Department of Art


Visiting Artists and Scholars

Each semester the Visiting Artists and Scholars Program hosts high-caliber local, national and international artists, designers, curators and historians to present their work and offer workshops to students in the Department of Art. These visits expand, inspire and enrich the learning experience.

All art students are welcome to attend the visiting artists’ and scholars’ lectures and workshops. Intermediate and advanced students are also invited to host individual studio visits and critiques with the visiting artists/scholars. All lectures are in the KVAC auditorium and are free and open to the public. 

Recent visitors include Hamza Walker, Nina Katchadourian, Eric Crosby, Nicholas Brown, Laurel Ptak, Jered Sprecher and Michelle Grabner.

2019-2020 visits

  • Tia-Simone Gardnerinterdisciplinary artist; Minneapolis
  • Lenka Clayton, interdiscipinary artist; Pittsburgh
  • Robin Deacon, artist, writer, and filmaker; Chicago

Past Visitors


  • Elana Schlenker, mulitdisciplinary graphic design; Studio Elana Schlenker, Pittsburgh/NYC
  • Mara Duvra, interdiscipinary artist, Minneapolis
  • Piotr Szyhalski, mulitmedia artist, Minneapolis; Professor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design 
  • Ellina Kevorkian, Director of Artistic Programming, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis
  • Sonja Thomsen, interdisciplinary artist, Milwaukee; Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Hamlett Dobbins, painter, Memphis; Professor, University of Memphis


  • Dorit Cypis, artist/mediator, Los Angeles, Nov. 13-14
  • Phillip Andrew Lewis, UC Foundation Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Feb. 27-28


  • Misa Jeffereis, Curator, Walker Art Center, Sept. 29
  • Vlad Havlik, artist, Czech Republic, Oct. 4
  • Robert Lobet, graphic designer, France, Oct. 4-6
  • Dr. Elizabeth Kindall, Professor of Art History, University of St. Thomas, Oct. 12
  • Dr. Karil Kucera, Professor of Art History and Asian Studies, St. Olaf College, Nov. 3
  • Dr. Carol Brash, Professor of Art History and Asian Studies, College of St. Benedict - St. John’s University, Nov. 9
  • Mohamud Mumin, artist, Minneapolis, Jan. 17-18
  • Amber Berson, curator, Montréal, Canada, Feb. 22-23
  • Josh Reames, artist, New York, April 4-5


  • Matt Olson, Artist, Designer, Landscape Architecht, Co-founder of RO/LU, October 6-7 
  • Sangduck Seo, Graphic Designer at Iowa State University, November 18-19 
  • Pao Houa Her, Photographer, Minneapolis, March 16-17
  • Lamar Peterson, Painter, New York, NY, March
  • Bartholomew Ryan, curator, Pittsburgh, April 5-6


  • Hamza Walker, Curator Renaissance Society; University of Chicago
  • Dr. Jennifer Jane Marshall, Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota
  • Project Movil, Casa Poli Residency, Chile
  • Paulina Reyes, Graphic Designer


  • Nina Katchadourian, Faculty at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • Jesse Bransford, Associate Professor of Art at New York University
  • Alberto Gonzalez Cepedes, Teacher of English in Costa Rica
  • Eric Crosby, Assistant Curator Walker Art Center
  • Nicholas Brown, Curator, Yale University
  • Tanya X. Short and Brent Ellison, video game designers, Kitfox Games and Behaviour Interactive


  • "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" Documentary Film Screening
  • Scott Stulen, Project Director of 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
  • Nate Larson, Professor of Photography, MICA, Baltimore, MD
  • Miki Kaneda, Mellon C-MAP Fellow, Museum of Modern Art, NY


  • Aaron Spangler, Sculpture and Works on Paper
  • Aspen Mays, Photography, Installation and Video
  • Hesse 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
  •, 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