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Current and Upcoming Visiting Artists

  • Artwork, installation

    Li-Ming Hu

    Li-Ming Hu is an interdisciplinary artist from Aotearoa/New Zealand who is currently based in New York City. Often employing a carnivalesque sensibility, her work engages with the imperatives of our high-performance culture and draws on her past experiences in the entertainment industry to explore the relationships between cultural production and the construction of subjectivities. She has studied at Auckland University of Technology, Elam School of Fine Arts, and has a Masters of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago. She also held residencies at the Wassaic Project, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Flux Factory NYC. Her work has been exhibited at Enjoy Contemporary Artspace, Tauranga Art Gallery, The Physics Room, and Te Tuhi in New Zealand, and at Co-Prosperity, Roots and Culture, and Mana Contemporary in Chicago. In 2020, she was selected as a Breakout Artist by the Chicago Arts magazine New City

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, August 31 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • artwork, image

    Flo Fitzgerald-Allsop

    Flo Fitzgerald-Allsop is a creative producer, curatorial assistant, and Ph.D. researcher in the field of contemporary art and performance. Working closely and creatively with artists and arts organizations, she has delivered a diverse range of collaborative projects across live performance, visual art, and video. Having graduated cum laude with a Masters of Art in contemporary theatre from Utrecht University in 2019, she is now undertaking a Techne funded Ph.D. scholarship with the University of Surrey, researching feminist performance practice in radical alliance with non-human animals. She is also co-editing a book with Dr. Laura Cull on interspecies performance.

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, September 14 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • Artwork, image

    Haerim Lee

    Haerim Lee graduated from the Masters of Fine Arts program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the painting and drawing department as well as the Masters of Art program in the visual and critical studies department, and was an instructor in arts and street culture at SAIC. She has had solo shows at Parlour and Ramp (2021), Gallery Noone (2017), and Kasia Kay Art Project (2012) in Chicago, and Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (2012) in South Korea. She has participated in group shows including Autoethnography (2021) at Heaven Gallery Chicago, Artists Run Chicago 2.0 (2020) at the Hyde Park Art Center, Young Eunji Keeps Memories: Consistently (2020) at Youngun Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, Korean Eye: 2020 (2019), Out of Context (2019) at Chicago Artist Coalition (2019), The Art of Being Dangerous (2018) at the Hyde Park Art Center, and The Body (2010) as a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. 

    She was awarded Love, Unity & Values (LUV) Institute’s Parade of Hearts project grant (2021), Make Together (2020) from the Hyde Park Art Center, and was a chosen artist of the Downtown Gary Public Art Competition sponsored by the Legacy Foundation (2017). She was a resident artist in Parlour and Ramp (2021), fellowship resident artist at Ox-bow: Conversation in Practice (2021), a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center (2018), and artist resident of HATCH Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition (2017-18).

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, September 28 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • Artwork by Jezabeth Gonzalez

    Jezabeth Gonzales

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, November 2nd at University Galleries, Uptown Normal 


  • Necessary Preparations, 2021, performance still

    Aram Atamian

    Aram Atamian is a U.S. born diasporan Armenian artist and educator currently based in Los Angeles. His work in performance, installation, writing, and lens-based media explores the ways that fantasy infiltrates experience of self, identity, and geography. Atamian has exhibited internationally in Italy at the 57th Venice Biennale (Arts and Globalization Pavilion) and Tethys Gallery; in Armenia at HAYP, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and NPAK; in Turkey at Çiplak Ayaklar and METU; in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Gray Center at the University of Chicago, Links Hall, Extase, Ohklahomo!, and Mana Contemporary; and in New York at the Maysles Film Institute, Chashama, PIMA at Brooklyn College, and GEARY Contemporary.

    Aram currently teaches with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Lion’s Jaw Festival at M.I.T. He has been a resident artist at the ICA Yerevan, Ox-Bow, ACRE, and High Concept Labs among others. He holds an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, January 25 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • Nany Princenthal Headshot

    Nancy Princenthal

    Nancy Princenthal is a Brooklyn-based writer whose book Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art (Thames & Hudson, 2015) received the 2016 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. Her most recent book is Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art, and Sexual Violence in the 1970s (Thames & Hudson, 2019). She is also the author of the monograph Hannah Wilke (Prestel, 2020). A former Senior Editor of Art in America, where she remains a Contributing Editor, she has also written for the New York Times and many other publications, including Bomb, Hyperallergic, Apollo and the Brooklyn Rail. Her writing has appeared in monographs and exhibition catalogues for a wide range of artists, including Ann Hamilton, Alfredo Jaar, Gary Simmons, Willie Cole, and Lesley Dill. Having taught and lectured widely, she was a longtime faculty member of the M.F.A. Art Writing program at the School of Visual Arts, and was most recently a visiting lecturer at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. This lecture is co-presented with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, and funded by the Harold K. Sage Fund

    Nancy Princenthal will speak about her book and discuss topics in contemporary art related to her book Unspeakable Acts: Women, Art and Sexual Violence in the 1970s. Her subject includes a look at the way artists address issues of violence in their art and projects, and illustrate the work of artists addressing these issues today.

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, February 15 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • "Those things which are destructive to our enemies may be to us only harmless” from the exhibition “Temper and Conduct” at Alabama Contemporary Art Center in 2021

    Katie Hargrave

    Katie Hargrave is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received her M.F.A. in intermedia from the University of Iowa, M.A. from Brandeis University, and B.F.A. from the University of Illinois. Recent exhibitions include The New Gallery (Clarksville, Tennessee), The Front (New Orleans, Louisiana), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, Georgia), the Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan, Alabama), and Granary Arts (Ephraim, Utah). She has been an artist in residence at Epicenter (Green River, Utah), Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts (Raybun Gap, Georiga), and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont), among others. She collaborates frequently with Meredith Laura Lynn, and is a member of the collaborative groups “The Think Tank that has yet to be named” and " Like Riding a Bicycle.” Hargrave uses material and process as a way to explore, deconstruct, and decode U.S. politics and environmental movements resulting in projects using a variety of forms — installations, publications, videos, fiber works, and interactive experiences.

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, February 22 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • Dr. Julia Blau, Associate Professor of Psychology atCentral Connecticut State University

    Julia J.C. Blau

    Dr.Julia J.C. Blau is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Connecticut State University; New Britain, Connecticutz Her research focuses on the fractality of event perception, as well as the ecological approach to film theory and aesthetics. She is a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Ecological Psychology.

    Lecture Topic:  An Ecological Film Theory 
    Filmmakers’ efforts are typically geared towards advancing film as an art form; but at the same time, they also provide insights about perception. Perceptual scientists’ efforts are typically geared towards advancing the study of perception; but at the same time, they provide insight into what “works” in filmmaking. This is true for the most fundamental aspects–why you need a certain number of frames per second in order to see smooth motion, for example–but it is true for issues usually labeled as “artistic choices” as well. Understanding the fractality of event perception can help explain why certain editing structures work better at evoking certain emotions. Appreciating the personal nature of affordances can help storytellers craft more coherent narratives. The presented research will demonstrate that careful perception-informed alteration of these elements has consequences for emotions, memory, and aesthetic appreciation of film as an art form.  

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, March 22 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

  • Rozalinda Borcila leading a participatory walk

    Rozalinda Borcilă

    Rozalinda Borcilă is a Romanian artist, researcher, and activist based in Chicago. She combines analytic and embodied modes of artistic research to trace the ways racialized banishment, ecocide, Indigenous dispossession, and extractive violence are encoded in everyday places. How does this coalesce around material forms and flows of capital, around institutions and forms of property—but also around modes of feeling, modes of relation, and everyday experiences of being in place? Her current projects focus on waterscapes and glacial narratives. Borcilă has exhibited internationally in Europe, South Africa, and the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Recent long-term projects include Underlying Miami: Sea Level Rise and Settler Futurities (seminar, video, text; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and Place de la Monnaie, Brussels); Meskonsin-Kansan (book and walking project, collaboration with Nicholas Brown and Lance Foster, Vice Chair of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska); Hydrologic Unit Code 071200 (video-installation, collaboration with Andrea Carlson, University of Michigan Museum of Art). She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Newberry Library Research Fellowship, 3Arts Award, Illinois Artist Fellowship, Chicago Filmmakers Grant and Art Matters Award.

    Borcilă is active in migrant solidarity and border abolition struggles. She is core member of NoShelter, an activist media project exploring migrant child detention in the U.S. and the efforts to dismantle it. She works in museums, universities, art centers, community spaces, squats, and in the streets.

    Lecture: noon, Wednesday, March 29 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal