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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.

2020 - 2021 Academic Year


Spring 2021

Amanda Smith, Artist

Amanda Smith is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist based in Missouri, where she is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Missouri State University. Amanda Smith’s exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature hybrid quilt paintings and cushion-stuffed works which challenge our common associations of quilts as sources of comfort and conduits to rest. Her works tap into our collective unease about transitioning environmental, political, and social landscapes.

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Exhibition: Restless Sleepers, January 14 - February 18, 2021

Lecture: February 17, 6:00 PM, Facebook Live (McMaster Gallery)

Workshop: February 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Register online.

Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery

Britt Morgan Kirkwood,  Artist and Art Educator

Britt Morgan Kirkwood is a 2009 UofSC alumna. She has taught studio art internationally for the past 12 years, infusing STEAM & technology into core curriculum and creating her own art work based on biological illustration in large scale. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and presented in Singapore and Berlin on media and science in the art classroom. Britt has shared her practice in over 10 different countries with her primary message focusing on how the power of audience, science and passion can radicalize the art classroom. 

Workshop: "Why the A in STEAM?" February 22, 12:00 PM 

Public Lecture: "Unsolicited Advice from a Disobedient Art Teacher," February 22, 6:00 PM

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Coordinator: Andrew Graciano

Noah Scalin

Noah Scalin, Artist

Noah Scalin is an internationally-exhibiting multidisciplinary fine artist. Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience and temporality of human existence. His works are rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, often asking us to take notice of quotidian moments.

By using everyday and mass produced consumer items like stickers in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the things in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked, or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their physical creations. Much of Scalin’s work is intentionally temporary or ephemeral. Like human existence, these works revert back to their component parts or are destroyed after a short lifespan, only to exist in documentation and memories after they’re gone.

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Free and Public Lecture: March 30, 6:00 PM, virtual

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Coordinator: Meena Khalili

Jonathan Pelliteri

Jonathan Pellitteri, Artist

Jonathan Pellitteri is an award-winning, North Carolina-based artist working with three dimensional objects and industrial materials. His sculptural and installation practice involves life-size objects and miniature models to engage viewers in curious and explorative ways that stimulate personal narratives and evoke private memories. His exhibition at McMaster Gallery will explore current debates over humanity’s impact on the environment, sustainability, and the exploitation of natural resources.

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ExhibitionCanary in the Coalmine, April 22 - May 27, 2021

Free and Public Lecture: Details forthcoming

Gallery Talk and Reception: Details forthcoming

Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery



Fall 2020

Sharif Bey

Dr. Sharif Bey, Artist and Art Educator

Sharif Bey, Ph.D., is a ceramic artist, art educator, and scholar. He is Associate Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Bey’s work reflects his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, the cultural and political significance of ornamentation and adornment, as well as contemporary African American culture.

Virtual talkSeptember 18, 1:00 pm, Facebook Live. Free and open to the public.

Virtual workshop: September 18, 2:30 pm, Facebook  Live. Free and open to the public. Details forthcoming.

Coordinators: Hyunji Kwon, Olga Ivashkevich, and Minuette Floyd

LaNitra M. Berger

Dr. LaNitra Berger, Art Historian

LaNitra M. Berger, Ph.D., is an art historian whose research focuses on the intersections of art and social activism in the black and Jewish diasporas. Dr. Berger is the senior director of fellowships in the Honors College at George Mason University, where she is an affiliate faculty in the History and Art History Department. She has written and taught on subjects ranging from lynching photography to racial representations in German Expressionism.

Virtual lecture: "Audacities of Color: Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of Global German Expressionism" 
September 24, 6:00 pm

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Art and Social Activism: A Black Lives Matter Discussion
September 25, 12:00 pm

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Coordinator: Peter Chametzky  

Guerrilla Girls

Guerrilla Girls

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

The Guerrilla Girls are a feminist, activist artist collective committed to fighting injustice in the arts. They wear signature gorilla masks in public and take on the names of dead women artists to remain anonymous. Founded in New York City in 1985, they began by flyposting text and photo-based messages on the streets of SoHo to call attention to discriminatory practices by galleries and museums towards women. Today, they use stickers, flyers, and advertising campaigns full of facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. They create works of art that reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. The Guerrilla Girls believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders.

An exhibition of their works in McMaster Gallery, Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!, will explore text and photo-based activist works that use statistics and humor to shock and reveal  underlying issues of power and representation in the arts, and chronicle the Guerrilla Girls’ history of institutional critique in the field of contemporary art.

This program is part of the Justice Theme Semester in the College of Arts and Sciences. Support comes from a grant from the Knight Foundation fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences at UofSC, and the Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist Fund at the School of Visual Art and Design, and the Columbia Museum of Art.

Exhibition: Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!,  October 1 - October 22, 2020, McMaster Gallery.

Visit in person Mon. - Fri., 9 am - 5 pm. 

A Virtual Evening with the Guerrilla Girls: October 9, 7:00 pm

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Option to watch live on Facebook:

Virtual Activist Art Workshop with the Guerrilla Girls: October 10, 12:00 pm, Zoom. 

Register online (opens on October 1 at 12:00 pm)

Coordinators: Anna Toptchi and Laura Kissel


Past Artists and Scholars

Art Historian, Professor

Alison J. Miller, Assistant Professor of Art History, is a scholar of Asian art who specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese art, prints and photography, and the intersections of gender studies and visual culture. 

Dr. Miller earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Kansas, M.A. degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas, and B.A. degrees in Art History and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University.  Her research has been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.  She has published in TransAsia Photography Review, Impressions, and various museum catalogues.  

Dr. Miller’s book manuscript, tentatively titled, "The Feminine Imperial Image in Japan, 1868-1952" addresses how prints, photographs, and paintings of the modern Japanese empresses were used to construct norms of modern femininity and class.

Lecture: “Images of the Imperial: The Modern Japanese Empresses in Visual Culture” 
March 2, McMaster 214, 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

Curator, Writer, Activist

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

Kimberly Drew is a curator, activist, and author of soon-to-be released Black Futures, an anthology of contemporary Black experiences, and This Is What I Know About Art, part of a young adult series featuring big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. She has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour for her work. She is the creator of the blog “Contemporary Black Art” and has worked at Creative Time and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Learn about her experiences in creative careers and how she champions Black art and culture and advocates for radical art access.

Workshop: Curating in the Digital Age
February 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
School of Visual Art and Design
McMaster Room 323
Free and open to the public.

Lecture: February 27
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Columbia Museum of Art
Free and open to the public. 

Co-sponsors: African American Studies Program at UofSC and the Friends of African American Art and Culture at the Columbia Museum of Art

Artist,  Researcher, Professor

Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, educator and researcher who uses cognitive psychology theories and methods to study the hidden dynamics of artists’ thinking processes. Her work includes a randomized control trial that demonstrated the impact of an interdisciplinary art curriculum for students growing up in poverty. She has lectured and led workshops on art and cognition internationally. Kantrowitz believes drawing represents a solid example of human imagination at work.
She is the graduate program coordinator and assistant professor in Art Education at the State University of New York @ New Paltz.  As director of the Thinking through Drawing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, she organized a series of international drawing and cognition research symposia, in collaboration with colleagues from the U.K. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale. She has taught foundation drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduate courses in contemporary art at the College of New Rochelle. She was a teaching artist in the New York City for many years, involved in multiple local and national research projects. She recently completed an interdisciplinary doctorate at Teachers College which examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices.  

Lecture: Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, McMaster 214

Animation Consultant and Acting Coach 

Allen Simpson is an acting coach and visual consultant for various animation and VFX studios including Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky and The Third Floor, among others.

Workshop: Visual Storytelling Workshop for Animators and Media Artists February 5
9:30-11:30 am
McMaster College Room 214
Free & open to the public.

Co-sponsor: Rhodos Fellows

Artist, Professor

Lecture: January 15, McMaster 214
Gallery Exhibition Reception and Artist's Talk: January 16, 5:00 PM

The many layered realities of the history and visual archives of Dean’s communal ancestry establish and impart creative purpose and structure in her studio practice and research. The visual and historical synthesis of quilts, cotton trade, and vast realm of textiles inform and shape her ideas, concepts, and approach to the spectrum of ceramic material. Cotton, the commodity at the center of Dean’s ancestry by way of its production and trade, leads her into the larger realm of global trade, commodities, and resulting cultural implications of people and time.

Chotsani Elaine Dean is Assistant Professor of Art at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. Born in Hartford, CT, Chotsani received her B.F.A. in Ceramics from Hartford Art School and M.F.A. from the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. In the summer of 2020, Chotsani will be an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Industry Residency in the Pottery Factory in Sheboygan, WI. In 2012-2013, Chotsani completed a Fulbright-Nehru teaching/research grant in India. Chotsani has lectured and exhibited widely in places such as 701 Contemporary Center for Contemporary Art, Hartford Art School, Northern Clay Center, Moon Gallery at Berry College, Katherine Walsh Gallery, Appalachia State University, Kriti Gallery, Aurodhran Gallery, Hans Weiss Newman Space, Hunterdon Museum of Art, among others. In 2010, Dean was awarded a Connecticut Arts Grant from the state of Connecticut.


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 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 McMaster 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.

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 UofSC 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

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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