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Visual Artist Series

The Visual Artist Series is collaboratively organized and hosted by faculty and students. Funded by the Student Association through the Campus Arts Council, the series typically brings seven to nine artists to our campus every year. These artists give public lectures, workshops, demos and critiques. Artists from all media are represented in the series. They come from all over the U.S. and Canada and, from time-to-time, other countries.

Spring 2024

Kathya Landeros, February 22, 2024

A shirtless young man washing a car window, as viewed from inside the carKathya Landeros, photographer, will be the first presenter of the spring semester. Ms. Landeros is a Mexican-American photographer and educator. Influenced by her bi-cultural upbringing, her work of over fifteen years focuses on Latinx communities and the exploration of history, migration, representation and belonging.  Her research has been supported through fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright, and residencies at the Rayko Photo Center and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is held in both private and public collections. She holds a graduate degree in photography from MassArt and a dual undergraduate degree in English literature and Hispanic studies from Vassar College. To learn more visit, https://kathyalanderos.com/

Ms. Landeros will give a presentation via Zoom on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. 

Kathy Kuehn, March 26, 2024

The Fox and the Food Chain, letterpress on handmade paper, inspired by woodcuts found in a 1780 Spanish edition of Aesop’s FablesKathy Kuehn, printmaker, will be the second presenter of the spring semester. Ms. Kuehn is a printmaker and book artist. She spent 19 years working at Pace Editions in New York City. There she collaborated with contemporary artists to produce editioned prints and unique works. She taught book arts and printmaking at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. In 2014 she moved to Portland, Oregon where she established her own studio. She continues to work as a freelance printer and bookbinder; she also continues to publish under her own imprint, The Salient Seedling Press. While teaching at the Oregon College of Art and Craft she began sewing texts on various fabrics including ribbons. These pieces are exhibited along with her books. Her books and sewn text pieces can be found in numerous book arts collections.

Ms. Kuehn will give a presentation on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in Yokum Hall, room 205.

Caroline Gillaspie, April 4, 2024

Caroline Gillaspie, art historian, will be the third presenter of the spring semester. Dr. Gillaspie is the assistant curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she stewards the collection of historic American art from the colonial period through 1960. In 2023, she received her Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Her dissertation, titled “Delicious Libation: The Art of the Coffee Trade from Brazil to the United States, 1797-1888,” examined the art and visual culture of nineteenth-century coffee harvesting and consumption in the Americas. In addition to her curatorial work, she has taught art history courses within the CUNY system and at Pratt Institute. 

Dr. Gillaspie will give a presentation on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in Yokum Hall, room 205.

Fall 2023

Randi Renate, September 28, 2023

A large wooden structure almost resembling a pumpkin. Inside are benches on which a couple sit relaxing.Randi Renate, sculptor, will be our first presenter of the fall semester. Ms. Renate received a B.F.A. in studio art and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and moved to Berlin where she maintained a studio and artist-run project space, TRACE. She is a 2020 M.F.A. graduate of the sculpture department at the Yale School of Art. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, N.Y., Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, N.Y., Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt., Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Neb., Fountainhead in Miami, Fla., and Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M. Randi Renate has shown both internationally and nationally, with solo and group exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, N.Y., and ROCKELMANN& and Galerie im Turm in Berlin, Del. among others.  Her scientific background in biology and oceanography informs her current artistic research. Operating across installation, sculpture, and an art-science podcast, her artwork involves a choreographing of bodies within a sculptural framework to conduct her research on how things are interwoven.  To learn more, visit https://randirenate.com/

Ms. Renate will give a presentation on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in Yokum Hall, room 205.

Trevor King, October 19, 2023

a white shelving unit displaying dozens of ceramic pieces, some resembling animals and vases, all in a earthy clay colorTrevor King, ceramic sculptor, will be our second presenter of the fall semester. Mr. King lives and works in New York City. He has exhibited work at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Calif., Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y., Sculpture Space NYC, Queens, N.Y., and Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, New York, N.Y. King has been a Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, N.Y. and an artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, Pa., Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, Mich., Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, Maine, Sculpture Space NYC, Queens, N.Y., Greenwich House Pottery, New York, N.Y., and The Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, Ga. He received a BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2011 and, during that time, also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. King received an M.F.A. from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in 2015.  To learn more, visit https://www.trevorkingart.com/

Mr. King will give a presentation on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in Yokum Hall, room 205.

Seth Drury, November 9, 2023

An upscale kit for facial cleansing products; two green and gold product tubes with a small lathering brush with a round wooden handleSeth Drury, is a graphic designer and will be our third presenter of the spring semester. Mr. Drury, along with business partner Mike Hannigan, own and lead Methodikal, a graphic design agency and creative shop based in Burlington, Vt.  They take an artisan approach to helping clients tell their story through content development, brand identity work, logo design, packaging design, brand strategy, copywriting and other creative services.  

Mr. Drury will give a presentation on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. in Yokum Hall, room 205.

Lin Xia Jiang, November 30, 2023

Painting in earth tones. Girl in the forefront laying on the ground, what appears to be wheat or dark brown grass. A barn or stick house off in the far distance.Lin Xia Jiang, painter, will be the fourth presenter of the fall 2023 semester.  Lin Xia Jiang is a painter and a professor at Buffalo State College. He has exhibited his work — including still lifes, portraits and landscapes — nationally and internationally. Born in the People’s Republic of China, Jiang earned a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Wuhan University in 1982 and 1985 respectively, and a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the University of Utah art department in 1989 and 1991 respectively. Since 2003, he has been chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Buffalo State, where he also coordinates the painting and drawing program. His work may be found in numerous private and public collections.

Mr. Jiang will give a presentation via Zoom on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. 


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