Visiting Artist Lectures

Upcoming Spring 2014 Lectures:

Ian Bogost, Video Game Theorist and Designer
Rescheduled: Tuesday, May 6th, 6pm
Knowledge Center Rm.107

Ian Bogost is an author and game designer. He is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC. As an author, he writes about technology and culture, particularly on videogames as a medium with many uses. As a game designer, he makes games for political, social, educational, and artistic uses. Bogost is author or co-author of seven books: Unit Operations, Persuasive Games, Racing the Beam, Newsgames, How To Do Things with Videogames, Alien Phenomenology, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. Bogost's videogames cover topics as varied as airport security, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, and tort reform. His games have been played by millions of people and exhibited internationally. His game, A Slow Year (a collection of game poems for Atari), won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival.

Erika Harrsch, School of the Arts 2014 Visiting Artist in Residence
Thursday, February 6, 5:30-6:30pm
Knowledge Center 124 (Wells Fargo Auditorium)

Born in Mexico City, Erika Harrsch has lived and worked in Mexico, Italy, Germany and since 2001 in New York. Her multidisciplinary art practice employs resources that include drawing, painting, photography, video, animation and installations as a scenario building based on elements in both artificial and natural environments. Presenting intimate aspects of the human condition, inviting and seducing the viewer to evidence their direct contact with reality through the sense perception. For more than six years Harrsch has done research with an entomologist, immersing into the world of Lepidoptera. Has used butterflies in her work as a metaphor to address matters of identity, gender, nationality, migration and the relationship of human beings upon their own nature and fragility. These visual metaphors could be perceived through a plurality of perspectives, crossing and blurring boundaries to achieve a poetic image.

Harrsch has participated in several Art Biennials including: Fokus Lodz Biennale, Poland 2010; Beijing 798 Biennale, China 2009; and the 5th International Media Art Biennale-Media City Seoul; Korea 2008. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Mexico, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Korea, China, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, UK, Poland, Turkey and Syria. Presented in museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Live Whitney series, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, the Göteborg Konstmuseum in Sweden, the Museé de la Photographie a Charleroi in Belgium and the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea.

While developing a multidisciplinary practice, Harrsch created Bodymaps a video-animation with which participated in multimedia festivals and residencies worldwide, working in collaboration with the multidisciplinary company VisionIntoArt, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet and acclaimed composer Philip Glass.

Steve Lambert, Artist/Activist
Thursday, February 20, 5:30-6:30pm
Knowledge Center 107
Sponsored by the Hilliard Endowment Fund for Excellence in the Arts.

Steve Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued the values of dedication, study, poverty, and service to others – qualities which prepared him for life as an artist.

Lambert made international news after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the “paper of record” announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. In the Summer of 2011 he began a national tour of Capitalism Works For Me! True/False – a 9 x 20ft sign allowing people to vote on whether capitalism worked for them . He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He is also the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done).

Steve’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, the California Arts Council, and others. Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from museums to protest marches nationally and internationally, featured in over fourteen books, four documentary films, and is in the collections of The Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company, and The Library of Congress. Lambert has discussed his work live on NPR, the BBC, and CNN, and been reported on internationally in outlets including Associated Press, the New York Times, the Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The Believer, Good, Dwell, ARTnews, Punk Planet, and Newsweek.

He was a Senior Fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase. Steve is a perpetual autodidact with (if it matters) advanced degrees from an reputable art school and respected state university. He dropped out of high school in 1993.

Gregg Schlanger
Thursday, April 10th, 5:30-6:30pm
Knowledge Center 124 (Wells Fargo Auditorium)

Gregg Schlanger is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He received his BFA from Boise State University in 1987 and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 1989. Gregg’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. This includes a community public art commission for the City of Memphis, Tennessee, a community projectfor the City of Providence, Rhode Island and a commission for the public library in Owensboro, Kentucky. Gregg has participated in exhibitions in New York, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, California, North Carolina, Arkansas, Idaho, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. His work has also been exhibited in Berlin, Erfurt, Potsdam and Jena, Germany. He has received many awards including Sponsorship by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Israel-Tennessee Visual Artist Exchange Project Fellowship, USIA Arts America Grant and New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the NEA.

Gregg works primarily in installations and community public art. He is interested in exploring through his projects the potential of creating a better “sense of place” (leading to a respect for that place and the environment). Gregg believes this can happen through community involvement and the educational aspects that occur dealing with the various concepts of his work.

Past Lectures Fall 2013:

David Carter, Book Artist, Illustrator and Paper Engineer
Thursday, September 26th 5:30-6:30pm
Knowledge Center 107 (KC107)
Friday, September 27th, 10am-4pm Workshop, Black Rock Press

David A. Carter is an internationally recognized and published artist, master paper engineer, sculptor, author and illustrator whose work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian. Carter will share his insights into the work in the creative process as artist and paper engineer. Sharing his perspectives on the kinetic and interactive, he examines the relationship between sculptural principles, mechanics and materials. Carter will examine the role of curiosity, surprise and play as elements of engagement. He traces his process from idea through publication. During the late 1970s, Carter worked as a graphic designer, paper engineer, book designer and illustrator for a publishing house in Los Angeles. His first book was How Many Bugs in a Box?. Carter has created more than 90 books, including a guide on how to make pop-ups titled, The Elements of Pop Up.

Tony Allard, Performance Artist, Electronic Media Artist and Writer
Thursday, October 3rd, 5:30-6:30pm
Knowledge Center 107 (KC107)
Friday, October 4th, 10am-4pm, Workshop, Drawing in the Media Stream, Drawing Classroom, JTB

Tony Allard lives and works in San Diego, California. He has produced live radio /internet broadcast performances, shown videos and created installations in Japan, Europe, Canada and the United States. He is currently working on a speculative/hybrid media project to produce an experimental opera. This project will chronicle Allard's failed attempt in 1996 to get the writer William Burroughs' DNA sequenced, and a more recent speculative experiment attempting to create a transgenic mutation from “beat scat”.

Phyllis Shafer, Painter
Thursday, November 14th, Noon-1pm
Church Fine Arts 153

After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988, Phyllis Shafer continued to exhibit her work and teach part-time in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994, she moved to Lake Tahoe, a place that deepened her interest in the natural world and the metaphorical possibilities it provides as painting subjects. She currently teaches full-time at Lake Tahoe Community College and serves at the Gallery Director of three campus galleries. A retrospective exhibition of Shafer’s work titled, “I Only Went Out for a Walk” will open on February 8, 2014 at the Nevada Museum of Art. Shafer is represented by Stremmel Gallery, Reno, NV. Her fifth solo exhibition, titled “Beneath One Sky”, is currently on display at Stremmel Gallery through November 9, 2013. Shafer’s paintings, which focus on the western landscape, are a combination of plein air observation and fantasy exaggerations that capture the rhythms, vitality, and unique idiosyncracies of the western landscape.