Unique artists, graphic designers to visit USD campus

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University Art Galleries at The University of South Dakota welcomes several visiting artists to campus during the 2009-10 academic year. Five artists, from sculptors to graphic artists, will conduct workshops and present lectures at USD.

Artists and their exhibitions include sculptors Michael Schonhoff and Ashley Hope-Carlisle, printmaker Fred Hagstrom, graphic designer Scott Boylston, and Dr. James Elkins, E.C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Hope-Carlisle is the first artist scheduled to visit campus the week of Oct. 23-28. Originally from New Orleans, La., Hope-Carlisle teaches sculpture at the University of Wyoming. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Southern Mississippi and her M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Georgia. Her work has been displayed throughout the world, including galleries in the United States, England and Italy. Her work, “Dissemination Nation,” will be on exhibit at the John A. Day Gallery at USD from Oct. 23 through Nov. 25 with a reception on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. She will present an artist lecture at the John A. Day Gallery at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26. Hope-Carlisle’s works can be viewed at www.uwyo.edu/art/displayfaculty.asp?facultyid=4304.

Elkins, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English and art history from Ithaca College and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, will present a lecture at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 in Farber Hall. Described as the “most brilliant scholar working in his territory today,” Elkins is a highly engaging speaker and prolific writer whose books include, “Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students,” and “What Painting Is.”

A professor of graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design, Boylston will provide a lecture on graphic design in the USD Department of Art at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 in room 172 at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Boylston, a former art director in New York City and author of several publications, including “Creative Solutions for Unusual Projects,” has given lectures throughout the world. He received his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s degree from the Pratt Institute.

Hagstrom, a visiting artist in printmaking, will deliver a lecture on his personal work at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2010 in room 179 of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. He will also serve as a juror for the 23rd annual Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition at USD. The exhibition will be on view at the Day Gallery from Feb. 5 through Feb. 26, including a public reception for the artists on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Hagstrom received a bachelor’s degree from Hamline University and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently a professor of art at Carleton College. Information about the artist is at: www.people.carleton.edu/~fhagstro/prints.html

Schonhoff, a professional artist from Kansas City, Mo., will visit The U’s Department of Art, March 22-26, 2010, providing a lecture on his personal work at 2 p.m. on March 24 in room 172 of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. His exhibit, “Kansas City’s Grit & Grace” will also be on display in the Day Gallery from March 2 through March 26 with a reception scheduled for the artist at 7 p.m. on March 26. To view Schonhoff’s work online, go to www.muddauberstudio.com.

For the past several years, The U’s visiting artist program has brought diverse art perspectives to students and faculty. Visiting artist activities scheduled throughout the year often include extensive hands-on workshops and lectures. These activities are often open to the public. Information about the visiting artists may be obtained by contacting the art department at (605) 677-5636 or by e-mailing Cory Knedler at cknedler@usd.edu.

The Main Gallery in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts is open free of charge to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Tours and special showings during non-public hours are available upon request. For more information about this exhibition, please contact The University of South Dakota Art Galleries Director Eddie Welch, at (605) 677-3177 or Eddie.Welch@usd.edu.