Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar Series

The Department of Fine Arts is committed to inviting guest artists/scholars to represent the different programs and disciplines within the department. Fine Arts intends to invite at least one distinguished visiting artist/scholar per academic year, ideally each October, rotating between the various disciplines (art education, art history, and studio art). The goal of the Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar Series is to expose students, faculty, and the campus community to artists, art and architectural historians, art educators, museum curators, and other art professionals whose work has had a transformational impact in the visual arts. Visitors may conduct workshops or demonstrations, participate in class or studio visits, deliver a keynote lecture, or engage in guest critiques.      


Full-time faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, and students are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2023-2024 Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar. Submit your nomination using this form by December 12, 2023. Note: staff, adjunct faculty, and students will be requested to submit a brief letter of sponsorship from a full-time Fine Arts faculty member in support of their nomination.


Upcoming Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars

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Past Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars


Fall 2023

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Erin Thompson

The Role of History in Monumental Debates: The Case of Stone Mountain 

Visited: October 24, 2023

The world’s largest Confederate monument is carved into the granite cliff face of Stone Mountain, outside Atlanta, Georgia. The park surrounding the monument remains the state’s most-visited tourist destination. Begun in 1915 and finished only in 1972, the monument has been used as a tool for embezzling donations, a rallying-point for resistance to integration, and an inspiration for the revival of the Ku Klux Klan – not once but twice. This talk argues that understanding the monument’s long history is crucial to current debates about whether it – and America’s many other controversial monuments – should be preserved, modified, or removed.

Spring 2023

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Dr. Isabelle Wallace

Pop Culture, New Media and the End Times in the Art of Paul Pfeiffer & Christian Jankowski 

Visited virtually on: March 30, 2023

Dr. Isabelle Loring Wallace currently serves as Associate Director of Research and Graduate Studies at The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on a wide range of objects and images, ranging from mid-twentieth-century American painting to early twenty-first-century photography, video, and installation. She is the author of numerous articles and exhibition catalogue essays on artists such as Manet, Duchamp, Jenny Saville, Wim Delvoye, Christian Jankowski, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Paul Pfeiffer, and the co-editor of three anthologies that reflect her commitment to thinking about contemporary art within broad cultural and historical contexts: Contemporary Art and Classical Myth, co-edited with Jennie Hirsh (Ashgate/Routledge 2011); Contemporary Art About Architecture: A Strange Utility, co-edited with Nora Wendl (Ashgate/Routledge 2013); Ventriloquism, Performance and Contemporary Art, co-edited with Jennie Hirsh (Routledge 2023).

Fall 2022

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Kathryn Vajda

Timescapes from a Changing World 

Visited on: September 20, 2022

Kathryn Vajda is the Assitant Clinical Professor of Art at Alfred University. It this lecture, she discussed photo-based digital prints of structures constructed from ice and snow using disposable single-use plastic packaging. Plastics are extracted from fossil fuels, contribute to climate change, and never decompose. The work is created in a battle against the unsustainable use of resources.

Spring 2022

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Rachel Hooper

What Does Progress Look Like? The Racial Politics of the Encyclopedic Art Museum in the United States, 1842-1876

Visited on: February 11, 2022 

Rachel Hooper is a Professor of Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Summary of Lecture: The U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction were defined by intense racial politics as chattel slavery ended and frontiers were pushed west. Some of the first encyclopedic art museums in the U.S. were formed at this time, and prominent galleries gathered artworks from around the world to tell racialized narratives of progress. Acknowledging the ways in which art was involved in the politics of ethnology in the Civil War era can help us grapple with the legacy of this complicity.



Fall 2020

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Edgar Arcenaux 

Based in Los Angeles, Edgar Arceneaux is an award-winning artist, director, and writer whose drawings, sculptures, and performance works often explore connections between historical events and present-day truths. His work has been featured on Art21 and in solo exhibitions in Montréal, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and New York, and is represented in over 17 public collections. Arceneaux has received several artist residencies and fellowships, including the Malcolm McLaren Award from Performa and the Rauschenberg Residency. Arceneaux screened his film 
Until, Until, Until, delivered an artist talk, and engaged in studio visits with undergraduate and graduate students.