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Visiting Artist Fall 2014Fall 2014 Schedule of Visiting Artists

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building

800 University Avenue
Room L160
Madison, WI 53706

Events are typically held from 4:30 until 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.

All events are free and open to the public.

This series is generously supported by
 the Anonymous Fund and the Brittingham Trust.

* Additional funding this year is provided by the
Fall 2014 Alec Soth and Brad Zellar Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program through the U. W. Arts Institute.

Visiting Artists Lecture Schedule
September 10 Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin
September 17 Lisa Freiman
September 24 Susan Meiselas
October 1 Monona Rossol
October 8 David Rathman
October 15 Michael Lesy
October 22 The Goggles (Paul Shoebridge & Michael Simons)
October 29 Jeremiah Day
November 5 Brad Kahlhamer
November 12 Ginger Strand
November 19 Lori Waxman
December 3 Iris Eichenberg

Monona RossolWednesday, October 1

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Monona Rossol is a chemist, artist, and industrial hygienist. She was born into a theatrical family and worked as a professional entertainer from age 3 to 17. She enrolled in the U. W. Madison, where she earned a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Math; an M.S. majoring in Ceramics and Glassblowing and a minor in Music. While in school, she worked as a chemist, taught and exhibited art work, performed with the University music and theater groups, and worked yearly in summer stock. After leaving school, she performed in musical and straight acting roles in Off and Off Off Broadway theaters and cabaret. 

Currently, Monona is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She also is the Health and Safety Director for Local 829 of the United Scenic Artists International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She has lectured and consulted in the US, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico and Portugal.


Wednesday, September 24

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

susan_meiselas4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

* Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer who lives in New York. She is an author, director and MacArthur Fellow.  Meiselas is well known for her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Her photographs can be found in both national and international collections.

*Additional funding is provided by the Fall 2014 Alec Soth & Brad Zellar Interdisciplinary Arts Residency program.

Wednesday, September 17

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Freiman

Dr. Lisa Freiman

Dr. Freiman is the inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University's new institute for Contemporary Art and an internationally recognized curator and leader in the field of contemporary art.

Freiman's lecture at U.W. Madison, Fostering Imagination, will touch upon the developing plans for the United States' latest Institute for Contemporary Art. Tracing her journey a a curator leading up to this project, she will speak about the interrelationships among historic Surrealism, popular culture, dreams, and the need for aesthetic disruption in everyday life.





Fulford & ShopsinWednesday, September 10

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Jason Fulford & Tamara Shopsin

Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books, a Gugeenheim Fellow, contributing editor and frequent lecturer.  Tamara Shopsin is a graphic designer and illustrator (NYT, Wired, Newsweek), author, and co-author. Combined, they're outstanding.

Vershbow & Rice

Wednesday, September 3

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Gregory Vershbow & Lyndsay Rice




Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Diana Al-HadidConrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Diana Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who lives and works in New York. Known for her innovative methods that extend pictorial devices used to expand perspective into three-dimensional space, she opens up new terrain for contemporary sculpture while simultaneously recovering influential visual histories.







Artist, Alison Saar

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

"My work is concerned with issues of personal identity and the social and cultural complexities facing us today. The work initially featured individuals found living at the margins of society, who despite trying conditions were able to retain their dignity and sense of humanity. By using archetypal forms, I aspired to reach out to diverse audiences and to address humanity in a broad sense through a rethinking of myth and folklore. In my sculpture the materials are essential to the power of the work. I often seek out used materials that have potency in either their alchemic properties or their history of use in prior lives.



Jason De Haan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Jason de Haan has exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto; Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro; ODD Gallery, Dawson City, and Access Gallery, Vancouver. He participated in the ARctic Circle 2012 residency and the residency "The Soiree Retreat: A bit of a Chekhovian Situation" at The Banff Centre. He is represented in Canada by Clint Roenisch Gallery.







Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nao BustamanteConrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160
4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Nao Bustamante's at times precarious, and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, "She has a knack for using her body." Bustamante has presented in galleries, museums, universities, and underground sites around the world.










Wednesday, April 2, 2014Megan Prelinger, visiting artist

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Megan Prelinger is an independent scholar and co-founder of the Prelinger Library, a public access research library and artists' workshop in San Francisco. Her research focuses on the relationship between graphic art and the history of technology. She is the author of Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race (2010), and as an artist in residence at the Exploratorium, is also co-author of a series of atlases that combine art, science and the environment: Watersheds, Islands, and Shorelines (2013).




Chris Antemann

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Inspired by 18th  century porcelain figurines, Chris Antemann's work employs a unity of design and concept to simultaneously examine and parody male and female relationship roles. Characters, themes and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming their own language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and ornamental gardens set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.







Lisa SelbyWednesday, March 12, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Lisa Selby is a London-based artist whose installations incorporate found objects, sound, video, performance and clay. Her most recent work explores the performative nature of clay, particularly in relation to gendered notions of domesticity. Clay objects in both fired and unfired states become catalysts for transformation through the parameters that the artist imposes on each work. The objects in Selby's work become active agents that emit sound, droop, fall and break rather than passive vessels that merely contain. They become participants in destabilizing the traditions and gendered etiquette historically attached to the domestic realm and to the medium of clay.



Ryuta Nakajima

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Ryuta Nakajima, Master of Fine Art, University of California, San Diego, is a contemporary artist, independent curator, and product designer who has lived in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, and the U. S.  His paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Currently an associate professor of art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Nakajima is also a Master of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. In the recent years, his work has focused on the behavioral ecology of cephalopods, particularly in the area of cuttlefish camouflage and body pattern.




Kendell Geers

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Kendell Geers was born in Johannesburg. He ran away from home at the age of 15 to get involved in the anti-apartheid movement. In 1988, he was one of 143 young men who publicly refused to serve in the South African Defence Force. He left South Africa and lived for a brief period in exile. Sometimes described as a political artist, Geers is known best for using a variety of colors and materials that signal danger, such as sirens, broken glass, and barbed wire, in an attempt to examine power structures, social injustices, and establishment values. He has exhibited globally since 1993.




Wednesday, February 19Visiting Artist Kristopher Benedict

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Kristopher Benedict lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he teaches painting at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). His works have been exhibited in solo shows at Sue Scott Gallery in New York, Gallery Diet in Miami, Volta, New York and the Goodyear Gallery at Dickinson College, among other venues.






Guest lecturer, Artist Chris Kubick

Wednesday, February 12

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 P.M. - 5:45 P.M.

Chris Kubick is an artist, composer, and sound designer whoworks under a variety of pseudonyms, including Language Removal Services and Many Many More Than One. Much of his recent work explores the meanings and half-truths that are embodied in Hollywood sound effects libraries. He comes this work, in part, through a long and happy association with the dark corners of B-Movie Hollywood.





Industry of the Ordinary information


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160

4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Through sculpture, text, photography, video, sound and performance, Industry of the Ordinary is dedicated to an exploration and celebration of the customary, the everyday, and the unusual. Their emphasis is on challenging pejorative notions of the ordinary and in doing so, moving beyond the question.

Based in Chicago, welcome artist, educator and curator Adam Brooks and artist and educator Matthew Wilson for our Visiting Artist Colloquium presentation.





Michael Zwack

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building - Room L160
4:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Michael Zwack is an internationally exhibited american artist, active since the early 70's. Along with artists Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, he co-founded the Hallwalls Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions at such galleries as Metro Pictures and Thaddeus Ropac, and was included in the Pictures Generation Exhibition in 2009 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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