During the residencies, visiting artists, art critics, curators, and art historians from throughout the art world join the community and become active participants in the dialogues about art and art-making.
All Events 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Lesley University, Porter Campus
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02140
MBTA: Red Line, Porter Square T stop.Free and open to the public.
For more information call: 617.349.8010
The Art Talks Lecture Series is sponsored by The Lesley University College of Art and Design MFA in Visual Arts Program and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Known for her painting covered with layers of spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields, Ferris' pixilated backgrounds and atmospheric foregrounds create perceptual depth that allows for multidimensional readings of her work. Ferris has shown her work at the Saatchi Gallery, Santa Monica Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and the Brooklyn Museum. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NYC.
Working primarily in painting, Marc Handelman also utilizes media such as film and video, installation, and book arts. Handelman explores a complex variety of landscape, abstract, and cultural imagery in his work. He has shown at PS1 MoMA, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Royal Academy of Art in London. Handelman is on the faculty at Rutgers University, and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co, NYC; Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles; and RECEPTION, Berlin.
Dawit Petros uses a diverse practice that includes installations, photography, and cultural research. Petros investigates artistic, geographic, and cultural boundaries; including a critical rereading between African histories and European modernism. His work has been shown at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; The Royal Ontario Museum of Art, Toronto; The National Museum of Africa Art, Washington DC; and Medina Galerie Mediatheque in Bamako, Mali. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
AK Burns is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, installation, sculpture, collage, poetry, and collaborative projects. Her works address trans-feminist issues. Burns' work is in the permanent collection of MoMA, LACMA, and the International Center of Photography. A full time faculty at Hunter College, Burns is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Her solo exhibition, "Shabby But Thriving" was on view at the New Museum from January to April of 2017.
Interim Director, MFA in Visual Arts
Fine Arts Faculty
MFA in Visual Arts
Program of Study
Application Deadlines and Residency Dates
Frequently Asked Questions
Faculty, Student and Alumni Highlights
Graduate Application Requirements
Graduate Tuition and Fees
Graduate Student Financial Aid
College of Art and Design
Meet Our BFA Students and Alumni
About College of Art and Design
Directions to Campus
888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300
Request more information
Schedule a campus visit
Get your application started today!
L Doc magazine for commuters on the L Train in Chicago provides a distraction to an otherwise dull routine.
Students in the MFA in Visual Arts program displayed their diverse work and creative process by projecting it onto the Lunder Arts Center.