UK School of Art and Visual Studies Announces Autumn Visiting Artist Series Lectures



LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 24, 2021) The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies launches its guest artist series in October with a talk on the state of the art and American institutions by curators Lauren Applebaum and Adam Thomas. Each year, the school organizes a series of free public lectures with academics and artists concerned with contemporary visual culture. The guest artist series offers lectures, exhibitions and workshops in cooperation with the Art History and Visual Studies Program.

Find this fall’s artists and presentations for the guest artist series below:

Invited researchers in conversation: Lauren Applebaum and Adam Thomas

“American art and its institutions at a time of transformation”

4 p.m. Tuesday, October 12


Lauren Applebaum is the Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American Art North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Applebaum’s curatorial practice is centered on the visual and material culture of North America, with particular emphasis on the intersection of art and craft with the history of technology and practices of communication. Her most recent exhibition, “Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change” at the Toledo Museum of Art, focused on the voices and experiences of under-represented artists, including women; Blacks, Aboriginals and people of color; immigrants; people of various faiths; and LGBTQ + communities – while highlighting a traditionally marginalized medium of artistic expression: quilts and textile-based crafts. She is currently in the process of relocating the American Galleries to NCMA and will speak about this process, the state of the land, and her curatorial practice.

Adam Thomas is Curator of American Art and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History at the Palmer Art Museum at Penn State University. Thomas’ research focuses on late 19th and early 20th century painting in the United States. He has participated in a wide range of exhibitions including the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hispanic Society of America in New York. Most recently, he wrote a catalog essay for the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s traveling exhibition, Supernatural America, titled “How to Paint a Ghost Circa 1900”. He also reflected on museums as spaces of mourning in a recent publication for Panorama and will discuss this topic as well as the state of the American art field.

Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Dana James: Guest Artist Lecture

12:30 p.m. Thursday October 14

Dana james is a painter and native of New York, based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2008, her work has been exhibited widely and can be found in private and public collections around the world. For more information, contact Brandon Smith, [email protected]

Shana Moulton: Virtual Artist Conference

1 p.m. Friday, October 15

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Shana Moulton lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. Over the past 18 years, she has developed her video / performance series “Whispering Pines”, in which she plays the role of “Cynthia”, both a fictional figure and the artist’s alter ego. Email [email protected] for more details.

Brad Vetter: Guest Artist Lecture

1 p.m. Monday, October 18

Bolivar Art Gallery

Brad vetter is a designer, type printer, artist and educator currently based in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating from Western Kentucky University, where he studied graphic design and printmaking, he began working at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee. At Hatch, he’s done everything from sweeping floors to training interns, printing posters for his favorite bands and bringing a new approach to working with the archaic process of typography.

Erin Harmon: Virtual Artist Conference

10 a.m. Thursday, October 28

Bolivar Art Gallery

Erin Harmon was raised in the southern California suburbs, where the natural wilderness is filled with hundreds of miles of aqueducts to produce perfectly manicured lawns. After earning a Bachelor of Studio Art from San Diego State University, she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Contact John Norris at [email protected] for the Zoom conference link.

John Paul Morabito: Guest Artist Lecture

6 p.m. Monday, November 15

Bolivar Art Gallery

Transdisciplinary weaver Jean-Paul Morabito engages the medium of reinvented tapestry in the digital age. Their work produces woven shapes, moving images and relational actions to imagine queer grace.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the College of Fine Arts, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, artistic education, conservation studies and digital media design.



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