Guest Speakers

The commitment to an inclusive education is reinforced by a visiting speakers program. Every year the Department of Visual and Media Arts 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.

2017-2018 Guest Speakers

Adam Khalil (Ojibway)

Adam Khalil (Ojibway)

Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam's work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.


More speakers for the 2017–2018 academic year coming soon. Please keep an eye on this page for further information.


2016-2017 Guest Speakers

Robin Deacon

Robin Deacon
Artist, Writer and Filmmaker

Jen DeLos Reyes

Jen DeLos Reyes
creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer

Scott Hampton

Scott Hampton
Freelance Comic Book Artist

Anne Havel

Anne Havel
Enamelist, Metalsmith and Lampworker

Aya Kakeda

Aya Kakeda

Karen Keifer-Boyd

Karen Keifer-Boyd
Ph.D., Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and Visual Artist

Nicholas Lampert

Nicholas Lampert
Interdisciplinary Artist and Author

Christopher Meller

Christopher Möeller
Writer and Painter

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

David Petersen

David Petersen
Comic Book Creator

Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro
Writer and Curator

James Vining
Lead game designer and lead illustrator, Plow Games and Plow Digital

Ola Volo

Ola Volo

Amanda Wieczorek

Amanda Wieczorek
Printmaking Artist

Guest Speakers Archive


Mary Brodbeck, Printmaking Artist
David J. Haskins, Author and Musician
Michael Jay McClure, Author and Professor of History and Contemporary Art
Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, Artist, Writer and Musician
Dylan AT Miner, Artist, Activist and Scholar
L.J. Roberts, Artist and Writer
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



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
Ryan Spencer Reed, Photographer
Michael Rees, Sculptor
Stan Strembicki, Photographer
Sydney Walker, Educator
Sarah Wong, Photographer



Conrad Bakker, Conceptual Object-Maker (Sculpture and Painting)
Tulu Bayar, Photographer
Susan Carr and Gary Ciadella, Photographers, American Society of Media Photographers
Sonya Clark, Sculptor and Interdisciplinary Artist
Kathryn Hixson, Critic
John Holtzman, Educator
Endi Poskovic, Printmaker
Lambert Zuidevaart, Professor of Philosophy



Adrienne Little, Photographer
Ginger Owen-Murakami, Photographer, Western Michigan University
Terry Winters, Printmaker
Mimi Kato, Photographer
Sant Khalsa, Photographer



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
Russel Phillips, Photographer
David Plowden, Photographer
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

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