Visiting artists at Lesley University's College of Art and Design are presented through the Strauch-Mosse Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists.
In 2009, Hans D. Strauch, a Lesley University Trustee and president of the Mosse Foundation, established The Strauch-Mosse Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists through a $1 million gift. This commitment through the Mosse Foundation funds visiting artists at the University, in keeping with the University's mission toward cultural and artistic literacy as a bedrock of a democratic society.
Each semester, a visiting artist is teamed up with a core faculty member, and MFA in Photography candidates for an intensive studio and critical studies experience. These individuals are leaders in the ever-evolving photographic arts and include contemporary artists, historians, curators, and theorists. Recent artist/scholars who have served as visiting artists, or who have committed to participating in the program (2011-2014), include; Luis Gonzalez Palma, Keith Carter, Dan Estabrook, Vicki Goldberg, Lyle Rexer, Holly Roberts, Sally Mann, and Susan Bright. Guest critics have included Bill Crawford, Dr, Regis de Silva, Joe Wolin, and Tony Gonzalez.
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. Complementing the expertise of Lesley faculty, the visitors give lectures and presentations of their work and ideas during a public lecture series sponsored by the program during each residency; they also participate in critiques of student work.
Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sebastiao SalgadoApril 25, 2013
Salgado gave a presentation on his work that depicts the working poor in developing nations, providing a humanist commentary on broad sociopolitical and economic themes.
Disney's Pixar and Brian Larsen present BraveApril 27, 2012Brian Larsen, Brave story supervisor, gave a presentation on animation production from start to finish.Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Panel Discussion: Magnum Photographers Thomas Dworzak, Antoine D'Agata, and Susan MeiselasMarch 29, 2012Three of the award-winning photojournalists featured in the 101 Photographs for Press Freedom exhibit spoke about the role and importance of independent journalism. Moderated by The New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw and author of The Life and Times of Robert Capa. Co-sponsored by The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, the Consulate General of France in Boston and Consul General Christophe Guilhou, and Magnum Photos, Paris. In collaboration with The Photographic Resource Center.Larry Hama: Visual StorytellingApril 6, 2012Comics writer (14 years on G.I. Joe and 7 years on Wolverine), comics editor (8 years at Marvel Comics), comics artist (Marvel Premiere, G.I. Joe, and Daredevil), freelance illustrator (Esquire, National Lampoon), storyboard artist (Activision's X2: Wolverine's Revenge video game and HBO's The Sopranos), and NYU's 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence, Larry Hama is a multi-talented storyteller. Sponsored by the AIB Illustration Department and Hub ComicsJennifer Simms | Fine Arts Lecture SeriesMarch 30, 2012Vicki Goldberg | MFA in Photography Visiting ArtistMarch 20, 2012Vicki Goldberg is one of the leading voices in the filed of photography criticism. She has written for The New York Times for thirteen years, and 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.Spring AIB Discourses Panel Discussion: The Body as Subject/The Body as MediumFebruary 10, 2012MFA Visual Arts Art Talks | Jean Lowe, J. Morgan Puett, Tony Cokes, Liz DeschenesJanuary 9-January 12, 2012Anthony Apesos, Susan Ashbrook, and Amy SudarksyPanel Discussion: Degas and the Nude: Three ViewsDecember 2, 2011Anthony ApesosFine Arts Workshop: The Sketchbook HabitNovember 30, 2011Faith Ringgold | Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist LectureNovember 17, 2011Ringgold is a renowned San-Diego-based painter, quilt artist, and children's book illustrator.Dan Estabrook | MFA in Photography Visiting ArtistNovember 8, 2011Wendy Artin | Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture SeriesNovember 4, 2011Mike Mei | Lecture and DemonstrationOctober 31, 2011Barron Storey | Illustration Department Visiting ArtistOctober 20, 2011Co-hosted by the Lesley University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design Illustration departmentsAnthony Apesos | Sabbatical Lectures SeriesOctober 19, 2011Anne Lilly | Fine Arts Visiting Artists Lecture SeriesOctober 7, 2011James Stroud | Fine Arts Visiting Artists Lecture SeriesMarch 25, 2011Ji Eun Kim | Fine Arts Visiting Artists Lecture SeriesMarch 4, 2011Discourses: Rethinking Public Art for the 21st CenturyA Panel Discussion featuring Cher Knight, Sam Smiley, and Nathan FeldeModerator: Stuart SteckFebruary 25, 2011Damon Lehrer | Fine Arts Visiting Artists Lecture SeriesFebruary 18, 2011Joel Janowitz | Fine Arts Visiting Artists Lecture SeriesDecember 3, 2010Ann Hamilton | Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture SeriesNovember 19, 2010James Gurney | Presented by AIB's Sketch ReportNovember 15, 2010Breon Dunigan | Fine Arts Visiting Artists Lecture SeriesNovember 5, 2010Don Hahn | Why We CreateNovember 9, 2010
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