Blog / Duke’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series


This just in from our friends at Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies:

Duke presents a dynamic inaugural Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Immersed in Every Sense, with 11 artists visiting campus during the 2011-12 academic year.

Organized by the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Immersed in Every Sense will serve multiple audiences by bringing a diverse group of artists who cross many disciplinary boundaries to Duke.

The artists will give public lectures, meet with relevant classes in which they will provide a demonstration involving their artistic practice and/or critique student work, or become involved in programming in related areas of interest. Artists coming to Duke for a longer duration will develop a work on campus and conduct a more detailed, longer workshop with specific classes during their residency. Members of the community can attend various programs and activities to engage with the artists.

“The new Visiting Artist Lecture Series is a strategic expansion of our Visiting Artist in Residence Program,” said Scott Lindroth, Duke’s vice provost for the arts.  “By adapting or preparing new courses over the entire academic year with these particular artists in mind, the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies offers our students exciting and mind-expanding opportunities to grow as artists.”

The series will augment the curricular offerings of a range of departments and programs through class visits, workshops, critiques, demonstrations, and screenings. In addition to the arts- and media-related disciplines at Duke, other programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences will benefit from discussions and engagement with the visiting artists.

This multi-perspective approach to art and media is an essential component of arts education, as well as a liberal arts and humanities education, at Duke. Complementing the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies’ hybrid of art-making practices, the invited artists’ work highlights the fusion between traditional and new media and digital arts.

“This series also reaches out to the entire community both on and off campus. It is meant to create more and frequent contacts between artists and the university-wide student community and profoundly change their Duke experience,” notes Hans van Miegroet, chair of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.

Artists participating in Immersed in Every Sense during the Fall 2011 semester are: Clement Valla, adjunct professor of digital & media, Rhode Island School of Design (experimental art, socio-technical systems, human/computer relationships), September 27-28; Eduardo Kac, professor of art and technology studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (bio art, media art, performance), October 19-20; Benj Gerdes, instructor, Cooper Union School of Art (film and video, writing, social activism) and Jennifer Hayashida, director of Asian American Studies, Hunter College (art and poetry), October 25-26; Marc Handelman (painting), November 16-17; and Meridith Pingree, adjunct faculty of design and technology, Parsons The New School for Design (robotics, installation, interactive art, conceptual art), November 29-December 1.

During the Spring 2012 semester, the following artists will be at Duke as part of Immersed in Every Sense: Pat O’Neil (experimental film); Kianga Ford, assistant professor of fine arts/new genres, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design (installation, dance, performance, sonic arts); Ann Hamilton, professor of art, The Ohio State University (installation, time-based arts, performance); Ethan Jackson (optical installation, photographic media, interactive video); and Art Werger, chair and professor of printmaking, School of Art, Ohio University (drawing and printmaking).

Key participants from Duke in Immersed in Every Sense are Pedro Lasch, assistant research professor of visual arts; William Noland, associate professor of the practice of visual arts; Thomas Rankin, professor of the practice of visual arts and director of the Center for Documentary Studies; Raquel Salvatella da Prada, assistant professor of the practice of visual arts; William Seaman, professor of visual studies; Merrill Shatzman, associate professor of the practice of visual arts; and Victoria Szabo, assistant research professor of visual studies and new media and director of the Program in Information Science + Information Studies.

Specific dates, times, and programming for each artist’s visit will be posted to the Duke University Events calendar (, the Duke Arts website (, and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies website ( Please contact Merrill Shatzman, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies,, for additional information.

Immersed in Every Sense is generously supported by the Duke University Council for the Arts Visiting Artist Fund and the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies Visiting Artist Fund. Artist talks by Clement Valla, Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayashida, and Meridith Pingree are co-sponsord by the GreaterThanGamesLab, Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Program in Information Science + Information Studies. The artist talk by Eduardo Kac is co-sponsored by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke.

IMAGE: Clement Valla, Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges, postcards, 2010.

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