Visiting Artist Program
The Visiting Artist Program has been a vital component of the Department of Art and Art History since 1972 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Each year, a diverse group of 8-10 nationally and internationally recognized artists are invited to CU to present their work and ideas to a large audience of students, faculty, and community members. During their stay, artists present a public lecture; join the faculty-led Visiting Artist Seminar to work closely with graduate and advanced undergraduate students; meet with students for individual critiques; and contribute to the program’s long-running What Follows professionally produced artist interview series.
The Visiting Artist Program has collaborated with the CU Art Museum, Colorado College, the Denver Art Museum, Boulder Valley Public Schools, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Communikey, and other organizations and institutions in Front Range to realize ambitious programming.
TOM LADUKE Tuesday, September 9
With a Master of Fine Arts, from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois and Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton, LaDuke’s paintings are steeped in references to art history, popular culture and cinema. Providing simply starting points – a slippery framework of a beginning. In their veiled appearances, these original images become almost visible – though they might ring the bell of recognition for the viewer, they avoid classification, hovering in the space between cognitive assumption and clear identification, inhabiting the grounds of inferences and suggestions, without providing definitions.
ERIKA WALKER Tuesday, September 23
Printmaker, Erika Walker’s work concerns itself with animal and machine relations: the steer and the plow, the soldier and the gun, sexuality and politics. Invoking the history of these relationships generates meaning about the present, and the stories we tell ourselves about the past shape our self-image today. In this way, history can narrate the manner in which we work for or against one another. Propaganda comprises much of her research focus; old posters, political speeches, and government documents contain language and reference artifacts that have forged the power dynamics of our modern world.
SUN HAO Tuesday, September 30
Sun Hao, is China’s most recent up and coming brush painters. After graduating from Lumei Art University he went on to study at Central Academy of Fine Arts Painting Department in Beijing. These studies gave him a solid foundation of traditional ink and brush painting from which he has embraced his own personal style. No longer succumbing to the traditions of revolutionary slogans or theme first, Sun Hao combines his ink with freedom and personal expression as he ponders the material, shape and the harmony of blending the two. His most recent work focuses on meditation and imagination as he gathers strength and courage to express thorough the tension of the ink.
• Sun Hao will be painting in the lobby of the VAC on either October 1st or 2nd – more details to follow.
NATALIJA VUJOSEVIC Tuesday, October 14
Natalija is an ArtsLink Fellow from Montenegro who will be living and working with our department for six weeks (October 9 – November 11). Natallija’s work combines installation, video, drawing and performance to explore the archeology of identity produced in a particular social, technological and ideological environment. Collaboration is an important component of her process. She often bridges artists, composers, sound designers and engineers to create her work which combines objects from everyday life with animate elements and sound creating an atmosphere of frozen time that is connected to emotional memories.
(Interview with Natalija)
JUDITH LEEMANN Tuesday, October 21
Judith is an artist, educator, and writer living in Boston. She teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and serves as artist in residence at the Design Studio for Social Intervention. Her lecture will focus on the relation between finding and making, tracking several threads of inquiry as they move through studio practice, teaching, and publication/exhibition. In particular she will draw attention to what happens in the act of translating ideas and methodologies from one setting into another.
During her stay Judith will be working conducting workshop: Close Observation and Other Sharp Tools.
DIANE BURKO Tuesday, October 28
Monumental geological phenomenon of the world have captured Diane’s attention throughout her career. Since 2006 her artistic practice has been located at the intersection of Art and Science and has been used as a tool for social change and environmental policy, bringing attention to the urgent issues of climate change. This past year she participated in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, which profoundly augmented her ongoing study of ice as an indicator of environmental change.
SANFORD BIGGERS Tuesday, November 4
An LA native working in NYC, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual. Biggers is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program and a board member of Sculpture Center, Soho House and the CUE Foundation
LAURIE BRITTON-NEWELL Tuesday, November 11 or 18
Laurie Britton Newell is a curator who has worked across the fields of contemporary art, craft and design in Europe and the USA. Whilst working at the V&A Museum in London she curated critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Memory Palace in 2013, Make Lab in 2011, 1:1: Architects Build Small Spaces in 2010 and Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft in 2008. She writes and lectures regularly about art and design.
• Laurie will curate an exhibition with students two weeks after the lecture.
Most lectures begin at 6:30 and are held in VAC 1B20 however for specific details on each artist’s talk go to the home page of our website. All lectures in this series are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Valerie Albicker at (303) 492-2539.
Students and faculty are able to access lectures that occured this academic year here.
We would like to thank our students for making this program possible with funding from Art and Art History Student Activities Fees. Additional funding for special guests generously supported by the Roser’s.
Visiting Artist DVDs
The VRC maintains a collection of DVDs from the department’s Visiting Artist Program, available for 3 business-day checkout to faculty and students within the Department of Art and Art History (undergraduate students must present their Buff OneCards). These include the artists’ public lectures and the What Follows… interviews series. The VRC also provides access to recent Visiting Artist videos through its database. See the VRC video page for more information about the DVDs and streaming videos. Note that videos in either format are not available until the semester following an artist’s visit.
We are honored to have had the following visitors participate in our program, the list is long but so is our history: Comprehensive Catalog – Visiting Artists
Stan Shellabarger & Dutes Miller
Stan Shellabarger & Dutes Miller
Joel Peter Witkin
John Jota Leanos
Hank Willis Thomas
Don Gregorio Anton
Patrick Lichty – Yes Men
Haiko Meijer – Onix
Regina Jose Galindo
Robert & Shana Parke-Harrison
Carlos Runcie Tanaka
Mary Jo Bole
Jan Theun van Rees