Nationally and internationally acclaimed visual artists visit our campus to present lectures about their work and professional practices. Visiting artists have a chance to meet with the students and larger Rutgers University–Camden community to continue the dialogue about perspectives on contemporary art and design. The title of our Spring 2019 lecture series is Young and Active.
Spring 2019 Artists:
Tuesday, February 26 – Elizabeth Wirija
Thursday, March 7 – KT Duffy
Tuesday, March 26 – Shaun Leonardo
All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held from 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM in the Fine Arts Building, Room 110.
More about the artists:
Elizabeth “Eli” Wirija is a photographer and creative originally born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. Currently based in New York. She obtained a BFA from School of Visual Arts in 2016. Her interest in photography was cultivated from observing her father bring film cameras to document on family trips. She strives to continually uplift her people and other marginalized groups to level the playing field since there are certain structures in our current society that readily oppress our being.
Selected clients include Nike, Vice, Atlantic Records, Microsoft, ASOS, Make Up For Ever and Barney’s New York. Publications include The FADER, Billboard, British Vogue, Refinery29, Milk, Fast Company, INC, Paper, Nylon.
KT Duffy is a new media artist and educator from Chicago, IL. They received their MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. Their work has most recently been shown in a two-person exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art, a solo exhibition corresponding with their residency as PIXELFACE (collaboration with Ali Seradge) at LoRez Brewery in Chicago, and a solo show at Terrault Gallery in Baltimore, MD. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Art in Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL.
Working in the space between the digital and the physical, Duffy conjures entities into existence via code-based processes and digital fabrication. These entities fuse the aesthetics of digital devices with organic and semi-organic forms to speculate on a future modality where no entity is bound to a singular reality, substance, or expression. The visual elements in their work reference a broad spectrum of living/non-living things, from both real and speculative environments. Duffy’s work utilizes the limitations present in digital fabrication systems as an opportunity to break out of the normative media ratio or print size, leading to cleverly manufactured facets whose material transforms from constraint to bridge. Duffy’s social practice strives to demystify coding and technology for creatives, centering those underrepresented in STEAM fields.
Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice is participatory in nature and invested in a process of embodiment, promoting the political potential of attention and discomfort as a means to disrupt meaning and shift perspective.
Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a recipient of support from Creative Capital and Guggenheim Social Practice and was recently profiled in the New York Times. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions, nationally and internationally, and featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, Recess, and VOLTA NY.
PAST VISITING ARTISTS
FALL 2018 ARTISTS:
Hilary Doyle is an artist, teacher and curator originally from Worcester, Massachusetts. Doyle’s work includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture about gender, class and psychology. She has recently exhibited at spaces such as Monya Rowe Gallery, Field Projects and Erin Cluely Gallery in Texas and has had solo shows at the Active Space and Brown University. Her work has received press coverage in Hyperallergic, Bushwick Daily, and New American Paintings Blog. Doyle is a recent recipient of a residency at MassMoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, MA.
Doyle is faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and Purchase College where she teaching drawing and painting classes. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Doyle is also founded NYC Crit Club which she teaches and runs with artist, curator and director Catherine Haggarty. She also curates with Reid Hitt as HR Curating and was co-director of Projekt722 gallery in east Williamsburg for three years. She will also be curating an exhibition with HR curating at Agency Gallery in Dumbo in 2019. She lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Synoptic Office: Caspar Lam and YuJune Park
Synoptic Office is a multidisciplinary design studio operating in the space between design, technology and education. The studio’s work has been exhibited internationally and recognized by Fast Company Design, iDn, Neshan, Etapes, and It’s Nice That. The studio was founded by Caspar Lam and YuJune Park, both Assistant Professors of Communication Design at Parsons. YuJune is currently the program’s Associate Director and served as Director from 2014–2017. Synoptic Office was selected to participate in BIO23, the 23rd Biennial of Design at the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and has exhibited at the Ningbo Museum of Art in China and the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno.
Caspar formerly led design and digital strategy at Artstor, a Mellon-funded non-profit developing digital products related to metadata and publishing for institutions like Harvard, Cornell, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has been a visiting critic at the Hong Kong Design Institute and served as an Adjunct Associate Research Scholar at Columbia’s GSAPP. He holds an MFA from Yale and degrees in biology and design from the University of Texas at Austin. Caspar sits on the board of AIGA NY.
YuJune has worked for and collaborated with studios including Base, Graphic Thought Facility, Rockwell Lab, and Pentagram for a variety of clients like MoMA, Milk Studios, the Davis Museum, and the Met. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. YuJune sits on the board of the TDC.
Odili Donald Odita
Odili Donald Odita is a Professor in Painting, Drawing & Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University; from 2003-2005, Odita was a Visiting Critic at Yale University School of Art. During the 1990’s, Odita was a critic for Flash Art International, and a consulting editor and writer for NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art. Odita’s exhibitions include; the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr; DAK’ART 2004, the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Group exhibitions include Prospect.4, the US Biennial in New Orleans; Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art; ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Odita’s wall commissions include; the Newark Museum; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; Ezra Stiles College, Yale University, New Haven; the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art; the US Mission to the UN, NY; and Butler College, Princeton University, NJ.
SPRING 2018 ARTISTS:
Karyn Olivier received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. She has exhibited at the Gwangju and Busan Biennials, World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA P.S.1, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), SculptureCenter (NY), Drexel University, the University of the Arts, Ulrich Museum of Art, University of Delaware Museum, among others. In 2017 Olivier installed a large-scale commissioned work for Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program in historic Vernon Park. In 2015 Olivier created public works for Creative Time in Central Park and NYC’s Percent for Art program.
She is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the William H. Johnson Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, a Creative Capital Foundation grant and a Harpo Foundation grant. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, The Washington Post, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Frieze, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hyperallergic, among others. Olivier is currently an associate professor and program head of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.
Didier William is originally from Port-au-prince, Haiti. He received his BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, The Fraenkel Gallery, Frederick and Freiser Gallery, and Gallery Schuster in Berlin.
His work has been reviewed by Hyperallergic, Two Coats of Paint, The New York Times, and Art Critical. He was an artist in residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Brooklyn, NY and has taught at Yale School of Art, Vassar College, Columbia University, and SUNY Purchase. He is currently Associate Professor of Art and the Chair of the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Gail Anderson is the creative director of Visual Arts Press at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a partner at Anderson Newton Design. From 2002 through 2010, she served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater. From 1987 to early 2002, Anderson worked at Rolling Stone magazine, serving as designer, deputy art director, and finally, as the magazine’s senior art director. And early in her career, Gail was a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books (Random House). She has taught at SVA for over 25 years and has lectured at conferences, design organizations, and colleges around the world.
Anderson serves on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the USPS, and has co-authored over a dozen books on design, typography, and illustration with Steven Heller. She is an AIGA medalist whose work is represented in the Library of Congress, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, the Cooper Hewitt, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Anderson provided an open critique for design students in the Stedman Gallery before talking about her career experiences.
FALL 2017 ARTISTS:
Dona Nelson has had twelve solo exhibitions of her paintings, primarily in New York City. In 2000, she had a large survey show of her work at the Weatherspoon Museum of Fine Art in Greensboro, North Carolina. She had solo exhibitions in 2001 and 2003 at the Cheim and Read Gallery in New York City. She currently exhibits her work at the Thomas Erben Gallery in New York City. She has also been featured in many group exhibitions throughout the country, including the 2013 Whitney Biennial. Her paintings have been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America and ArtForum.
Nelson’s paintings are included in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art and The Boston Museum of Fine Art. In 2011, Nelson was a recipient of a grant from the Foundation for the Community of Artists. In 2012, she was the recipient of an Artist Legacy Foundation Grant. In 2015, she received an Anonymous was a Woman Grant. She is known for creating installations of two sided paintings which establish an immediate experience in time and space and resist photographic transcription. Nelson has cited Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock and Joan Miro as important influences. She has taught for twenty five years at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. Dona Nelson has also served as a visiting professor in the M.F.A. program at Yale School of Art and in the Bard Summer M.F.A. Program.
Courtney Puckett, born 1979 Winter Park, FL, lives and works in Brooklyn and upstate NY. She holds a BFA from MICA and an MFA from Hunter College and studied at the Center for Art and Culture in Aix-en-Provence, Glasgow School of Art, and University of New Mexico. Puckett has been an Artist-in-Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY, in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, and a recipient of a Full Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.
Group exhibitions include The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, The Arts Gallery at Westchester County Community College, BRICArts, Wallspace, Noyes Museum of Art, CUAC Utah, Seton Hall University, Long Island University, and Jamaica Center for Art. Puckett is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts project grant and was featured on Hyperallergic and NYTimes art blog. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Suffolk County Community College, Westchester Community College, and Parsons School of Design.
Alex Da Corte
Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1980. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. His first survey exhibition Free Roses was held at MASS MoCA, North Adams in 2016. Other recent solo exhibitions include Slow Graffiti at The Secession Building in Vienna, Austria, A Man Full Of Trouble at Maccarone Gallery, New York; 50 Wigs at the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark; A Season in He’ll at Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Die Hexe at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, New York; Devil Town at Gio Marconi, Milan; Le Miroir Vivant at The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015); Easternsports at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014, together with Jayson Musson).
Da Corte’s work was also included in the group exhibition Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Past group exhibitions include the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; the 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France among many others. In 2012, Da Corte was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.