The Department of Art, Art History, Design offers a robust slate of lectures by internationally recognized leaders in the field of art and design each year. This Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series invites approximately 20 artists, scholars, and critics to campus. During their visit, invited guests present their scholarly and creative research in a public lecture. Planned alongside the lectures are a variety of activities designed to provide students the opportunity to further engage with the lecturer. This associated programing ranges from workshops and class visits to panel discussions to exhibitions. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students also have opportunities to participate in individual studio visits and group critiques with the guest lecturer.
Through the exploration of contemporary art, students are better prepared to be informed contributors and critical thinkers in an increasingly visual and international culture where diverse language and learning styles are the norm and creativity and innovation are values of great importance. In total, the Guest Lecture Series explores how visual representation in all its complex forms exists as a mode of inquiry for the artist, writer, scientist, community, etc.