Upcoming Lectures


Nina Katchadourian

Multimedia Artist

April 9-10, 2014

Nina Katchadourian (Brooklyn, New York) was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. In April 2013, the monograph "Sorted Books" was published by Chronicle Books on the 20-year anniversary of Katchadourian's "Sorted Books" project. Katchadourian is on the faculty at NYU Gallatin School of Individualizd Study and she is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.


2013-2014 Visitors

2013-14 Visitors


Jesse Bransford

Visual Artist
February 10-11, 2014

Jesse Bransford is Associate Professor of Art at New York University, and is represented by Feature Inc., New York; Galerie Schmidt Maczollek, Cologne, Germany; and Fulgur Esoterica, London, UK. He will work with students while on campus to install a show in the downtown St. Cloud student run Gallery Vault.

Artist Talk: "Earth and Sky"

Since the late 90s, magic and theories of magic have had a part in Bransford’s work. In 2003 a long term study of planetary symbolism led to a deeper investigation of metaphors of magic and their applicability to art. “Calling Up” and “Calling Down” are two ways of thinking about magical process. In this lecture, Bransford will discuss works and aspects of works over the last 15 years that participate in magical thinking from these perspectives.

Lecture: "Talismans and Art: Joining Art, Artist and Intention"

Talismanic magic is generally the first kind of magic anyone practices. Usually in high school, usually revolving around a crush. Most people don’t even know that is what they are doing. Art and the artist’s relation to ideas of magic are more complex, but usually proceed from a similar, intuitive standpoint. The lecture will cover a variety of kinds of talismanic magic, from the magic rings of the Tuareg to chaos magick’s use of the theories of artist AO Spare. The interest is in the crossover of intention and utopian thinking that all magic and art share.

Alberto Gonzalez Cepedes

Visiting Artist

December 9-12, 2013

Alberto Gonzalez isa native of Costa Rica and a teacher of English in Costa Rica.  The students in Mr. Gonzalez’ classes and the students in the Art Education Classes at SCSU have been participating in an art exchange for almost 10 years. 

Professor Gainey and Alberto Gonzalez met through an International Teacher Exchange.  In addition to teaching English in the k-12 schools of Costa Rica, Alberto is a community organizer for the arts, a leader in environmental projects, a world traveler, and a master of several languages.


Eric Crosby, Walker Art Center

Assistant Curator

November 4, 2013

Eric Crosby is Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he has been on staff since 2009. He recently co-curated “Painter Painter” and “The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg,” which toured to the New Museum in New York and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. He is currently working on a collections-based exhibition that surveys the “expanded arts” of the 1960s and 1970s.

Nicholas Brown, Yale University


October 24, 2013

"In The Thick of It"

This lecture was part of Nicholas Brown's week-long residency at the Department of Art at St. Cloud State University to work with a group of students on a year-long curatorial project. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the Gallery Vault in downtown St. Cloud in April 2014. The lecture and residency were both made possible by a generous Action Grant from the Office of the Provost at St. Cloud State University.

Past Visitors


"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" Documentary Film Screening
Scott Stulen, Project Director of mnartists.org at Walker Art Center
Laurel Ptak, Curator at Tensta Kontshall in Stockholm/New York City
Jered Sprecher, Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Tennessee 


Aaron Spangler, Sculpture and Works on Paper
Aspen Mays, Photography, Installation and Video
Hess McGraw, Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
Sharon Louden, Painting and Installation
Kelli Connell, Photography
Mark Randall, Graphic Design, Worldstudio, NYC


Terry Marks, Principle, TMarks Design, Seattle
Michelle Grabner, artist, critic, curator, The Suburban
Steve Dietz, President & Artistic Director, Northern Lights
Printeresting.org, Amze Emmons, Robert Tillman & Jason Urban
Ian Burns, kinetic sculpture and video
Bartholomew Ryan, Assistant Curator, Walker Art Center


Corin Hewitt, multimedia
Peter Eleey, curator, Walker Art Center
Lance Rutter, graphic design
Cristi Rinklin, painting
David Petersen, multimedia; Artistic Director, Art of This
Alberto Gonzalez, community arts organizer, Costa Rica


Ed Pein, multimedia
John Rasmussen, Executive Director, Midway Contemporary Art
Meredith Johnson, Curator, Creative Time
Andrea Carlson, painting
Michelle Mehri Mousavi, film
David Dunlap, painting, installation
Jay Heikes, multimedia
Amy Digennaro, drawing
Cecilia Aldarondo, critic


Alison Ruttan, multimedia
Mike Hoyt, painting, installation
Christi Atkinson, curator; Director of Walker Art Center’s Teen Art Council
Carolyn Swiszcz, painting
Abinadi Meza, sound, video
Yumi Roth, sculpture
Patricia Briggs, critic
Vladimir Havlik, performance/multimedia, Czech Republic


Edgar Orlaineta, sculpture, Mexico
Shane Campbell, Director of Shane Campbell Gallery
Stuart McKee, graphic design


For more information about the Art Department's visiting artist and curator program, please contact Associate Professor Rosemary Williams (rosemarytwilliams@stcloudstate.edu).

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