Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series features Casebeer, Graves

Kris Graves, “Kris, in Stereo” (2016) from “The Testament Project,” an exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America.
Kris Graves, “Kris, in Stereo” (2016) from “The Testament Project,” an exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist series features Casebeer, Graves

calendar icon17 Jan 2018    

Doug Casebeer
Doug Casebeer

Lincoln, Neb.--Doug Casebeer, the associate director and artistic director of ceramics at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, and Kris Graves, a photographer and publisher based in New York and London, will present the next Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lectures.

Casebeer will present his lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Richards Hall Rm. 15. Graves will present his lecture on Thursday, Jan. 25 in Woods Art Building Rm. 11. Each lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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.

Casebeer is also chair of the Artist in Residency Program at Anderson Ranch. He is in his 32nd year of running workshops at the Ranch. He received his M.F.A. in ceramics from Alfred University and his B.F.A. from Wichita State University. He has served as pottery consultant to the United Nations and the German government.

He teaches, lectures, builds kilns and exhibits his artwork worldwide. Casebeer’s service to the field has involved outreach in rural Jamaican schools, technical support and assistance for Nepali potters, and advice to art centers in Chile and Hawaii. In 2009, he was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a featured artist at the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

Graves received his B.F.A. in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally. He creates artwork that deals with what he sees as wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race and representation.

Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory. The images' stillness causes the viewer to acknowledge the inevitability of change and the passage of time in both the natural and built environment. These views will never be exactly as they were at their precise recorded moment. Graves suspends his belief and knowledge of this change, not to document a moment or state, but rather to sustain it.

The remaining lectures in the series are:
• Jan. 31, 2018:  Jenny Polak and Dread Scott. Polak makes site/community responsive art that reframes immigrant-citizen relations, amplifying demands for social justice. Scott makes revolutionary art to propel history forward. In 1989, the U.S. Senate outlawed his artwork. The couple's collaborations on state violence and transgression complement their solo work. In 2017 they were awarded a Camargo Foundation residency to work on a new collaboration exploring the intersections of contemporary migration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe with the legacy of forced migratios of the slave trade.

• Feb. 21, 2018:  Sarah McEneaney. McEneaney’s paintings, drawings and prints are in many public collections, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, The Neuberger Museum SUNY Purchase, Rhode Island School of Design, Mills College Museum of Art, The Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, Johnson and Johnson and Microsoft Corporation.

• Feb. 28, 2018:  Trevor Amery. Amery represented the U.S. at the 2012 Kathmandu International Art Festival and has exhibited at such venues as Kiasma, the Skanzen Museum, MAMU Galerie, Moore College, and Gallery Protocol. He is currently exhibiting at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and is an artist in residence (A.I.R.) at Bemis in Omaha.

• March 28, 2018:  Patricia Johnston. Johnston studies how early American arts were influence by global trade, especially trade with Asia.  She is the Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts and Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts, and a nationally recognized scholar of American art and its wider visual culture.

• April 5, 2018:  Robert Storr. Storr is an artist, critic and curator. He was appointed professor of painting/printmaking and dean of the Yale University School of Art in 2006 and was named the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean in 2014.

• April 11, 2018:  Raun Hoffman. Hoffmann is primarily known for his work in ceramics, but his practice is varied. He also produces art in other mediums including painting, printmaking, cartoons for tapestries and commercial product design.

Each lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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.