Art supports a Visiting Artists and Scholars program which brings nationally and internationally renowned artists, designers, and historians to OSU for lectures, workshops, critiques, and presentations of work. You can meet the artists face-to-face and find out what it takes to be a successful visual artist, designer, or scholar.

Recent Visiting Artists and Scholars include Martin Venezky, Sue Coe, Rebecca Mendez, Philip Pearlstein, Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell, Harrell Fletcher, Lucille Tenazas, Mikon Van Gastel, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ann Hamilton, Carol Ann Carter, GUM, Yoshiko Shimano, Elliott Earls, Marina Abramovic, Douglas Crimp, Rick Valicenti, Rebecca Belmore, Bill Viola, Do Ho Suh, Ursula von Rydingsvard, John Sexton, Luba Lukova, Michael Cherney, Andrew Stein Raftery, and Wangechi Mutu.

2014/2015 Visiting Artists & Scholars:

Hasan Elahi 

Wednesday, April 29, 2014

Reception 6pm - Lecture 7 pm

LaSells Stewart Center

Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport, and borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues worldwide and has spoken to broad range of audiences on his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum, and at TED Global. His work is frequently in the media and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland.

Hasan Elahi will discuss the new normal of post 9/11 privacy and describe his experiences with FBI interrogations and his subsequent creative projects. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI and after undergoing months of interrogations, he was finally cleared of suspicions. After this harrowing experience, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened just about every aspect of his life to the public. Predating the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by half a decade, the project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies that have been confirmed visiting his website.

surveillance screens in a dark room

Image information: 

One on One, approximately 30 feet x 80 feet x 14 feet, 31-channel media installation, as installed at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2010

Matthew Hopson-Walker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Lecture at 7pm.
LaSell Stewart Center

Born and raised in Fresno California, Matthew Hopson-Walker (proud owner of a very large rabbit) received his BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. After several years of playing in a heavy metal band and working at various liquor stores he then received his MA in 2002 followed by his MFA in 2003 both from the University of Iowa. In 2006, he was the recipient of the James Phelan Award in Printmaking for California born artists given through the KALA Institute. Matthew Hopson-Walker is currently a printmaking and drawing adjunct at College of the Sequoias and CSU-Fresno. He has been included in 53 exhibitions during 2006 and 2007. His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks North Dakota, the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge Connecticut, the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte California, the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art, and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo Japan.

Image Info:

Title: Twilight in the Land of Romance and Hooliganism; Year: 2013; Media: Lithogaphy

John Hilliard

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Reception at 6pm, Lecture at 7pm.
LaSell Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall

British photographer and conceptual artist John Hilliard will speak about his work. 

His talk, “A Catalogue of Errors,” is free and open to the public. Hilliard’s appearance is part of the Visual Artists and Scholars lecture series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU.

Since the 1960s, Hilliard has been making photographic works that question the nature of photographic representation. A pioneer of conceptual photography, Hilliard will speak about his photographic practice and the nature of photographic representation and its failings.

“I have sought to conduct a critical interrogation of photography as a representational medium, but also to disclose and celebrate its specificity,” Hilliard has said of his work. “Many of its perceived failings (blurred or unfocused images, for example) might equally be considered as unique assets. Indeed, through a catalogue of errors one may yet arrive at one's correct destination.”

Hilliard has shown his work in numerous galleries and museums worldwide. From 1968 to 2010, he taught in various art departments, including the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London, where he is an emeritus professor in fine art.

The Visual Artists and Scholars lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar.