2021-22 Artists

All 2021-22 Artists Now! 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 2021 Lectures

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Monica Trinidad

September 15, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Monica Trinidad
Monica Trinidad is a queer, Latinx artist and organizer born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago. In 2016, Monica co-founded For the People Artists Collective, a radical squad of Black artists and artists of color in Chicago who create work that uplifts and projects struggle, resistance, and survival within and for our marginalized communities.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Rain Harris

September 22, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Rain Harris
Rain Harris is a sculptor and installation artist who was born in Oakland, CA and currently lives in Kansas City, MO. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from The Ohio State University. She has received numerous grants and fellowships including an American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grant, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Special Opportunity Stipends, a Leeway Foundation Achievement Grant and two Window of Opportunity Grants. Her work is in private collections and museums, both national and internationally.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Panel Discussion – Nirmal Raja with Portia Cobb, David Niec, Heidi Parkes, Valaria Tatera, & Della Wells

September 29, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Panel Discussion – Nirmal Raja with Portia Cobb, David Niec, Heidi Parkes, Valaria Tatera, & Della Wells
Nirmal Raja examines global movement, the cultural and material legacies of colonialism, and the lingering traces of memory from the perspective of one who has lived in several places before calling Milwaukee home. As a 2020 Nohl Fellow, she shared her monetary award with the five Established finalists—Portia Cobb, David Niec, Heidi Parkes, Valaria Tatera, Della Wells—and she brings them together as a panel to discuss her work and what it has meant to be an artist in a tumultuous year.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: David Antonio Cruz

October 6, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: David Antonio Cruz
David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist and a Professor of the Practice in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Cruz fuses painting and performance to explore the visibility and intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies. Cruz received a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Yale University. Cruz’s work has been included in notable group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, BRIC, Performa 13, and the Bronx Museum of Art. His fellowships and awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, the Franklin Furnace Fund Award, the Urban Artist Initiative Award, the Queer Mentorship Fellowship, and the Neubauer Faculty Fellowship at Tufts University. Recent press includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WhiteHot Magazine, W Magazine, Bomb Magazine, and El Centro Journal.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Jessica Thornton

October 13, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Jessica Thornton
Jessica Thornton is an artist, illustrator, printmaker and community organizer based in Palmer, Alaska. She was born in Åbo, Finland and raised in Huizen, the Netherlands. Her work addresses social and environmental justice movements, Arctic flora and fauna, and the unseen, beautiful connections we have to our environment. She works as the Arts in Action Coordinator for Native Movement.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Lara Shipley

October 20, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Lara Shipley
Lara Shipley is an American photographer. Her work has appeared in notable exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, GuatePhoto International Photography Festival in Guatemala, the Benaki Museum in Greece and a recent solo exhibition at the international photography festival Cortona on the Move, in Italy. Her work is in collection institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Nelson Atkins Museum for Art in Kansas City. Lara’s photographs appear in publications such as Harper’s Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Atlantic Monthly, Vice, and NPR. She received a MFA in photography from Arizona State University and a Bachelors of Photojournalism from the University of Missouri. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Michigan State University.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Shannon Molter

October 27, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Shannon Molter
Shannon Molter holds a BFA from the Peck School of the Arts in both Fiber Art and Art Education, with an Honors College certificate in Philosophy. Shannon often uses found materials relevant to the location of installations to expose connections between humans and their natural and social surroundings. She encourages up-and-coming artists as an art teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools. Molter has exhibited and taught throughout the Midwest and internationally. She has built site specific work at The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, USABLE SPACE, The Urban Ecology Center, and Temporary Resurfacing, in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: David Clemons

November 3, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: David Clemons
David Clemons was born in El Paso, Texas and spent much of his life in Austin, Texas. Initially he began his undergraduate career attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, pursuing a degree program for Biology Art. He attended the program for two years before returning to Austin to complete his BFA at the University of Texas in Austin, with a primary emphasis in painting. He earned his MFA in Metalsmithing in 2007 from San Diego State University. David taught in the art department at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas for 10 years. During 8 of those years he was responsible for creating and heading the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Department. In 2018 he relocated to Penland, North Carolina to dedicate his time to be an independent artist and workshop instructor. Much of his work embraces the craft of Metalsmithing and it’s collected history of techniques and objects. The resulting works rendered in metal, mixed media, and hand made artist books are vehicles to communicate ideas surrounding identity, narrative, and forays into material and process-based work. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions including: Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing, RE/ACTIONS, and has work in the permanent collection of the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, National Ornamental Metal Museum. Yale Contemporary Craft Museum, Ollie Trout Collection at the University of Texas in Austin.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Katrina Andry

November 10, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Katrina Andry
A native of New Orleans, LA, Katrina Andry received an M.F.A in printmaking in 2010. She currently lives and works in New Orleans where she maintains a studio. Andry’s work is often in dialogue with the viewer, asking them to confront their own race and gender biases and to consider how it affects the quality of life of their community writ large. Andry was listed in the September, 2012 Art in Print magazine as one of the top 50 printmakers. She has recently shown at the Hammonds House Museum (solo), the Pensacola Museum of Art (solo), and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She has also been an artist-in-residence at Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Valaria Tatera

November 17, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Valaria Tatera
Valaria Tatera is a visual artist whose work investigates the intersection of ethnicity, gender, commerce, and the environment. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Tatera explores self- identity and contemporary Indigenous issues such as the environment, sovereignty, and the co-opting of imagery. She earned an MFA in 3-D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. and B.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Valaria is well respected statewide, and has worked with various artists, as well as teaching in various institutions across Wisconsin. She was a finalist in the Mary Nohl Fellowship and the United States Artist Fellowship, a recipient of the Museum of Wisconsin Art best sculpture 2014, and featured clay artist at Lakefront Festival for the Arts.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ck Ledesma

December 1, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ck Ledesma
Ck Ledesma is a transdisciplinary artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, living in the diaspora in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Besides art practices, they are passionate about serving their community and the liberation of all BIPOC people. They co-founded Cosecha Creative Space, a community focused “space” that centers connections, understanding, and building togetherness through creative engagement, mutual aid, and the arts. Ledesma has served as an artist-in-residence for the Mitchell Street branch of the Milwaukee Public Library and is a 2020 Mary L. Nohl Fellow. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and, most notably, within the community.

All 2021-22 lectures are free virtual events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Date/Time:
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021
7:30 P.M.

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Spring 2022 Lectures

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Lorena Molina

February 2, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Lorena Molina
Lorena Molina is a Salvadoran multidisciplinary artist and educator. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati. Through the use of photography, video, performance, installation art, she explores identity, intimacy, pain, and how we witness the suffering of others. At the core of her work is an exploration of spatial inequalities and the challenges that oppressed groups face in constructing place and establishing a sense of belonging. Her work is driven by the displacement experienced after a 12 year old civil war in El Salvador forced her family to migrate to the United States. The work deals with the atrocities of war, dislocation, and otherness caused by the process of making home in the unwelcoming. Her current work look at identity in the margins. She views the margins both as a place where extreme violence and pain happens, but also as a place for resisting, dreaming, healing, and thriving.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Carlos Barberena

February 9, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Carlos Barberena
Carlos Barberena is a Nicaraguan self-taught Artist / Printmaker based in Chicago, where he runs the printmaking projects: Bandolero Press & La Calaca Press. He is also a member of the Instituto Grafico de Chicago. Barberena has exhibited individually in Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and The United States of America. His work has been shown in Art Biennials, Museums, Galleries, Cultural Centers and Universities around the world.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kynita Stringer-Stanback

February 16, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kynita Stringer-Stanback
Kynita Stringer-Stanback is an Information Activist / Sociology Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she provides engaging liaison services in collaboration with the BlackStudies/Sociology departments and to students in support of developing their awareness of the complex scholarly information environment. Currently, she is working on producing two chapters about her experience as a BIPOC LGBTQ person in the LIS field. She is also working to self publish a toolkit that helps instructors interrogate their process in thinking about our collective complex history in order to design creative critical and independent thinking learning environments for students.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Angie Piehl

February 23, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Angie Piehl
Angela Piehl is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work addresses luxury, accumulation, and alienation from Nature. Piehl has exhibited widely, in national, international, juried and invitational exhibitions. Piehl’s work is part of Kala Art Institute’s Print Collection, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art’s Print Collection, the New Mexico State University Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center Permanent Collection. Piehl has participated in many public lectures addressing her work and research, and issues of contemporary queer art and art practice at various regional and national conferences. Piehl’s work has been featured in over thirty publications, among them exhibition catalogs, reviews, articles, and textbooks. Piehl holds a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Arijit Sen

March 16, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Arijit Sen
Arijit Sen is an architect and vernacular architecture historian who writes, teaches and studies urban cultural landscapes. His research includes studies of South Asian immigrant landscapes in North America. He has worked on post disaster reconstruction and community-based design in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans and directed public history and cultural landscapes field schools in Milwaukee. Sen’s academic and research background is in architectural history, social, cultural and behavioral analysis of the built environment, and American cultural landscape studies.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Melanie Ariens

March 30, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Melanie Ariens
Melanie Ariens is multi disciplinary artist, environmental advocate and volunteer community coordinator with a diverse knowledge-base and creative skills set that allows her to design and manage projects in organized, creative and upbeat manner. Ariens currently is the Artist in Residence for Milwaukee Water Commons, planning and facilitating creative, water inspired art experiences for local water leaders and community groups. ​Melanie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992, specializing in painting, drawing and printmaking.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Hiroko Yamada

April 6, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Hiroko Yamada
Hiroko Yamada is a Japanese born studio artist and owner of the HYART Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied art metal and jewelry and currently serves as an honorary fellow. Hiroko enjoys helping others realize their art inspirations and dreams. She teaches metal courses at Madison College as well as workshops at prestigious craft schools and institutions, such as Penland School of Crafts (where she is on the board of trustees), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kobe Designs University and Kyoto Museum of Arts. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at SOFA Chicago, Patina Gallery, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Dan-Ginza Gallery and American Craft Council Shows.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: HC Dunaway Smith

April 13, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: HC Dunaway Smith
H. C. Dunaway Smith is a mixed reality artist that blends storytelling, illustration, animation, sound design, and the physical world into immersive art experiences. Her paintings combine with lyrical branching narratives to create otherworldly interactive experiences that blur the line between art and audience. A lifetime interdisciplinary artist, her work has included a number of innovative interactive experiences including award-winning mobile games, virtual worlds, interactive museum exhibits, and interfaces for AI-generated art experiences. In 2020, she was awarded an AR art residency at Adobe.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Antonius-Tín Bui

April 20, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Antonius-Tín Bui
Antonius-Tín Bui (they/them/theirs pronouns) is a spontaneous shapeshifter and poly-disciplinary artist with roots all over the country. They play in the realms of hand-cut paper, community engagement, performance, and soft sculpture to visualize hybrid identities and histories that confront the unsettling present. Their identity as a queer, genderfluid, Vietnamese-American informs the way they employ beauty as a refuge for fellow marginalized communities. They are the child of Paul and Van Bui, two Vietnamese refugees who sacrificed everything to provide a future for their four kids and extended family. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Antonius eventually moved to Houston before pursuing a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MIC/A). Since graduating in 2016, Antonius has been fortunate to receive fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, Tulsa Artists Fellowship, Halcyon Arts Lab, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Yaddo, Anderson Center at Tower View, The Growlery, and Fine Arts Work Center.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2022
7:30 P.M.

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ricardo Levins Morales

April 27, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ricardo Levins Morales
Ricardo Levins Morales (he/him pronouns) is an artist and organizer based in Minneapolis. He uses his art as a form of political medicine to support individual and collective healing from the injuries and ongoing reality of oppression. Born into the anti-colonial movement in his native Puerto Rico, he was drawn into activism in Chicago when his family moved there in 1967. He left high school early and worked in various industries, increasingly using his art as part of his activism. Organizational commitments over the years have included the Chicago Black Panther Defense Committee, Labor Notes, the Alliance for Cultural Democracy, the Great Lakes Commons and MPD150.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022
7:30 P.M.

Virtual Free Event:
This lecture will be available as a pre-recorded virtual event. The link to the recording will be posted the following day at arts.uwm.edu/artistsnow.

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Cobi Moules

May 4, 2022, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Cobi Moules
Cobi Moules is a painter whose work focuses on personal narrative relating to his queer and transgender identity. Reflecting on art historical representation of both portraiture and 19th century American landscape painting, his work often disrupts the historical narratives while seeking inclusion and creating a space for personal significance and a queer presence. Cobi received a BFA from San Jose State University in 2004. In 2010 he received an MFA from The School of Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. His work has been exhibited nationally including The Leslie Lohman Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Jepson Center, Crystal Bridges Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art and Smack Mellon. Notable awards include the SMFA Traveling Fellowship, Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, and the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant. His work is in the collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum, Leslie Lohman Museum, RISD Museum, Cornell Fine Arts Museum and 21c Museum. He has been an artist-in-resident at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ucross Foundation, Kimmel Harding Nelson, Vermont Studio Center, Space Gallery, among others. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

All 2021-22 lectures will be FREE and offered virtually as pre-recorded events. Series supported in part by the UWM Black and Gold Committee & Differential Tuition funds, Frederick R. Layton Fund, the John Colt Memorial Art Fund, The Queer Curatorial Fund, Print Club, and OBJECT.

Dates/ Time:
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
7:30 P.M.

Virtual Free Event:
This lecture will be available as a pre-recorded virtual event. The link to the recording will be posted the following day at arts.uwm.edu/artistsnow.

Past Artists

Since its inception the Artists Now! series has hosted hundreds of renowned and aspiring artists including the following, to name a few:

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.

www.dreadscott.net

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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.

www.insecurespaces.net

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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.

www.vaughanlarsen.com

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.

www.peterantor.com

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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.

taylorlevy.com

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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.

meghankirkwood.com

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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.

www.sslifer.net

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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.

ahreelee.com

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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.

www.ginalitherland.com

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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.

werdmvmntstudios.com

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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 intimate, 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: 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 intimate, 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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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma

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: Kris Sanford

March 10, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Kris Sanford lives is an assistant professor at Central Michigan University. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Amsterdam, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, London, Miami, and New York. Kris was a finalist for the 2018 Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her art explores intimate relationships and LGBTQ issues through the use of appropriated images, video, and text.

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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: Arielle Romano

April 21, 7:30 pm–7:30 pm

Arielle Romano is a Milwaukee-based Painter who is pursuing her MFA at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. She is a recent graduate from UW-Parkside where she earned her BFA in 2018. Romano creates paintings where pop-culture influences and art history references are shuffled together and re-imagined to convey uncanniness. Her works attempt to glorify the mundane through re-contextualization and incite new parallels between classical works of art and the contemporary. Romano’s work has been exhibited in galleries in southeastern Wisconsin as well as at UW-Milwaukee’s Union Gallery. 

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Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Celeste Contreras

April 28, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm

Celeste Contreras is a Xicana – Indigenous artist who works in mixed mediums to share stories of ceremony, culture and tradition. Her work includes illustrations, print, book arts and animation. Her research includes storytelling through images and objects, exploring the condition of the book and book form and recalling the palimpsests of intergenerational trauma from migration and genocide of ancestors to relearning and decolonizing through ceremony. Currently enrolled as an MFA student at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, focused in Print and Narrative Form and holds a BFA from Alverno College. Contreras was the 2019 Gathering Art, Stories and Place Artist-in-Resident with the Milwaukee Public Library where she published a 200 edition box set of artists’ books, Artist in the Library, that will be distributed throughout libraries in Milwaukee and libraries around the country.

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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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