Visiting Artists

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MFA Visiting Artist Lecture   6.24.13- 8.14.13

The University of the Arts MFA Program in Studio Art announces the 19th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting Artists. Held on-campus, lectures will take place in CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street from June 24th through August 14th and are free and open to the public.

For further information contact: MFA Program Director Erin Boyle:; or MFA Program Coordinator Gwendolyn Kurtz,


Eileen Neff 12:30PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

“As much as the landscape, I love engaging the conventions of seeing and picturing as a source of syntactical invention. The works move freely between the apparent ordinariness of a found image and sheer abstraction, sometimes appearing closer to painting’s pictorial strategies than what we expect from photography.  Having formally studied painting before photography, and poetry before painting, I consider the ideas and boundaries between disciplines to be fluid.  In that sense, I’d like my photographs to quicken one’s sense of attention and presence, the way sculpture can.”

Having formally studied literature and painting, Eileen Neff has been working with photo-based images and photo/installations since 1980.   Her recent solo exhibitions include the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, and Bruce Silverstein/20, New York.  In 2007, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art exhibited a 15 year retrospective of Neff’s work, which in 2009 traveled to The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland. Also in 2009, a 10 year retrospective of photographic work was exhibited at the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, North Carolina. Other individual installations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia, the Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh,PA, Artists Space, NY, and P.S. 1, NY. Neff has been in numerous group shows as well, including a current exhibition at Twin Kittens and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

Neff has been the recipient of several awards, including the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Leeway Foundation. She’s been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Art Colony, New Hampshire and La Napoule Art Foundation, La Napoule, France. From 1989 – 2002, Neff wrote reviews for Artforum International, and continues to write independently.

Eileen Neff is an Adjunct Professor in the BFA and MFA Studio Program at the University of the Arts, and a Graduate Critic in the MFA program of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.


A Conversation between Gerard Brown & Astrid Bowlby

12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Astrid Bowlby makes drawings, sculptures, and installations. She received an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Southern Maine. She has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Art Students League. She is currently a Visiting Critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Bowlby has received Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships for both works on paper and sculpture/installation as well as a Leeway Award for Excellence and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues including the Drawing Center, Portland Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Bates College Museum of Art, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Her work is in numerous collections including the Arkansas Art Center, The Progressive Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University. She is represented by Gallery Joe, Philadelphia and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston.

Gerard Brown is a painter and writer living in Philadelphia. His creative research addresses the uses of written languages and codes and their relationship to pictures. As a writer, he is concerned with the power of images and descriptions in shaping our understanding of and relationship to the world. He has exhibited his drawings at various venues nationwide, and has contributed essays to exhibition catalogs and scholarly books. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Foundations Department at Tyler School of Art.


Gerald Nichols 12:30PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

In the words of Gerald Nichols “My first experience of artifice occurred in a chicken coop. I stayed at my grandparents’ Ohio farm for a week each summer beginning when I was five years old. I was given the chore of collecting the freshly laid eggs. Unlike William Carlos William’s ‘plums in the icebox’, the eggs were quite warm. All but one, which was as cold as glass. Because it was made of glass.”

Gerald’s undergraduate study was at the Cleveland Institute for Art was followed by Graduate and Post Graduate study at University of Pennsylvania where he was TA to Neil Welliver, teaching Louis Kahn’s architecture students figure drawing and perspective systems.

As a founding member of Nexus Gallery Collaborative, he exhibited installations annually, which led to solo exhibition at the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy, to improvisational group performance with Bricolage Theater Company, and to residing and exhibiting in NYC while teaching at the Philadelphia College of Art, now The University of the Arts. He currently lives in New Jersey, fifty-five miles west of the Holland Tunnel.


Oliver Herring 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1964, Oliver Herring currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, England, and an MFA from Hunter College, New York. Herring’s early works were woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing, and furniture. These sculptures, which evoke introspection, mortality, and memory, are Herring’s homage to Ethyl Eichelberger, a drag performance artist who committed suicide in 1991.

Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with people “off the street”. His sets for his videos and performances are made with minimal means and materials, recycling elements from one to the next. Herring’s videos have a dreamlike stream-of-consciousness quality; each wirh a finale that is unexpected or unpredictable. Embracing chance and chance encounters, his videos and performances liberate participants to explore aspects of their personalities through art in a way that would otherwise probably be impossible. In a series of large-scale photographs, Herring documents strangers’ faces after hours of spitting colorful food dye—recording a moment of exhaustion and intensity that doubles as a form of abstract painting. Herring’s use of photography takes an extreme turn in his series of photo-sculptures: for these works, Herring photographs a model from all possible angles, then cuts and pastes the photographs onto the sculptural form of his subject.

Herring has received grants from Artpace, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Recently Herring has had exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Kyoto Art Center, and the Denver Art Museum. Over 70 TASK Parties have been held all over the world ( and two books on his work have been published: Oliver Herring ME US THEM; and Oliver TASK.


Alec Karros 12:30PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Alec Karros is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Crafts, Ceramics and Liberal Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.He has also taught at SUNY-Oswego and the University of Colorado-Boulder.He received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art in 1980 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He received additional training at the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana. In addition to his academic work, Alec has at his home in Mountainville NJ since 1994, producing one of a kind and limited edition  Functional Porcelain Tableware.

“My interest in pots is rooted equally in their ability to function in our contemporary domestic landscape, what they tell us about our social cultural histories and the material-alchemical processes involved in making them”… “Making pots has been simultaneously sublime and ridiculous. The techniques and processes are arduous, unforgiving and mystifying. The results are often disappointing. I fail more that I succeed and yet the entire enterprise is addicting. The possibility of transforming inert, contrary mass in forms of grace and beauty is irresistible.”


Margery Amdur 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Since graduation, she has lived and worked throughout the U.S. Ms. Amdur has had over 50 solo and two-person exhibitions and has appeared in numerous group shows. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary, and England. She has curated and organized national exhibitions To Be Or Not To Be, A Painters Dilemma ‘2009’ and Seeing Voices; The Authentic Visual Voice ‘2010.’ The artist is the recipient of more than a dozen awards and grants. She has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, Seams to be Constructed, and New Art Examiner.


Peter Krashes 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Peter Krashes is an artist and community advocate in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with a work practice as a painter that embraces his efforts outside the studio.   Themes of engagement, empowerment and critique are part of Krashes’ painted political narrative.  He plays a role in shaping what he paints before he paints it.  A letter in his work is a letter that needed to be sent; a meeting is a meeting he helped organize; he had a stake in the outcome of a rally.  The paintings are the last step in a process he has been engaged with from beginning to end.

Krashes’ work has been exhibited in museums and commercial galleries including the He Xiangning Art Museum in Shenzhen, China, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in CT, and White Columns in NYC. He has had solo exhibitions at Theodore: Art, Derek Eller Gallery, Jessica Murray Projects, Momenta Art, and Michael Klein Gallery in New York.  Among the grants he has received are a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painter and Sculptors Grant and a Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford.  He has taught art in numerous places including Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, American University, Rutgers University, and The University of the Arts.


Del Harrow 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Del Harrow is a sculptor and educator based in Fort Collins, CO. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at Colorado State University and taught previously at Penn State University and Kansas City Art Institute. He has lectured widely at The University of Colorado, Alfred University, and the Harvard University Graduate School for Design, among others. He has taught a number of workshops (recently at Penland School, Haystack Mountain School, and Cranbrook Academy of Art) that address Digital and Parametric modeling in conjunction with analog fabrication and “hands-on” work with clay. His work explores this same intersection of digital design with manual and skill based fabrication processes, and it has been shown recently at the NCECA conference, The Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City, MO, and the Denver Art Museum.


Alex Lukas 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Alex Lukas was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981 and raised in nearby Cambridge. With a wide range of artistic influences, Lukas creates both highly detailed drawings and intricate ‘zines. His drawings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Stockholm and Copenhagen as well as in the pages of Megawords, Swindle Quarterly, Proximity Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Juxtapoz, Art New England and The New York Times Book Review amongst others. Luka’s imprint, Cantab Publishing, has released over 35 small books and ‘zines since it’s inception in 2001. He has lectured at The Rhode Island School of Design, The Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Kansas and has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, AS220 and The Bemis Center (Upcoming). He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.


Mi-Kyoung Lee 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Mi-Kyoung Lee is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Fibers program at The University of the Arts. Lee earned her BFA in Fibers from Dong-A University in Busan, Korea and her MFA in Book Arts/ Printmaking from The University of the Arts as well as an MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Lee has had eleven solo exhibitions and a number of national and international shows, including the Reading Public Museum, Cranbrook Museum of Art, New York and Chicago SOFA, Busan Metropolitan Museum in Korea, and most recently solo exhibition at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Her work has been represented by Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia since 2004. She received a Junior Minority Faculty Grant Award from the Lindback Foundation in 2004 and 2007. Ms. Lee was an editor for Art Textile of the World: Korea, Volume I, which was published in December 2005 by the Telos Art Publishing company in London. Since 2005, she has collaborated with The International Opera Theater to develop costumes and set designs, assisted by University of the Arts interns. These projects, “The Winter’s Tale,” “The Tempest,” “Romeo Juliet,” and “Buffalo Soldier” were performed in Italy, and Lee is working on upcoming project “Camille Claudel”.


Alex Da Corte 12:00PM CBS Auditorium Hamilton Hall 320 S. Broad Street

Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, NJ in 1981 and currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA from the University of the Arts and his MFA from Yale University in 2010. Da Corte has recently mounted solo shows and presentations at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Artspeak, Vancouver; Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME; and Nudashank, Baltimore. His work has been shown at MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art, and the deCordova Museum, and he has participated extensively in gallery and non-profit exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, and internationally. In 2012, Da Corte was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia, PA.  He is represented by Joe Sheftel Gallery in New York City.


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