2017-18 Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series


Artist: Marlene McCarty

Date: September 14, 6pm

Location: 25 Park Place, Atlanta, GA 30303, 2nd Floor, Lecture Hall 223

Marlene McCarty is a visual artist who has worked across various media since the 1980s. She was a member of the AIDS activist collective, Gran Fury, and co-founder of the trans-disciplinary design studio, Bureau, along with Donald Moffett. In 1990 Gran Fury participated, with some scandal, in the 1990 Venice Biennale Aperto. Gran Fury’s work was recently on view at the MCA Chicago and the Walker Art Museum. Using everyday materials such as graphite, ballpoint pen, and highlighter, McCarty probes issues ranging from sexual and social formation to parricide, infanticide, and transbiology.

McCarty’s work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions throughout the US and Europe including the Reina Sophia, the Secession, ZKM, NGBK, MoCA, MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Her work is in the collection of major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollack-Krasner Grant, the Richard Diebenkorn Fellowship, and, as Gran Fury, an honorary Doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art. McCarty lives and works in New York having studied at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art 1975-77 and Schule für Gestaltung, Basel Switzerland from 1978-83. McCarty is an Associate Professor at NYU Steinhardt.


Artist: Daniel Shea

Date: September 25, 6pm

Location: Georgia State University, Student Center East, Speaker’s Auditorium 55 Gilmer St. SE Atlanta, GA

Artist talk title – 43-35 10th Street”

Daniel Shea is an artist based in New York City. He has been a resident artist at Light Work, Syracuse, and Columbia College Chicago. His second book, Blisner, IL, was published in London in 2014. A new book will be published in the Fall of 2017 to coincide with a launch at the New York Art Book Fair and a solo show in London. He has exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and in Vava Gallery, Milan. His commissioned work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Le Monde, and Fantastic Man.

Daniel Shea’s work encompasses books, photographs, installation and sculpture. His practice and research explores architecture, socioeconomic history, urbanism and mythology.



Lecturer: Julian Hoeber

Date: September 27, 6pm

Location: 25 Park Place, Atlanta, GA 30303, 2nd Floor, Lecture Hall 223

Julian Hoeber is an artist, writer, and teacher. His work explores the structural and biomorphic, mathematical and intuitive. For the past few years, Hoeber has been working on a project called “Going Nowhere,” which is centered on the design of a massive imaginary architectural structure. Originally planned as a non-functional airport terminal, the project has evolved into something far less defined, cribbing ideas from playground design, utopian modernism, and psychotherapy. The point of this project is to concoct and then solve a seemingly endless set of problems in the process of creating structure that operates as an architectural metaphor for the radical potential of introspection.

Julian Hoeber (b. 1974, Philadelphia, PA) has a BA in Art History from Tufts University, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He has had solo exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Blum&Poe, Los Angeles, Harris Lieberman, New York, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. His work is in numerous permanent public collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), MOCA Los Angeles, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), The Rubell Family Collection (Miami), Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX), Nasher Sculture Center (Dallas, TX) and Deste Foundation (Athens). His writing has been published in Frieze Magazine, Modern Painters, and Art in America. Hoeber lives and works in Los Angeles. 


Collective: mild climate

Date: October 3, 12:45

Location: Seminar Room 667, Arts & Humanities Building, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. Atlanta, GA 30303

mild climate is an artist-run space and curatorial collective that aims to support experimentation, facilitate a dialogue between local and international emerging artists, and cultivate a contemporary art scene in Nashville, TN. Founded in 2014 as The Packing Plant, the project began as a series of pop-up exhibitions in the raw and unfinished building of the same name. In 2016, the name of mild climate was taken up, transforming into a collective with an interest in alternative programming as well as traditional gallery exhibitions. Regular exhibitions take place at the mild climate gallery space at 507C Hagan St in Nashville, in addition to a strong commitment to off-site projects. 



Artist: Oli Rodriguez

Date: January 16, 6pm

Location: Room 257, Art & Humanities Building, 10 Peachtree Center Ave SE. Atlanta, GA 30303

Rodriguez works interdisciplinarily within filmmaking, new media, video, photography, writing, installation, and performance.  His projects focus on spaces of geographic solidarity, queering and (re)inserting POC folks into the art historical canon, concepts of queerness which include notions of passing, visualizing the performativity of gender, explorations in appropriation, performative interactions with the public as collaborator, and a commitment to intersectional research, while referencing historical movements in gender, racial, and feminist histories.Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

He curated the exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at the Sullivan Galleries at SAIC. He is apart of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, people of color (POC) family in Chicago during the 1980s. In its final stages, “LYNDALE,” his feature length documentary delves into the complicate relationships between family members as they navigate childhood neglect, queer identities, cyclical familial trauma and mental illness.

Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally at institutions and museums such as, The Banff Centre, Schwarzer Kanal, Berlin, Germany, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Bridge, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL.



Figure/Ground Study (Q5A2086), 2016, archival pigment print, 24×32 inches, Ed.5 Copyright Brian Kaminski 2017

Artist: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Date:February 8, at 6 pm. 

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (1982, San Bernardino, CA)  lives and works in Los Angeles, where he received an MFA in photography at UCLA. He resided in New York from 2000 – 2014, where he received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and participated in Artist-in-Residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Fire Island Artist Residency. Sepuya’s work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center for Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum, among others. His work was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Yancey Richardson Gallery, in storefront: PUBLIC FICTION at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and at Callicoon Fine Arts and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York City. Sepuya’s work has been reviewed in ARTFORUMThe New YorkerArt ReviewFriezeHyperallegic, and The Nation. He is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s grant for emerging Los Angeles artists. 

Sepuya makes photographs, books and installations rooted in portraiture, homoerotic visual culture, and the function of the studio. Portraiture is the foundation of his practice. The subjects appearing in his work are a cast of friends, intimates, and muses. They are founded in ongoing relationships mediated by the making and production of photographs.




Lecturer: Robin Vande Zande  

Date: February 20 & February 21

Robin Vande Zande is a professor in the art education program.  She has taught art in a variety of settings, including elementary, middle, and high school as well as higher education at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D in urban education with a concentration in art education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research area is design education for K-12 students, with publications on teaching sustainable design and urban planning, design education and brain-based principles, design education as community outreach, the design process of problem-solving, and teaching aesthetics through everyday objects. She has been a guest speaker at national and state events, speaking on the advantages of teaching design as it relates to social responsibility and the economy.

Dr. Vande Zande is chair of the Design Issues Group of the National Art Education Association and a member of the Board of Trustees Education Committee of the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  She is a co-founder of the organization DESIGN-ED.  See link for more information.  She has been a consultant for the Frank Lloyd Wright Wescott House Museum, Springfield, Ohio, and the Design Lab Early College High School, a design-based Cleveland Public School.


photo credit: Katja Aglert

Artist: Janet Biggs

Date: March 20, 6pm

Janet Biggs is an American artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography, and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on extreme landscapes and situations, and on the ability of individuals to define a sense of themselves within these extremes.  She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters, sulfur miners inside an active volcano, a camel caravan crossing the Taklamakan desert of Western China, the exploration of an otherworldly crystal cavern half a mile below the earth’s surface, and Afar nomads defending the volatile and volcanic Danakil Depression in the Horn of Africa.  She often draws connections between physical landscapes and psychological, personal, societal, and political dynamics.


Lecturer: Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

Date: April 16-17, 6pm

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer is an art writer, curator, and educator in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lee Lozano: Dropout Piece (Afterall Books, One Work Series, 2014). Her writing appears in Artforum, Art in America, Bomb, CURA, Interview, LA Weekly, and Mousse, among others, and she has written catalogue essays on for institutions including the New Museum, Moma PS1, Kunsthall Stavanger, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. She has organized exhibitions and publications for the Hammer Museum, LA; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Overduin and Kite, LA; and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, LA. 

Lehrer-Graiwer is the editor of “Pep Talk,” a publication series begun in 2009, which has focused past monographic issues on artists and writers such as Dan Graham, Steve Kaltenbach, Bruce Hainley, and most recently Rhonda Lieberman. Lehrer-Graiwer runs a non-commercial alternative art space in an apartment building in Los Angeles, The Finley Gallery, begun in 2011 with a partner, which has presented over 25 exhibitions primarily by Los Angeles area artists. Lecturing at art schools throughout Southern California, she has taught at Otis College of Art and Design and the University of Southern California. She holds degrees in art history from Harvard University and criticism and theory from Art Center College of Design. 

Lehrer-Graiwer continues her long-term, ongoing close study of the artist Lee Lozano with a new book in the works on Lozano’s private notebooks.