The Department of Art regularly invites artists, critics, historians and designers to participate in the Department of Art Speaker Series, classroom lectures and critiques. The lecture series happens every fall semester and is free to the public.
Jeff Shervan with Tommy Nguyen, Evan Hawkins, Rachel Shelton, Mizin Shin, Rosae Reeder
Heather Hart based in Brooklyn, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart co-founded Black Lunch Table in 2005 and has won a Creative Capital award, Wikimedia Foundation grants and an Andy Warhol Foundation of Art grant with that project. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, NCMA, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough among others. Hart is a lecturer at Mason Gross School for Art + Design and a trustee at Storm King Art Center. She works with Davidson Gallery in New York and studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University. Hart’s exhibition will open at the UB Galleries this Fall.
Laura Karetzky lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an MFA from The New York Academy of Art where she was honored with the Eric Fischl Award of Distinction. She has exhibited widely across the United States, including the Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne CA, Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA, BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been highlighted by various media sources including The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Art Spiel, Artcritical, American Arts Quarterly, and Hyperallergic among others.
Becky Brown works between painting, drawing, sculpture and installation using found images, objects and texts. Diverse materials inform her practice, including pre-modern poetic forms, current headlines, photo-journalism and discarded appliances. Both 2D and 3D compositions depend on a logic of squishing things together. For Becky, density and excess best address the bottomless internet, as she questions whether unlimited access to information and communication actually brings us deeper knowledge or human connection. Recent solo exhibitions include Arts+Leisure Gallery (NYC) and Fort Gondo Complex for the Arts (St. Louis). Group exhibitions include The Drawing Center (NYC), Queens Museum (NYC), Freight+Volume Gallery (NYC), Flux Factory (NYC), NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), YoungArts Foundation (Miami, FL) and Religare Arts Initiative (Delhi, India). Her installation “No, said the Fruit Bowl,” in the kitchen of an abandoned home on Governors Island, was described by Ken Johnson in his New York Times review as “machines vomiting as if in a bulimic’s nightmare.” Becky has been an artist-in-residence at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Jentel, and the Edward Albee and Saltonstall Foundations, among others. In 2018, she received a “Bronx Recognizes Its Own” Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Her art criticism has been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail. Brown received her BA from Brown University (Providence, RI) with a double major in Visual Arts and English, and her MFA in Painting from Hunter College (NYC).
Joyce Hwang is associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Architecture at UB. Through her teaching, research and critical practice as director of Ants of the Prairie, she confronts contemporary ecological conditions through creative means. Currently Hwang is developing a series of projects that incorporate wildlife habitats into constructed environments. Recent projects include “Bat Tower,” “Bat Cloud,” “Habitat Wall,” and “Bower.” She is a recipient of the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award (2014), the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship (2013), the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Independent Project Grant (2013, 2008), and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2016, 2011).
Hwang, AIA, NCARB, is a registered architect in New York State. She has practiced professionally with offices in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Barcelona, and has worked with the office of Carlos Ferrater in an invited competition for the new International Terminal at the Barcelona Airport. Hwang received a post-professional Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, where she received the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Bronze Medal.
Crystal Z. Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of African American, Filipino, and Chinese descents. Campbell finds complexity in public secrets— fragments of information known by many but untold or unspoken. Recent works revisit questions of immortality and medical ethics with Henrietta Lacks' “immortal” cell line, ponder the role of a political monument and displacement in a Swedish coastal landscape, and salvage a 35mm film from a demolished Black activist theater in Brooklyn as a relic of gentrification. Sonic, material, and archival traces of the witness informs their work in film, performance, installation, sound, painting, and writing. Honors and awards include the Pollock-Krasner Award; MAP Fund; MacDowell; MAAA, Skowhegan; Rijksakademie; Whitney ISP; Franklin Furnace; Tulsa Artist Fellowship; Black Spatial Relics, and Flaherty Film Seminar, amongst others. Selec exhibitions include the Drawing Center (US), Nest (NL), ICA-Philadelphia (US), REDCAT (US), Artissima (IT), Studio Museum of Harlem (US), Project Row Houses (US), and SculptureCenter (US), and SFMOMA (US). Campbell’s writing has been featured in World Literature Today, Monday Journal, GARAGE, and Hyperallergic.
Campbell is a Harvard Radcliffe Film Study Center & David and Roberta Logie Fellow (2020-2021) and founder of the virtual programming platform archiveacts.com and a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts.
Danny Goodwin’s photographic, video and installation work has been seen in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: Jack the Pelican Presents, Art Resources Transfer, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Momenta Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, all in New York City, as well as the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, California; the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, NY; Proposition Gallery in Belfast, Ireland; Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D. C.; Penn State Altoona, Pennsylvania; Cartel Gallery, London, U.K.; Galerie Sans Titre in Brussels, Belgium; UKS in Oslo, Norway; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Goodwin is a 2005 Artists' Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). His publication credits include The Boston Globe, Influence Magazine, Details Magazine, i-D Magazine, Pierogi Press, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and The Albany Times Union. He is Professor of Art and Director of the Studio Art program in the Department of Art and Art History in College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany, SUNY and has previously taught photography and digital imaging at both Purdue University and the Cooper Union School of Art. He received an M.F.A. in Combined Media from Hunter College in 1992 and a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Art at the University of North Texas in 1989.
Sean Fader works at the nexus of photography, video, performance, and lived practice. Fader holds an MA in digital arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Fader’s recent solo show for Spring/Break Arts Show with Denny Gallery was #365ProfilePics. #365ProfilePics was developed during residencies at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Fader received a faculty enrichment grant from FIT and a materials grant from Yaddo to support #365ProfilePics. Recent performances include #ferwings at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Socrates Sculpture Park, and Yaass Gaga at Satellite Art Show (Miami). Previous solo shows include #wishingpelt at Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Spring Break Art Show (NYC), and Pulse Art Fair (NYC), and Sup? at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Group shows include White Boys, curated by Hank Willis Thomas (Haverford College); New Portraits, curated by Richard Prince (Gagosian in New York City); and Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism (Denny Gallery in New York City). Recent fellowships include New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and A Blade of Grass. Recent press includes MOMUS, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Vice, Art/Slant, Art News, Gothamist, NY1, the Huffington Post, and Slate. Recent awards include the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Award for Emerging Photographers. Fader is based in Brooklyn. His work will be on view at the Albright Knox Galleries this Fall.
Stephanie Dinkins is a transmedia artist who creates platforms for dialog about race, gender, aging, and our future histories. Dinkins’ art practice employs emerging technologies, documentary practices, and social collaboration toward equity and community sovereignty. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to co-create more equitable, values grounded social and technological ecosystems. Dinkins is a professor at Stony Brook University where she holds the Kusama Endowed Professor in Art.
Dinkins earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Studies Program. She exhibits and publicly advocates for inclusive AI internationally at a broad spectrum of community, private, and institutional venues. Dinkins is a 2021 United States Artist Fellow and Knight Arts & Tech Fellow. Previous fellowships, residencies and support include the Artist Fellow of the Berggruen Institute and Lucas Artists Fellow in Visual Arts at Montalvo Art Center, CA Onassis Foundation, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Creative Capital, Soros Equality Fellowship, Data and Society Research Institute Fellowship, Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works Tech Lab, NEW INC, Blue Mountain Center; The Laundromat Project; Santa Fe Art Institute and Art/Omi. The New York Times featured Dinkins in its pages as an AI influencer. Wired, Art In America, Artsy, Art21, Hyperallergic, the BBC, Wilson Quarterly, and a host of popular podcasts have recently highlighted Dinkins' art and ideas. Dinkins’ work will be on view at the Albright Knox Galeries this Fall.
Bekah Marcum is a product designer at Instagram, a community organizer, and the founder of Black Designers of Seattle. At Instagram, Bekah combats the spread of misinformation on the Instagram App, leading the design for the Accurate Information pillar as a part of the Well-being team. Her background spans both UX and Visual Design – after starting her career at REI as a 3D and Product Designer, she spent four years at Amazon as a Designer then Art Director crafting custom ad experiences for brands on Amazon including Fire TV and Fire Tablet playable mini-games, Amazon custom boxes, and custom online stores. After moving over to Zillow, Bekah helped to lead the design for Zillows’ newest product offerings – Zillow Offers and Zillow Rewards.
Alison Nguyen is a New York-based artist whose work spans video, installation, performance, and new media. Nguyen received her B.A from Brown University, Providence, RI. Her screenings include: e-flux, Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Oberhausen, CPH:DOX, Crossroads presented by SF MoMA/SF Cinemateque, Channels Festival International Biennial of Video Art, True/False Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, Microscope Gallery, Tai Kwun Contemporary, and Black Maria Film Festival. Her work has been exhibited at The International Studio & Curatorial Program, AC Gallery Beijing, The Dowse Art Museum, Hartnett Gallery, La Kaje, and The University of Oklahoma, Contemporary Art and Digital Fair, Miami, among others. Nguyen has received residencies and fellowships from the International Studio & Curatorial Program, The Institute of Electronic Arts, BRIC, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, Signal Culture, and Vermont Studio Center. She has been awarded grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, NYSCA, and The New York Community Trust. In 2018 Alison Nguyen was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” In 2021 she was awarded a NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellowship in Video/Film. Alison Nguyen has been a Guest Lecturer and Visiting Critic at numerous institutions and organizations including Cooper Union, The New School, Rhode Island School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and Squeaky Wheel.
Joanna Malinowska works mainly in sculpture, video, and performance. Her projects — often inspired by interest in cultural clashes, anthropology, prehistory, and music — have been exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Sculpture Center and CANADA in New York City; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris; Saatchi Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary in Great Britain; Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan; and Zachęta — National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). A graduate of the sculpture departments at Rutgers University and Yale School of Art, Malinowska has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among others. She is represented by CANADA gallery in New York City. Malinowska frequently collaborates with her partner C. T. Jasper, most recently creating The Emperor's Canary, a project commissioned by the High Line park in New York City.
Rafael Domenech was born in 1989 in Havana, Cuba, and lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami; Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Yeh Art Gallery at St. John's University, New York; Artium Museum, Vitoria, Spain; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; and The Rockefeller Foundation, New York. Domenech was the recipient of an award from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and the CINTAS Fellowship.