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Visiting Artist Program


All lectures begin at 7:30pm in room 102 in Miller Center for the Humanities on the Lewis & Clark College campus unless otherwise noted. Sponsored by the Lewis & Clark College Art Department, all lectures are open to the college community and the public. For information, contact the Art Department: 503-768-7390 or

Fall 2013 Visiting Artist Lectures

imageTuesday, September 17 - Miller 105  6:00pm
Stephen Hayes - This talk with artist Stephen Hayes is co-sponsored by the Hoffman Gallery in conjunction with his show. For more information about the show, visit the Hoffman Gallery website.


imageTuesday, October 8 
Stephen Slappe- is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Slappe is an Assistant Professor and Chair of Video & Sound at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is an active curator and organizer of video and film exhibitions including New Mutants at Worksound Gallery (Portland) and Out of the Great Northwest at The Horse Hospital (London). Slappe is an amateur film archivist and has presented three programs of archival 16mm films entitled Rolling Deep: Skateboarding Films 1965-1980, Static Age: The Culture of Early Television, and Drugs, Disease, Disaster

imageTuesday, October 22
Julie Perini- creates experimental and documentary videos/films, installations, and events.  Her interests include other people, everyday life, humor, identity, social movements, collaboration, and all sorts of art that deals with time and documentation.  Her work often explores the areas between fact and fiction, staged and improvised, political and personal.  She has exhibited work at a variety of national and international venues including Anthology Film Archives in New York City, Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, Cornell Cinema in Ithaca, NY, Artists Television Access in San Francisco, the Northwest Film Festival in Portland, Oregon, and Experiments in Cinema Film Festival in Albuquerque, NM.  Her writing on art, media, politics, and culture has been published by AK Press, Afterimage, and Incite: The Journal of Experimental Media.  She participates in several collaborative initiatives to promote independent media, community cultural production, and progressive social change.  Her media production skills are largely self-taught, although after spending several years in the 1990s editing VHS tapes using two VCRs, she learned analog video production at PEGASYSPublic Access TV in Ithaca, NY. She holds an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and a BS from Cornell University. Perini is an Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University

imageTuesday, October 29  
Dylan Beck- My artwork explores the interaction of built space with the natural environment and the idea that manmade landscapes express a society’s material and political priorities. Within this domain, my interests range from concepts of land use and automobile-centered planning to the psychological effects of living in the “non-places” of a hypermodern world. Hypermodernity has created places that have no relation to the natural environment in which they reside. These places include airports, shopping malls, and various housing developments, among others. 
     Many decisions regarding spatial relationships within our built environment depend on the flow of goods and consumers from place to place. Unmanaged growth, known as sprawl, has been the cause and/or effect of problems with transportation, the environment, and the economy. At the same time, this growth has created new housing and employment opportunities. I situate my work between criticism and veneration. Likewise, there is a dichotomy in my aesthetic attraction to images of built landscapes and my feelings toward the issues they illustrate. 
     I use several tactics to illustrate this dialectic. My sculptures are constructed with materials that are found in the retail and domestic setting along with those used in home construction. Through the examination of the world around me, aerial photography and satellite imagery I select ubiquitous forms and imagery. I then use the same spatial relationships that are inherent in our built environment in my work.


imageTuesday, November 12  
Alicia Jo Rabins - is a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar based in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, 6x6, Court Green, anthologies from NYU Press and Knopf, and a chapbook from Artscape Press (selected by Mary Oliver). A classically trained violinist since the age of three, Alicia recently premiered her original piece “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff,” a chamber rock opera about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse, at Joe’s Pub in New York City. She is currently at work editing her first collection of poems. 
     Alicia is the songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an art-pop song cycle about the complicated lives of women in Torah, which has performed across the US, Canada and Europe, released two albums, and garnered critical praise from Huffington Post, the New Yorker, and LA Weekly. For eight years she was the fiddle player in pioneering klezmer-punk band Golem, and she has received grants and scholarships from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Six Points Fellowship, and the LABA Fellowship at the 14th St Y. She has also served as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, performing American fiddle music in Central America and Kuwait. 
     An experienced and dedicated Jewish educator, in 2010 Alicia founded Personal Torah, offering creative, meaningful bar/bat mitzvah preparation and adult Torah study in person or online. She has presented at the New School, Northwest Vista College, Hebrew Union College, and numerous conferences. Rabins holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and an MA in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

imageTuesday, November 19
Didier Williams- holds an MFA in painting from Yale University, and a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His paintings examine a fictional narrative that dismantles fixed notions of home, place and time. William currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He was a 2009 recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship in painting as well as the 2006 recipient of the Morris Lewis Award for painting. He has exhibited paintings in group shows at Kravets Wehby gallery in New York, Deitch Projects in Long Island City, Swann Galeries in New York City, Gallerie Schuster in Berlin, as well as traveling exhibitions in Baltimore, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Greece. He will be a 2012/13 Artist in Residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program in Brooklyn NY. He is currently on faculty in the Art/Art History Department at Vassar College as well as Adjunct Foundation Faculty in the School of Art and Design at Purchase College in NY.

imageTuesday, December 10
Lindsey White (and/on Will Brown Collective)Will Brown is something of an anomaly in the art world. The brainchild of artists Lindsey White, Jordan Stein, and David Kazprzak, Will Brown is difficult to define, which is one of the things that makes the collaborative project so appealing. The enigmatic space opened in January with an inaugural exhibition on illegitimacy in art and has since continued to serve up nonpareil shows and events that are not easily classified under the usual rubric of exhibition, gallery show, performance, action, or installation. A combination of these might best capture what Will Brown is all about, though it would be impossible to really pigeonhole this collective. The ongoing project currently takes the form of an experimental exhibition space in San Francisco’s Mission District, and its twitter feed has a life of its own. I talked shop with Will Brown on micro-institution curatorial practices, obsolete art collectives, illegitimate inventories, and comedy drawing schools.

Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Lectures

Reynier Leyva Novo
Namita Gupta Wiggers
Anna Fidler
Naomi Hume
Museum of Commerce
Ariana Jacob
Eric Geschke
Evan La Londe
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Becca Albee
Deborah Horrell

Fall 2011 Visiting Artist Lectures

Helen Lessick
Stewart Luckman
Hsui Wei
Nan Curtis
Susie J. Lee
Kristan Kennedy
David Eckard
James M. Harrison
Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen
Dan Attoe
Kris Cohen
Gerri Ondrizek

Fall 2010 Visiting Artist Lectures

Ken Allan
Julian Dolan
Tannaz Farsi
Jesse Locker

Stewart Luckman
Victor Maldonado
Whiting Tennis
John Urang

Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lectures

Red76 Sam Gould
Hun-chung Lee

Matt McCormick

Ryan Pierce

Beth Sellars

Storm Tharp

Elise Wagner


Fall 2008 Visiting Artist Lectures

Holly Andres
Judy Cooke
Laurie Danial

Daniel Duford

Red76 Sam Gould

John Grade

Heidi Preuss Grew

Jenene Nagy

Lucinda Parker
Sue Taylor
Laura Vandenburgh


Fall 2007 Visiting Artist Lectures

Chandra Bocci
MK Guth

Michelle Ross

Past Visiting Artist

Lisa Orr
Laura Valenti


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