Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series continues with three artists in February

Work by ceramic artist Sergei Isupov.
Work by ceramic artist Sergei Isupov.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series continues with three artists in February

calendar icon31 Jan 2020    

Lincoln, Neb.—Three artists will present Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lectures in February at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Art, Art History & Design.

Each lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lectures are free and open to the public. Photographer Rebecca Morse’s lecture is Tuesday, Feb. 4. Ceramic artist Sergei Isupov’s lecture is Wednesday, Feb. 5. And Painter David Gracie’s lecture is Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series brings notable artists, scholars and designers to Nebraska each semester to enhance the education of students.

Morse is Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her recent projects include Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge, Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld, and Larry Sultan: Here and Home.

She was previously Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she organized Amanda Ross Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman, Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky, Rodarte: States of Matter, The Artist’s Museum, and Florian Maier-Aichen.

Her upcoming project, Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising, examines the ways in which artists have mined the language of commercial photography for their own work.

Isupov works in porcelain using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using stains and clear glaze. His work is featured in numerous books, catalogs and magazines including Postmodern Ceramics, Sex Pots: Eroticsm in Ceramics, The Ceramic Surface; Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft; Confrontational Ceramics.

He teaches workshops and lectures internationally at museums, universities and art centers. His recent residencies include Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana; The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary; and Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center in Skælskør, Denmark.

Gracie is a painter who addresses both the abstractness and specificity of daily life. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he is also Director of Elder Gallery.

He has been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Nebraska Art in Nebraska; Exeter Gallery in Maryland; Hartford Art School in Connecticut; The Suburban in Wisconsin; Mt Airy Contemporary in Pennsylvania; The University Club in Illinois; The University of Missouri; The Hyde Park Art Center in Illinois; Colorado State in Pueblo; The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; Bowery Gallery in New York; Mary and Leigh Block Museum in Illinois; and Fort Wayne Museum in Indiana.

In 2016, Gracie was awarded a Nebraska Arts Council Merit Award and the Lincoln Mayor’s Kimmel Foundation Award.

The remaining lectures in the series are:
• March 4: Josh Winkler, printmaking. Winkler focuses on environmental issues connected to history and place. He is currently completing his second Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and was recently selected for an artist residency at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History.

• March 18: Kristian Bjørnard, foundations. Bjørnard is professor of graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

• March 30: Sabine Ladstätter, art history. Ladstätter is currently director of the Ephesus excavations in Turkey. She is involved with economic and landscape archaeology, as well as with the documentation and preservation of archaeological cultural heritage.

• April 8: Brad Kahlhamer, painting. Kahlhamer lives and works in New York City. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Andréhn-Schiptjenko in Stockholm.

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.

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