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 Hank Willis Thomas, Shoshana Weinberger, Cannupa Hanska Luger, 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.


2017-2018 Visiting Artists & Scholars:


Monday, November 13, 2017Sharon Louden
Sharon Louden: The Artist as Culture Producer - Living and Sustaining a Creative Life 

Public Talk: 7 pm, Pre-talk reception 6 pm. Construction & Engineering Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street

Sharon Louden's work is held in major public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues and has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, ARTnews and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other publications. She has participated in residencies at Tamarind Institute, Urban Glass, Franconia Sculpture Park, Society of the Four Arts and Art Omi.

Since graduating from Yale in 1991, Louden has worked as an artist, teacher, and author. Her teaching experience includes studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in many institutions throughout the United States. Colleges and universities at which she has lectured and taught include: Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Vanderbilt University and Maryland Institute College of Art. A senior critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York City where she organizes a popular lecture series, interviewing luminaries and exceptional individuals in the art world and from afar. In addition to teaching in colleges and universities, she continues to conduct Glowtown workshops in schools and not-for-profit organizations across the country. 

Louden is also the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Published in October, 2013, the book is now in its seventh printing. With sales in over 18 countries, it has become Intellect Book's #1 best selling publication two years in a row. It has been translated into Korean, garnered over 45 reviews, the subject of 15 podcasts and radio appearances and received more individual feedback than can be counted.   

Louden's talk will focus on her second book, The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Lifepublished and launched at the Strand Book Store in New York City on March 2, 2017 as a part of an extensive book tour. The book has been endorsed with fiscal support by the Ford Foundation, including support for events that cross-pollinate book contributors with local artists in communities that wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to participate.

The last book in the trilogy of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life books, Last Artist Standingwill be published in 2020. 

Louden is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Sharpe-Walentas Foundation yearlong rent-free studio space award in DUMBO, Brooklyn which will begin in September, 2017 and conclude in August, 2018.

Look for more presentations coming Winter and Spring terms.


Friday, October 20, 2017Richard Misrach, by Myriam Misrach, 2016
Richard Misrach: current projects

Co-presented by the Regional Society for Photographic Education
Public Talk: 6:30 p.m. Learning Innovation (LinC) Center Room 128, 165 SW Sackett Place
Pre-talk reception, 5 p.m. in Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th Street*

For four decades, Misrach has been a significant and influential photographer of the American landscape. Known as a pioneer of the 1970s renaissance of color photography and large scale presentation that are still practiced today, Misrach is also known for the monumental epic, “Desert Cantos,” a multifaceted study of people’s political, cultural and environmental relationship to the natural world.

In his talk, Misrach will speak in depth about Border Cantos, his collaboration with composer Guillermo Galindo, a major undertaking focusing on the U.S. - Mexico border, and his two current projects about the election.

*Parking for the LinC Building: Parking permits are only required between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. After 5 p.m. visitors to campus may park in available spaces in on-campus lots. The closest parking to the LinC building is an A1 parking lot accessible from 30th Street and from Jefferson St. via Sackett Place. There are also two lots near 30th & Orchard that are just a short walk to the LinC building. Parking is also available at Reser Stadium. The Beaver Bus runs from Reser Stadium to the area of the LinC Building (Austin and Sackett Halls) every 5 min. More information/maps.