Posters from previous lectures at Boston University. Image courtesy of Boston University School of Visual Arts.

BOSTON, MA — Hosted by the graduate programs in Painting and Sculpture at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work.  The series is an integral component of the MFA programs in Painting and Sculpture, which provide two years of intensive studio practice and artistic community in the heart of Boston University’s urban campus. “This series brings students into conversation with artists who are defining and redefining contemporary art,” says Josephine Halvorson, Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting. “An integral part of the curriculum, it teaches the importance of community and of the diverse approaches to painting and sculpture in the 21st century.” In addition to a public lecture on their work, visiting artists meet with students for individual and group critiques as well as hands-on workshops.

Fall 2019 Visiting Artists include:

September 10: Esteban Cabeza de Baca
Fundamentally influenced by growing up on the US-Mexico border, Esteban Cabeza de Baca draws largely from his personal experiences and the histories embedded within the American landscape.

September 17: Jibade-Khalil Huffman
Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an artist working fluidly across poetry, video, photography, and installation. His video and photo works use found, archival material and contemporary ephemera to address slippage in memory and language, particular to race and visibility.

October 1: Mike Cloud
Evolving a unique painterly language over the last two decades, Cloud’s work comprises a mash-up of thick paint and patchworks of collaged material and language culled from books, newspapers, and other ephemera from daily life.

October 22: Keltie Ferris
Keltie Ferris is known for her large-scale canvases covered with layers of spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields. Ferris’s pixilated backgrounds and atmospheric foregrounds create perceptual depth that allows for multidimensional readings of her work.

October 29: Mathew Cerletty
Mathew Cerletty (CFA’02) utilizes a hyper-realistic approach to painting that marries the quotidian and the surreal within a range of motifs and subjects. While an undergraduate at Boston University, Cerletty developed the ability to carefully paint the figure in the academic, representational mode.

November 5: Abigail DeVille
Abigail DeVille creates immersive installations composed of salvaged urban detritus and expressive painterly gestures. Often site-specific, her work confronts issues of displacement, migration, marginalization, and cultural invisibility.

November 12: Andy Graydon
Working in film and video, sound, performances and installations, Andy Graydon explores the development and transformation of forms, from morphogenesis to translation to decay.

November 19: Matt Saunders
Based in Boston, Matt Saunders is an interdisciplinary artist whose work brings together painting, photography, printmaking, and moving image. Best known for works that combine painting with cameraless photographic techniques, Saunders creates evocative, ambiguous images that are elusive in both their source imagery and their mode of production.

Past visiting artists include: Meriem Bennani, Jennifer Bornstein, Jordan Casteel, Mira Dancy, Rochelle Feinstein, Corin Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Vishal Jugdeo, Allison Katz, Caitlin Keogh, Ulrike Müller, Aliza Nisenbaum, Jennifer Packer, Karthik Pandian, Alexandria Smith, Emily Mae Smith, Peter Saul, Didier William, Paula Wilson, Caroline Woolard, and Lisa Yuskavage.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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