Art historian Godbey and Photographer Coppelman to present Hixson-Lied Visiting Scholar Lectures Oct. 19

A photo from the Mill Creek flood of 1915 in Erie, Pennsylvania.
A photo from the Mill Creek flood of 1915 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Art historian Godbey and Photographer Coppelman to present Hixson-Lied Visiting Scholar Lectures Oct. 19

calendar icon10 Oct 2017    

Emily Godbey
Emily Godbey

Lincoln, Neb.--The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

The next lectures in the series will be presented by Art Historian Emily Godbey and Photographer Alyssa Coppelman on Thursday, Oct. 19 in Richards Hall Rm. 15. Godbey's lecture is at 5:30 p.m. and Coppelman's will follow at 7 p.m. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Godbey is Associate Professor at Iowa State University. She earned an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago, and an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Her primary body of work deals with the ideas of tragedy and mourning. Her book project, “Recreating Astonishment: Disaster’s Delightful Horrors and Terrible Pleasures,” explores the commercialization of disaster through images within modern formats such as postcards, movies and amusement parks. The work traces this modern commodity’s relationship to paintings and the history of the sublime.

Godbey is also working on projects dealing with communication at the turn of the century via postcards and visuality and World’s Fairs.

Coppelman is a photo editor with 15 years of experience, including as Assistant Art Director of Harper’s Magazine and Art Researcher at the Oxford American magazine. She regularly sources images from a wide variety of artists, galleries, and collections worldwide. She has judged Critical Mass and Flash Forward contests, co-curated Slideluck Austin VI, and has been a portfolio reviewer at Photolucida, Fotofest Houston, PhotoNOLA, Filter Photo Festival, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Coppelman is a regular contributor to Adobe Create and has written for WIRED Photo, Feature Shoot and Slate's photo blog, Behold. She designed Preston Gannaway's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and edited Sandy Carson's We Were There. Working directly with photographers, she provides oversight in editing, sequencing, design, and editorial aspects of portfolios and photobook projects.

The remaining lectures in the series this Fall include:
• Bonna Wescoat, art history, on Nov. 8. Wescoat is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History at Emory University. She holds a PhD and M. Phil. from Oxford University, an MA from the University of London, and AB from Smith College. Her research interests are ancient Greek art and architecture, particularly sacred architecture, and digital modeling to investigate the interaction of landscape, architecture and ritual experience. Her work now centers on the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace, where she has directed excavations.

 Linda Lopez and Cristina Córdova, ceramics, on Nov. 14, sponsored by the Clay Club. Lopez has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Robischon Gallery; Long Beach Museum of Art; The Clay Studio; and the Jane Hartsook Gallery at Greenwich House Pottery. She has been an artist in residence at The Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. Lopez received the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grant to be an artist in residence at C.R.E.T.A. Rome Residency Program. She is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery.

Córdova lives and works in Penland, North Carolina. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School, Santa Fe Clay, Mudfire, Odyssey Center for Ceramics and Anderson Ranch, among others. She founded Travel Arte, an ongoing platform that provides educational experiences within the ceramics medium while immersing students in the creative culture of a specific setting.

Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations.

Each lecture in the series is free and open to the public and will take place in Richards Hall Rm. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History & Design at (402) 472-5522.