Visiting Artist Lecture Series

The Visiting Artists Lecture Series provides our community with valuable insights and exposure to art professionals and their work, says Art Professor Nathan Haenlein. Haenlein, himself a studio artist in printmaking, has created an impressive roster of prominent contemporary artists this semester to present their creative and scholarly research. All lectures are free and open to the public. The series runs on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Carson 68. (Photo above of work by Shawn HibraCronan, who kicked off the series September 10.)

Fall 2014 Art Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series:

    September 17: Michael Light

    Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.


    October 1: Kelly Inouye

    Kelly Inouye is a San Francisco based artist whose work documents some of the more obscure aspects of popular culture, playing with the idea of collective memory. In addition to her studio practice, Kelly is an occasional contributor to San Francisco Arts Quarterly.


    October 8: Chris Thorson

    Chris Thorson has presented a solo exhibition with Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco and presented in group exhibitions with the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, the John F. Peto Studio Museum in New Jersey and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York. She teaches painting at the Oxbow School in Napa. She lives and works in Napa and Oakland.


    October 22: Ranu Mukherjee

    Ranu Mukherjee makes hybrid films, textiles and works on paper to probe ways that contemporary life is shaped by Creolization and nomadism. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is in public collections of the Kadist Foundation and San Jose Museum of Art, where she held her first solo museum show in 2012. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.


    October 29: Anne Beck

    Anne Beck is an artist, curator, educator and hand papermaker. She works collaboratively and independently in a variety of media. She holds an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in printmaking and art history from the University of Virginia. Anne lives and works in Northern California where she is founding director of Lost Coast Culture Machine, a contemporary art space and handmade paper mill focusing on interdisciplinary and sustainable creative practice.


    November 5: Val Britton

    Val Britton received her B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. A recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, she has participated in many national residencies and fellowships. Recent solo exhibitions include the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Foley Gallery/New York, and Gallery Wendi Norris/San Francisco. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.


    November 12: John Yoyogi Fortes

    John Yoyogi Fortes is a Northern CA painter in Sacramento. He studied Studio Art at CSU Fresno. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented in numerous private collections, including the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, the Triton Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum in California. He has received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York.


    November 19: Randy Colosky

    Randy Colosky received a B.F.A. in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1987. Colosky has been awarded grants from the Warhol Foundation for the Arts, the Fleishacker Foundation and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Colosky has done solo exhibitions at the SFAC Grove Street Gallery, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary and K Imperial Fine Arts, as well as many group shows.