Josh Kline is an American artist and curator living in New York, NY where he is also the Director of Public Programs at the School of Visual Arts and is an instructor at Electronic Arts Intermix. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Modern Art Oxford, UK; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and MoMA PS1, NY. Presenting itself through sculpture and installations, Kline’s work examines how technology’s rapid advancement impacts humans.
Namita Wiggers is an American crafts curator, educator, and writer based in Portland, OR. She received a BA from Rice University and an MA in art history from the University of Chicago. Wiggers is the Director and co-founder of Critical Craft Forum and also teaches Applied Craft and Design at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Portland State University. Wiggers served as the Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft from 2004–2014.
Joe Fusaro serves as the Senior Education Advisor for Art21 and is responsible for facilitating Art21's education initiatives. This includes the widely popular Art21 Educators program as well as writing Art21's education resources. He received his Masters Degree in Education from the City University of New York and his Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. He is an exhibiting artist, educator, and the Visual Arts Chair for the Nyack Public Schools in New York since 2003.
Vincent Desiderio is an American realist painter who has trained as not only a painter, but also as an art historian and critic. He lives and works in Sleepy Hollow, NY. He currently is a senior critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art. Desiderio was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1987, as well as two National Endowment for the Arts Grants in 1987 and 1991. His solo exhibitions have spanned the country, and he has consistently shown his work at Malborough Gallery, NY since 1993.
Sondra Perry holds an MFA from Columbia University and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her solo-exhibition, Resident Evil, a large multimedia installation, was on display at The Kitchen, NY in 2016 and received critical acclaim.
Director of the Dodd Galleries, Katie Geha, will discuss with New York-based independent curator and writer, Marie Warsh, the exhibition and catalog they collaborated on "Rosemary Mayer: Beware of All Definitions." The exhibition, which features three of Mayer's major textile works and several drawings from the 1970s, charts a development of consistent change showing her output as continual process, engaging research and experimentation in a developing arc.
BLAKE BECKHAM is a choreographer, producer, educator and movement artist in Atlanta, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She is the co-founder and director of The Lucky Penny, an award-winning nonprofit that serves as a production outlet for Beckham's choreography and a community platform to support the development of new experimental dance.
Dodd Dialogues is a speaker series that is being launched to help current students explore their academic pathways and career options leading up to and following graduation. By connecting students early on with alumni in their careers, students are better able to picture and establish their own personal goals, forging ahead in their own career paths.
Mild Climate, a 4-person artist and curatorial group based in Tennessee and New York City, present a collaborative lecture on March 30, 2017 in room S150 in Lamar Dodd School of Art. At the 6:00 pm lecture, the group will discuss their curatorial efforts, the space they have run for the past five years, and their own studio practices.
Through her interdisciplinary practice, Cathy McLaurin develops extended relationships with personal and institutional entities in order to understand and challenge the systems that bind her to complex social issues. Interweaving fact, fictions, and personal narrative, her recent research makes connections between kinship, legacy, philanthropy, and national identity, while questioning the value of art. What value? Whose values?