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Visiting Artists and Scholars

Each academic year visiting artists and scholars are invited to the School of Visual Art and Design to engage students, faculty, and the public with their research, work, and ideas. We program exhibitions, presentations, graduate student studio critiques, or hands-on workshops into each visit.


Spring 2020

All events and lectures are free and open to the public. 

Chotsani Dean (Artist, Professor)
Lecture: January 15, time and location TBA
Exhibition Reception: January 16, 5:00 PM

Allen Simpson (Animation Consultant, Acting Coach)
Visual Storytelling Workshop: February 5, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, McMaster 214

Andrea Kantrowitz (Artist, Professor)
Lecture: Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 PM, McMaster room TBA

Kimberly Drew  (Curator, Writer, Activist)
Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist 2020
Lecture: February 27, time TBA, Columbia Museum of Art

Alison Miller (Art Historian, Professor)
Lecture: March 3, time and location TBA


Visiting Artist and Scholar Series 2019


Past Artists and Scholars


A filmmaker and former SVAD visiting professor, Morrison produced his film Decasia in partnership with UofSC's Moving Image Research Collections. 

Lecture: September 16, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, School of Visual Art and Design

Screening: September 16, 2019, 5:30 pm, the Nickelodeon Theater


Dee specializes in branding, typography, user-experience and editorial design, and packaging. She is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Graphic Design program at Virginia Tech. 

Lecture: September 19, 5:30 pm, Room 214


Professor Hong is a visual artist working across disciplines with an emphasis on drawing. SVAD is pleased to host "Disjunction and Other Works," her exhibition of large-scale graphite work, in the SVAD Gallery. 

Exhibition: August 29 - October 3, 2019

Artist Talk: October 3, 6:00 pm

 Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist 2019

Baumbach's work has been displayed in juried events, solo exhibitions, and both temporary and permanent public installations. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. 

McMaster Gallery Exhibition: October 17 - November 20, 2019

Workshop: October 16, 2019
Artist Talk: October 17, 2019

Join Miranda Banks (Associate Professor, Emerson College) for a talk and a game workshop!

GAME WORKSHOP: February 8th, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM, SVAD/McMaster 329.
PLAY Miranda Banks’ GAME, “Room At the Top," a massive multiplayer game that challenges assumptions about how we collaborate in creative environments.

PRESENTATION: Febuary 8th, 2019, 3PM – 5 PM, SVAD/McMaster 214 
“Power and Privilege on the Road to Hollywood: Rerouting Pre-Industry Pipelines.”

Recent years have seen a rise in advocacy initiatives for women and people of color working in Hollywood. Film schools are more equitable than the media industries to which they serve as pipelines, but there are ways in which universities and training programs are reproducing the industries’ biases. In her talk, Miranda Banks will identify challenges and opportunities around issues of equity and access within the industries and pre-industries, arguing that media production programs are uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of media makers about creative collaboration across differences and challenge the status quo. She will discuss two interventions she has been involved in: as designer of Room at the Topand as a co-founder of the initiative Edit Media.

Jason Ferguson is a three dimensional artist who incorporates video and performance into his practice. He is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at Eastern Michigan University.

3D Scanning workshop and lecture, November 7 - 9, 2018.

A three dimensional artist and ceramicist, Rocky Lewycky is the Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist at the School of Visual Art and Design. Lewycky is currently a professor and the head of the Ceramics department at De Anza College.

Three day workshop, October 22 - 24, 2018.

Lusztig is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film and Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Film Screening, "Yours in Sisterhood," at the Nickelodeon Theater, September 17 - 18, 2018.

The artist duo of Wendy DesChene, Associate Professor at Auburn University, and Jeff Schmuki, Associate Professor at Georgia Southern University, are the creators of PlantBot Genetics-- a satirical biotech company that parodies the Monsanto Corporation and other Big Agriculture firms using robotic plants that sing and dance without promise for the future of food.
Join us for a PlantBot making workshop, lecture, and exhibition opening reception in McMaster Gallery at the School of Visual Art and Design.

Tyler Peck, a writer’s P.A. on the TV show SALVATION is speaking in Professor Davis’s TV Writing class at 1:45 P.M. at Gambrell classroom 001 (in the basement by the computer lab).  He is a graduate of Davis’s TV and Advanced Screenwriting classes and Faye Riley’s MART 321 class. Mart students are welcome to come ask questions.  Read about him more at:

April 26, 1:45 PM Gambrell 001

In 2013, Kirkland received the People's Choice Award at Artfields, the Southeast's largest art competition. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of South Carolina.

April 17-18, 2018

Tintype workshop

April 6, 2018

Adam Habib is a cinematographer and a USC graduate, with a B.A. in film and media studies.

Dates: September 8 – 9, 2017 
Faculty Sponsor: Laura Kissel

Lily Kuonen is a painter and describes her work like this: "PLAYNTING, a self-prescribed moniker and philosophy for my studio production, involves the synthesis of painting with additional forms, materials, surfaces and actions (PLAY + PAINTING)."

Dates: Late September, 2017 
Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Lindsey / McMaster Gallery

Lu Yang is a new Media artist.

Date: Week of October 23, 2017
Co-sponsorship: Maxcy College (possible Maxcy Fellow – pending)
Faculty sponsor: Catherine Chi

Kris Ercums is a curator at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Date: Week of October 23, 2017
Co-sponsorship: Maxcy College
Pending co-sponsorship: Asian Studies, Confucius Institute
Faculty sponsor: Amanda Wangwright

Meggan Gould, 2017 Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist, is a photographer.

Dates: November 18th, 2017
Faculty sponsor: Lauren Greenwald

Jonathan Bonfiglio is a writer, producer and explorer.

Dates: March 4-7, 2018
Pending co-sponsorship: Anthropology
Faculty sponsor: Naomi Falk

Brigitte Peucker is a Film and Media Studies Scholar from Yale University.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 6:30pm, MM214

"'Pictureness' and Anti-Perspectivalism in Modernist Film"

Co-sponsorship: Film and Media Studies Program
Faculty sponsor: Sue Felleman


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