Visual Culture Lecture Series

Department of Art & Design

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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.

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Baeumler ‘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 Design

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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 Jamie Logan | Montague 70
Ms. 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 

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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 | Museum | Bohannon 90

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James 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

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A 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.


Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | TBD | Montague 70

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