2015-2016 Visiting Artists & Scholars:

Artemio Rodriguez -  Norma Seibert Printmaker Series

Dates: January 25 - 30, 2016

Public Talk: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Memorial Union Room 13 / 6pm Reception / 7pm Lecture

Artist Artemio Rodriquez is an award winning Printmaker from Michoacán, México. His linocut fine art prints have been widely published and exhibited.  In 2001, he and his partner opened La Mano Press, a print shop near downtown Los Angeles where his works found an audience, being exhibited at the Central Library of L.A. and Center for the Print in New York City. Rodriguez has published several books including Posada, 150 Years, American Dream and Loteria King of Things. Receiving recognition from the Los Angeles Cultural affairs as Emerging Artist and subsequent Established Artist, Rodriguez received a grant from Creative Capital New York in 2006. His work has been acquired for important collections such as LACMA, Hammer Museum, San Diego Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum and others. Rodriguez is represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle WA and Galeria Florencia Riestra in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico. In 2007, Artemio relocated back to Mexico. He currently lives in the town of Patzcuaro in Michoacan where he has opened a gallery with his partner and child.


Nigel Poor

Wednesday Feb. 10, 2016 - 6pm Reception / 7pm Lecture  (La Sells Stewart Center - Engineering & Construction Hall)

     Lecture on the San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 - 430pm - 5:30pm / Gallery Talk - Fairbanks Gallery

     The San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project: a collaboration between Nigel Poor and Men from San Quentin State Prison

Artist Nigel Poor has been working with the inmates at San Quentin Prison since 2011. The San Quentin Prison Report Archive Project demonstrates Poor’s longstanding commitment to facilitating a dialogue around how we manage crime, punishment and rehabilitation in the United States. 

“For many years my work has explored the various ways people make a mark and leave behind evidence of their existence. I am interested in forms of portraiture and explore this vastly mined photographic area through unconventional means. I have used fingerprints and hands, objects people have thrown out, human hair, dirt, dryer lint and dead insects as indexical markers of human presence and experience. I am trying to explore the troubling question of how to document life and what is worthy of preservation. In 2011 my interest in investigating the marks people leave behind led me to San Quentin State Prison.”

Nigel Poor’s work has been shown at: San Jose Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Friends of Photography, SF Camerawork, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Haines Gallery in San Francisco. Her work is in the collections of the SFMOMA, the M.H. deYoung Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art. She received her BA from Bennington College and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and is a Professor at CSU Sacramento and a producer for the San Quentin Prison Report Radio Project.


Sara Krajewski

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 5:30 Reception / 6:30 pm Lecture (C & E Hall in The LaSells Stewart Center)

Sara Krajewski, the new Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum will speak about the Portland Art Museum’s upcoming contemporary art exhibitions of work by Josh Kline (‘Freedom’), Morgan Thorson (‘Still Life’) and Warhol Prints from the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. A reception in the Myrtle Tree Alcove, also at The LaSells Stewart Center, will precede the talk at 5:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

Krajewski joined the Portland Art Museum last August, leaving a position as the director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) galleries at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to relocate to Oregon. She has also previously held curatorial positions at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, the Madison, Wisconsin Museum of Contemporary Art, and at Harvard University Art Museum. She earned her undergraduate degree in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in art history at Williams College. Her research on transdisciplinary art and performance has been supported by an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship. 


Ben Buswell

Wednesday May 4, 2016 - 4:30pm Reception / 5pm Lecture  (Fairbanks Gallery)

     Lecture on "The Viscosity of Looking"

Ben Buswell is a multi-media artist working in sculpture and installation living, in Portland, Oregon. Buswell received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his BFA (Cum Laude) from Oregon State University. Notable solo exhibitions were held at The Art Gym (2015), CoCA Seattle (2013), Helzer Gallery (2010) and at TILT Gallery and Project Space (2008). His work was included in Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and The Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum (2006). Buswell is a 2015 recipient of a Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts from the Ford Family Foundation, as well as grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and The Oregon Arts Commission. His work is included in several private collections, including that of Jan and Patricia de Bont, and public collections at PCC Rock Creek and the OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building. Ben is represented by UPFOR Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

"I am always touching the world in an effort to build an intuitive sense of how materials communicate through their presence. I have a firm belief that we exist only through our bodies, that we are wholly physical things. So material and sculptural presence, as surrogates for this idea, are embedded in the way I think about content. My work is the interaction of the spaces between things: more specifically the space between us. I am looking for the space right before the story is told, the place where we agree to listen."


Michelle Grabner (CANCELED)

Artist Talk:

Michelle Grabner is an artist, writer, curator and chair of the department of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Identifying as being a Painter first, her work has been exhibited at numerous important venues.  Major institutional solo exhibitions include the Indiana Museum of Art (2015 and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2013). She holds an MA in art history with a BFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an MFA in art theory and practice from Northwestern. Michelle was one of the curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and served as senior critic at Yale’s department of painting and printmaking from 2012-2014. Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon recently named Grabner as curator of the Portland 2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art, which opens July 9, 2016. She is represented by James Cohen Gallery in New York, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Basel, Switzerland.


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.