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.
All lectures are open to the public.
Photo credit: Clayton Hauck for the Chicago Reader
Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist & wild forager whose work has been exhibited museums and biennials such as MCA Chicago, Albright-Knox, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, iMOCA, DePaul Art Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Chicago Biennial and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. She has been commissioned to create public projects for locations as diverse as Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory, Louisville’s riverwalk, an Arizona desert and a tropical forest in Costa Rica.
Kendler holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is Vice-President of artist residency ACRE, co-founder of artist-website service OtherPeoplesPixels, and in 2014 was named the first ever Artist-in-Residence with environmental non-profit NRDC. Alongside an interdisciplinary team, she was recently awarded a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her community-engagement project Garden for a Changing Climate.
In addition to giving a lecture Jenny will be working on a weeklong project with students and the community in collaboration with College of DuPage’s Russell R Kirt Prairie.
Founder & Creative Director, Normal
Renata Graw is the founder and creative head of Normal, a small, independent team of creative thinkers based in Chicago. In this role, she builds on her previous experience at Plural, the award-winning Chicago studio she co-founded and led for eight years, during which time she also served as Vice President of AIGA Chicago and Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Originally from Brazil, Renata received her BFA from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studied typography under Wolfgang Weingart at the Basel School of Design and participated in the ISIA/Urbino Summer Workshop under the mentorship of Karel Martens and Armand Mevis.
Renata’s work has been featured in Communication Arts, Eye and Print magazines, and has been recognized by the AIGA 365, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club and STA Archive.
Alison Ruttan is an interdisciplinary artist working in ceramics, drawing, photography and video of related subject matter. She has a long-standing interest in experimenting with the language and forms borrowed from one discipline that are then applied to another. Alison is particularly interested in the complex kinds of social exchanges that are best understood visually or at the level of physiological response. For this reason, much of her work has focused on appetite, sexuality and aggression. At present, she is involved in a long-term ceramic sculpture series that is following the conflicts in the Middle East. Alison Ruttan as an Associate Professor of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In addition to giving a lecture Alison will be leading a hands on workshop for students and the community in our Ceramics facilities.
Faheem Majeed is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional racism. As part of his studio practice, the artist transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. His broader engagement with the arts also involves arts administration, curation, and community facilitation, all which feed into his larger practice.
Majeed was selected as the inaugural artist in residence for University of Chicago’s Arts in Public Life Initiative (2012) and has also been in artist in residence at MANA Contemporary Chicago (2014), and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (2015). Majeed had a solo exhibition of his work work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015 and is currently working along with Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spotford, Andrew Schachman and Avery R. Young on the Floating Museum which is creates temporary, site-responsive museum spaces to activate sites of cultural potential throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Faheem Majeed’s lecture coincides with his solo show in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Feb. 8 to April 7, 2018. Faheem will be leading a workshop for students and the community in relationship to his work in the gallery.
Marissa Lee Benedict
Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, writer, lecturer and avid amateur of many fields and disciplines. Motivated by a deep curiosity about the function and dysfunction of social, ecologic and industrial systems, her practice is one of active observation; of engagement; of instigation; of experimentation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, EXPO Chicago, the DePaul Art Museum, threewalls and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL; at Hauser & Wirth (Somerset) in the U.K.; and at Contemporary Art Brussels in Belgium. For two years, Benedict has produced a series of video installation works in collaboration with partner David Rueter. The artist team continues to work on the subjects of technology, the environment, and social and infrastructural responses to shifts in these arenas, most recently receiving a National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" grant through the Legacy Foundation for their project Gary Streetlights (part of the Heat Light Water Cultural Project lead by artist Jan Tichy and administrator Jeffreen Hayes).
Benedict received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She currently lectures at the University of Oregon in Sculpture and Fiber; previously holding positions as a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and as Program Coordinator for the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative at the University of Chicago.
In addition to giving a lecture Marissa will be leading a hands on workshop for students and the community in our Sculpture facilities.
Giovanni Aloi is an art historian in modern and contemporary art. He studied History of Art and Art Practice in Milan and moved to London in 1997 to further his studies at Goldsmiths University where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History, a Master in Visual Cultures, and a Ph.D. on the subject of natural history in contemporary art. Aloi currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and London, and Tate Galleries. He has curated art projects involving photography and the moving image, is a BBC TV and radio contributor, and his work has been translated in Italian, Chinese, French, Russian, Polish, and Spanish. His first book titled Art & Animals was published in 2011 and since 2006 he is the Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.
In addition to giving a lecture Giovanni will be leading a seminar discussion of his writing and work for students and the community.
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