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.
Ève K. Tremblay, February 22, 2022
Ève K. Tremblay, photographer, will be the first presenter of the Spring 2022 semester. Ms. Tremblay grew up between Val-David and Montréal in Québec, Canada where she lived most of her life. After studying French literature at the University of Montréal, she attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York in 1994–1995. The influence of literature and theater is still very present in her photographic and other visual art works. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts with a major in photography from Concordia University in Montreal. Over the last fifteen years, she has lived and exhibited in Montréal, Berlin, New York and has participated in numerous residencies artists such as IAAB (Basel), CEAAC (Strasbourg) and Residency Unlimited (New York). To learn more, please visit Ève K. Tremblay’s website.
Ms. Tremblay will give a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Jamie Bowman, March 3, 2022
Jamie Bowman, painter, will be the second presenter of the semester. Ms. Bowman lives and works near Boston, Mass. Jamie received the M.F.A. in painting from the University of New Hampshire and a B.F.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh. She has exhibited her work in France and throughout the United States. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program, and the Mount Gretna School of Art. She has taught drawing and painting at Northeastern University, Elms College, and the University of New Hampshire. Jamie has described her current work as a shifting balance between humor, sadness and memory.
Ms. Bowman gave a presentation via Zoom on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Eunkang Koh, March 9, 2022
Eunkang Koh, printmaker and book artist, will be the third presenter of the spring semester. Ms. Koh received her B.F.A. from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea and an M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach. Koh sees the world as an illusion and believes that what we actually see is a perception that is programmed through mainstream cultures. In her work, she depicts interactions between human/animal hybrid creatures to address this subject matter. To learn more, please visit Eunkang Koh’s website
Ms. Koh will give a presentation via Zoom on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Craig Usher, March 23, 2022
Craig Usher, sculptor, will be the fourth presenter of the spring semester. Mr. Usher, a New York native, received his B.F.A. at SUNY Purchase, and M.F.A. at the New York Studio School. Following the completion of his studies, Craig took an extensive tour of Europe, culminating in an honored residency position at European Sculpture Park in Poland. Upon his return, he was asked to assist an iron session class at Penland School of Craft. Craig is now settled in his Ossining, N.Y. studio, facing the Hudson river. His current work embroils themes of rawness, landscape, and systemic imaginings. To learn more, please visit Craig Usher’s website
Mr. Usher gave a presentation via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Click here to watch Mr. Usher’s presentation.
Zoey B. Scheler, April 5, 2022
Zoey B. Scheler, ceramic artist, will be our fifth presenter of the semester. Ms. Scheler works and lives in Cañon City, Colorado. Zoey makes one of a kind, small scale ceramic sculptures and functional vessels. Zoey works with porcelain, colored porcelain and non-ceramic materials. Zoey attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she received her B.F.A. She received her M.F.A. from Purchase College SUNY. Her recent works are a series exploring her new home in the Rocky Mountains. “These works are moments stopped in time, from jumbles of wild flowers to starry sunsets wrapping the surfaces of traditional pottery forms.” To learn more, visit Zoey B. Scheler’s website
Ms. Scheler gave a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Click here to watch the presentation.
Rebecca Green, April 12, 2022
Rebecca Green, illustrator, painter and author will be the sixth and final presenter of the spring semester. Ms. Green works in publishing, editorial and fine art. She enjoys experimenting with traditional materials and uses an array of media including gouache, colored pencil, ink and cut paper. Her work celebrates ordinary moments, emotions, details, food and line. In 2017, her debut picture book How To Make Friends With A Ghost (Penguin/Tundra) was published and has since been translated into more than seven languages. It was recently acquired by the Jim Henson Company for a stop-motion adaptation for children’s television. To learn more, please visit Rebecca Green’s website
Ms. Green will give a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Kari Reardon, September 16, 2021
Kari Reardon, sculptor, will be the first presenter of the Fall 2021 semester. Ms. Reardon received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 after studying at the Studio Arts Center in Florence, Italy and completed her M.F.A. in 2012 from the California Institute of the Arts. Kari has been a recipient of numerous grants, residencies and fellowships throughout the U.S. and internationally. Currently she has a studio in Mount Washington and teaches sculpture, bronze casting and beginning 3-D design at California State University Northridge.
According to Reardon, her “fantastical sculptures are hybrids inspired by the shift in the way that we use bodies to communicate through technology. Thumbs are replacing our tongues and forming new languages through our social media-centric world of constant communication, via texting, Facebook, Twitter and instant messaging. Technology, changes the way we relate, identify, communicate/miscommunicate. By distorting the inherent meaning of found objects and shifting scale, I play with constructs and identity to point to the absurdity of our ever growing virtual experience. I conjoin dreams, childhood memories, and pop culture references in a somewhat dark and humorous way to point to the surreal existence of our technological new norm.” For more information, visit Kari Reardon’s website.
Ms. Reardon gave a presentation via Zoom on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. View Ms. Reardon’s presentation here.
Ian Boyden, September 21, 2021
Ian Boyden, visual artist, writer and translator, will be the second presenter of the Fall 2021 semester. Mr. Boyden’s productions are an intense interest in material relevance, place-based thought, and ecology, with a deep awareness of East Asian aesthetics. He studied for several years in China and Japan, and ultimately received degrees in the History of Art from Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) and Yale University. His work is interdisciplinary and collaborations have involved a variety of scientists, poets, composers, and other visual artists. To learn more, visit Ian Boyden’s website.
Mr. Boyden gave a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. View the Ian Boyden presentation here.
Katie Rutherford, October 5, 2021
Katie Rutherford, graphic designer, will be the third presenter of the Fall 2021 semester. Ms. Rutherford is co-founder and chief creative officer of Ruthless & Wellington, a branding and design studio in Burlington, Vermont. Ms. Rutherford is a California-grown, Vermont native, hop lover, vegetable enthusiast, runner, biker, eternally curious creative type with a passion for sustainability. For more information, please visit Ruthless & Wellington’s website.
Ms. Rutherford gave a presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. View Katie Rutherford’s presentation here.
Eric Reinemann, October 14, 2021
Eric Reinemann, painter, will be our fourth presenter of the Fall 2021 semester. Reinemann is a process-oriented painter who works rapidly in small series, each one exploring a new medium and a new visual subject for the duration of the group. “Everything revolves around the perceptual drawing process. Acrylics, oils, watercolor, gouache, inks, crayon, and straight up graphite line drawing are all put to use. The goal is always the same; find a subject and make the most unique version I possibly can of it. To learn more, visit Eric Reinemann’s website.
Mr. Reinemann will give a presentation via Zoom on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. John Peffer, October 28, 2021
Dr. John Peffer, art historian, will be our fifth presenter of the Fall 2021 semester. Dr. Peffer is a specialist in modern African art and photography and is an Associate Professor of Art History at Ramapo College in New Jersey. He is a past president of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA), the author of Art and the End of Apartheid (2009) and co-editor of Photography and Portraiture in Africa (2013). Dr. Peffer’s research has examined the historiography of African Art History, art and visual culture in South Africa during apartheid, and general issues of global modernity and human rights in art, photography and visuality. For more information, please visit Dr. John Peffer’s faculty webpage.
Dr. Peffer will give a presentation via Zoom on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
Russel Wrankle, November 3, 2021
Russel Wrankle, ceramic sculptor, will be our sixth presenter of the semester. Mr. Wrankle grew up in the “boonies” outside of Palm Springs, California. He spent his childhood hunting in the desert outside his home. Coming from a blue-collar background, he always assumed that he would work in manual labor, but that changed when he took his first ceramics class in college. Today he is an associate professor of art at Southern Utah University, where he teaches 3D and 2D design, multimedia and ceramic sculpture.
According to Wrankle, he tells “visual stories with the use of animal imagery. In my work I wrestle with existential questions of life and death through the symbolism of the body and animals. My intensely saturated ceramic figures represent the decadence of worldly pleasures, a vibrant source of energy that is antithetical to death and dying. It is through embracing life and living that the pull of death and suffering is kept at a distance.” To learn more, please visit Russel Wrankle’s website
Mr. Wrankle will gave a presentation via Zoom on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. View Russel Wrankle’s presentation.
Keith Carter, November 10, 2021
Keith Carter, photographer, will be our seventh presenter of the Fall 2021 semester. Mr. Carter is an American photographer known for his ghostly images of animals, still lifes, portraits, and figures in landscapes. Using black-and-white photography and varied focuses, he creates a mysterious sense of mythology and disorientation, making strange the familiar places and people of his native East Texas. “It’s not so much what you see, it’s the significance that you see in things that give them resonance,” Carter has said. “I like small moments that are almost elliptical, that are not necessarily linear…they’re natural things that happen in the world, but if you look at them from a slight angle there’s more than meets the eye.” His works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Carter lives and works in Beaumont, Texas. To learn more, please visit Keith Carter’s website.
Mr. Carter gave a presentation via Zoom on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. View Keith Carter’s presentation.