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2019 Speaker/ArtistDetails
Marie Lorenz


Marie Lorenz works at the intersections of art, science, ecology, anthropology, and more. With Ash Heap / Landfill, Lorenz evokes beaches, creek beds and landfills with a constructed landslide of unfired clay riddled with fired ceramic objects, in order to explore shifting perceptions of scale between the fluid and the particular as objects become removed from their functions.

Lorenz’s visit and exhibition are funded in part by Student Sustainability Fees, Campus Life Enrichment Committee and the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. 

Armstrong Campus:
Monday, March 11
10:30 a.m. • Fine Arts Hall, 131
Statesboro Campus:
Tuesday, March 12
5 p.m. • Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Artist/Environmentalist
Expertise: Multimedia/Ceramics/Installation Exhibition: Ash Heap / Landfill will be on view at the Center for Art & Theatre on the Statesboro Campus. A reception at the gallery will follow the lecture on Tuesday, March 12, from 6-7 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Wagner


Works of art created during the Middle Ages did not always reflect the teachings of the Christian Church, especially after the eleventh century. Monasteries provided the setting for learning and prayer, and wealthy patrons commissioned lavish books to display their piety, but their humanness manifested itself in fascinating ways. Column capitals, illuminated medieval manuscripts and carved wood misericords contained compelling, amusing and scandalous images, but they were not usually easy to see. Medieval viewers had to know where to look for the unique and unusual. Dr. Stephen Wagner will discuss art that appeared in the margins, and how it reflected changing trends in late medieval Europe in his lecture, Mayhem in the Margins: Monasteries, Misericords and Manuscripts in Late Medieval Society.
Armstrong Campus
Tuesday, April 9
4:30-5:30 p.m. • Student Union, Ogeechee Theatre
Position: Professor of Art History at Savannah College of Art & Design
Medieval Manuscripts
Kee-Ho Yuen and Tom Stancliffe


Kee-ho Yuen work is an aesthetic investigation as well as a quest to whimsically comment on human emotions and interactions.  His work as an evolving collage of both the philosophy and the sensibility of the East and West. Kee-ho uses contemporary and traditional technologies and materials, ranging from advanced 3-D computer modeling to traditional fabrications and enameling. 


Tom Stancliffe is best known for his large public sculptures of bronze or stainless steel that find expression in both the historical and contemporary contexts of a given site.  He has completed over thirty commissioned works for public art collections nationally.

Statesboro Campus
Thursday, April 11
5 p.m. • Arts Building, 2071
Positions & Expertise: Kee-ho Yuen is a Professor and the Coordinator of the University of Iowa Jewelry and Metal Arts program. He is known for his small sculptures and jewelry work. Tom Stancliffe is a Professor of Art at the University of Northern Iowa where he also directs the Public Art Incubator. Stancliffe specializes in large-scale public sculptures.
Joshua Ariza


Joshua Ariza is an award-winning, multidisciplinary designer and illustrator who has worked with some of the most iconic brands in the world including ESPN, Nike, Red Bull, Under Armour, Star Wars and Taco Bell. He works with his clients to develop creative visual strategies for all types of projects. He provides a full range of services from illustration, graphic design, and apparel design to retail strategy, style guides, storyboards, and art direction. He is also the owner and founder of CHOMP apparel. 
Statesboro Campus
Wednesday, April 24
5 p.m. • Arts Building, 2071
Position: Multidisciplinary Designer and Illustrator/Owner of CHOMP
Expertise: Visual Strategies, Graphic Design, Illustration, Apparel Design

Spring 2018

Spring 2018: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Details
Nancy Bookhart, MFA
Based in Augusta, Georgia, Bookhart has presented her work at venues across the United States and Europe on such topics as the work of African-American contemporary painter Kara Walker, artists of the Harlem Renaissance and the relationship between ritual and repression. For her artist talk at Georgia Southern, Bookhart will discuss her work and career as a dual practitioner of both art and philosophy as well as the topic of “Art and Anticipation in Revolutionary Times.”
February 28
5 pm; Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Professor at Paine College in Augusta
Expertise: Art & Philosophy
Spring 2018: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Details
Nancy Bookhart, MFA
Based in Augusta, Georgia, Bookhart has presented her work at venues across the United States and Europe on such topics as the work of African-American contemporary painter Kara Walker, artists of the Harlem Renaissance and the relationship between ritual and repression. For her artist talk at Georgia Southern, Bookhart will discuss her work and career as a dual practitioner of both art and philosophy as well as the topic of “Art and Anticipation in Revolutionary Times.”
February 28
5 pm; Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Professor at Paine College in Augusta
Expertise: Art & Philosophy
Ambica Prakash
Graphic Designer
April 17
5 pm; Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Principal and Creative Director at Eighty2Degrees

Expertise: Graphic Design

Spring 2017

Spring 2017: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Details
Sharon Louden


Sharon Louden is an artist, an educator, and editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” book series. Louden’s books have been sold in more than 18 countries and her artwork is held in major public and private collections. Louden also has taught at college and universities, educating students in studio and professional practice classes of all levels.
Position: Artist, Educator & Editor
2D Studio ArtView Website
Position: Director and Curator of the Galleries at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA
Expertise: Boston-based Curator, Gallerist and Critic
Kristin Medin


Monday, February 27
5 pm; Art Building, Room 2012
Position: Industrial Designer, Gulfstream

Expertise: Industrial Design

Dr. Rebecca Nagy


Tuesday, April 4
5-6 pm; Visual Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Director of the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida
Art History

Fall 2017: Visiting Artist/Lecturer

Kevin Turner


Kevin Turner’s current work focuses on the Southern Landscape using high-quality translucent porcelain and fine china processes, he has exhibited in numerous competitions and exhibitions both nationally and internationally including the San Diego Art Museum, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York and The International New Art Forms Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. He also exhibited and received awards for his work at the Kerameikon International Competition in Verazdin, Croatia, the 16th San Angelo National Ceramics Competition; San Angelo, Texas and the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale at the World Ceramic Center in Icheon, South Korea.

Funded by Campus Life Enrichment Committee (CLEC) & the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art.

Tuesday, October 3
Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Associate Professor of Art/Ceramics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Expertise: Ceramics/low-fire porcelain
Jim Jinkins
Jim Jinkins is the animator and creator of the popular ’90s animated television series “Doug.”
Thursday, October 5
5-6 pm; Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Animator
Esteban Del Valle


Interdisciplinary artist Esteban Del Valle is well known for his large-scale work, which combines painting, sculpture, drawing, video and street art to highlight social issues. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions around the United States and he has been awarded multiple visual art residencies and fellowships including at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
LECTURE: View WebsitePosition: Interdisciplinary Visual Artist, Muralist
Expertise: Murals
Ben Tollefson




SCAD Museum curator and former director of Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah Ben Tollefson will visit Georgia Southern University on Thursday, Nov. 2 to discuss the range of ways to build a creative career, and what he looks for when putting together gallery and museum exhibitions.
Thursday, November 2
5-6 pm; Arts Building 2071
View WebsitePosition: Painter/Assistant Curator of SCAD Exhibition, SCAD Museum in Savannah
Expertise: Art Museum

Spring 2016

Spring 2016: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Details
Megan Mosholder


Professions in Practice Series

Atlanta-based artist Megan Mosholder received her MFA in 2012, and has since shown her work internationally in nearly 30 exhibitions, ranging from traditional galleries to complex, site-specific installations in public spaces. Recently named as one of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Georgia Committee’s Women to Watch, in recent years Megan has received numerous grants and residencies in locales as  widespread as Italy, Australia, and many places in between. Come hearMegan describe her experience as an emerging artist in these first few years out of school, ranging from the good, the bad, the surprising, and more.
Thursday, January 28
Arts Building, 2071
Position: Exhibiting Artist
Expertise: Gallery and Public Works installations, grants, and international residencies
Bridget Donahue


Professions in Practice Series

Bridget Donahue is an emerging gallerist and curator, originally from Iowa and now based in New York City. A co-founder of the innovative DIY gallery space Cleopatra’s, former gallery director at D’Amelio Terras and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Donahue recently opened her own gallery, which made a number of “Best of 2015” lists from such publications as the New York Times, Art in America magazine, and elsewhere. An exciting new gallerist and curator with expertise that ranges from 2D to 3D and more, Bridget will be here to discuss the state of the contemporary art world, and ways emerging artists can navigate its complexities.
Thursday, March 24
Arts Building, 2071
Position: Lower East Side NYC Gallerist and Curator
Topic: Emerging artists in the contemporary art world
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Jason Sweet


CLEC Series

Jason Sweet is a sculptor, painter, drawer, performance, and installation artist. He has exhibited his work internationally and has been awarded a number of public art commissions. Sweet is Assistant Professor of Art at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and is heavily involved with Atlanta’s renowned art collective Smoke School of Art. Sweet will be here to discuss his work with the Smoke School of Art and share his knowledge of the Atlanta art scene.
Thursday, April 5
Arts Building, 2071
Position: Assistant Professor of Art at Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Expertise: Atlanta-based Artist (Smoke School of Art)
Fall 2016: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Details
Manuel Lima


Professions in Practice Series

Billed “a digital designer and information guru” by New Scientist magazine and the “man who turns data into art” by WIRED magazine, Lima is an award-winning designer and author. His books Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information and the Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge explore the many creative ways designers, artists and historians are able to present complex information effectively—engaging audiences ranging from the everyday to the specialized. Lima is considered one of the leading voices on information visualization and has spoken at venues such as TED, Lift, OFFF, Harvard, MIT, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and many others.
October 13
Arts Building, 2071
Position: Author and Information Design Specialist
Expertise: Information Designicon_sm_twitterView Website 
Yoko Sekino-Bové


Sekino-Bové is a Japanese artist whose ornate ceramic artwork blends her Japanese upbringing with her experiences living and working in the United States. Her work has been exhibited in both commercial and educational galleries across the U.S. as well as South Korea, Canada, Turkey and the Dominican Republic.

Funded by Campus Life Enrichment Committee (CLEC) & the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art.

Monday, October 17
2:30-5pm; Center for Art & Theatre
The public is invited for tea and conversation with the artist.
Tuesday, October 18
5-7pm; Arts Building, 2071
The public is invited for tea and conversation with the artist.Position: Ceramic ArtistExpertise: CeramicsView Website
Medha Bhatt


Medha Bhatt is a textile artist and a naturalist by passion. Since US is celebrating 100 years of its National Park Service, to commemorate the centennial, Bhatt doing a show on “Songbirds of Blue Ridge Mountains” in textile art. It includes a collection of 25-30 textile artworks illustrating birds like the Mockingbird, the Northern Cardinal, the Blue Jay and many more.
Tuesday, October 25
5-6pm; Visual Arts Building, Room 2071
Position: Textile Artist, Designer, Craft Researcher
Textile ArtView Website
2015: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Web
Holly Akkerman 

Holly Akkerman is lead designer for the Jepson Center/Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA. Holly’s designs have been recognized by the American Association of Museums, Southeastern Museums Conference, Savannah Advertising Federation, and the Communicator Awards. Holly is active in her local design community, recently serving as the 2013 SEMC Publication Competition Chair and Judge. She is skilled at print design, branding, typography, photography, exhibition design, digital communications, and marketing. Holly is also an artist, museumist, and pattern designer.

 Graphic Design February View Website
Susannah Darrow  

Susannah Darrow is a native Atlantan who left briefly to study art history, printmaking, 60s and 70s underground music, and English. In 2013 she was chosen as one of the top 30 nonprofit leaders in Atlanta under 30 years old by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She served on the Board of Directors of ART PAPERS magazine, the Advisory Committee for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award Committee, and Hudgens Award Advisory Committee. She is currently in the 2014 class of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia (2007) and MA in Art History from Georgia State University (2013)

March View Website
Desmal Purcell —
Photography April View Website
Karen Paty 

Karen Paty is Executive Director of the Georgia Council for the Arts. Since 2011, she has overseen the development of policies to strengthen and sustain the arts industry in Georgia. She is a graduate of New York University and has worked in arts and community development for more than fifteen years. She was associate director of civic engagement at Hands on Atlanta before taking on the role as Director of the Georgia Council for the Arts.  Paty is dedicated to enhancing awareness and visibility of the arts in assisting economic development, creating vibrant communities, and contributing to a strong educational curriculum. In 2013, Karen Paty was named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine.

April View Website
2014: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Web
Joseph Peragine Kingdom Under Glass explores the fragile relationship between exploration and exploitation. Focusing on the use of animal dioramas within the Museum of Natural History Museum in New York, Peragine questions the role these displays within our society. Initially created to educate patrons and preserve endangered species, these displays are often overly seductive and utopian. The paintings and drawings in this exhibition highlight the irony in these displays, as well as give the viewer clues to the counterfeit nature of the dioramas.  Painting August View Website
Derrick Buisch Off Season features imagery culled from pedestrian subjects including maps, album covers, roadside signs, and commercial products. Informed through his practice of maintaining sketchbooks, Buisch creates distinctive images that present an extensive exploration of graphic motifs. Often influenced by aspects of music, such as LPs and zines, Buisch’s paintings and drawings are simultaneously playful, celebratory, and subversive Buisch’s work has been shown at venues such as Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI; Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA; The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; Mississippi State University, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University; University of California-San Diego; Knoedler Gallery, NYC; and the London Biennale  Painting September View Website
2013: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Web
Rena Leinberger January View Website
Karen Ann Myers Myers has shown throughout the United States at institutions such as the University of Alabama, Agnes Scott College, University of Georgia, Katzen Arts Center in Washington and the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Mass.  Her work has been included in exhibitions such as Luis de Jesus in Los Angeles and at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, S.C.; the Robert Steele Gallery in New York City; and Rebecca Bryan Gallery and Quidley and Company in Boston. Myers has also been featured in publications including Art Mag, Daily Serving, Charlie Magazine, Oxford American and New American Paintings. January View Website
Michael Velliquette Velliquette is an internationally renowned artist whose work has been displayed at institutions such as Yale University; Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin; Witherspoon Museum of Art in Greensboro, N.C.; San Antonio Museum of Art; EURCA+2012 in Kassel, Germany; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His work has also been shown at commercial galleries, including the DCKT Contemporary in New York City, David Shelton Gallery in Houston, La Montagne Gallery in Boston, Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City, Parson Gallery in Paris and Deitch Projects in New York City. January View Website
Daniel Dejan; Sappi Fine Papers An award-winning graphic designer, art/creative director, production manager and print buyer,  Dejan is widely respected in the print communications industry as a graphic arts educator, author and consultant. As North American ETC Print & Creative Manager for Sappi Fine Paper, Dejan provides value-added marketing, sales and technical consultation and in-house and end-user training and education for the print, paper, and creative communities. He is a member of Sappi’s ETC Group: Education, Consulting and Training. Print, Marketing, Design March View Website
Wendy DesChene; PlantBot Genetics Canadian artist DesChene is one of two members of PlantBot Genetics. PlantBot Genetics and “Monsantra” has been displayed at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Goethe Institute in Egypt, and Bach Modern in Austria. While working with the Department of Engineering at Auburn University, she and partner Jeff Schmuki also created a community project at the Jules Collins Museum of Art. In 2010, they created a significant contribution to their body of work while at the American Academy in Rome as Visiting Artists. 3D, Sustainability View Website
Bob Snead View Website
Paul LaJeunesse View Website
2012: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Website
Peter Edwards 4D, New Media January View Website
Bill Higdon Jewelry January View Website
Sergei Tsvetkov Tsvetkov is an internationally renowned printmaker whose work can be found in the collections of institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; Royal Museum of Art, Belgium; Morris Museum, New Jersey, Tamarind Institute, New Mexico, and many others. In addition, Tsvetkov has been selected for prizes and grants such as the Gold Prize at the Edmonton Print International, Canada; Purchase Award at the International Exhibition of Lithography, Sweden; Distinguished Artist at the International Lithography Symposium, Tamarind Institute, New Mexico, and a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Amman, Jordan. Printmaking March View Website
Missy McCormick 3D, Ceramics View Website
Jim Benedict 3D, Sculpture View Website
Eric Adolfson 4D, New Media View Website
Laura Biering; True Voices Creative Leadership View Website
Karla Wozniak 2D, Drawing, Painting View Website
Tony Csavas 2D, Drawing, Painting View Website
Ashley Anderson 2D, 4D, New Media View Website
2011: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Website
Andrew F. Scott 3D, Sculpture January View Website
Anthony Faris; Stillmore Roots Group 3D, 2D January View Website
Glenn Zweygardt 3D, Sculpture March View Website
Cowboy George McCauley 3D, Ceramics View Website
Andrea Kennington 3D, Jewelry View Website
Les Bryant 3D, Jewelry View Website
Anne Kennedy 3D, Jewelry
Jonathan Daly 2D, Graphic Design, Illustration
Luke William Achterberg 3D, Sculpture
Hannah Byrne As the chief creative officer of Smack Dab Studios, Hannah Byrne has navigated the treacherous waters of project management and become a master in “client speak.” How do you know what the client is actually asking for? What are the questions to ask the client in return? How do you handle difficult conversations about pricing and timelines? Graphic Design 4/6/11
Ian Winesemius 3D, Ceramics
Jennifer Martin 3D, Ceramics
2010: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Website
Kevin Shunn 3D, Sculpture January View Website
Bill Higdon 3D, Jewelry January View Website
Ricardo Jabardo 2D, Graphic Design March View Website
Joe Olson 2D, Painting View Website
F4 2D, Photography View Website
Susan Weiss 2D, Photography View Website
Joshua Hood Professional Practices,Illustration 11/10
2009: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Area Dates Website
Teresa Eckmann 2D, Printmaking, Graphic Design January View Website
Ellen Susan 2D, Photography January View Website
Peter Loose Folk Art March View Website
Roxie Remley 2D, Painting View Website
Smith Callaway Banks Historian View Website
Susan Weiss 2D, Photography View Website

Last updated: 3/30/2022