Visiting Artists Program
In addition to ongoing interaction with department faculty, Art & Visual Culture students learn from visiting professional artists. This important aspect of the program ranges from informal studio visits to formal lectures and studio critiques.
In the fall of 2013 we welcomed artist and art historian, Roman Verostko. Born in Tarrs, a coal mining region of Western Pennsylvania, Verostko first studied illustration at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After graduating, Verostko took up philosophy at St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, before entering the seminary to study theology, eventually becoming a Benedictine monk. Verostko will share with LVC art students the ideas that dominated his practice as an artist over the last 66 years. He identifies “form-generating” ideas from early 20th Century pioneers of non-objective art that influenced his pre-algorist work. Verostko illustrates how those underlying concepts shaped his approach to structuring algorithms for creating art. The artist illustrates the transition from what he calls “art-idea guiding hand” to “art-idea guiding machine." He identifies the power of algorithmic form generators and the unique qualities of form they can yield.
During the Spring 2012 semester, Lancaster, Pa., artist Francine Fox visited for two days of teaching and a presentation of her work. The department also hosts an informal presentation every few months by an accomplished professional artist. Students hear the stories of working artists—how they became artists, and what their work means to them—while enjoying pizza and snacks. Recent artists include:
- Nate Nixdorf,Ceramic Artist (September 2010)
- Nicki Stager, Experimental Photographer (October 2010)
- Nicole Herbert, Conceptual Sculptor (November 2010)
- Maija Miettinen, Abstract Painter (February 2011)
- Susan Gottlieb, Painter (March 2011)
The department is home to Artist-in-Residence Daniel Massad, a nationally recognized still life painter whose intricate pastel images are in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. When not teaching in the department, Massad's studio, which is just down the road from LVC, is open to students for visits.
Visiting Art Historian Program
Recognizing the importance of a diverse range of scholarly voices within the art history curriculum, the department hosts a Visiting Art Historian each academic year. The Visiting Art Historian Program is designed to enhance the student experience, thus interaction with students is an important component. Recent artists include:
- Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson (2015)
- Roman Verostko (fall 2013)
- Dr. Robin O'Bryan (spring 2012)
- Dr. Ian McLean (spring 2011)
Students in the Department of Art & Visual Culture spend a lot of time in our state-of-the-art digital classrooms and seminar rooms studying famous works of art from all over the globe. And while many courses in the AVC program include trips to major museums or art centers such as New York City or Washington D.C., study abroad provides an unparalleled experience of cultural immersion. And, because so many of the major monuments and masterpieces of visual art exist in places such as Athens, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome, many AVC majors choose Europe as their top study abroad destination.