Visiting Artist Series

The College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series provides opportunities for the community to engage with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design, and culture. Through lectures, conversations, and workshops a diverse range of art professionals offer students with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices. The series is hosted by the Fine Arts program in collaboration with the Cleve Carney Art Gallery.

All lectures take place in McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 205.

Amanda Krugliak, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.

Katherine Darnstart, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m.

Tyler Lotz, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.


Emilee Lord, Thursday Feb. 21, 11 a.m.

Sampada Aranke, Thursday, March 14, 1 p.m.

Edra Soto, Wed. April 17, 11 a.m.

All lectures are open to the public.

For more information, contact Mara Baker at


Amanda Krugliak

Artist, Curator, Arts Administrator best known for performance, conceptual experiential installations, most notably curator at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities since 2007, for projects with Mark Dion, Creative Time, Scott Hocking, Richard Barnes, Nigel Poor, Mark Strandquist, Ebony Patterson, Chico MacMurtrie, Charlie Atlas, Mary Mattingly, Sonya Clark, Kent Monkman, Mary Sibande, Jen Karady, Shani Peters, Ramiro Gomez, Nina Katchadourian, and The Cage Trust among others.  She conceptualized the first curated exhibition of graphic artist Alison Bechdel.

Most recently recognized nationally for co-creator artist/collaborator with Richard Barnes and anthropologist Jason De Leon for State of Exception, an exhibition about De Leon's Undocumented Migration project/curating conceptually the objects left by immigrants entering the U.S through the deserts of Arizona from Mexico; presented at MOCAD Detroit; ASU Museum/Combine Studios, Phoenix; ArtPrize, Grand Rapids; and Parsons New School Gallery, New York City. The project was featured in the New York Times Magazine in 2013, and front page of the New York Times and Art Section, March 2017. Also curatorial consultant for NPR Michele Norris's Race Card Project, University of Michigan, 2013; and collaborator for the 2017 exhibition, Object Lessons, chronicling the history of museums and collections at the University of Michigan in honor of its Bicentennial.

She has performed her own material extensively including the SF Fringe Festival, SF Marsh, Slim's Nightclub, Links Hall, Chicago; NYU as part of Performa; Stamps Gallery, Ann Arbor, Lightbox, Detroit, with her own one-woman show curated at the DIA in 2009.

She has taught performance and time based art at the Stamps School of Art and Design. Her essay about the work of Richard Barnes will be included in the upcoming book "Object Lessons," about the University of Michigan Collections and Museums, University Press. The Institute for the Humanities published a catalog documenting a selection of her curated exhibitions and original essays in 2018.

In addition to giving a lecture Amanda will be working on a weeklong project with students and the community.


Katherine Darnstart

Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urbanism firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new urban design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business, created spaces for youth makers, advanced building innovation, and created public space frameworks. She and the firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Architecture Biennial, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She currently teaches at Northwestern University and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to giving a lecture Katherine will be leading a hands on workshop for students in the Architecture Department .


Tyler Lotz

Tyler Lotz’s sculptures and vessels have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Elmhurst Art Museum – Elmhurst, Illinois, Harvey/Meadows Gallery - Aspen, Co, Dubhe Carreño Gallery - Chicago IL, Cervini Haas Gallery/Gallery Materia - Scottsdale, AZ, Cross-Mackenzie Gallery - Washington DC, Franklin Parrasch Gallery - NYC, Santa Fe Clay – NM, The Clay Studio – Philadelphia, PA, and SOFA Chicago. His work has been presented abroad at The First World Ceramic Biennale Korea and 2010 Vallauris Biennale Internationale in Vallauris, France. Tyler’s work has been acquired by collections including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, in Missouri, and the Icheon World Ceramic Center in Korea. Publications including Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Studio Potter and the Clay In Art International Yearbook have featured his work. He has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, as well as the Watershed Center for Ceramics in Newcastle, Maine. In 2010, he was one of 12 international artists invited to make and exhibit work in Walbrzych, Poland as a member of the XXXIV International Ceramics Symposium “Porcelain Another Way.” Having received his BFA from Penn State and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Tyler is currently a Professor teaching at Illinois State University.

In addition to giving a lecture Tyler will be leading a hands on workshop for students and the community in our Ceramics facilities.


Emilee Lord

Emilee Lord is a visual and performing artist who combines her love of language, her experiential movement practice and the seductive and absurd nature of repetition to create quiet, sparse, and often odd works on paper, installations, and multimedia performances. Her current research explores ideas of place or placelessness, the function of the line, solitude, and stillness.

Lord was born in Lancaster PA in 1982 after which her family relocated to northern Maine. Her aesthetic is heavily influenced by the windswept snow bound landscapes of her childhood. She received her BA from Bennington College, in sculpture and dance - 2004 and her MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art - 2007. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Jentel Artist Residency, and SIM in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Lord has been a visiting artist / professor at Bard College Early High School, Newark, NJ, Caldwell University, and Pratt Institute of Art. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Santa Fe, New York, Philadelphia, Reykjavik, and Toronto.

She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 In addition to giving a lecture Emilee will lead three drawing and movement workshops with our drawing students.


Sampada Aranke

Sampada Aranke (PhD, Performance Studies) is an Assistant Professor in the Art History, Theory, Criticism Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research interests include performance theories of embodiment, visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory. Her work has been published in e-flux, Artforum, Art Journal, Equid Novi: African Journalism Studies, and Trans-Scripts: An Interdisciplinary Online Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine. She has written catalogue essays for Sadie Barnette, Kambui Olujimi, and Zachary Fabri. She's currently working on her book manuscript entitled Death's Futurity: The Visual Culture of Death in Black Radical Politics.

In addition to giving a lecture Sampada will be leading a seminar discussion of his writing and work for students and the community. 


Edra Soto

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She 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.

Recent venues presenting Soto’s work include the Pérez Art Museum Miami (FL), Hunter East Harlem Gallery (NY), UIC Gallery 400 (IL), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (NE), and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (IL). Most recently, Soto was 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.

Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Arts/Industry at the Kohler Art Center (WI) and Ragdale Foundation (IL), amongst others. In 2018, her project Open 24 Hours was commissioned by Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) to be presented at their Project Space as part of her residency. Also in 2018, Project Row Houses (TX) hosted her residency as part of the 222 Exchange Program in partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center (IL)

Edra Soto will be having a solo exhibition in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in the Fall of 2019.

In addition to giving a lecture Edra will be leading a hands on workshop for students and the community.

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