Ceramist Rob Forbes to present Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture Sept. 13

Rob Forbes
Rob Forbes

Ceramist Rob Forbes to present Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture Sept. 13

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Rob Forbes book “See for Yourself:  A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty.”
Rob Forbes book “See for Yourself: A Visual Guide to Everyday Beauty.”

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 lecture in the series will be presented by Ceramic Artist Rob Forbes on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. Forbes’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Forbes has been a ceramic artist, professor, author, publisher, photographer and business entrepreneur. He is best known as the Founder of Design Within Reach (DWR) and PUBLIC Bikes.

DWR pioneered many changes that have become mainstream today: internet retailing of modern design, design blogging, transparent pricing and a focus on designers themselves as much as on their products.

PUBLIC Bikes is a similar business model with a mission to bring design awareness to public, urban spaces and to our civic lives.

Forbes recently authored “See for Yourself,” a visual study and search for beauty in our everyday world.

The remaining lectures in the series this Fall include:
• Sukha Worob, printmaking, on Sept. 20. Worob grew up in a small community in the high desert landscape of Prescott, Arizona. He obtained his MFA in Printmaking from Montana State University, and M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University. Worob’s work explores contemporary approaches to the printmaking multiple through works on paper as well as installation and interactive works. His work is primarily driven by his history in communal living and observation of the potential of humanity when set upon a common goal.

• Robert Mahoney, art criticism, on Oct. 4. Mahoney is a veteran New York-city based art critic who through Arts magazine, Flash Art, Art & Antiques, Art in America, New Art Examiner, Sculpture, TIME OUT New York, Artnet online and numerous other publications, provided weekly and monthly coverage of the New York art scene for 20 years. He also served as Public Information Officer for Queens Museum of Art from 1994-99. Mahoney currently manages his blog, is working on a book, (Exposures: 50 Works of Art that Changed My Life), and writes for Flatlanders, a critical dialogue for Nebraska’s contemporary visual arts.

Eva Isaksen, printmaking, on Oct. 11. Isaksen was born and raised north of the Arctic Circle in Bodø, Norway. She moved to Seattle after earning her MFA in painting from Montana State University. Isaksen’s work is inspired by the landscape in her native Norway and in the U.S. Northwest. She works with printmaking and collage, using thin handmade papers from Nepal that she mono prints using pressed plants, seeds, yarns, fabric and stencils creating complex and multi-layered compositions to investigate nuances in nature. Her work contains organic forms and represents cycles, seasons, land, water, order, rhythm, growth, life and regeneration.

• Emily Godbey, art history, on Oct. 19. 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. Godbey is also working on projects dealing with communication at the turn of the century via postcards and visuality and World’s Fairs. 

• 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.