Visiting Artist Lectures

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series, presented by the Department of Art and the Center for Art Research, introduces students and the community-at-large to a broad range of international interdisciplinary practitioners including artists, curators, critics, designers, and historians. The department is committed to inviting innovative and prominent professionals to speak about their influences and processes within their current practice as part of the public lecture series and also to engage with students in small groups or individual studio critiques. 

Lectures are live streamed and the videos are archived on YouTube.

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Register for ART 407 to receive 1 credit for attending lectures. No prerequisite is required.

We invite you to explore 5 Minutes for conversations between Visiting Artists and Department of Art MFA Program candidates.

University of Oregon 2023–24 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Presented by the Department of Art and Center for Art Research

Lectures begin at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time in Lawrence Hall, Room 115, 1190 Franklin Boulevard, Eugene, OR 97403 and are also live-streamed and archived on YouTube.

Fall Term Lectures:

Thursday, October 5:  Aurora Tang                           
Thursday, October 19:  Motomichi Nakamura                           
Thursday, October 26:  Gracelee Lawrence                           
Thursday, November 16:  Leslie Jones

Winter Term Lectures:

Thursday, January 18: Ari Melenciano - Cancelled, to be rescheduled           
Thursday, February 15: Sandy Rodriguez, Policing Justice Lecture Series         
Wednesday, February 21: Alfredo Jaar, Policing Justice Lecture Series          
Thursday, February 22: Jesse Harrod            
Monday, February 26: Robert Trafford, Policing Justice Lecture Series           
Thursday, March 7: Julian Watts

The Policing Justice Lecture Series is co-presented by the Department of Art and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and is co-sponsored in part by the Oregon Humanities Center Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, The Mark Sponenburgh Endowment, The Sally Claire Haseltine Endowed Fund in Art History, and the Davis Family Art Endowment.

Spring Term Lectures:

Thursday, April 4: B.Wurtz, Davis Family Lecture       
Thursday, April 11: Kahlil Robert Irving                           
Thursday, April 18: Tallmadge Doyle, Laverne Krause Lectures and Exhibitions Endowment             
Thursday, May 2: Angela Hennessy, George and Matilda Fowler Lecture                           
Thursday, May 9: Dionne Lee


Aurora Tang

“Critical Conversations Lecture”                           
October 5

Lecture Details                           

Aurora Tang headshot
Motomichi Nakamura

“Exploring Fear, Curiosity, and Shared Connections across Artistic Media”                           
October 19

Lecture Details

Motomichi Nakamura headshot
Gracelee Lawrence

“Digital Materiality: Tense Pixels”                           
October 26

Lecture Details

Gracelee Lawrence headshot
Leslie Jones

“Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982”                           
November 16

Lecture Details

Leslie Jones headshot
Ari Melenciano - Cancelled

“Sculpting Consciousness: Mythopoesis, AI, and the Symphony of Cultural Metacognition”                    
January 18

Lecture Details

Headshot of Ari Melenciano
Sandy Rodriguez

"Codex Rodriguez-Mondragón"           
February 15

Lecture Details

Headshot of Sandy Rodriguez.
Alfredo Jaar

"Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness"           
February 21

Lecture Details

Photograph of Alfredo Jaar, artist.
Jesse Harrod

“Artist Talk”                           
February 22

Lecture Details

Headshot of Jesse Harrod
Robert Trafford

"Forensic Architecture: Art and Activism Against State Violence"           
February 26

Lecture Details

Headshot of Robert Trafford
Julian Watts

"Exploring the Intersection of Art, Craft, and Design Through Contemporary Woodcarving”                          
March 7

Lecture Details

Headshot of Julian Watts

“Art Works”    
April 4    
Lecture Details

Octave, 2018, piano parts, speaker, metal, bottle caps, wood, show buttons, buttons, 25 x 24 inches
Kahlil Robert Irving 

“Artist Talk”      
April 11   
Lecture Details

Photograph of Kahlil Irving in a workshop.
Tallmadge Doyle

“As Above”      
April 18   
Lecture Details

Photograph of Tallmadge Doyle in a workshop.
Angela Hennessy

"title TBC"      
May 2   
Lecture Details

Some Powers That Be, 2022, synthetic hair, foam, twist tie wire, chain, 126”H x 68”W, photo credit: Brock Brake
Dionne Lee

"Artist Talk"      
May 9    
Lecture Details

Dionne Lee headshot. Shows the shadow of Dionne Lee on a sandy ground.