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Department of Art and Design

Art Education

Art education explores the connections between the visual arts and learning. (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.

2015-2016 Guest Speakers

DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller is an artist, writer, and musician working in New York. Miller is best known under the moniker of his "constructed persona" as "DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid." Miller has recorded music and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, writers, musicians and composers such as Robert Wilson, Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Paul Auster, and Colson Whitehead.

Mary Brodbeck

Mary Brodbeck

Artist Mary Brodbeck studied at GVSU but learned the Ukiyo-e method, a traditional water based multicolor wood-block technique, during her extended work in Japan. Her workshop at GVSU focuses on demonstrating and sharing some of her personal work utilizing Ukiyo-e technique.

L.J. Roberts

L.J. Roberts

L.J. Roberts is an artist and writer whose studio practice incorporates a wide range of traditional and unconventional textile techniques, and recently collaged works on paper and filmmaking. Their work explores the intersections of feminist queer and trans politics, activism, the on-going AIDS epidemic, collective action, community, and protest.

Dylan A. T. Miner

Dylan AT Miner

Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published approximately sixty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays, and encyclopedia entries. 

Casey Sheppard

Casey Sheppard

Casey Sheppard is a jewelry artist/metalsmith, mountain biker, freelance writer, adventure seeker and community gatherer. She visits the Department of Art and Design as part of her year long US tour "Case Of The Nomads". The tour started this summer and she is traveling to different cities/towns that are involved in (but not limited to) bikes, art and writing. And, yes, she is making art on her way too!

Michael Jay McClure

Michael Jay McClure

Michael Jay McClure teaches the history and theory of contemporary art. More generally, McClure specializes in contemporary art’s relationship to post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, new media, Modernism, and has a long standing commitment to explicate the volatile intersection between art, gender studies, and queer theory.

David J. Haskins

David J. Haskins

A founding member of the legendary bands Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, David J. Haskins is the author of Who Killed Mr. Moonlight? and a former student of the Nene College of Art. He has worked independently, collaboratively, and prolifically on works that seemingly know no disciplinary bounds. His influences and collaborators include Surrealism, David Bowie, Alan Moore, Nico, and William Burroughs.

2014-2015 Guest Speakers

Calef Brown

Calef Brown

Max Haiven

Max Haiven
Art and Economics Theorist

Gwynne Rukenbrod-Smith

Gwynne Rukenbrod-Smith

Deke Weaver

Deke Weaver
Writer, performer, video and graphic artist

Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard
Artist, activist and organizer


Guest Speakers Archive


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