All 2020-21 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, SOFKAG, DECODE, CASA, and OBJECT.

Fall 2020 Lectures

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Dread Scott

September 9, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Dread Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. His work is exhibited across the US and internationally. In 1989, his art became the center of national controversy over its transgressive use of the American flag, while he was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dread became part of a landmark Supreme Court case when he and others defied the new law by burning flags on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Dread is currently working on Slave Rebellion Reenactment, a community engaged performance that will reenact the largest rebellion of enslaved people in American History.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Sarah Ross

September 16, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Sarah Ross is a Chicago-based artist whose work addresses the crisis of mass incarceration in the US. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute Chicago and is a co-organizer of the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project – an arts and humanities initiative at Stateville Prison in Illinois. Sarah is the recipient of grants from the Propeller Fund, Graham Foundation, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and the Illinois Art Council. Some of her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Armory, Pasadena, CA; Gallery 727, Los Angeles; PS122, New York; Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago; Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore; META Cultural Foundation, Romania and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Vaughan Larsen

September 23, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Vaughan Larsen is a 2019 Nohl Fellow who explores issues of identity and relationships at the intersection of queer culture. In 2019, they also received After School Special’s Grilled Cheese Grant; first place in the Creative Bursary LGBTQ+ Stories by Getty Images; and first prize in the Unique competition of the Amsterdam Pride Photo Award. Larsen’s work has been written about in Urban Milwaukee, Phemme Zine, Photo Emphasis, and on the website of the Humble Arts Foundation. They received their BFA with an emphasis in Photography and Imaging from UWM in May 2019.

Please note that Vaughan Larsen’s presentation includes some images that feature nudity and sexual content.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Peter Antor

September 30, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Peter Antor received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Grand Valley State University in 2011. Peter works with a wide range of materials from precious metals to concrete and wood. His body of work ranges from sculptural jewelry to functional lampwork. He is heavily influenced by architecture and says it plays a huge role in his work and designs. Currently, Peter Antor serves as a visiting Professor in Jewelry and Metals Arts in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Taylor Levy

October 7, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Taylor Levy is a Canadian artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is about surfacing the inner workings of digital electronics. This takes on a variety of forms, from low level electronic sculpture to software. She is also one half of the design studio CW&T. Taylor has B.A. from Vassar College where she studied Film and Computer Science, a Masters Degree from ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) at NYU and from the MIT Media Lab.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Meghan Kirkwood

October 21, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Meghan Kirkwood is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis where she serves as area head of Photography. She earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography before completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art at Tulane University and PhD at the University of Florida. She has received numerous fellowships, including funding to participate in artist residencies through the National Parks Service, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Lakeside Lab (Iowa). Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Thailand, Mexico and South Africa. Her photographic research looks at the ways in which landscape imagery can inform and advance public conversations around land use, infrastructure, and planning.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Shaun Slifer

October 28, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Shaun Slifer’s practice combines research, activism, and alternative exhibition strategies. He is the Creative Director of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan, West Virginia. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative and has previously collaborated with the Street Art Workers and the Howling Mob Society.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kim Cosier

November 4, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Kim Cosier is a member of the Art Build Workers collective and is active in revolutionary movements in Milwaukee and beyond. Partnering with activist organizations such as Fight for $15, Youth Climate Action Team MKE, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), local and national teachers’ unions, and Voces de la Frontera, this work is meant to amplify messaging and stir up creative trouble. The group collaborates with partners and other artists on messaging and design and then works with volunteers to create visually arresting banners, picket signs, face masks, parachute banners, and more to take to the streets. Cosier serves as Director of Community Engagement and is an art education professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As an anti-racist, gender queer researcher and teacher, her work focuses on art and education for social justice, particularly related to intersecting cultural and social factors.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ahree Lee

November 11, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Ahree Lee (born Seoul, South Korea) is a multi-media artist working in video, photography, sound and interactive installations. Lee received her B.A. from Yale University in English literature and a M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale School of Art, where she studied under Sheila de Bretteville. Her many commissions include the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the 01SJ Biennial, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the 2006 International Short Film Festival in Leuven, Belgium; the International Festival of Video Art of Casablanca and the Sundance Channel. Her Webby-nominated video Me was shown by Steve Jobs as a demo for YouTube on Apple TV, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Me currently has over 9 million views.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Gina Litherland

November 18, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Gina Litherland’s fantastical figurative paintings combine memory, the imprint of childhood, the natural world and cultural experiences that often converge and recombine in a passing moment in our daily experience. Her essay on the connections between creative activity and the natural world, “Imagination & Wilderness”, appears in Surrealist Women: An International Anthology (University of Texas Press). A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her visual works have been in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Wisconsin Triennial (2010, 2013, 2019), Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland; solo exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery (Madison) and at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette. Since 2007 she has been represented by Corbett vs Dempsey Gallery in Chicago, with another solo exhibition there in October 2020.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: William Estrada

December 2, 2020, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

William Estrada grew up in California, Mexico, and Chicago. His teaching and art making practice focus on addressing inequity, migration, historical passivity and cultural recognition in under- represented communities. He documents and engages experiences in public spaces to transform, question, and make connections to established and organic systems through discussion, creation, and amplification of stories through creativity already present. He is currently a visual art teacher at Telpochcalli Elementary and faculty at the School of Art and Art History at UIC.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Suzanne Lacy

February 3, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Suzanne Lacy is a visual artist whose prolific career includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public practices in communities. She is best known as one of the L.A. performance artists who became active in the 70’s and shaped an emergent art of social engagement. Her work ranges from intimat3e, graphic body explorations to large-scale public performances involving hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members. She has exhibited and lectured widely and has published over 70 texts of critical commentary. She has inspired many artists combining performance, installation and social engagement. Suzanne Lacy is currently a Professor in the school of Art and Design at the University of Southern California.

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Spring 2021 Lectures

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ammar

February 10, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma is a muralist, portraitist, and mixed media painter. He is a 2019 Nohl Fellow and in 2020 was named a Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year. His work centers around the spiritual, cultural, and political consciousness of the African Diaspora. After brief studies at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nsoroma embarked on a career as an artist that has lasted more than 35 years. His current body of work explores the world of the Orisha, African deities of the pantheon of the Yoruba people.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Allen Morris

February 17, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Allen Morris is a Milwaukee-based photographic artist and Associate Lecturer of Photography at the Peck School of Arts at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. His research uses a variety of light sensitive materials along with contemporary and historical photographic processes and techniques to examine the relationship between humans and their environments. He creates work with a particular interest on the formation and evolution of the concept of Place on a personal and societal level. His work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally. He is an active member of the Postcard Collective and the Society for Photographic Education.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: LaNia Sproles

February 24, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

LaNia Sproles is a 2019 Nohl Fellow who lives and works in the segregated city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work spans several disciplines including printmaking, drawing, and collage. The philosophies of self-perception, queer and feminist theories, and inherent racial dogmas are essential to her work, as are the productions of feminist artists and writers such as Octavia Butler, Kara Walker, and Rebecca Morgan. Sproles received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2017 and is an artist-in-residence at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kevin Giese

March 3, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Kevin Giese is a multidisciplinary artist whose interests in nature and in representations of the landscape are deep and wide ranging. He is highly accomplished in many media, including paintings/drawings, furniture, and sculpture. His minimalist design sensibility gives his artworks a commanding visual presence and exhibit a great attention to detail. Giese received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2007 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a Lecturer at the Peck School of the Arts UW-Milwaukee where he teaches courses in drawing. Giese artworks has been exhibited throughout Wisconsin, as well as the Midwest in solo and group shows.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Anna Walker

April 7, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Anna Walker is Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) where she is responsible for exhibition, research and publication, the proposal of acquisitions, and development of long-term collections strategy. She has lectured widely and contributed essays for Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft Inquiry, and the 2016 Renwick Invitational: Visions and Revisions catalogue. Recent projects at the MFAH include In the Studio: Craft in Postwar America, 1950-1970, In Conversation: 18th Century Influences on Contemporary Craft, and Materials and Meaning in Dutch Jewelry from the Museum’s Collection. She presented “The Personal is Political: Exploring Constructions of Identity in the Work of Jennifer Ling-Datchuk” at the Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial symposium. She is co-curating the forthcoming retrospective of Olga de Amaral with Cranbrook Art Museum opening in 2020.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Chris Fritton

April 14, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

A poet, printer, and fine artist, Chris Fritton has employed these skills in his collaborative efforts with other creatives. As a former designer and printer for Mohawk Press, Fritton produced gig posters for dozens of bands, including Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, Dead Kennedys, Wu Tang Clan, Ice Cube, Rasputina, and GWAR. His books are housed in various collections, including The Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual & Concrete Poetry, Fleet Library Special Collections at the Rhode Island School of Design, The Poetry Collection SUNY-Buffalo, University of Wisconsin-Madison Rare Books Collection, Special Collections at Harvard Library, and Maryland Institute College of Art Special Collections.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Nick Briz

April 28, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Nick Briz is a Chicago-based new media artist, educator, and organizer. Briz teaches at the Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has shown his work internationally, and is the co-founder of the GLI.TC/H conference. While all of that is undeniably impressive, I must say I knew Briz was a genius when I first saw “Apple Computers,” a powerful affront against Apple and a manifesto for the prosumer of our age.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Carrie Moyer

March 31, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Carrie Moyer is an artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited widely, in both the US and Europe. Museums shows include the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and a traveling survey, Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny,  that originated at the Tang Museum in 2013. Moyer has received awards from the Guggenheim and Joan Mitchell Foundations, Anonymous Was a Woman, and Creative Capital among others. With photographer Sue Schaffner, she co-founded one of the first lesbian public art projects, Dyke Action Machine!, which was active in New York City between 1991-2008. Moyer’s writing has appeared anthologies and periodicals such as Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Modern Painters and others. Moyer is a Professor in the Art and Art History Department where she is the Director of the Graduate Program. Moyer is represented by DC Moore Gallery.

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