The graduate programs of the Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt) are thrilled to welcome Nicholas Galanin to the MassArt Fine Arts Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 6:30pm via Zoom.

Nicholas Galanin (b. 1979, Alaska) is a Tlingit/Unangax̂ multi-disciplinary artist. His work engages contemporary culture from his perspective rooted in connection to land. He embeds incisive observation into his work, investigating intersections of culture and concept in form, image, and sound. Galanin’s works embody critical thought as vessels of knowledge, culture, and technology — inherently political, generous, unflinching, and poetic.

Galanin engages past, present, and future to expose intentionally obscured collective memory and barriers to the acquisition of knowledge. His works critique the commodification of culture while contributing to the continuum of Tlingit art. Galanin employs materials and processes that expand dialogue on Indigenous artistic production, and how culture can be carried. His work is in numerous public and private collections and exhibited worldwide. Galanin apprenticed with master carvers, earned his BFA at London Guildhall University, and his MFA at Massey University. He lives and works with his family in Sitka, Alaska.

Each semester, MassArt welcomes visiting artists, curators, and scholars from a range of disciplines for public lectures, workshops, master classes, and studio visits. Nicholas Galanin’s visit will include critique and feedback sessions with graduate students from MassArt’s MFA-2D and MFA-3D programs. This visit is sponsored by the MassArt Art Museum and the MassArt Office of Justice, Equity, and Transformation, which leads work aimed at achieving systemic equity in all areas of the educational institution through the transformation of campus culture. 

Nicholas Galanin’s Wednesday evening lecture is free and open to the public. Please register via Eventbrite for the Zoom link & details.

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