Visiting Artists & Critics Program

The Visiting Artists & Critics Program (VAPC) fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue. Artists of national significance working in all media are invited to the Department of Art to present public lectures and meet with graduate students in seminars and for individual critiques. All are welcome to attend workshops and lectures.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are at 7:00 pm in INFLUX Auditorium, E110, at the Regis Center for Art. All events are free and open to the public.

Fall 2019

THURS  |  OCT 3  |  7 PM

By Deborah Aschheim
Threshold, 2013; Deborah Aschheim
Deborah Aschheim

Deborah Aschheim makes installations, sculptures and drawings about memory and place. She has collaborated with musicians and scientists, archivists and architects.  Her solo exhibitions include the  Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Suyama Space in Seattle; San Diego State University; the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh; Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach. CA. Aschheim has created temporary and permanent public artworks for across California for site including airports, hospitals, libraries, public safety facilities and public transit. From 2009-2011, she was the inaugural Hellman Visiting Artist at the  Memory and Aging Center in the Neurology Department at the University of California, San Francisco. For 2019-202, Aschheim is the Artist-in-Residence/Creative Strategist for Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, helping the department that oversees all elections in LA County with voter outreach and voter education. She lives in Pasadena, CA.

THURS  |  OCT 10  |  12:15 PM

By Fidencio Fifield-Perez
Barn Quilt; By Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Fidencio Fifield-Perez' work examines the debate over borders, edges, and the people who must traverse them. In his work, Fifield-Perez manipulates paper surfaces and maps to refer to the crafts and customs used to celebrate festivals and mourn the dead. For Fifield-Perez, these techniques are a way to reconnect with a time and place no longer present. Fidencio Fifield-Perez is an Assistant Professor and Head of Painting at the University of Missouri, Columbia.


THURS  |  OCT 17  |  7 PM
Lin Tianmiao

Lin Tianmiao is one of the first contemporary Chinese artists to achieve international recognition. She is known for her practice of thread winding in which she binds the material – usually silk, hair, cotton, or felt – tightly around found and manufactured objects.  Initially tasked by her mother to spool cotton as a young girl, Lin later reclaimed the act. Lin’s work studies her own social role and the relationship between identity and social context, questioning the identity of woman and the conventional idea of the social role of woman as mother. Best known for her large-scale installations, Lin also works in sculpture, photography, video, and a variety of other media.


TUES  |  OCT 22  |  4 PM
Panel Discussion with Ping Chong

Our panel discussion with interdisciplinary artist Ping Chong, will focus on current collaborative work "Staging History, Framing Race."


THURS  |  NOV 7  |  7 PM
Brad Kahlhamer
By Brad Kahlhamer
Please Pay Me So I Can Pay Them; By Brad Kahlhamer

Based in New York, New York, Brad Kahlhamer works with a range of media from sculpture, drawing and painting to performance and music to explore what he refers to as the “third place”—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. Some influences include Abstract Expressionism, street art, nineteenth-century Plains ledger drawings, and pop art. His work has been collected by institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, among others.






THURS  |  NOV 14  |  7 PM
Leila W. Kinney

Leila W. Kinney is the Executive Director of Arts Initiatives at MIT and of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST). Kinney is visiting UMN at the invitation of ArTeS - the Institute for Advanced Study supported Art and Technology collaborative (initiated by Diane Willow) that is proposing a university wide initiative that would center the arts in an intercollegiate art, technology, and science initiative at the University of Minnesota.


THURS  |  NOV 21  |  7 PM
Ulrike Mohr

Ulrike’s artistic approach utilizes material transformation processes that are influenced by complex research, and also by chance occurrences. Among many things, she makes large “spatial drawings” that are characterized by an attention to detail and surface. Ulrike is coming from Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin and will be in residence in the Art Department from November 17 - December 10.



Spring 2019

Sandra Teitge - Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis

Sandra Teitge, Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis
Thursday, March 7
Artist Talk 4:45pm | INFLUX Auditorium

Goethe in the Skyways is a year-long-program of artistic actions, interventions, and manifestations in public, semi-public, and private space in the frame of the “Year of German-American Friendship” initiative in 2018/19 in the US. For 12 months, the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis occupies a space in the city’s futuristic skyway system, an 18-kilometer-long indoor artificial gangway and pedestrian bridge network constructed in the 1960s that is still the longest of its kind in the world today. Sandra Teitge, director of the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, invites artists to develop and present works specifically conceived for the Goethe in the Skyways space that challenge and question, (inter-)rupt and disturb the site and context-specific conditions of the skyway system, the city of Minneapolis, and the state of Minnesota, always in relation to national and international issues and debates.

Alexandra Engelfriet - Fortiter et Suaviter
Alexandra Engelfriet, Still from "Fortiter et Suaviter," 2018, film by Jérémie Basset.

Alexandra Engelfriet
Friday, March 29th
Artist Talk 7pm | INFLUX Auditorium

"The essence of my work still is movement, moving matter, structures and rich textures emerging out of the process of kneading and molding clay with the body. New possibilities emerge. In a world that becomes more and more virtual, to be able to feel and experience the touch and sensuality of the body through the art of clay, is what I aim for."

Alexandra Engelfriet was born in the Netherlands in 1959 and has received her training at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She takes a special place in the ceramic field, as she has also been into fashion design, sculpture and land-art. It is only in recent years that she has become an artist working with clay, with a strong fascination and reference to nature.

Generously Supported by the Boss Foundation.

Tia-Simone Gardner

Tia-Simone Gardner
Thursday, April 4
Artist Talk 7pm | INFLUX Auditorium

Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar. Her creative and scholarly practice involves interdisciplinary strategies that engage ideas of ritual, iconoclasm, and geography. Gardner received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2009 she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania, and she recently received her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the Department Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on a project on Blackness and the Mississippi River, as well as expanding her dissertation, titled 'Sensing Place: House-Scale, Black Geographies, and a Humanly Workable City,' into an artist book and a series of site-specific installations.

David Bowen

David Bowen
Thursday, April 18
Artist Talk 7pm | INFLUX Auditorium

David Bowen is a studio artist and educator whose work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics that result from interactive, reactive and generative processes as they relate to intersections between natural and mechanical systems. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.


Michal Staszczak, Rian Kerrane, James Hayes
Thursday, May 2
Artist Talk 7pm | INFLUX Auditorium

James L. Hayes, Rian Kerrane and Michał Staszczak will give talks in conjunction with their residency during IRON50, the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour and related programs. April 18 – May 5, 2019.

Fall 2018

Wafaa Bilal
Thursday, November 1st
Artist Talk | 7:00 PM | Influx Auditorium, E110

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal, an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. Bilal’s work is constantly informed by the experience of fleeing his homeland and existing simultaneously in two worlds – his home in the “comfort zone” of the U.S. and his consciousness of the “conflict zone” in Iraq. Using his own body as a medium, Bilal continued to challenge our comfort zone with projects like ​3rdi​ and ​...and Counting​. Bilal’s recent body of work, ​Canto III​, premiered in a solo booth at the New York Armory Show in 2015 and went on to be shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Wafaa Bilal is a Boss Foundation Visiting artist. 

Anthony Horse Road

Anthony Horse Road
Thursday, November 8th
Artist Talk | 7:00 PM | Influx Auditorium, E110

Anthony Horse Road is an artist, historian and elder in the Lakota Community in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Anthony has been doing quill work and working in various other media for many years, approaching the work through ceremony and ancestors.

Anthony’s talk is co-sponsored by Backyard Phenology.

Sarah Cwynar - VACP

Sara Cwynar 
Wednesday, September 12
Artist Talk | 7:00 PM | Influx Auditorium, E110

Sara Cwynar ​will discuss the exhibition of her work, ​Image Model Muse​, which​ ​opens at Mia on September 14th. ​Her work explores the subjects of color and design, both in film and photography, and considers the ways they have operated politically, socially and historically, particularly in the context of how we conceptualize beauty.

Within her work, Cwynar builds multi-layered theses that look not just to the history of design and production, but also to how the political realm we inhabit dates, fades, and changes. Cwynar extensively quotes philosophers, cultural theorists, and writers in her films through voiceovers; sources range from the writings of Jean Baudrillard and Martin Heidegger to Lauren Berlant and Toni Morrison. She also considers how a post-feminist landscape can make both the sexism and counter-sexism of earlier decades appear dated, even kitsch. Yet Cwynar constantly returns to the theme of progress and reaction and explores how these are still powerful forces, regardless of the forms they may now take. Cwynar's talk is co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Pablo Helguera
Friday, September 21
Workshop | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Regis West Performance Space
Artist Talk | 7:00 PM | Weisman Art Museum

Pablo Helguera ​(Mexico City, 1971) ​is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance, and is the education director at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Helguera's four hour workshop will guide students through creation of a performance lecture. In a collaborative process involving the entire group, students will learn how to combine their individual ideas and interests to create a productive collective process of ideation, design and performance. Please watch for an email to sign up for this workshop. Helguera's visit is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Weisman Art Museum, Department of Chicana/o & Latino Studies, and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

Liz Tenebaum - Visiting Curator Talk

Liz Tennenbaum
Thursday, October 18
Artist Talk | 7:00 PM | Influx Auditorium, E110

Elizabeth Tenenbaum is an art advisor, collection manager and art appraiser who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her career began at Art in General, a nonprofit organization that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. She has been active in the New York City art world for over 20 years working with galleries, assisting artists in residency programs, working as the art director for a nationwide publication and as the assistant director at an art foundation. She is the director of Syzygy, a curatorial study platform focused on unique contemporary works on paper.

Spring 2018:

Land, Body Industry
Panel, Thursday February 1, 7pm

This Panel discussion features three artists in the upcoming show in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Land, Body, Industry, curated by Teréz Iacovino. Leslie Grant, Alexa Horochowski, and Rini Yun Keagy respectively use photography, sculpture, and film to investigate the body’s collective and individual relationships to industrial histories, labor, and landscape.

Bo Zheng
Artist Talk, Thursday,  February 22nd, 7pm
In conjunction with the exhibition the Politics of Weeds.

Jeffrey Dell 
Talk, Tuesday,  March 20th, 7pm

Jeffrey Dell utilizes traditional printmaking materials in an unconventional manner. His work responds to and elicits desire and impulse in a playful, illusionary space. Bohemian press is running a workshop with Jeffrey, learning his tricks in screen printing methods and materials by assisting Jeffrey in printing an edition of six layer screen prints on yupo paper.

This artist is sponsored by Bohemian Press.

Cecilia Aldarondo
Film Screening and Artist Discussion, Monday, March 26, 5:30pm
with Jane Blocker, Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities, Professor, Art History Department

Aldorando’s film Memories of a Penitent is a documentary that charts Aldarondo’s excavation of a buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death. It is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. Additional sponsors include Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL), Moving Image and Media Studies (MIMS).

Nicholas Galanin
Artist Talk Wednesday,  March 28th at 7pm

Galanin’s installations and interventions encourage reflection on the cultural amnesia that actively obscures collective memory and acquisition of knowledge. His practice includes numerous collaborations with visual and recording artists and he is also a member of two artist collectives: Black Constellation and Winter Count. 

This Artist talk is co-sponsored by the Walker Art Center in collaboration with the Department of Art and American Indian Studies.

Patricia Olynyk
Artist Talk Friday, March 30th at 7pm

Patricia Olynyk’s work examines the ways in which culture and institutional structures shape our knowledge and understanding of history, science and the natural world. Appropriating medical imaging technologies and methods of collecting, documenting, and exhibiting scientific artifacts, her work addresses how interpretation fluctuates between fact and speculation. Her installations, sculpture, photography and performances operate at the intersections between sensing and knowing, and order and affect.

This artist talk is supported by the Boss Foundation.

Emer Grant
Artist Lecture April 18, 7pm

Material and Immaterial Architectures: Navigating platform capitalism and institutional critique through exhibition making & artistic practice. Institutions by nature can be limited and limiting. They are excluding, interpersonal, impersonal, hierarchical, bounded and dominating. The rise of global networks of computation has left the institution to face further crisis as digital platforms compete for the data (and responsibility) once accredited to brick and mortar institutions.

Justine Johnson & Bobby Zokaites
Artists Lecture April 19, 7pm

Justine Johnson (London and Wales) and Bobby Zokaites (Arizona) will be participating in the 49th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour as resident visiting artists. They will be giving their joint talk here one day before the Iron Pour.

This Artist talk and residency is supported by the Foundry Club and the Sculpture Foundry program.

Cristóbal Martínez: Postcommodity​
Artist Talk April 26, 7pm

Postcommodity's art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multi ethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

Marcel van Eeden
Artist Lecture May 1, 7pm

Dutch-born Marcel van Eeden lives and works in Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is known for black-and-white charcoal drawings and graphically powerful work. Van Eeden uses historical documents and found imagery, including photographs, exhibition catalogues, newspapers, magazines, and illustrations, as a basis for his work. 

Fall 2017:

Lecture Wednesday, October 18, 7pm

Sonia Barrett
Lecture Thursday, October 26, 7pm

Hannes Brunner
Lecture Thursday, November 2, 7pm

Dorit Cypis
Lecture Wednesday, November 15, 7pm

Cynthia Daignault
Lecture Thursday, November 30, 7pm

Spring 2017:

Lori Felker
February 9, 2017

Nyeema Morgan
February 16, 2017

Shaurya Kumar
March 7, 2017

Laura Feldberga
March 23, 2017

Hasan Elahi
Boss Foundation Visitor
March 30, 2017

Park McArthur
April 19, 2017

Laida Lertxundi
April 24, 2017

Fall 2016:


Marcel van Eeden

Marcel van Eeden

September 13, 2016

Marcel van Eeden presented in conjunction with the Department of Art’s exchange program with the State Academy of Art in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he teaches in the area of Drawing and Painting.

Dutch-born Marcel van Eeden lives and works in Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He is known for black-and-white charcoal drawings and graphically powerful work. Van Eeden uses historical documents and found imagery, including photographs, exhibition catalogues, newspapers, magazines, and illustrations, as a basis for his work. 


Daniel Barrow
Daniel Barrow, Richard Tremblay image (photo credit Richard Tremblay) The Thief of Mirrors, performance document at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014

Daniel Barrow

October 6, 2016

Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of, “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors”.





Sue Coe
Sue Coe, "You Consume Their Terror," Drawing, 2011

Sue Coe

Boss Foundation Visitor
October 13, 2016

Sue Coe is one of the foremost political artists working today. Her work has been featured on the cover of ARTnews and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC. A firm believer in the power of the media to change attitudes, Coe has had artworks published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Blab! and many others. Coe’s books include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983), [Malcolm] X (1986), Police State (1987), and Bully! Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004). Her print cycle The Tragedy of War (2000) was inspired by Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War etchings (1810–20) and examines the phenomenon of human violence and the horrors of combat. The artist is best known for documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals, starting with her award-winning book Dead Meat (1996). Other publications on the subject include Pit’s Letter (2000), Sheep of Fools . . . A Song Cycle for 5 Voices (2005), and Cruel (2012). A series of drawings and paintings, Elephants We Must Never Forget (2008), documents the abuse of elephants in the circus and elsewhere.

Watch the lecture here (UMN Faculty/Staff/Students).



Travis McEwen
Travis McEwen, The Arch, 16” by 24”, Oil on linen on board, 2016

Travis McEwen

November 3, 2016

Travis McEwen was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He received an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, and a BFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Primarily working within the medium of painting as well as collage his work has been preoccupied with experiences of otherness and peripheral positions especially in regard to western limitations of gender and sexuality. More recently this has extended to Science Fiction and utopian motifs. He has shown work throughout Canada, including shows at Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Galerie La Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal, Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick and at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton in which he was included in Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Department of Art, Minneapolis. He is represented by dc3 art projects in Edmonton.

Nina Beier

Nina Beier

Boss Foundation Visitor
November 15, 2016






Bernard Perlin, Vacant Lots
Bernard Perlin (1918-2014), Vacant Lots, 1948, Tempera on Masonite, 24 x 30 in., Myron Kunin Collection of American Art

Robert Cozzolino

December 1, 2016
Robert Cozzolino began at Mia on February 29, 2016—a leap day. He has been called the “curator of the dispossessed” for championing underrepresented artists and uncommon perspectives on well-known artists. He has collaborated with many contemporary artists, and in 2014 organized the largest American museum exhibition of David Lynch’s visual art. A native of Chicago, he studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago before receiving his MA and PhD (2006) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In his work on American art he has emphasized regional diversity, integrating artists of Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and other areas into installations, thematic exhibitions, and his scholarship. Before joining Mia he was the senior curator and Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, where he oversaw more than 30 exhibitions, including retrospectives of George Tooker, Peter Blume, and Elizabeth Osborne. He acquired more than 2,000 objects for PAFA, mostly gifts, including the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women and major collections of work by Sue Coe, Ellen Lanyon, and Miriam Schapiro.

Dr. Cozzolino's lecture will be "Bernard Perlin and The Unification of Opposites." In histories of Modern art, abstraction has most often been privileged as the language of the avant-garde. Realism has often been cast as conservative, retrograde. Neither generalization fits and reexamining the American art world ca. 1950 makes this clear. Dr. Cozzolino will discuss the ways in which realism and abstraction were separated by critics but integrated by artists using the work of Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) as a case study.

Spring 2016:

Blanket, Lum and Desranleau
Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau, Blanket

Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau

January 25, 2016

Chloe Lum & Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal. Their work focuses on the lifespan of material, and how material stresses cause reactions that can be said to animate the materials. The duo is equally interested in collaboration; with each other, other artists, and their materials, as both subject matter and research interest. These interests in collaboration and materiality inform their practice in installation, sculpture, photography, dance, print and video wherein objects perform via their decay; to be reused and redeployed wearing the traces of past use. They have exhibited widely, recently at The Confederation Center for The Arts Gallery in Charlottetown, and The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago. Find more information about their presentation here.




Tonja Torgerson, Plagued, 2013


Tonja Torgerson

February 25, 2016

Tonja Torgerson creates printmaking based installation work that embraces and questions the current direction of the medium and use of the multiple. Torgeson employs traditional printmaking methods, wheat paste and installation to broach the subjects of human impermanence and decay. Torgerson holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA from Syracuse University. She is currently a Print Studio Fellow at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas.

This talk is in conjunction with Free Radicals: Remixing History Through the Power of Print.





Scott Nedrelow, Earthrise/Earthset
Scott Nedrelow, Earthrise/Earthset

Scott Nedrelow

February 29, 2016

Scott Nedrelow is a multidisciplinary artist working across platforms including photography, video, and sculpture.

In 2011 Nedrelow presented Movie, a six-channel video installation, as a Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program show at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Movie was acquired and installed in the exhibition 75 Gifts for 75 Years at the Walker Art Center in 2015. Earthrise/earthset, a two-channel video, was shown in The Nature of Nature at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2014. A work from his 2014 solo exhibition Afterlight at David Petersen Gallery is included in Ordinary Pictures, a survey of conceptual image-based practices at the Walker Art Center in 2016. Nedrelow is a 2015/16 McKnight Visual Artist Fellow and has received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Knowledge from Samantha, 2015

Trenton Doyle Hancock

April 7, 2016

Trenton Doyle Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged-felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work by Hancock is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock’s paintings often rework Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community. Balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color, Hancock’s works create a painterly space of psychological dimensions. He is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and was featured in PBS' Art:21.

Coral Lambert
Coral Lambert

Coral Penelope Lambert

April 14, 2016

Coral Penelope Lambert is internationally recognized for large scale cast metal sculpture. Born and raised in London, UK she studied sculpture with Sir Anthony Caro and other leading figures in the field since living in America. She was an international research fellow at the University of Minnesota from 1995-98 and continues to utilize foundry practice to harness metals rich history in myth and mining. She is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University in Upstate New York where she directs the National Casting Centre Foundry. Her work can be seen in many sculpture parks, prestigious exhibitions and collections around the world.

This talk in conjunction with the 47th Annual Iron Pour: Iron Disco.

Fallah_Great Mystery
Amir H. Fallah, The Great Mystery Into Which We Were Born, 2015

Amir H. Fallah

April 28, 2015

Amir H. Fallah received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and his MFA from University of California Los Angeles in 2005. His artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, drawing and sculpture/installation, with collage and complex patterning forming a large part of the visual vocabulary. The works are decidedly ornate but present a critical observation of the deconstruction and appropriation of portraiture in all its various forms. In his more recent body of work, aside from unravelling a different perspective to art historical portraiture traditions and the dynamics of modern day art collection and art making, he also reflects upon concerns of identity and representation that are central to his practice. 

Amir has exhibited widely across the United States and internationally. Amir is a 2015 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. His works are part of several private and public collections, including the Nerman Museum Of Contemporary Art and the Salsali Private Museum Collection. Amir lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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