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Visiting Artist Events

2019-20 Visiting Artist Season

October 3, 2019
"Wig Heavier Than A Boot" Artist Talk with Photography David Johnson

The Kansas State University Department of Art will present an artist talk by Photographer David Johnson and Poet Philip Matthews at 9am on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in 204 Willard Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.


Wig Heavier Than A Boot brings together photography by David Johnson and poetry by Philip Matthews. Revealing Petal—a drag persona as whom Philip manifests to write, and David photographs—the project crosses art-making rituals with isolated performances within domestic spaces and pastoral landscapes. Taken together, the resulting photographs and poems reveal dynamic relationships between author, character, and observer. By articulating a specific creative process in which one identity becomes two, the project in turn opens up a conversation about gender expression through an art-historical lens.

The photographs provide one record of author and character, blurring art-historical masculine and feminine postures. The poems provide another, which elaborate upon the lived experience of being, modeling, and sometimes, obscuring Petal. Subverting the ekphrastic literary tradition, Philip's poems do not respond to David's photographs, nor vice-versa. Both forms are made in the present: as David directs the shoot, Philip makes performance notes that give way to the poem. The photographs capture the blend or distinction between Philip and Petal, and the poems hybridize their perspectives, enacting a relationship that is surreal, empowering, and unbearable, as the project title suggests. What is constant is a sense of a person wanting to belong to the place that hosts them (e.g. farmland in rural Wisconsin, the coast of North Carolina, an art museum in St. Louis, a small church), even or especially when the social norms of that place are felt to ostracize them. Both photographs and poems balance narrative with fragmentation and invite multiple interpretations.


David Johnson is an artist, educator, and curator based in Iowa City, IA. He received an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and earned his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from Texas Christian University. In 2011, David was awarded the Great Rivers Visual Arts Award from the Gateway Foundation. This biennial award culminated with his 2012 exhibition institutional etiquette and strange overtones at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis. Johnson's Monograph Wig Heavier Than A Boot, was published in 2019 by Kris Graves Projects.

His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and Rathaus in Stuttgart, Germany. His work can be found in the collection at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Aint-Bad, Don't Take Pictures, the Humble Arts Foundation, Lenscratch, Photo-emphasis and Fraction Magazine have featured his work. David has curated exhibitions for Center of Creative Arts, Paul Artspace and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St Louis. Currently, Johnson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at The University of Iowa.

davidjohnsonstudio.com | @davidjohnsonstudio

Philip Matthews is a poet from eastern North Carolina and the author of Witch (Alice James Books, forthcoming April 2020) and Wig Heavier Than A Boot, (Kris Graves Projects, September 2019). Individual poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Tusculum Review, Denver Quarterly, Connotation Press, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. Anchored by site-specific meditation and performance, his practice investigates spiritual, queer power, eco-consciousness, and questions of home. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Hemera Foundation, and Wormfarm Institute. He has lectured at Washington University in St. Louis and the Kansas City Art Institute, and from 2013-16, he organized public programs at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, emphasizing cross-disciplinary collaboration, artist-driven thinking, and community-directed action. He received his MFA Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and BA English from Tulane University.

philipandpetal.com | @philipandpetal

October 1, 2019
"Leave Room" Artist Talk with Kelly John Clark

The Kansas State University Department of Art will present an artist talk by Kelly John CLark at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Leadership Studies Building, 114 Town Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.


Mushroom Blanket, 2015
Colored Pencil on Paper


"I like drawings through and through because they begin the same way for everyone, with paper and a place to sit. I like how the paper is thin and fragile because it asks the viewer to be more of a custodian than a consumer. I even like the word itself, because a drawing being drawn is like a raincloud raining or a sailboat sailing. I prefer to exhibit my drawings unglazed on slanted tabletops. This is how I am used to seeing them as I work on them at my desk, and so it is their nature to be seen this way."

Kelly John Clark lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. He primarily makes colored pencil drawings on paper, though he also writes and maintains ongoing collaborative projects with other artists. Kelly received his MFA in Printmaking, which he taught for 8 years before becoming a letter carrier for the US Postal Service. Having hung up his mailbag, Kelly is currently the Curatorial Assistant the Mid America Arts Alliance.

September 26, 2019
"Louisiana Trail Riders" Artist Talk with Photographer Jeremiah Ariaz

The Kansas State University Department of Art will present an artist talk by Jeremiah Ariaz, Photographer, at 2:30pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Beach Museum near the "Louisiana Trail Riders" installation. Admission is free and open to the public.


Father and Son, (Cecilia, LA) 2015
Archival Pigment Print

Jeremiah Ariaz is a Professor at Louisiana State University. His artworks explore the West as both a physical space and a terrain for the imagination. With photographic exhibitions Ariaz brings scrutiny to popular representations while revealing alternative narratives that have been under-represented in history.


His current project Louisiana Trail Riders has garnered critical acclaim. For the photographs Ariaz was named the 2018 Louisiana State Fellow and awarded the 2018 Southern Arts Finalist Prize from South Arts. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, and an ATLAS grant.

A monograph of the work titled Louisiana Trail Riders was released last fall from UL Press and has been featured in the Paris Review, U.S. News and World Report, Oxford American, among others.

Artist Website:www.JeremiahAriaz.com

September 24, 2019
Creatively Recalculating Your Daily Design Routine
Overcoming the fear associated with begin creative.

The Kansas State University Department of Art will present a design talk by Von Glitschka at 1 pm on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in 114 Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building. Admission is free and open to the public.


Everyone regardless of their specific field of expertise has the capacity to be creative. Everyone has been creative at one point or another. But often pursuing creativity means dealing with an uncomfortable feeling of intimidation and fear. Being creative literally means thinking at a higher level and that is hard to sustain or accomplish when fear sets in. This talk is about encouraging creative moments, exploring inspiration and developing a strategy of creative curiosity that embraces the fear associated with it and allows you to unlock creativity and discover a new realm of creative thinking so you can make creativity more sustainable.



Von is creative director of Glitschka Studios a small two-person boutique design firm located in the Pacific Northwest. Their diverse range of illustrative design is sought after by some of the most respected brands in the world. They creatively collaborate with ad agencies, design firms, in-house corporate art departments, and small businesses to produce engaging visual narratives.

Von has authored six books on design and branding and is the creator and producer of design courses for Linkedin Learning.


September 16-October 4, 2019
"Cloud Nine" Exhibition Installation by Sharon Que

The Kansas State University Department of Art presents Sharon Que installation "Cloud Nine" starting Monday, September 16 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard 116. She will be holding an artist talk on September 3 at 10:15am in Willard 220.

Admission is free and open to the public.


Quiet Revolution 1, 15"x20"x4"
Wood, Cast Bronze, Paint

Born Sharon Querciagrossa in Detroit, Michigan, Sharon has resided and worked in the Detroit area throughout her career. With much of her and her family's history rooted in the automotive industry, many of her works combine traditional and industrial materials. Que received a BFA from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and the following year, began an apprenticeship in the Wood Model Making program at General Motors. She states "In this apprenticeship I developed my skills of precision woodworking and the ability to analyze forms in two and three dimensions." After General Motors, she worked as a violin making assistant for the Curtain and Alf studio, before establishing her own business as a luthier, building and restoring antique violins and violas.

Que's works are part of the permanent collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts and in numerous private collections, as well as a public sculpture commission on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. Her works have been exhibited in Venice, Italy; San Francisco; and Chicago, as well as extensively in the metro Detroit area.


Artist student talk: 10:15 am, September 3, 2019, Willard 220

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

August 20-September 12, 2019
"Typographic Vision(s)" Exhibition Installation by Virginia Green & Prof. Mervi Pakaste

The Kansas State University Department of Art presents Virginia Green, and K-State's Graphic Design Professor, Mervi Pakaste's Letterpress installation "Typographic Vision(s)" starting Tuesday, August 20th in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard 116. 

Admission is free and open to the public.


Down the Rabbit Hole (Detail), Virgina Green, Letterpress 2019
Limelicious (detail), Mervi Pakaste, Letterpress 2019

"Typographic Vision(s)" is two-person exhibition featuring our recent explorations in typography through letterpress and book arts.

During this time of an onslaught of screens, we wish to offer people an opportunity for quiet exploration and discovery of typography and its possibilities for expression. Typography is one of the main components of visual communication, carrying within it a long history and tradition. Our work explores the tactile and historical assets of type in contemporary fashion. The juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary helps us create visual intrigue that is difficult to achieve through digital media. We aim to create visual dialogue through the versatile use of typography and the materials. Part of the magic is the tactile experience we go through during the printing and binding processes. The physicality that is involved in of setting type, operating a press or binding a book, creates a bond between the work and the maker, which is then in turn, passed on to the viewer. For the viewers, this exhibition is an occasion to experience typography in a different fashion.

Closing Reception: Thursday, September 12 from 4:30-6pm

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


View archives of Visiting Artists:

2018-2019 Visiting Artist Series

2017-2018 Visiting Artist Series

2016-2017 Visiting Artist Series

2015-2016 Visiting Artist Series

2014-2015 Visiting Artist Series