College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series Continues for Spring 2019

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By Angela Mennecke

The College of DuPage Fine Arts program, in collaboration with the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, welcomes three artists this spring 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. Tuesday, Feb. 21, with a lecture by visual and performing artist Emilee Lord. 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

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