The Visiting Artist program is a key component of the MFA in Photography program and is intended to promote curricular flexibility and a timely reflection, and response, to the constantly changing identity of photography in the 21st century.
Recent artist/scholars who have served as Visiting Artists, or who have committed to participating in the program (2011-2014) are listed below. Guest critics have included Bill Crawford, Dr, Regis de Silva, Joe Wolin, and Tony Gonzalez.
Susan BrightSusan Bright is a curator and writer. Her curatorial practice operates across the registers of exhibition making, writing, public speaking, and teaching. She strives to engage across different methodologies and scales of working, taking in projects in national museums, non-profit medium scale galleries, publications, and formal education. Particular research interests include contemporary portraiture specializing in the representation of Mothers across fine art and the media. She was formally Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, Curator at the Association of Photographers and Acting Director for the MA Photography at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Recent exhibitions include Something Out Of Nothing (Fotogalleriet, Oslo), How We Are: Photographing Britain (co-curated with Val Williams, Tate Britain) and Face of Fashion at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She is author of Art Photography Now (2005 and 2011) and Auto Focus–The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography (2010) both published by Thames and Hudson. She is currently pursuing a Curatorial PhD through Goldsmiths College, University of London.Keith CarterKeith Carter holds the Endowed Walles Chari of Visual and Performing Arts at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is the recipient of the 2009 Texas Medal of Arts, Artist of the Year, Art League Houston, and the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In addition he is the author of eleven books including: Fireflies, A Certain Alchemy, Opera Nuda, Ezekiel’s Horse, Holding Venus, The Blue Man, and From Uncertain to Blue. Keith Carter’s work has been exhibited widely in over 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the George Eastman House; and the Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography.
Dan EstabrookFor over twenty years, including his thesis in 3-D gum bichromate at Harvard University, Dan Estabrook has been making contemporary art using a variety of 19th-century photographic techniques. In recent years, he has focused on the earliest paper photographs–calotype negatives and salted paper prints–as sources for hand manipulation with paint and pencil. He balances his interests in photography with forays into sculpture, painting, drawing, and other works on paper. Dan has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994. He is also the subject of a recent documentary by Anthropy Arts. He is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York, and Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.Vicki GoldbergVicki Goldberg, one of the leading voices in the field of photography criticism, wrote about photography for The New York Times for thirteen years and has published several books and the texts for more than twenty photographic monographs. Her books The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives and Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography were each named one of the Best Books of the Year by the American Library Association. She has received numerous awards for writing, including the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, the Royal Society’s Dudley Johnston Award, and the Long Chen Cup (China).Luis González PalmaLuis González Palma, one of Latin America’s most original and acclaimed artists, was the Inaugural Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture at AIB. Born in Guatemala In 1957, González Palma lives and works in Córdoba, Argentina. Among is exhibitions: The Art Institute of Chicago; The Lannan Foundation; The Australian Centre for Photography; Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico; The Royal Festival Hall, London; Palazzo Ducale di Genova; and Museum of Contemporary Art of Rosario; and festivals of photography at Houston, Bratislava, Arles, Madrid, Singapore, Bogotá; Sao Paulo, and Caracas.Sally MannSally Mann lives and works in Lexington, Virginia. A Guggenheim fellow, and a three-times recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine in 2001. She has been the subject of two documentaries: Blood Ties, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and What Remains. She delivered the Massey lectures at Harvard in 2011. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the ICA Philadelphia, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Virginia Museum of Art. Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.Lyle RexerLyle Rexer was born in 1951. He was educated at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Merton College, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of several books, including Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002); Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of an Artist with Autism (2002); How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); and The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009). In addition to his book projects, Lyle Rexer has published many catalogue essays dealing with contemporary artists and collections and contributes articles on art, architecture, photography, and culture to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Aperture, Metropolis, Parkett, and Raw Vision. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally. For the Aperture Foundation he curated The Edge of Vision, an exhibition of contemporary abstract photography, which is traveling through 2013. Lyle Rexer teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.Holly RobertsHolly Roberts received her BA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from Arizona State University. A two time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts award, she has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including those at SF MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work is held in collections including LA MoCA, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.
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