Visiting Artist Program

As part of the Studio Seminar on Contemporary Art Theory and Practice at Lewis & Clark College, the Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series brings practicing artists to campus to discuss their work. All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures will be held at 7:30pm in Miller 105 (campus parking is free after 7pm). For information, contact the Art Department: 503-768-7390 or

Fall 2022
Tuesday, September 27th 
Lu Yim

Lu Yim Lu Yim is based between NYC and Portland, OR. They are a choreographer, teacher and poet. Yim’s work is influenced by their peers and by community care practices. They create in dialogue with embodiment practices, interested in articulations of imperceptible states. Their choreography has been viewed at SculptureCenter (NY), ICA London, Center for Performance Research (NY), TBA Festival (Portland, OR). They were a 2019 Fellow at UCross Foundation (WY), and a 2020-2021 AIR at Center for Performance Research (NY). They have been published in interdisciplinary online publications: FormIV:Issue 12, curated by Isabel Mallet, and Ear Wave:Issue Six, curated by Jules Gimbrone.

Tuesday, October 4th

Lyndon Barrios Jr.
Lyndon Barrios Jr. Lyndon Barrois Jr. is an artist and writer based in Pittsburgh, PA where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He is half of LAB:D, with artist Addoley Dzegede, with whom he has collaboratively staged two exhibitions, and co-authored a book of essays (Elleboog, at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2019). Using magazines, advertising, cinema, and vernacular imagery as primary subjects of inquiry, Barrois’ multimedia practice breaks down and re-configures the languages of print, design, and popular culture in order to investigate underlying ideology, ethics, and conceptions of value. Recent solo exhibitions include Mirage Collar at Artists Space, Others Who Struggle with Nature at Rubber Factory NYC, Vague November at Van Eyck Open 2020, and Zaal 8 at Kasteel Oud Rekem in Belgium, and the two-person exhibitions Mercantile with Addoley Dzegede at Sharp Projects, and Dreamsickle with Kahlil Robert Irving at 47 Canal. Barrois Jr. received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2013), and his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (2006). He has recently completed residencies at Latitude in Chicago, Loghaven in Knoxville, the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands, Fogo Island Arts in Newfoundland, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Ireland.

Tuesday October 11th
Laura Heit

Laura Heit Laura Heit earned her MFA from the Royal College of Art in London England, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). A multimedia artist her work has exhibited and screened in the US and abroad, at venues including Track 16 (Los Angeles, CA), Boise Art Museum (Boise ID), Adams and Ollman (Portland, OR), The Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), The Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland OR), Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (Portland OR), She Works Flexible (Houston, TX), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), MoMA (NYC, NY), Millennium Film (NYC, NY), Pompidou (Paris, France), TBA Festival (Portland, OR), and the Guggenheim Museum (NYC, NY), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, CA), and Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI) among others. Her grants include; 2016 Oregon Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, Artist Project Grant Regional Arts & Culture Council including the 2014 Innovation Award, Henson Foundation (2009, 2014), ARC California, Illinois Arts Council, The British Council, and the Mac Dowell Colony. She has previously held positions at SAIC, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Cal Arts where she was co-director of the Experimental Animation Department. Her book Animation Sketchbooks was published in 2013 by Thames and Hudson. She currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.

Tuesday, October 25th

Yoshi Kitai Yoshihiro Kitai was born in 1969 in Osaka, Japan and moved to the United States in 1994. He studied and focused on ceramics before coming to the U.S. He received his BFA degree in Printmaking from PNCA in 2002 and his MFA in Printmaking/Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. In his prints, Kitai mixes a Western style of abstraction and a Japanese style of metal leafing, conceptually focusing on his perspective as a foreigner in the United States. Kitai is represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His works are in several public and private collections, including Oregon Health and Science University, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center at the Portland Art Museum and Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington. Kitai’s art has been reviewed in several publications including: Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Daily Vanguard, and West End Word. Kitai is the associate professor in the Printmaking Departments at PNCA.

Tuesday, November 1st

Taravat Talepasand
Tara Talepasand Taravat Talepasand is an artist, activist, and educator whose labor-intensive interdisciplinary painting practice questions normative cultural behaviors within contemporary power imbalances. As an Iranian-American woman, Talepasand explores the cultural taboos that reflect on gender and political authority. Her approach to figuration reflects the cross-pollination, or lack thereof, in our Western Society. To create art, it is imperative for me to be vulnerable—extracting the personal truths driven by my Diaspora, history, nostalgia, self-awareness, and rebellion. Much of my work revolves around the struggles of womanhood and navigating personal identity as a hyphenated individual. However, I believe that art must possess an element of vulnerability in order to provoke change—socially, intellectually and morally. In a world where ideas of culture, political and intellectual activities are evolving, what will this change mean for generations to come?

Taravat exhibited nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, de Young Museum, Tufts University, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, and the Orange County Museum of Art. Exhibitions included In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the 2018 Bay Area Now 8 exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, the 2010 California Biennial, and was the recipient of the 2010 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a featured artist in Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and the Documentary Pearls on The Ocean Floor by Robert Adanto. Taravat was the Department Chair of Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives in Oregon and is the Assistant Professor of Art Practice at the Portland State University. Taravat received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and MFA and the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006.

Tuesday, November 22nd
Dann Disciglio
Dann Disciglio Dann Disciglio (b.1993) is a US-based intermedia artist whose research-oriented practice investigates contemporary ecologies through both analog and digital experimentation. Disciglio works with and for non-human subjects (such as trees, plants, grass, molds, and bacteria) to stage eclectic sonic performances and compositions, multimedia installations and sculptures, and texts in which future-naturalisms are encountered.

Tuesday, November 29th
sidony o’neal

sidony o'neal sidony o’neal is a conceptual artist and writer with a focus on post-digital and synthetic methods for the development of works. Engaging philosophies of translation, mathematics, and computing, o’neal’s approach prioritizes research, intuition, and interface among many types of objects and environments. o’neal’s work has been presented with Veronica, SculptureCenter, and Fourteen30 Contemporary. Performances as a part of non-band DT have been presented with Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Volksbühne Berlin, and Performance Space New York. o’neal is a co-founder of INFANT design company. o’neal is the author of the chapbook LYFE IN A BOTTLE TREE BOTTLE (House House Press, 2020) and the editor of the publication M:ASR (2022). o’neal is a 2022-2023 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Fall 2021
Megan Hanley
Chiffon Thomas
Lynn Yarne
Sherrill Roland
Sara Siestreem
Nat Turner Project
Lucia Monge

Fall 2020
Gianine Tabja
Sameer Farooq
Intisar Abioto
Francesca Capone
Elisa Giardina-Papa
Anina Major
Ellie Irons
Nandita Kumar

Spring 2020
Bassem Yousri
 Jennifer Bornstein
 Eric Ramos Guerrero
 Brittany Ransom
 Lyndon Barrois Jr.
 Chiffon Thomas

Fall 2019
 Paul Komada
Jaleesa Johnston
Heidi Schwegler
Robert Ladislas Derr
Margie Livingston
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
John Houck
Carla Bengston
Michelle Ross

Spring 2018
Hap Tivey
Derek Franklin
Linda Weintraub
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
Michael Namkung
Sadie Wechsler
Crystal Schenk
Sharita Towne

Fall 2017
Ryan Pierce 
Pat Boas
Wendy Vogel
Bill Will
Demian Dinéyazhi
Melanie Stevens
Maxx Martinez
Peter Siminsky

Fall 2016 
 Sasha Yanow
 Christine Bourdette
 Jack Ryan
 Ralph Pugay
 Taylor Davis
 Wendy Red Star
 Drew Cameron

Spring 2016 
Martha Rosler
Intersecciones Artists
Karyn Olivier
Julie Perini
Derek Franklin
Jodie Cavalier

Fall 2015 
Julia Portela
Eric Stotik
Fallen Fruit Collective
Chelsea Heffner
Ryan Pierce

Spring 2015
Blake Stimson 
Josh MacPhee
Tiffany Calvert
 Thomas Orr
Modou Dieng

Fall 2014
Dana Lynn Louis
 Grant Hottle
 Amanda Wojick
 Vanessa Renwick
 Lisa Radon

Fall 2013 
Stephen Hayes
Stephen Slappe
Julie Perini
Dylan Beck
Alicia Jo Rabins
Didier Williams
 Lindsey White

Fall 2012 
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
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
 Ken Allan
Julian Dolan
Tannaz Farsi
Jesse Locker

Stewart Luckman
Victor Maldonado
Whiting Tennis
John Urang

Fall 2009
Red76 Sam Gould 
Hun-chung Lee
Matt McCormick
Ryan Pierce
Beth Sellars
Storm Tharp
Elise Wagner

Fall 2008
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 
Chandra Bocci 
MK Guth
Michelle Ross

Past Visiting Artists
Lisa Orr
Laura Valenti

Dana Lynn Louis