Illinois State University Wonsook Kim School of Art presents the spring 2021 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Beginning January 26 and running through April 6, each lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and features the following artists. Lectures are open to the public and will be offered via Zoom (Meeting ID: 939 7214 8839).

Tuesday, January 26

James Kao is a Chicago-based artist who makes paintings and drawings. Selected one-person exhibitions include Do it cuz you love it, China Projects (San Francisco); Possible Worlds, Toomey Tourell Fine Art (San Francisco); Domestics, Adds Donna (Chicago); and Ways of Worldmaking, Lloyd Dobler Gallery (Chicago). He is co-founder and co-director of 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago. Kao holds M.F.A. and B.F.A. degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has taught courses in painting and drawing at Indiana University Northwest, Dominican University, Ox-Bow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an associate professor of art at Aurora University in Aurora.

Artwork by James Kao.
James Kao, Daylighting/ABOLISH WHITENESS NOW, 2019/20. Pencil and acrylic on paper, 10 x 11 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, February 2

Jennifer Rochlin received an M.F.A. in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Rochlin’s recent solo exhibitions include Jennifer Rochlin, The Pit (Glendale, California, 2020); Clay is Just Thick Paint, Greenwich House Pottery (New York, 2020); Super Bloom, Geary (New York, 2019); and KISS KISS KISS, Galerie Lefebvre & Fils (Paris, 2018). She has also participated in the group exhibitions, Mass Ornament: Pleasure, Play, and What Lies Beneath, curated by Alison M. Gingeras, South Etna Montauk (Montauk, NY 2020); So Far, LA LOMA Projects (Los Angeles, 2020); L.A. On Fire, curated by Michael Slenske, Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles, 2019); Calculating Infinity, curated by Adam D. Miller, Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, 2019); and The Party, curated by Ali Subotnick, Anton Kern Gallery (New York, 2018). Rochlin is represented by The Pit gallery (Los Angeles), Maki Gallery (Tokyo), and Lefebrve & Fils (Paris).

Artwork by Jennifer Rochlin.
Jennifer Rochlin, Wonder Woman, 2017. Ceramic, 17.5 x 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, February 9

Alex Chitty is a transdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Becoming the Breeze: Alex Chitty and Alexander Calder at the MCA (Chicago); State of the Art II, Crystal Bridges Museum of America Art (Bentoville, Arkansas); and In the Hot Seat, KMAC Museum (Louisville, Kentucky). She earned a B.F.A. from Smith College in biology, art, education in 2001 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in printmedia in 2008. Chitty is represented by Patron Gallery in Chicago. Work is pictured above.

Tuesday, February 23

Jason Dunda is a Chicago-based Canadian painter and educator. He is currently working on a project entitled Various Incidents in which he translates imagery of authority and control into portraitive abstractions. His work is represented in the collections of Todd Oldham, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto. Recent residencies include the Corporation of Yaddo, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the SÍM Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, and a four-month research and production residency in Paris sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts. He is currently completing a series of sequential drawings to be published by Phaidon Press. Outside the studio, Dunda is an adjunct assistant professor in contemporary practices, arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches research and materials studios as well as professional practice courses.

Jason Duda. Installation view of A hall of unflattering portraits depicting 2D and 3D artwork.
Jason Duda. Installation view of A hall of unflattering portraits. MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Canada, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, March 2

B. Ingrid Olson lives and works in Chicago. Using elements of photography, sculpture, and performance, Olson’s work explores the boundaries between bodies and spaces. Within the confines of her studio, she records her body as it moves—shifting in relationship to its surroundings. The results of this process are multidimensional objects and images that re-imagine the capacities of the body and the structuring of space. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter (Høvikodden, Norway), Aspen Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); and The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Olson graduated with a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artwork by B. Ingrid Olson.
B. Ingrid Olson, Equant and Run, with cartilage, 2017-2020. Inkjet print and UV printed matboard in aluminum frame, 30.25 x 34 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, March 16

Magalie Guérin is an artist based in Chicago. She holds an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Recent solo shows were presented at Amanda Wilkinson gallery (London), Chapter NY (New York), Galerie Nicolas Robert (Montreal), James Harris (Seattle), Corbett vs Dempsey (Chicago), Schwarz Contemporary (Berlin), and Anat Egbi (Los Angeles). Recent group exhibitions include Elmhurst Museum (Elmhurst), DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), Institue of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (Portland, Maine), Nicelle Beauchene (New York), Brand New gallery (Milan), and Rhona Hoffman (Chicago). Her work is in the collection of DePaul Art Museum and Hydro-Québec. She is the author of NOTES ON, a compilation of studio writings published by The Green Lantern Press in 2016 (second edition 2019) and teaches art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and College of DuPage. In 2019, Guérin was awarded the Pace Award for a mid-career painter at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and in 2018, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, as well as a Chinati Foundation residency. She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago and Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montreal.

Artwork by Magalie Guérin.
Magalie Guérin, Untitled (res 8.1), 2020. Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, March 23

Peter Barrickman lives and works in Milwaukee. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.F.A. from Bard College. His work has been shown at numerous galleries and museums internationally including The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Green Gallery (Milwaukee), Nathalie Karg Gallery (New York), 47 Canal (New York), ZieherSmith Gallery (New York), 356 Mission (Los Angeles), And/Or Gallery (Dallas), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit), Angstrom Gallery in (Los Angeles), La Panaderia in (Mexico City), Karma International (Zurich), Tanzschuleprojects (Munich), Crisp Gallery in (London), The Tate Modern (London), Fluc (Vienna), and Cite des Arts International (Paris). He was the recipient of two Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships as well as a fellowship at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was an artist-in-residence at Centraltrak in Dallas and at the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York. His work has been written about in Art Forum, Art Papers, and online in Art in America, the New Republic, Art News and The New York Times. He currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Barrickman is represented by The Green Gallery in Milwaukee and Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York City.

Artwork by Peter Barrickman.
Peter Barrickman, Tiramisu, 2019. Flasche on canvas, 38 x 23 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, April 6

Kristy Luck received a B.F.A. from Rockford University (Rockford) and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago). Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles), ODD ARK LA (Los Angeles), Eastside International (Los Angeles), and Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago). Additionally, her work has been included in group shows at Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, California), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco), Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), A Public Space (Fishers Island, New York), and Projet Pangée (Montreal). Luck was awarded the Lighthouse Works Fellowship in 2017. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Artillery Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The Editorial Magazine, and Opening Ceremony. Luck lives and works in Los Angeles.

Artwork by Kristy Luck.
Kristy Luck, Substrate Woman, 2020. Oil on linen, 36 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, April 13

Tiffanie L. Beatty (Tiff) is an arts and culture organizer and spoken word poet in Chicago. Pyro poet Tiff Beatty writes, performs, organizes, and hosts Chicago’s only bonfire cypher, Art Is Bonfire. Pastor Tiff writes, performs, and officiates services illuminated by the Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet Audre Lorde. Her poems are rituals, offerings, altar calls, and benedictions. As program director of Arts, Culture, and Public Policy at the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM), Beatty oversees the museum’s oral history programs and entrepreneurship hubs and is a Chicago United for Equity (CUE) Senior Fellow. She previously served as program director at the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) as well as the Chicago Center For Urban Life and Culture. Her social justice and activism programs and poetry are featured in Ebony magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Beatty was a 2019 Fellow with Chicago United for Equity and received the additional distinction of the 2019 Field Leader Award from the Field Foundation of Illinois.

Photo of Tiff Beatty speaking.
Tiff Beatty opens The People’s Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O with Bronzeville Goddamn, a spoken word poem, 2019. Photo by Candice Majors. Courtesy of the artist.