Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture: Jayson Musson

March 9

2023 Hoffman Visiting Artist, Jayson Musson shares his latest body of work that draws inspiration from the structure and tone of educational programs such as PBS children’s shows and nun-turned-art critic Sister Wendy Beckett. In His History of Art, Musson adds his own twisted spin to conduct a satirical survey on art history, its relationship to the public, and the ways in which popular art historical images impact our cultural consciousness. This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment and accompanies the Jayson Musson: His History of Art, an exhibition on display through March 21 at H&R Block Artspace.

Current Perspectives

Bruce Metcalf: The Competence of Craft

March 2

Bruce Metcalf’s jewelry has been shown in more than 400 exhibitions worldwide and he’s the recipient of numerous awards including two NEA Visual Artists Fellowships, a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. In this presentation, he’ll investigate some of the craft's special features, including empathy, care, and its ability to celebrate. He’ll give a theoretical account of the status of craft, and what makes craft a unique field of its own.

Rowland Ricketts: Invisible Blue

March 30

Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. His lecture will cover his work growing, processing, and dyeing with indigo within the context of this dye’s materiality and global history. Special emphasis will be placed on recent works that make palpable the invisible aspects of the color’s creation as well as the invisible histories and forces that lie below the surface of this globally revered dye. 

In addition to the lecture, he’ll conduct a week-long Center for Contemporary Practice project with students in Fiber, Foundation, and Liberal Arts, resulting in an exhibition on campus including an installation of collaborative work between Rowland and Fiber students, and response pieces by students in Foundation and Liberal Arts.