Two Artists to Present Hixson-Lied Guest Artist Talks | Nebraska today


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History and Design will host two Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lectures the week of March 7.

Rachel Adams, chief curator and director of programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, will present her lecture on March 9. Greg Schmidt, graphic designer, will present his conference on March 10.

Each lecture takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall, Room 15. Lectures are free and open to the public. They will also be accessible via Zoom. Connect with each in the related links on the right

Adams’ areas of interest are varied, but always focus on creating meaningful connections for artists. She focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and architecture, performance and video and new media practices.

Her past curatorial appointments include Senior Curator at UB Art Galleries, Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and Arthouse Associate Curator at the Jones Center (now Contemporary Austin).

In 2018, Adams curated “Ernesto Burgos: Implications;” “BRACHA: Pietà—Eurydice—Medusa; and co-curated “Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective”, the first posthumous exhibition of Tony Conrad’s work at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries with the Albright Knox Art Gallery.

His 2017 exhibition, “Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017” – a survey of 50 years of artists performing in the landscape – received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts with a catalog by MIT Hurry.

Adams holds a Master of Arts in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Upcoming projects include exhibitions with Maya Dunietz in 2022 and the group exhibition “Presence in the Pause”.

Schmidt is a graphic designer practicing in Richmond, Virginia. His multidisciplinary approach reflects techniques and practices found in branding systems, print publications, environmental and exhibition design.

He focuses on typography, image making, visual storytelling, photography and the graphic design of built spaces.

He currently works as an exhibit designer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Flagler College and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The remaining lectures in the series are:

• March 23: Kathryn Gleason, art history. Gleason is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Fellow of the Cornell Institute for Archeology and Material Studies at Cornell University.

• April 6: Chip Thomas, interdisciplinary. Thomas, aka jetsonorama, is a photographer, public artist and physician, who has worked in a small Navajo Nation clinic since 1987.

• April 13: David Lubin, art history. Film and art historian Lubin will present “Edward Hopper and Classic American Cinema”. He is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.

Supported by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing Nebraskans with a way to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, history, art and design. Each guest artist or researcher spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in reviews, and give demonstrations.


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