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Current and Upcoming Visiting Artists

  • Artwork, installation

    Aaron Turner

    Aaron Turner is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. He uses the 4x5 view camera to create still-life studies on identity, history, blackness as material, and abstraction. Turner received his MA from Ohio University and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He was a 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University, the 2019 EnFoco Photography Fellow, a 2020 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space A-I-R, a 2020 Artist 360 Mid-America Arts Alliance Grant Recipient, the 2021 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship Recipient, and a recipient of the 2021 Creators Lab Photo Fund from Google’s Creator Labs & the Aperture Foundation.

    Lecture: Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m.
    Zoom meeting link: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/94417892154

  • artwork, graphic design

    Ishan Khosla

    Ishan Khosla (b. Fort Kochi, 1976) is a South Asian visual artist, designer, researcher and educator with an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and a BS in computer science from the University of Washington. Currently, he is an associate professor at UPES Dehradun.

    Khosla’s work as an artist is influenced by the images he captures on the streets of India. These become a repository that helps him distil his observations, thoughts, and ideas into artworks. His artistic practice reflects the visual quality of his commercial work as a type and graphic designer. His art addresses the larger socio-cultural contexts as well as the quotidian and employ tropes such as parody, irony, and subversion.

    Exhibitions include Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, Australia; Handcraft for the digital: Type design from India at Atelier Muji Ginza, Tokyo; Crossing Visions V: The Ecology of Creation, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; BOLD — Graphic Design from India, London Design Festival; and Fracture: New Directions on Contemporary Textiles, Devi Art Foundation. Works created for Porosity Kabari at Studio X, Mumbai in 2016 have been shown at Serendipity Arts Festival; Continental Shift: Contemporary art and South Asia, Australia; Nishi Gallery, Canberra; the Australian Design Center, Sydney; and Hawkesbury Gallery, Australia. Works were collected by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan and the Powerhouse Museum, Australia.

    His academic paper, "Godna: from skin to screen", on the typeface made from tribal tattoos has been published in the National Museum Institute book, Art, Design and Society; while "After Life: Lessons on Product Longevity from the Informal Economy" has been published in State-of-the-Art Upcycling Research and Practice [Springer].

    Khosla’s work has been published in Bi-scriptual — Typography and Graphic Design with Multiple Script Systems; Typographic Universe; Found Type; India Contemporary Design: Fashion, Graphics, Interiors; Tokyo Type Directors Club; New Graphic Design; and Asian Graphics Now! among others. He has given talks at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum; the Powerhouse Museum; Maison de Sciences de l'Homme; Semi-Permanent; the University of Edinburgh, College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Konstfack in Stockholm, Aalto University in Helsinki; the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art; Typographics (Type @ Cooper); Association Typographique Internationale; Type Drives Communities; Typo Berlin; TypoDay; TypeWknd 21; London Design Festival; Pune Design Festival; and Kyoorius Design Yatra.

    Lecture: Tuesday, April 12, 1 p.m.
    Zoom meeting link: https://illinoisstate.zoom.us/j/94417892154