September 25, 2013

Filmmaker Alex Smith > Winter in the Blood screenings

University of Minnesota Duluth is pleased to welcome filmmaker Alex Smith to Duluth for two sneak preview screenings of his newest film "Winter in the Blood," which is based on the novel by acclaimed author James Welch. Aspiring filmmakers, visual art students, cultural studies students... Don't miss this opportunity to meet Alex Smith and hear about the process of creating a feature film.

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UMD students are encouraged to attend one of these screenings of Winter in the Blood, which also count for Art & Design students as Visual Culture Lecture Series:

2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday September 29:
Screening of Winter in the Blood and Q and A with filmmaker Alex Smith at Zinema in downtown Duluth. (Theater 1, seats 95)

4-6:00 pm on Monday September 30:
Screening of the film and Q and A with Alex in at the Weber Music Hall on UMD campus

Reception at the Tweed Museum of Art following the Monday afternoon screening.


March 22, 2013

Visual Culture Lecture : Sharon M. Louden

Tuesday March 26 2013 at 6pm in Montague Hall 70

Sharon M. Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Louden's animations continue to be screened and featured in many film festivals and museums all over the world. Her newest animation, Carrier, premiered in the East Wing Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in March, 2011 in a historical program of abstract animation since 1927.
link to her work

In addition, Sharon recently had a solo exhibition on view of a major installation work entitled Merge, which was made of over 250,000 units of aluminum at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN, and was on view from October, 2011 through May, 2012. Sharon was commissioned to make a site-specific work for the Weisman Art Museum that is in dialogue with Frank Gehry's new additions to the Museum.

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February 27, 2013

Erik Loyer > Visiting Artist Lecture

Erik Loyer will be a visiting artist on UMD campus on TUESDAY...
His Lecture is OPEN to the PUBLIC Tuesday March 5th at 6pm in Montague Hall

Erik Loyer is a media artist and creative director working at the intersection of interactivity, story, music and animation. As a digital media artist he often works in collaboration on creative projects that use emerging media such as iPads and game systems for innovative digital narratives and interactive poetic works... like STRANGE RAIN:

His work has been exhibited online and internationally at venues including Artport at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Digital Gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; Transmediale; and IndieCade. Loyer's award-winning website The Lair of the Marrow Monkey was one of the first to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and his serialized web narrative Chroma went on to win the Best Digital Creation award at the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media.
As Creative Director for the experimental digital humanities journal Vectors, Loyer has designed over a dozen interactive essays in collaboration with numerous scholars including the Webby-honored documentary Public Secrets, and his commercial portfolio includes Clio and One Show Gold Award-winning work for Vodafone, as well as projects for BMW, Sony, and NASA.
He is the founder of interactive design studio Song New Creative, and develops story-driven interactive entertainment under the Opertoon label, including most recently a critically-acclaimed iPhone application entitled Ruben & Lullaby. A recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, Loyer has a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.

View his work here:

February 5, 2013

Visual Culture Lecture > 6pm Tues Feb 5

Tom Jones / Artist Lecture 6pm
February 5, 2013
Tom Jones is an Assistant Professor of Photography at UW-Madison. He received his MFA in Photography and a MA in Museum Studies from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. Jones' photographs examine identity and geographic place with an emphasis on the experience of American Indian communities. He is interested in the way that American Indian material culture is represented through popular commodity culture, e.g. architecture, advertising, and self-representation. He continues to work on an ongoing photographic essay on the contemporary life of his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. He is critically assessing the romanticized representation of Native peoples in photography through the reexamination of historic pictures taken by white photographers. This reassessment questions the assumptions about identity within the American Indian culture by non-natives and Natives alike. Jones is a co-author on the book "People of the Big Voice, Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1943." Jones' work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Polaroid Corporation, Sprint Corporation, The Chazen Museum of Art, The Nerman Museum, and Microsoft.

April 16, 2012

Brian Collins : Visual Culture Lecture

Brian Collins Lecture
6pm in Montague Hall
University of Minnesota Duluth

Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS:, an innovation-led firm dedicated to inventing branded experiences, digital interactions and communications that shape both companies and people for the better. His team's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC World News and Fast Company, which named him an American Master of Design.
Identity for The Alliance for Climate Protection's "We" campaign by Collins.

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April 10, 2012

Scott Stulen + Bud Rodecker / Lectures

UMD Annual Student Show Jurors:
Scott Stulen (artist and curator) and Bud Rodecker (graphic designer)
will talk about their creative work as part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series.
The VCLS lectures are free and open to the public.

Tuesday April 10, 2012
6:00pm in Montague Hall 70
University of Minnesota Duluth


See Bud Rodecker's Portfolio and work with THIRST

At Thirst, Rodecker helped create Gather Give Grow, a six-minute short highlighting the program of Archeworks' Mobile Food Collective (MFC). The film premiered at the U.S. Pavilion of the Architecture Exhibition at the 2010 Venice Biennale.

More about Scott Stulen's projects and artwork here:


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March 20, 2012

Visual Culture Lecture: Gregory Volk

2011-12 Visual Culture Lecture Series
March 20 @ 6:00 PM in Montague Hall 70
Gregory Volk, art critic and curator
Read Volk's article about Roxy Paine's Maelstrom here:

Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He
writes regularly for Art in America, and his articles and reviews have
also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and
Sculpture. Among his recent contributions to exhibition catalogues are
essays on Joan Jonas (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007) and
Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006). His essay on Vito Acconci
is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969 - 1973, published
by Charta in 2007. Together with Sabine Russ, Gregory Volk has curated
numerous exhibitions, including Agitation and Repose at Tanya Bonakdar
Gallery in New York, Public Notice: Paintings in Laumeier Sculpture
Park in St. Louis, and Surface Charge at the Anderson Gallery in
Richmond, Virginia. Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate
University and his M.A. from Columbia University.

Extra Credit >> Make some notes on this lecture tonight and post your comments here to the blog by the end of Wednesday. About 100-150 words about what ideas you found most surprising or interesting in Gregory Volk's talk tonight.

March 19, 2012

Visual Culture Lecture: Rocky McCorkle

Another Extra Credit Op for Digital Art Students >>
Rocky McCorkle, Photography Lecture
6:00 PM Tuesday March 27 in Montague Hall 70

Rocky McCorkle, born in 1978 in Columbus, Ohio, currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. He studied photography at The Ohio State University in Columbus (2001-2005) and earned his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute (2005-2007).
For the past few years, McCorkle has been constructing a silent film narrating the internal discourse of an elderly woman in today's pervasively influential world. Through a sequence of stills, "You and Me On A Sunny Day" explores the impact that film and fictional media has on her way of life. Each frame in this ongoing series is a large-format (8x10-inch) photograph.
In 2008, McCorkle's solo exhibition "You and Me On A Sunny Day" at Little Tree Gallery received a rave review in Artweek, where contributing editor Colin Berry compared his work to the photography of Lukas Roth and Andreas Gursky. In 2007, he was a winner in PDN (Photo District News) Magazine's Pix Digital Imaging Contest 13 and Photographer's Forum College Contest. McCorkle, a member of Nikon's Emerging Artist Hall of Fame, has been exhibited at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco, Lennox Contemporary in Toronto, and GoEun Museum of Photography in South Korea.

February 6, 2012


Visiting Artist: AMZE EMMONS
WHEN: 6 pm TUESDAY February 7
University of Minnesota Duluth
Additional work and information can be found at:
About the artist:
Amze Emmons (b. 1974, Amsterdam, NY) is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking.  His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, 
comic books, cartoon language, street art, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, instruction manuals and cinematic space-time.
Emmons is also a co-founder and contributor of the popular art blog

November 28, 2011

Guest Lecture: Paul Andrew Wandless

2011 Visual Culture Lecture Series: Paul Andrew Wandless
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Visual Lecture Series
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Mont 70 Montague Hall (MonH)

Paul Andrew Wandless is an artist, educator and author whose work is distinguished by its combination of clay and printmaking. Wandless will be in residence at UMD November 29-30, 2011 as the first guest of the Glenn C. Nelson Memorial Lecture Series. Glenn Nelson was the founder of the UMD ceramics program in the 1960s and the original source of the ceramics collection at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wandless creates large ceramic tiles with narrative imagery as well as three-dimensional sculptural figures that reveal additional surfaces with applied images. The story lines that underlie his use of imagery are based on both personal experience and myth.

For extra credit, please post your reflection on this lecture to this entry!

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