Visual Culture Lecture Series

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 6 pm | Christine Baeumler | Montague 70
As an artist and educator, Christine Baeumler explores art as a catalyst to increase awareness about ecological issues and to facilitate stewardship.Baeumler is currently the Artist in Residence at the Capitol Region Watershed District in Saint Paul, MN.

Photo of Christine BaeumlerBaeumler ‘s art practice is collaborative and involves the transformation of urban sites by increasing biodiversity, providing habitat, and improving water quality. Examples of these projects include the Tamarack Rooftop Restoration, a green roof bog ecosystem at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which calls attention to fragile bog ecosystems. Pollinators at the Plains is the sustainable redesign of the Plains Art Museum’s outdoor campus and a youth internship program, Buzz Lab. For Northern’s Climate Chaos, Climate Rising program, Baeumler is embarking on a year long citizen science project titled “Backyard Phenology: Tracking Nature’s Cycles in a Changing Climate”which features a mobile phenology lab where people can contribute observations about changes in seasonal patterns.

Baeumler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota (Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice). She has received support from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Artist Fellowship, MN State Arts Board, Public Art Saint Paul, Forecast Public Art and Art Place America. She has a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Indiana University.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 6 pm | Bobby C. Martin Jr. | Montague 70
Founding partner, OCD | The Original Champions of DesignBobby Headshot
As a Founding Partner, Bobby Martin guides OCD's culture and sets the relentless standard of design and vision for the company. Since founding, the branding and design agency, with Jennifer Kinon in 2010, he has partnered with a wide range of clients such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, Prospect Park Alliance, The New York Times, the National Basketball Association and The Studio Museum in Harlem to ensure their growth and creative goals.

Prior to founding OCD, Martin led an internal design team for Nokia in London where he oversaw brand identity across their global packaging range. He also served as design director of Jazz at Lincoln Center where he worked with Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis, to bring the brand to life and reach new audiences.

In 2017, Fast Company named Bobby Martin one of the Most Creative People in Business. He is a member of the executive board of the Type Directors Club and served on the board of AIGA/NY from 2006-08.

Bobby Martin graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts where is also faculty.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 6 pm | Dr. Samuel Watson | Montague 70
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Sam Watson graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in art history and then attended graduate school at the University of New Mexico where he earned hi MA in Native American history.  He went on to get his Ph.D. in American Art at the University of Kansas.  He has taught at Central College in Iowa and the University of Wisconsin Sheboygan and is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay where he teaches Modern and Contemporary art.  He has published essays on the intersection of Native American art and mainstream twentieth century art movements and formerly wrote exhibition reviews for Art Papers magazine.  He is currently working on several projects that incorporate his interest in gender studies and post-colonial queer theory.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 6 pm | Jonell Jaime Logan | Montague 70

Photo of Jonell Jaime LoganMs. Logan is an independent curator, arts advocate, and founder of 300 Arts Project, LLC. 300 Arts is an arts management and consulting company that helps museums, colleges, and collectors expand and document their exhibitions, scholarship, and collections. the mission is to support increased arts engagement, education, and appreciation through the presentation and investigation of contemporary art.

Ms. Logan has worked at a number of arts organizations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of Art; Studio Museum of Harlem in New York; the Fibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ms. Logan has been a teacher of Art and Art History at various colleges and universities including schools in the City College of New York system, and Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Recent public lectures and artists conversations include dialogues at the Association of African American Museums annual conference; Columbia Museum of Art and the University of South Carolina's McMaster Gallery, Columbia, South Carolina; McColl Center for Art+Innovation, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Women's Freedom Conference, Discussing Women in art and culture in New York. She was a presenter at TedX Charlotte this past October (2016), and is a member of the second cohort of the Mecklenberg County's Arts and Science Council's Catalyst for Cultural Equality, a ten month program designed to bring diversity, equity and inclusion to cultural organizations in Charlotte, NC.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | 6 pm | Dr. James Bequette | Montague 70
bequette headshotJames Bequette is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Coordinator of the restructured Arts in Education program area (formerly art education) that now includes graduate-level K-12 licensure programs in visual arts, dance, and theatre arts as well as interarts professional PhD, MA, and MEd programs. His 15-year career as an arts teacher in K-12 schools with mostly Indigenous students and research work with Minnesota Native tribes and communities explicates the potential of place-specific culturally responsive arts education closing engagement and opportunity gaps while improving all students’ school success and understanding of non-Western arts and material culture. He also researches contentious state and national policy that questions what credentials a teacher must hold to effectively teach media arts and design in K-12 schools.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 6 pm | Christina Chang | Montague 70

christina changA Los Angeles native, Christina Chang received her BA in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and her PhD in art history from the University of Michigan in 2010.

Christina was Assistant Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, from 2010 to 2012, and Curator of Engagement at the Minnesota Museum of American Art from 2012 to 2015.  Her most recent position, Interim Director and Curator of the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College, allowed her to return to an academic setting.  She is currently on a research sabbatical.

Thursday, February 22 | 6pm | Seitu Jones | Montague 70

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Visit sponsored by the UMD Viz Lab and the Duluth NAACP

Integrating art, nature and place, Seitu Jones has created over 30 large-scale public artworks. He was Millennium artist-in-residence for 651 Arts, in Brooklyn, NY and was the City of Minneapolis’ first Artist-in-Residence. Working with his neighbors, Trust for Public Land and the City of St. Paul he helped create Frogtown Farm, a 5-acre organically certified farm located inside a new 12-acre park St. Paul. Seitu was awarded a Forecast Public Art Grant to build a floating sculpture to act as a research vessel for the Mississippi River. He is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Artist Award from the McKnight Foundation.

A 2013 Joyce Award, from the Joyce Foundation allowed Seitu to develop CREATE: The Community Meal, a dinner for 2000 people at a table ½ mile long that focused on access to healthy food. His 2017 HeARTside Community Meal for 250 people in Grand Rapids, MI was awarded the Grand Juried Prize ($200,000) for ArtPrize Nine.

Seitu has a BS in Landscape Design and a MLS in Environmental History, both from the University of Minnesota and was a 2002 Loeb Fellow in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is also a product of the Ramsey County Master Gardener program and is currently working toward his baking certificate at St. Paul Community College. Seitu recently retired from the faculty of the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program in Port Townsend, WA.

Tuesday, March 20 | 6 pm | Dana Fritz | Montague 70

Through photography Dana Fritz investigates the ways we shape and represent the natural world in cultivated and constructed landscapes.

Dana Fritz HeadshotDana Fritz is a Professor in the School of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Arizona State University.

Her honors include an Arizona Commission on the Arts Fellowship, a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange to Japan, a Society for Photographic Education Imagemaker Award and Juror’s Awards in national exhibitions. University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded several grants from the Office of Research and the Hixson-Lied Endowment that have supported her photographic projects in Europe and Japan. Her portfolios Garden Views, Terraria Gigantica and Views Removed were selected for the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project from 2004-06, 2008-12 and 2015-17 respectively.

Fritz’s work has been exhibited in over 60 venues in the last decade including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Houston Center for Photography, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art as well as Château de Villandry in France, Xi’an Jiaotong University Art Museum in China and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Japan. Her work is held in several collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Weeks Gallery Global Collection of Photography at Jamestown Community College, New York; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

Fritz has been awarded artist residencies at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California; Château de Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany, France; Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona; PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, and Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. Her work has been published in numerous exhibition catalogs including Encounters: Photography from the Sheldon Museum of Art and Grasslands/Separating Species and was featured in Orion, Photography Quarterly, Artland and PDNedu. University of New Mexico Press will publish her monograph Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass in fall 2017. Her exhibition Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass, photographs of the world's largest enclosed landscapes, is on view from March 8 - April 29 at the Duluth Art Institute. 

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | Don Clark | Montague 70
Don Clark

Don Clark is an artist and cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio based in Seattle, Washington. Don formed Invisible Creature in early 2006 with his brother Ryan. Together they have worked with clients such as Target, LEGO, Wired Magazine, Nike, Adobe, XBox, The New York Times, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar and more. In 2008, Invisible Creature received their fourth consecutive Grammy nomination for packaging design. 

Invisible Creature also designs and curates their own line of products for both children and adults alike. Their products can be found in stores such as Barneys New York, Walker Art Center, Nordstrom, SF MOMA, Super7, Whole Foods & more. Don’s love for mid-century design and illustration lays the groundwork for Invisible Creature’s aesthetic, although his range reaches far beyond any one, specific style.

He lives with his wife and their 3 children on a ranch 30 minutes southeast of Seattle.

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | George Slade | Montague 70

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George Slade is a curator, art historian, writer, and consultant based in Minneapolis. He has served in curator and director roles for Minnesota Museum of American Art, Mia (aka the Minneapolis Institute of Art), Minnesota Center for Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He was the director of the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers program for ten years. He has lectured and been invited to take part in portfolio reviews at art institutions internationally. His writings appear on-line and in print; he has written essays for numerous artist monographs and periodicals. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.