Schedule and post updated August 18, 2015.
The 2015 schedule for the UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series includes abstract artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers and public artists. "This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our BFA and MFA students," says the release from UNLV Fine Arts. The Visiting Artists Lecture Series not just gives UNLV students an interesting three credit course, it also benefit the larger arts community of Las Vegas. It's free to the public and held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at The Barrick Museum from September 9 through December 3.
Information from UNLV after the jump. More will be added as we go through the season. Or follow UNLV Barrick Museum on Facebook.
Allison Miller I September 3
Allison Miller lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from RISD and her MFA from UCLA. Miller is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York and has had multiple solo exhibitions at ACME., Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the Pizzuti Collection's exhibition Now-ism: Abstraction Today, the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A. 2012, Painting in Place, curated by Shamim M. Momin, as well as exhibitions at GAVLAK, Los Angeles, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria, Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York, and Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been reviewed and/or written about in frieze, Artforum, Flash Art, Modern Painters, Hyperallergic and the Los Angeles Times and was included in Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting, by Bob Nickas. Miller was most recently awarded the 2014 SFAI Diebenkorn Fellowship.
"The recent show further convinced me that Miller — who refuses to make work that is stylish, seductive, charming, nostalgic, retro, ironic or hip — is up to something. It is not that we wouldn’t recognize a Miller painting as such, it’s that she refuses to give her work a look."
- John Yau (Hyperallergic. September 2013).
Harg Vartanian I September 10
Hrag Vartanian: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the art blogazine posting out of Brooklyn, NY. "I write and lecture about contemporary art, performance, multiculturalism, politics, the internet, literature, and visual culture, and my best work combines my words with images I create," says the high-profile online publisher.
Hrag Vartanian photo by Veken Gueyikian
Miljohn Ruperto I November 17
Miljohn Ruperto was born in 1971 in Manila, Philippines, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999, and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2002. His work has been exhibited at several venues, notably at the Whitney Biennial in 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and in Made in L.A. 2012 at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Still of "Janus" by Miljohn Ruperto
James Skalman I November 24
James Skalman is a San Diego based artist. His body of work consists of large-scale, site specific installations, individual sculptural pieces, and public art projects.
Pictured: "Sudan Interior Mission: Movies" Mud hut, carpet, slide projectors, color, light. University of California, San Diego, CA
Mike Cockrill I October 1
Mike Cockrill has been making and exhibiting provocative and challenging figurative paintings for over 35 years. After first gaining notoriety in the early 80s for brash and satirical cartoon paintings, his art has developed psychological nuance and complexity. He has worked through tongue-in-cheek yet darkly disturbing depictions of adolescent girls calmly killing clowns, to sweetly painted scenes that tweak the sexual suggestiveness he has found in children’s book illustrations. Cockrill references a wide range of sources in his work: from high art to advertising, from Giacometti to Norman Rockwell.
"Orange Sunshine" 2011
Karen Yasinsky I October 8
Karen Yasinsky is an artist and filmmaker working with animation and drawing. Her video installations and drawings have been shown in many venues internationally including the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, NY; UCLA Hammer Museum, LA; the Wexner Center, Columbus and Kunst Werke, Berlin. Her films and videos have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including the National Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art, NY, the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant Garde, the San Francisco International, Images Festival, Toronto, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ann Arbor Film Festival where she won the Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design in 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film and Media Studies.
Anya Gallaccio I October 15
Anya Gallaccio attended Kingston Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Gallaccio creates site-specific installations, often using organic materials as her medium. Past projects have included arranging a ton of oranges on a floor, placing a thirty-two ton block of ice in a boiler room, and painting a wall with chocolate. The nature of these materials results in natural processes of transformation and decay, often with unpredictable results.
Aurora Tang I October 22
Aurora Tang is a researcher and curator based in Los Angeles. She is a program manager at The Center for Land Use Interpretation and the managing director of High Desert Test Sites. (Added August 18).
Carrie Moyer "Ali Stoker II" 2012
Carrie Moyer I October 29
Carrie Moyer is an artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited widely, in both the U.S. and Europe. Recent painting shows include Carrie Moyer: Interstellar at the Worcester Art Museum and a traveling survey, "Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny", that originated at the Tang Museum. She has received awards from the Guggenheim and Joan Mitchell Foundations, Anonymous Was a Woman, and Creative Capital among others. With photographer Sue Schaffner, Moyer co-founded one of the first lesbian public art projects, Dyke Action Machine!, which was active in New York City between 1991-2008. Moyer’s writing has appeared in Art in America, the Rail, Artforum, Modern Painters and numerous catalogs. She is an associate professor at Hunter College. Moyer is represented by DC Moore Gallery.
Robert Irwin I November 5
Robert Irwin will focus the discussion on the Central Garden, which alies at the heart of the Getty Center. The 134,000-square-foot design features a natural ravine and tree-lined walkway that leads the visitor through an extraordinary experience of sights, sounds, and scents.
Laura Hyatt I November 12
Laura Hyatt is the Development Director at Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) and a graduate of the Art Business programme at Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York.
Credit: CLUI Archive photo (1998)
Matt Coolidge I November 19
Matt Coolidge, founder and director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how the nation’s lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceive
Letha Wilson I December 3
Letha Wilson was raised in Colorado, received her BFA from Syracuse University, and her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Letha attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, and her artwork has been shown at many venues including Art in General, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, International Center for Photography, and the Essl Museum of Contemporary Art (Austria). Letha currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Letha Wilson’s photo-sculptures "combine landscape photographs and concrete, mixing the two to make literal the idea of photography as a kind of mystical-alchemical-geological enterprise. Ms. Wilson’s focus on the desert and otherworldly sites in the American West also recalls a history of natural phenomena unexplained by science but celebrated in art."
- NYTimes / July 2015
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.