The School of Arts & Communication's Visiting Artists and Scholars program brings nationally and internationally renowned artists, designers, and historians to OSU for lectures, workshops, critiques, and presentations of work. VAS presenters spend the day working with and speaking to art students, giving OSU students the opportunity to meet these working professionals and to find out what it takes to be a successful visual artist, designer, or scholar. VAS presenters also give an evening talk that is free and open to the public.

Recent Visiting Artists and Scholars have included Artemio Rodriguez, Nigel Poor, Sarah Krajewski, Ben Buswell, 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, Wangechi Mutu, Matthew Hopson-Walker, John Hilliard and Hasan Elahi.

Hank Willis ThomasNext up: Hank Willis Thomas: "Divided We Fall" Public Lecture, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5:30 pm Reception, 6:30 pm  Talk, Construction & Engineering Hall, The LaSells Stewart Center

Hank Willis Thomas will be in residence on campus April 18 and 19, 2017 and will spend time visiting art classes and reviewing and critiquing student art work.

Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His monograph, “Pitch Blackness,” was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including at The International Center of Photography, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others. His work is in numerous public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and more.

When asked about the title of his discussion topic, Thomas’ response was, “History doesn’t laugh. Us is them. They are us. Love overrules.”

Thomas received the BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University and the MFA/MA in photography and visual criticism from the California College of Arts.

He is currently represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa. In 2015, Thomas co-founded “For Freedoms,” the first artist run super PAC.


2016-2017 Visiting Artists & Scholars:

Shoshanna WeinbergerShoshanna Weinberger, artist

October 19, 2016

Public Talk: 7 pm, Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shoshanna Weinberger’s work relates to her Caribbean-American background and draws strongly on the complexity of heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Referencing herself among a sea of antiquated stereotypes, adolescent memory and current subjects as a source, Weinberger renders her female muses as excessive and sexualized; some passive and others dominant; questioning the notions of beauty. Weinberger will cover the visual interests and explorations that inspire her studio practice, how the work relates to the complexity of her Caribbean-American background and the assumed norms that go about defining the modern female archetype. Referencing numerous stereotypes, adolescent memory and current cultural subjects as a source, Weinberger will examine questions on the notions and politics of beauty.


Foong PingPing Foong, curator

November 16, 2016

Public Talk: 7 pm, Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center

A leading scholar of Chinese are and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, Ping Foong is the Folster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum.


Kathy AokiKathy Aoki, printmaker, Norma Seibert Visiting Artist

January 23-28, 2017

Public Talk: Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 pm reception, 7 pm lecture, Memorial Union Room 13

Printmaker and multimedia artist Kathy Aoki lives and works in the Silicon Valley where she is an associate professor of studio art at Santa Clara University. Her work can be found in major collections across the U.S., including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard University Art Museums. She received an MFA in printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a recipient of several fellowships, including Frans Masereel Centrum, Val Paraiso, Djerassi, and Headlands Center for the Arts.


Cannupa Hanska LugerCannupa Hanska Luger, artist

February 16, 2017

Public Talk: 7 pm, Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center

Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger is a native of North Dakota who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation. Luger creates socially conscious work, interweaving his identity as an American Indian with global issues. Of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent, Luger's unique, ceramic-centric, multidisciplinary artwork tells provocative stories of complex indigenous identities coming up against 21st century imperatives, including mediation and destruction. Using his art as a catalyst, Luger invites the public to challenge expectations and misinterpretations imposed upon indigenous people by historical and contemporary colonial social structures. His talk is titled,"They Need Us More Than We Need Them."


Hank Willis ThomasHank Willis Thomas, artist

April 19, 2017

Public Talk: 7 pm, Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center

"History doesn't laugh. Us is them. They are us. Love overrules." -Hank





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