Visiting Artists

We host several visiting artists every semester in the Art Department and University Galleries.

Fall 2014

Work. Respect. Dignity.

Panel Discussion featuring Visiting Artist, Earl Dotter

Thursday September 18 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00)
Downtown Campus Gallery

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Immigrants power the region’s economic engines, yet their ability to engage in our communities often hinges on their immigration status. Migrants Clinicians Network (MCN) has partnered with renowned photojournalist Earl Dotter to capture the rhythm of their lives and work. Their images and stories offer an opportunity to humanize the greater immigration discussion. The goal of this exhibition and panel discussion is to promote civic engagement in an often-fraught conversation, and to explore the impact of immigration amidst settled communities and the impact of migration on immigrants and their families. The panel discussion will include Dotter, who for decades has documented the lives of immigrants and other laborers through both text and image. Also on the panel is Dr. Louis Detwiler, SU Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies Department chair; Dr. Tim Dunn, SU professor of sociology, Dr. Casper Bendixsen, a cultural anthropologist from the National Farm Medicine Center; and Noe Parra Manrique, an immigrant, photo subject, longtime Salisbury resident and parent. The panel will be moderated by Amy Liebman, an expert on migrant health.

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Visiting Artist, Cheryl Nemazie

Thursday September 25 at 5:00 pm
Fulton Hall 111

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After establishing a successful career as an art director and award-winning graphic designer for an international hotel chain, Nemazie left the corporate world to focus on a second career as a documentary and fine art photographer. She has worked with NGOs all over the world, funding her humanitarian photographic efforts with work as a freelance commercial creative. She has worked with organizations that aid women in Nepal with micro-financing, children in Uganda orphaned by AIDS, flood victims in Mexico and villagers in Madagascar struggling to balance traditional ways of life with concerns for endangered wildlife.

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Visiting Artist, Nate Larson

Thursday October 2 at 5:30 pm
Fulton Hall 111

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TXTED, curated by Marisa Sage, explores the ever the evolving conversation between art and language. This group, text-based exhibition contains paintings, photographs, drawings, sculpture and installation: all utilizing text as the agent to illuminate intricate conceptual metaphors, visual insights and complex narratives. The role humorous and “simple” texts take on echoes their role in “art” currently as a tool that disarms the viewer, allowing them to trust the artist before they are hit with concepts and processes that often reveal the harsh realities of our current political climates and complex societies. Artists in this exhibition include: Sol LeWitt, Alex Gingrow, Carrie Mae Weems, Iviva Olenick, Jayson Musson, Michael Scoggins, Meg Hitchcock, John Salvest, David Rathman, William Powhida, Kim Rugg, Daniel Oglander, and Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman.

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Visiting Graphic Designer, Nikki Grad

Thursday November 13 at 5:00 pm
Fulton Hall 111

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Art Department Alumnus, Nikki Grad, returns to discuss her career as a professional designer and to judge the Graphic Design Senior Show. Grad was lead designer and brand manager for the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (DCJCC), before joining the start-up design firm NAV as Design Director in 2013. Founded by Michael Alea, former Art Director for the Obama White House, NAV works with major national and international clients, including Target, Google, and Southwest Airlines. Grad will share her experiences on the journey from S.U. Art student to successful design professional.

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Spring 2014

Visiting Artist Talk: Nathan Green

Thursday February 6, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Fulton Hall 111

Colorful works by Allie Rex, Mar Anne Arntzen and Nathan Greene playfully question form and meaning through abstraction in the exhibit “Colors & Things”.These exuberant paintings and installations revel in issues of visual perception creating a game of forms that is as fun to traverse as it must have been to make. Rex, Arntzen and Greene are emerging artists working in related ways yet in diverse places, namely New York, Baltimore and Dallas/Fort Worth. The similarities in their artwork suggest that there is a language of contemporary abstraction that extends beyond specific locales.

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Visiting Artist Talk: Jennifer and Kevin McCoy

Thursday February 13, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Fulton Hall 111

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy create works that question how meaning is established and how cultural memories are formed. Their collaborative practice occupies many terrains: exhaustive categorization, recreation and reenactment, automation, miniaturization, and most recently remote viewing and speculative modeling. Ranging from installation and software forms to curatorial practice, their art often uses technology to produce live effects and experiences. At Salisbury University, the McCoys marry these live effects with an investigation of real spaces.

The McCoy’s work has been exhibited nationally at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, P.S.1, Postmasters Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, and Internationally in exhibitions including projects at the Pompidou Center, the British Film Institute, ZKM, the Hanover Kunstverien, the Bonn Kunstverein, and F.A.C.T. (Liverpool, UK).

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Lecture: Dancing in Venice-Native American Art, National Pavilions & the Politics of “Going Global” with Dr. Jessica Horton

Thursday March 6, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Fulton Hall 111

Art Historian Jessica Horton speaks about the history of Native American artists at the Venice Biennale. Horton’s work examines the ways that the work of Native American artists transcended the borders of the U.S. and played a key role in the international art world throughout the 20th century. Horton’s lecture covers the impact of the 1932 Venice Biennale in which a group of Native American artists represented the U.S., as well as more recent Biennales

that have featured the work indigenous North American artists. Last year, Horton was the Wyeth Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts within the National Gallery of Art, and she currently holds the position of Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow at The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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Camile Paglia: Dada & Surrealism

Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Holloway Hall Auditorium

Paglia talks about two radical 20th-century art movements whose legacy can be traced from Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone to 1960s street theatre and today’s computer-animated music videos. Paglia is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her sixth book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars, was recently released in Vintage paperback.

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Artist Talk: Corinne Beardsley

Thursday May 8, 2014  at 5 p.m.
Downtown Campus

This solo exhibition by Corinne Beardsley presents a new series of ceramic and mixed media sculptures. Multiple sculptural heads installed throughout the gallery preserve gestural moments, discovering the form as it emerges. Some characters confront you with their monolithic scale and mass, as some pull you in for a more intimate interaction. These heads are inspired from the layers of expression we contain or release.

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