John Opera, a photographer who “works at the intersection of photographic materiality and light-derived abstraction” will present a visiting lecture for the NIU School of Art and Design, Monday, March 1 at 5 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public via Zoom (passcode: 328305).
Opera’s work combines a deep interest in the visual characteristics of natural and scientific phenomena with a rigorous experimental approach to the techniques and apparatuses by which photographs have been defined and produced.
He is currently an assistant professor of art at the University of Buffalo (SUNY).
This lecture is supported by the NIU School of Art and Design Public Artistry and Scholarship Committee and the Photography Area.
Vincent Uribe, director of LVL3, an artist-run exhibition space and online publication launched in 2010 will chat with students in ART715: Professional Studio Practices, in an open to the public Zoom, Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Uribe is an artist and creative community builder based in Chicago. Through LVL3, he has organized hundreds of exhibitions featuring exceptional emerging and mid-career artists both nationally and internationally.
In 2013, Uribe joined the team at Arts of Life to help expand opportunities for artists with disabilities. Through the Artist Enterprise Program he launched Arts of Life’s in-studio Circle Contemporary galleries and expanded Arts of Life’s public exhibitions locally in Chicago and on a national scale.
Uribe serves as a founding board member for Equity Arts.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83820269289?pwd=YnRycmtkSzB1VWFDQ2srWW1pSmdYQT09
Haley Clancy Inyart, co-director of The In Art Gallery, an online gallery and resource for artists in all ranges of careers to have a platform to exhibit artwork and reach a global audience, will be the subject of a Zoom meeting, Thursday, February 25 at 11 a.m.
Haley Clancy Inyart
The In Art Gallery provides opportunity for artists to submit work in various mediums in an international juried competition. In a world in which travel restrictions and access to art are becoming limited, we are looking to create a space for artists to build their career with a professional experience. We are looking to provide artists with an avenue to have their work seen by professional artists, professors, curators, and critics across the globe. It is within the galleries goals to collaborate with other establishments in a way to support arts in different communities.
Haley Clancy Inyart received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art and Design with a focus in Drawing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Haley had a solo exhibition at The Governor French Gallery in Belleville, Ill. titled ‘Fridges and Freezers’.
Haley has shown work in numerous shows including, the 28th Cedarhurst Biennial Juried Exhibition, the 16th Regional Juried Exhibition at Freeport Art Museum and The Edwardsville 200th Anniversary Show at the Edwardsville Arts Center. Haley has also completed a large-scale sculpture for SIUE’s Sculpture on Campus Competition, she received the ‘Dennis De Toye’ Award’ for her eight-foot sculpture of a steak which can be seen on the SIUE campus. The environment and the meat industry are concepts which her work revolves around. Haley is an avid runner and spends most of her time outdoors.
The influence of television on the works of acclaimed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1980s paintings, drawings and music is the subject of the next installment in the NIU School of Art and Design’s Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History series. “Jean-Michael Basquiat on TV” can be viewed live via Zoom, Wednesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.
Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese
Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese, associate professor of American art at the University of Maryland, will examine Basquiat’s connections to the screen and media culture, via both popular culture and the art world. She will look into his predecessors (e.g. Pop artists who were engaged in media culture that emerged immediately before Basquiat.)
Saggese will also consider Basquiat’s engagement with media in terms of his contemporaries. By positioning the screen as apparatus (rather than as simply a passive surface onto which images are projected), Saggese will also explore his engagement with celebrity and spectacle, his critique of consumer culture and his hyper-awareness of the stereotypes circulating via television and film.
Here’s a brief introduction to the work of Jean-Michael Basquiat, by Jordana Moore Saggese:
Funded through the generosity of art history division alumna, Elizabeth Allen Plotnick, this series allows us to bring a roster of nationally and internationally known scholars to campus each year. All talks are free and open to the public.
“Jean-Michael Basquiat on TV” can be viewed live via Zoom, Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Please register in advance.
Chicago based artist Geoffrey Todd Smith, a 1997 MFA graduate of the NIU School of Art has a solo exhibition currently running at Western Exhibitions, 1709 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago.
Sordid Orchestra is Smith’s sixth solo show at Western Exhibitions. The gallery describes this show as “new vibrant and nervy multi-media paintings on paper and on panel.”
The exhibition can be viewed online or by booking an appointment for groups of one to four people to view Sordid Orchestra in person.
Geoffrey Todd Smith’s work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Hallmark Inc., Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, the Jager Collection in Amsterdam, Soho House Chicago, the South Bend Art Museum in Indiana, and Harper College in Illinois and has been shown at Luis de Jesus Gallery and Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles; Hyde Park Art Center, the Union League, DePaul Art Museum and Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago; The Hughes Gallery in Australia; The Green Gallery in Milwaukee; The Front in New Orleans; Illinois State Museum, and the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois. He has been written about in New City, The Seen, New American Paintings, Bad at Sports, art ltd, Juxtapoz, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Magazine. Smith is represented by Western Exhibitions and he lives and works in Chicago.
Todd Buck, professor and illustration area coordinator of the NIU School of Art and Design created all of the illustrations in a new report published by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders titled “Overcoming Neglect” which calls for an improved global response to neglected tropical diseases.
Buck is an accomplished medical illustrator, who develops and creates medical and scientific illustrations for pharmaceutical and biotech advertising and marketing, medical and consumer publishing, as well as web-based patient education media. His illustrations have been exhibited in museums in the USA, Chile and Hong Kong. Just last year he was named one of the 16 medical illustrators doing groundbreaking work by Creative Bloom.
MSF offices around the world have begun using illustrations in the campaign to increase awareness in the diseases featured in “Overcoming Neglect,” with postings of the illustrations rolled out in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Sudan, India, Pakistan and other countries.
Buck said that he’s proud of the work he did in such a short timeframe. “The deadline was intensely short and had me stressed out the entire 36 straight days I worked on it,” he said. “Knowing the illustrations were for a worthy and important cause kept me at it. I was told I was hired because my portfolio demonstrates diversity in who I represent. I have long believed that representation matters and was excited when this project came along.”
More of Todd’s work can be found at his website, toddbuck.com.