Josh Kline Lecture

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 Lecture

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 Lecture

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 Lecture

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.

The Arts + Empowerment Project: Social Action, Empowerment, and Healing through Public Art

Since February, UGA Professors, graduate students and Clarke Middle School faculty have been working with middle school students to explore topics related to empowerment and public art. The Arts + Empowerment project has resulted in a collection of photographs of 7th and 8th grade girls doing ‘power poses’ that will be exhibited in Athens this summer.

Sondra Perry Lecture

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.

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