COD Announces Visiting Artist Series for 2018-2019

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By Angela Mennecke

The College of DuPage Fine Arts program, in collaboration with the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, welcomes six artists to campus for lectures and workshops as part of the 2018-2019 Visiting Artist Series. All lectures are free and open to the public and take place in the Playhouse Theatre of the McAninch Arts Center on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

In its fourth year, the Visiting Artist Series is intended to provide opportunities for the community to engage with leaders in the fields of contemporary art, design and culture. This year’s series highlights artists who are passionate about solving humanitarian, social and civic issues.

The Visiting Artists Series begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, with a lecture by conceptual artist, performance artist and arts curator Amanda Krugliak. Krugliak is best known for her performance-oriented, experiential installations and, most notably, curator at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities since 2007. She recently was nationally recognized as co-artistic creator and collaborator with anthropologist Jason De León and photographer Richard Barnes for State of Exception, an art exhibition showcasing the objects left behind in the desert by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S. In addition to her lecture, Krugliak will be working on a weeklong installation project with students in the Wings Gallery.

Architect Katherine Darnstadt shares her experience as founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urbanism firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Darnstadt and her firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Architecture Biennial, Architizer A+ Awards and Chicago Ideas Week. She is an Institute of Architects Young Architects Award winner and a member of the 2014 class of Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40. In addition to her lecture, Darnstadt will be leading a workshop for students in the College’s architecture department.

Sculptor Tyler Lotz discusses his world-renowned work, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Lotz was one of 12 international artists invited to make and exhibit work in Walbrzych, Poland, as a member of the XXXIV International Ceramics Symposium. His work has been presented abroad at The First World Ceramic Biennale in Korea and Vallauris Biennale International in France, and acquired by collections including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and the Icheon World Ceramic Center. In addition to his lecture, Lotz will lead a hands-on workshop for students and the community in COD’s ceramics facilities.

Visual and performing artist Emilee Lord discusses how her work is heavily influenced by the aesthetics of Northern Maine at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Lord combines her love of language and her experiential movement practice to create quiet, sparse and linear works on paper. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Jentel Artist Residency, and SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland. In addition to her lecture, Lord will lead three drawing and movement workshops with COD drawing students. 

Artist, writer and lecturer Sampada Aranke discusses her research interests, including performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Aranke has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, EXPO Chicago, the DePaul Art Museum and Contemporary Art Brussels in Belgium. In addition to her lecture, Aranke will be leading a seminar discussion of her writing and work for students and the community.

Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator and curator Edra Soto closes out the series with a discussion of her work and career at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. Soto is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects are motivated by civic and social actions with a focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities. Soto was recently awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, the DCASE for Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago and the 3Arts Foundation Make a Wave Grant. In addition to her lecture, Soto will lead a hands-on workshop for students and the community.  

Learn more about the Visiting Artists Series.

Pictured: College of DuPage Visiting Artist Amanda Krugliak gained national recognition for her artistic collaboration with anthropologist Jason De León and photographer Richard Barnes for State of Exception, an art exhibit curating conceptually the objects left by immigrants entering the U.S. through the deserts of Arizona from Mexico.


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