essays on contemporary art, most recently on Tom Joyce, Michael Sherill, Kim Dickey, and Shari Mendelson. 

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

Heath ‘Coupe’ mug, modeled by Caitlin Brown.

Heath ‘Coupe’ mug, modeled by Caitlin Brown.



August 20-31, Brian Caponi Exhibition and Lecture

MANHATTAN —The Kansas State University Department of Art will present the exhibition “wading in without” by internationally recognized artist Brian Caponi from August 20-31 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. The artist will also present an Artist Talk at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 23 in the Town Hall Room, Staley School of Leadership Studies. A reception will follow the lecture from 6:30-8 pm in the Chapman Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public. 

wading in without is a large scale sculptural installation, utilizing cast concrete platforms as ground for a range of fabricated and found objects. Materials and forms are withdrawn directly from an autobiographical narrative, utilizing the artist’s childhood home as site and source as a means to address broader notions around dislocation and longing, and the enduring persistence of the human spirit.

Brian Caponi received his BFA in Sculpture from Grand Valley State University in 2007, and earned his MFA in Ceramics from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2013. 

He has attended various residencies including, WaterShed Center for Ceramic Art, Uttarayan International Ceramics Symposium, Baroda, India, Suroyo Ceramic Residency – Goseong, South Korea, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, City Design School, Beijing, China. 

His work has been shown throughout the states and internationally, most recently at the National Museum of Slovenia, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Grottaglie Convento Italy, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Janice Charach Gallery, and The Archie Bray Foundation. He is Chair of the Ceramics Department at the Royal Oak Campus of Oakland Community College, and has studios in Pontiac, Michigan and Jingdezhen, China. 

Artist website: www.brian-caponi.com

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

Work by visiting artist Brian Caponi

Detail, Concrete and graphite, 2017.

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.


View archives of Visiting Artists:

Visiting Artists, 2017-2018

Visiting Artists, 2016-2017

Visiting Artists, 2015-2016