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Department of Art and Design

Courses For Non-Majors

Interested in taking art and design courses but aren’t a major? there are many options available to GVSU students. (Read more)

Guest Speakers

Each semester the department invites visiting artists and speakers for lectures and workshops.

The commitment to an inclusive education is reinforced by a visiting speakers program. Every year the Department of Art and Design brings nationally and internationally known artists, designers and critics to campus for public lectures. Visiting artists frequently conduct small group critiques of student work, practicum workshops, and roundtable discussions during their visits. This diversity allows students to learn from professionals practicing in a variety of media.

2016-2017 Guest Speakers

Jen Delos Reyes

Jen Delos Reyes

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. She is the director and founder of "Open Engagement," an international annual conference on socially engaged art that creates a platform that explores and supports the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations.

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hampton

A freelance comic book artist known for his diversity, Hampton has illustrated such iconic properties as BatmanSandmanBlack WidowHellraiser, and Star Trek in addition to work on his creator-owned projects such as The Upturned Stone.

He began his career following in the footsteps of brother and fellow comic book creator Bo Hampton. Both Scott and Bo studied under Will Eisner in 1976. Scott's first professional comics work was the three-page story "Victims" published in Warren Publishing's Vampirella #101 in 1981. Scott's work on Silverheels from Pacific Comics in 1983 is regarded as the first continuing painted comic. His latest works include Spookhouse, released in 2004 by IDW Publishing, in which he adapted his favorite ghost stories into sequential form, and Batman: Gotham County Line from DC comics in 2005. Scott is co-creator on Simon Dark with writer Steve Niles for DC Comics.

Karen Keifer-Boyd

Karen Keifer-Boyd

Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D., Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, is a visual artist working in new media, an arts educator, and a scholar of arts education, visual culture studies, and feminist disability studies. Her writings on feminist pedagogy, visual culture, inclusion, cyberart activism, transcultural dialogues, action research, social justice arts-based research, and identity are in more than 50 research publications, and translated into several languages.

Anne Havel

Anne Havel

Anne is an enamellist, metalsmith, and lampworker (she makes glass beads). She is discovering that her influences change daily because of her sensory issues. Today, Anne is inspired by many of the abstract painters, space objects and creatures from her imagination, molecular level shapes, geometry, clay artists, building structures, flowers, etc. Her motivation is simple and pure--she wants people to be moved by the balance of the lines and forms, but most importantly the colors—have a visceral, soul-stirring response. If that happens, her work is done.  

Aya Kakeda

Aya Kakeda

Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.  Now she draws and creates imaginative world in Brooklyn, NY.  She has produced art for books, products, magazines, posters, and store installations from clients all over the world. Her work appeared in NIKE, Delta, Disney Hyperion Books, Kidrobot, The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, Runners World, Nickelodeon, Noggin TV, Plan Sponsors Magazine, Men's Journal, Roger la Borde, Macy's, and HongKong Mega Mall. Aya Also takes her imaginary friends to trios exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the world.

Nicolas Lampert

Nicolas Lampert

Nicolas Lampert is a Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist and author whose work focuses on themes of social justice and ecology. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum, among others. Collectively, he works with three groups: the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative - a worker-owned printmaking cooperative of thirty artists in North America that formed in 2007, ReciproCITY – a mobile experimental cultural center that focuses on urban agricultural projects and community activism in Milwaukee and beyond, and Climate Prints - a website/activist infrastructure project that shares downloadable graphics on Climate Justice and puts this work directly into movements. Lampert has collaborated as an artist on past activist campaigns with TAMMS Year Ten, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Voces de la Frontera, the Chicago chapter of the Rain Forest Action Network, and His first book A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements was published by The New Press in 2013 and is part of the People’s History Series edited by Howard Zinn. Lampert is a full-time faculty member (academic staff appointment) in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a joint appointment in Printmaking and Writing and Critical Thinking.  

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Christopher Moeller

Christopher Moeller

Christopher Moeller is a writer and painter, specializing in fully-painted graphic novels. Moeller’s signature creation is the Iron Empires science-fiction universe, comprising two fully-painted graphic novels Faith Conquers and Sheva’s War, a short story in Dark Horse Presents, and a second in the anthology Negative Burn. In 2006, an Iron Empires role-playing game was published, called Burning Empires.

Moeller was born in Ithaca, New York and currently lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in painting from the University of Michigan School of art, and an MFA in illustration from Syracuse University.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work combines aspects of ethnography and theater to create film and video projects that have touched on subjects including anarchist communities, the relationship between artwork and work, and post-military land. Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, Galería Kurimanzutto, and the Guggenheim Museum. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1993 and an MFA in Film and Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. She has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions over the course of the past fifteen years.

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Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro is a writer and curator working at the intersection of performance, visual culture, feminist art and archives, histories of the body, and queer studies. She is the curator of Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics, organized for the Cooper Union (one of ArtNet's most memorable museum shows of 2015) and editor of “The Transbiological Body” (Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory) on transgender reproductive ecologies. Her book in process, Handmade: Feelings and Textures of Transgender, looks at the felt labor of identity in soft sculpture, fiber art, dance, and film. With Reina Gossett and A.J. Lewis she co-organizes the New York City Transgender Oral History Project for the New York Public Library.

Jeanne is a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and postdoctoral fellow in Gender Studies at Indiana University (2014-17). She earned a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University (2012) and held an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-14). In fall 2016 she is teaching a queer methods laboratory in Bring Your Own Body at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College and organizing the symposium Queer Genealogies.

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James Vining

James Vining is the lead game designer and lead illustrator at PlowGames and Plow Digital. He has designed over 50 digital games, written one graphic novel and was the lead designer on Last Front: The Strategy Card Game. James is based out of Indianapolis, IN where in addition to working for Plow he teaches illustration, comics and digital rendering classes at Herron School of Art.

Ola Volo

Ola Volo

Ola Volo (BFA, Emily Carr University) is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism and folklore. Her intricate works bring animals, people, architecture and nature together to articulate diverse stories rich with symbolism and elaborate forms. Ola creates winding narratives that lovingly acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life. Her work is widely recognized for its inventiveness and imaginative gesture; every character is full of spirited personality and inhabits a dynamic environment. Her work also lends itself often to the public realm with several of her murals helping to shape and beautify outdoor spaces in Vancouver. As well as creating commissions for a wide range of international clients including Hootsuite, Vancouver Opera, Lululemon and ENI, Volo also finds time to do her own gallery artwork and book projects.

Amanda Wieczorek

Amanda Wieczorek

Amanda Wieczorek received her BFA in Printmaking from GVSU in 2012. Since then, she has been busy in pursuing a variety of opportunities to make new work and experiment. She received a Master of Arts degree from the world-acclaimed Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom, was a resident at the Atelierhaus Beisinghoff in Rhoden, Germany and the HERE Creative Centre in Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland, and has had an active record of exhibitions of her prints. The artist currently lives and resides in Warsaw, Poland.

2015-2016 Guest Speakers

Mary Brodbeck

Mary Brodbeck
Printmaking Artist

David Haskins

David J. Haskins
Author and Musician

Michael Jay McClure

Michael Jay McClure
Professor of History and Contemporary Art and Author

Paul Miller akd DJ Spooky

Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky
Artist, Writer and Musician

Dylan AT Miner

Dylan AT Miner
Artist, activist and Scholar

L.J. Roberts

L.J. Roberts
Artist and Writer

Casey Sheppard

Casey Sheppard
Jewelry artist/metalsmith, mountain biker, freelance writer, adventure seeker and community gatherer. 


Event Poster Archive

For a gallery of the event posters and title lectures by the guest speakers, refer to: 2015-2016 VA Flyers

Guest Speakers Archive


Calef Brown, Illustrator
Max Haiven, Art and Economics Theorist
Gwynne Ruckenbrod-Smith, Metalsmith and President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Deke Weaver, writer, performer, video and graphic artist
Caroline Woolard, artist, activist and organizer


Wendy Calman, Printmaker and Installation Artist
Tiny Circus, Animators
Sara Cwynar, Designer and Photographer
Caroline Gore, Metalsmith
Chele Isaac, Visual and Installation Artist
Cyril Lixenberg, Sculptor


Josh Bonadies, Designer
James Bove, Metalsmith
Undine Brod, Ceramist
Todd Chilton, Painter
Peter Everett, Painter
Kristen Hileman, Curator with the Baltimore Museum of Art
David Huang, Metalsmith
Beth Lipman, Sculptor
Mary McDonell, Painter
Sean MacMillan, Metalsmith
Josh MacPhee, Printmaker, Activist, Curator
Susan Mulder, Painter
Patricia Nelson, Metalsmith
Yoshinori Tsudakate, Metalsmith


Elizabeth Baddeley, Illustrator
Preston Graves, Painter
Matthew McGovern, Ceramic Artist
Bruce Metcalf, Metalsmith
Michael Rees, Sculptor
Sydney Walker, Educator


Conrad Bakker, Conceptual Object-Maker (Sculpture and Painting)
Sonya Clark, Sculptor and Interdisciplinary Artist
Kathryn Hixson, Critic
John Holtzman, Educator
Endi Poskovic, Printmaker
Lambert Zuidevaart, Professor of Philosophy


Terry Winters, Printmaker


Lynda Barry, Illustrator
Paul Duncum, Educator
Jane Hammond, Painter, Printmaker and Photographer
Karen Kunc, Printmaker
Mariko Kusomoto, Metalsmith
Karen Milbourne, Curator
Dennis Oppenheim, Conceptual Artist and Sculptor
William Pope L., Performance Artist
Erin Sotak, Photographer


Beehive Design Collective, Collaborative Group and Printmakers
Chip Kidd, Designer
Oli Goldsmith, Painter and Collage artist
Beauvais Lyons, Printmaker
Joe Sacco, Author and Graphic Journalist
David Shapiro, Printmaker
Kevin Tavin, Art Educator
Hamza Walker, Curator


Liz Bachhuber, Sculptor
Melinda Beck, Illustrator
Sue Coe, Printmaker
Andy Cooperman, Metalsmith
Dennis Nahabetian, Metalsmith
Douglas Rushkoff, Author
Carlo Sammarco, Ceramist
Tara Stephenson, Metalsmith


Michael Barile, Designer
Cat Chow, Wearable Artist
Mary Jane Jacob, Sculptor
Rikke Luther, Multidisciplinary Artist
Matt Maddem, Author and Illustrator
Bruce Mau, Designer
Suzanne Ramljak, Editor
Steven Sorman, Printmaker


Richard Borge, Illustrator
Enrique Chagoya, Printmaker
Mitch Cope, Artist and Activist
Stephen Farrell, Designer
Nathan Fox, Illustrator
Scott McCloud, Illustrator
C.F. Payne, Illustrator
Alexis Rockman, Painter
Barron Storey, Illustrator


Jordin Isip, Illustrator
Heidi Kiddon, Painter
Joep Van Lieshout, Multidisciplinary Artist
Scott McCloud, Author and Comic Book Artist
Dan Peterman, Installation Artist
Alexis Rockman, Painter
Nato Thompson, Curator
Michael Walsh, Designer


Elliot Earls, Artist and Designer
Julia Fish, Painter
Laurie Palmer, Artist, Writer and Activist
C.F. Payne, Illustrator
Buzz Spector, Book Arts
Rick Valicenti, Designer
Martin Venezky, Designer
Anne Wilson, Painter


Siah Armajani, Sculptor
Clive Dilnot, Design Theorist
George Estrada, Designer
Lisa Gralnik, Metalsmith
Steven Jib Hunt, Designer
Davey Rothbart, Author


Alexander Florensky, Multidisciplinary Artist
Olga Florensky, Multidisciplinary Artist
Carolyn Ottmers, Sculpture


Mike Essl, Designer
Robynne Raye, Designer
Michael Strassburger, Designer

Guest Speakers Photo Gallery