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Visiting Artist Lecture Series

SMU’s Division of Art hosts an ongoing series of lectures and panels by an exciting group of artists, critics and curators. This series of discursive events is not only a crucial part of the graduate and undergraduate curriculum, it also provides a space for the Dallas community to engage with art and ideas.

Lectures are made possible with generous support from Debbie and Eric Green, Anonymous donor, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, the Dorothea Leonhardt Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. and Ignite Art Dallas.

2019 Lecture Series

Signe Pierce

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7 p.m.

O’Donnell Hall – Room 2130

Signe Pierce is a multimedia artist whose work straddles performance, photography, video, social media, light design and installation. She is a self-described “reality artist” whose work is inspired by the concept of reality as an artistic medium, and the idea that an artist’s life and work can both be viewed within a similar context. Her ideology often explores the myriad facets of perception involved in discerning what is “real” within the burgeoning era of hyperreality, new media and technological singularity. Over the past two years, Pierce has partaken in multiple performances, installations and exhibitions, including solo shows at Times Square Space in New York, Annka Kultys Gallery in London and Galerie Nathalie Halgand in Vienna; a performance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and an artist’s talk at Yale University. She is the star and co-creator of the acclaimed short film American Reflexxx, which has received multiple awards and been screened in over 15 countries. For more about the artist, visit here.

Holly Walker

Monday, April 1, 2019
7 p.m.

O’Donnell Hall – Room 2130

Artist’s demonstration: April 1-4 in the Doolin Gallery

Ceramicist Holly Walker is known for inventive terracotta forms that are spare, architectonic and Shakeresque. Pinched coils create a visual tempo and rhythm that is inherent in the process of building. Abstract geometric structure maps the geography of the pot, enlivened by painterly brushing of colored slips and glazes. Walker’s work has been exhibited at venues including AKAR, The Clay Studio, Harvard University and The Philadelphia Museum, among others, and is part of numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Ore.) and San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. She has taught courses at Rhode Island School of Design and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and presented lectures and workshops around the country. She has served as director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (Maine), and as gallery assistant, archivist and educational outreach director at Penland School of Crafts (N.C.). She is a recent recipient of a Frog Hollow/Vermont Craft Association Artisan Grant and a Vermont Arts Council Development Grant. For more about the artist, visit here.

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