Visual Culture Lecture Series

Department of Art & Design

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Tuesday, September 20 | 6 pm | Sheri Klein | Art Education | Montague 70

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Sheri Klein is an artist, educator and published author whose work crosses the boundaries of visual art, art education, holistic and contemplative education. As an art educator, she has brought experience, knowledge, and passion to help guide others to develop their voices as artists, teachers, and researchers and to connect to visual art as a path for self-awareness and understanding. Dr. Klein has published and presented in numerous national and international journals and forums. Her interdisciplinary educational research has focused on the aesthetic dimensions of teaching, reflective practice, leadership, and place with the aim of locating oneself in relation to one’s practice in an artful way. Consistent in her research and teaching, she has embraced visual images and art making as central methods to create meaning with students. In addition, to her educational scholarship, Dr. Klein is an artist who has exhibited widely. Her paintings, drawings, digital and scarf designs explore the paradoxical intersections of autobiography, technology, and the contemplative—often with humor.

She earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Art Education from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MFA and BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught art and art education for over 25 years in art schools and universities that include the Kansas City Art Institute, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, University of Wisconsin, The Ohio State University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and most recently was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow (Class of 2015) of the National Art Education Association.

Tuesday, October 18 | 6 pm | Blair Clemo | Ceramics/Sculpture | Montague 70

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A. Blair Clemo is a potter and Assistant Professor of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his MFA in Ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 2010. Originally from Doylestown Pennsylvania, Clemo spent many years out west studying ceramics and working at small production potteries in Idaho and Montana. He has been an Artist in Residence at The Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Da Wang Culture Highland (Shenzhen, China) and the Zentrum für Keramik (Berlin, Germany) and The International Ceramics Studio(Kecskemét, Hungary)funded by the 2013 NCECA International PartnershipGrant. Clemo’s utilitarian and installation work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad. For more information visit his website at

Tuesday, November 1 | 6 pm | Rima Girnius | Art History | Montague 70

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Rima Girnius is the Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. Although her interest in European art range from Medieval art to court culture in Renaissance Italy and 17th century Spanish painting, she specializes in Early Modern German and Dutch painting. She holds a doctorate degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, completing her dissertation on the pictorial spaces of Rembrandt’s history paintings. Prior to joining  the Nelson Atkins in September 2015, she served as the curator at the Figge Art Museum and the Allen Whitehill Clowes Fellow at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She also participated in the Western Illinois Museum Studies Program as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member.

Tuesday, February 28 | 6 pm | Jenny Schmid | Painting, Drawing, Printmaking | Montague 70

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Jenny Schmid lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she runs bikini press international and is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.  She is represented by The Davidson Galleries in Seattle and her prints can be found in collections including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Block Museum, The Spencer Art Museum and the Library of Congress.   She received the Fulbright, the McKnight Fellowship, the Bush Artists Grant, a 2010 Jerome Film and Video grant and a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board grant. Recent projects include live animation performances with Ali Momeni, an exhibit at the Davis Museum and forthcoming series of four-color mezzotints “The Four Humours” published by P.S. Marlowe Editions.

Tuesday, March 21 | 6 pm | Sabine Russ | Museum | Bohannon 90

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Sabine Russ is a writer and Managing Editor for the New York-based BOMB Magazine, a quarterly publication edited by artists and writers. The magazine covers the visual arts, literature, music, film, theater and architecture.  Ms. Russ writes about the visual and performing arts and penned one of the essays for the Tweed Museum of Art’s catalog publication, Robert Minichiello: Spontaneous Act, developed in conjunction with the exhibition of paintings by New York artist Robert Minichiello.  The solo exhibition was on display at the museum October 22 through December 31, 2015.

Tuesday, April 11 | 6 pm | Joshua Carlon | Digital Art and Photography | Montague 70

Joshua Carlon

Joshua Carlon grew up in the secluded woods of Northern Minnesota where he spent his childhood reading comic books, drawing cartoons and watching bad movies. Eventually, all of that coalesced into a career and today, he is a writer, director, producer, editorand animator working in both the advertising and independent film worlds. Josh operates under the philosophy that telling a good story is always the key to successful work, and his personal projects favor stories about the fantastic.Josh has had films and documentaries shown across the country, including the Walker Art Center, and has won Telly and Emmy awards for his work. He is currently a senior producer at catchfire, a Minneapolis ad agency, and is the host for Independent Filmmaker Project’s monthly film talk show, Cinema Lounge. 

Josh earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of
Minnesota Duluth.

Tuesday, April 11 | 6 pm | Homer Rutledge | Graphic Design | Montague 70

Homer Rutledge

A deep belief that fundamental design principles are universal, a love for storytelling, and passion for solving complex problems has guided Homer’s career through the advertising, post production, healthcare, and tech industries.

Arriving at Google in 2013, Homer brought a unique combination of traditional graphic design, motion graphics, animation, user experience design, and branding expertise to the UX team. He was a key contributor to the design and implementation of Material Design, Google’s groundbreaking product branding system. As Homer established motion as a core part of Google UX design, he also pioneered, evolved and grew the new discipline of UX Motion Designer, is quickly being emulated by companies and UX teams across Silicon Valley.