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

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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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Sophomore Seminar Fall 2013
ART Special Events and Visiting Artists

Fall 2013

Panel Discussion: Land, Landscapes & earthly Visions; A Scholarly & Artistic Interchange

Wednesday, September 4, 7 – 9pm
Fulton Hall 111

James Hatley (environmental studies), Ivan Young (environmental studies), and Elizabeth Kauffman (art) discuss some of the ecological and economic pressures we face. How we think and in turn handle the land will shape not only our environment but ourselves. The exhibition “This Land” includes twelve artists whose works explore this subject of man’s relationship with nature; each presenting nuanced views of how the land (and sea) are shaped both physically and figuratively by human activities and perception.

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Visiting Artist Talk: Marc Castelli

Thursday, September 12, 5pm
Fulton Hall 111

The eastern shore artist will discuss his watermen series as well as his career as a painter. Marc Castelli carries a fascination with water and boats, and a love of history and cultures that he obtained from his parents. He started painting workboats of the Chesapeake from the dockside views, now he spends countless hours each year out on the water with the watermen. Castelli not only spends an abundance of time on the water photographing, sketching, drawing and painting boats; but an essential part of his life for thirty years have been racing sailboats.

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Gallery Talk with Professor Tom Horton

Friday, September 13, 5:30pm
Downtown Campus

S.U. Environmental Studies Professor Tom Horton will discuss Marc Castelli’s work in The Water Business. This event will be held at the new Downtown Campus gallery at 118 N. Division street in Salisbury.

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Performance: Tatsuya Nakatani

Thursday, September 19, 8pm
Downtown Campus

Experimental percussionist performs inorganic, industrial-like noises juxtaposed in the same breath as organic and lush nature-like sounds.

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Closing Reception: This Land & The Water Business

Third Friday, September 20, 5 – 8pm
University Gallery & Downtown Campus

Join us for light fare and drinks to celebrate the closing of these two exhibitions. Shuttle service between galleries provided. Salisbury’s “Third Friday” events will also be underway on the downtown plaza at this time, including artist booths, live music and food.

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Visiting Artist Talk: Marty Weishaar

Friday, October 4, 5pm
Downtown Campus

The artist discusses his career, his artwork, and his project on view at the SU Art Galleries Downtown Campus. Using the beautiful, yet crude, elements of cardboard and colored tape, along with greeting cards, mashed-up paintings, drawings and other found elements, Weishaar creates an informative study of a community dealing with an ecological and humanitarian crisis cause by mountain top coal mining. A reception will follow the talk at 6:00 pm

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Panel Discussions: Art Department Faculty

Tuesday & Thursday, October 8 & 10, 3:30pm
University Gallery

Art department faculty will discuss their artwork, inspiration, and thoughts on art making; moderated by Marisa Sage. These discussions are in conjunction with the faculty exhibition. “Marked” is the perfect opportunity for the University and off-campus communities to learn more about what inspires our faculty’s artistic practice and to see the impact our professors have on our students and vice versa.

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Reception: Marked, Recent Works by SU Art Department Faculty

Friday, October 11, 5pm
University Gallery

This reception immediately follows the Music Department Faculty Recital at 5pm in Fulton Hall 112.

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Lecture: Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, Electro Kinetic Grammar

Thursday, October 17, 5pm
Fulton Hall 111

These artists will discuss their project on view in the Electronic Gallery, as well as their careers in general. The show will combine scientific methods with artistic practice.  In this work, a drummer's body will be the vehicle to explore the relationship between the drummer’s mind-body complex, repetition, drumming styles, and how this physical activity can be translated through the use of monitoring mechanisms into data, diagrams, spectral images, and other visual forms.

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Lecture: Khristian Weeks

Thursday, November 7, 5pm
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The artist discusses his career, his artwork, and his performance at SU in August 2013, which existed somewhere between installation art and performance. Khristian Weeks manipulates light and sound to transform environments.

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Visiting Artist Talk: Graphic Designer Kimberly Dow

Thursday, December 5, 5pm
Fulton Hall 111

Dow talks about her award-winning career in marketing and graphic design. An SU graduate, her attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills have produced work recognized by the American Advertising Federation, Graphic Design USA magazine, the Creativity Awards, American Corporate ID awards and more. Dow is the owner of Kalico design, in Frederick, MD, which focuses on projects promoting healthy lifestyles, such as those in the wellness, organic, holistic or women oriented industries. She is also the former president of the Greater Frederick chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

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