Visiting Artists and Critics
The MFA Program invites internationally recognized visiting artists and critics to give workshops, have exhibitions, speak about their work, address issues of entry into the profession, and critique the work of students. They bring diversity and specialized expertise and ensure a constant exchange of ideas.
Visiting book artists who have offered workshops have included writers/artists Betsy Davids, Warren Lehrer and Susan King, artist Jim Trissel, bookbinders Don Rash and Jace Graff, and bookbinder and artist Daniel Kelm. Artist Sas Colby, artist and author of Postmodern Currents Margot Lovejoy, and artist and Director of Pyramid Atlantic Helen Frederick are among those who have also had exhibitions. Artists who have critiqued the work of second-year MFA students have included MacArthur Fellow and book artist Claire Van Vliet, critic Nancy Princenthal, book artist Doug Beube, critic and book artist Johanna Drucker, and book and installation artist Karen Wirth. Timothy Ely, Buzz Spector, Dick Higgins, Ron King, Walter Hamady, and Brad Freeman are among the many artists who have been visiting lecturers.
Distinguished artists are frequently invited to produce books or prints in the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts; students are welcome to observe or assist in the printing process. These artists have included Fluxus artist Davi Det Hompson, multimedia artist Toni Dove, book artist Carol Barton, photographer Bea Nettles, printmakers John Risseeuw and Warrington Colescott, Karen Kunc, and artist and Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery Ruth Fine.