Lecture: Japonisme: Modernism, Japanese Prints, and Oscar Bluemner

7:00PM, Tuesday,  September 8th

Dr. Roberta Smith Favis, Curator

Library 25L

Dr. Favis is Professor Emerita of Art History, Stetson University, and has served as Curator of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection since 2000.

Lecture: The Drifters Project

6PM, Friday, August 21st 

Artist, Pam Longobardi

Hand Art Center

Artist Pam Longobardi, originator of the DRIFTERS Project and exhibition, provides a visual statement in her work about the engine of global consumption and the vast amounts of plastic objects and their impact on the world’s most remote places and its creatures. In 2006, she began collecting and utilizing “mountainous piles” of plastic debris the ocean was depositing on the remote shores of Hawaii. Longobardi’s work is framed within a conversation about globalism and conservation.

Gerard F. Nadeau, Assistant Professor of Architecture from Drury University Lecture: Art of Space

7:00 pm, Tuesday, June16th

Hand Art Center

Gerard Nadeau, AIA, LEED AP, an artist/architect who leads a participatory design and installation process called Art of Space. Gerard has organized several “space as event” art installations where he invites members of the university and municipal communities to engage in all stages of the concept development, design, construction, and public events of spatial sculptures. The public is invited to learn more about this exciting process on the 16th and join us later in the week to help with concept, design and construction! (June 17-27th)

Dr. Roberta Smith Favis Lecture: Oscar Bluemner’s Europe- Paris to the Mediterranean

7:00 pm, Wednesday, January 28th

Instructional Media Center Room L25
duPont-Ball Library


Healing Art Workshops with Marguerite Perret & Bruce Scherting

12:00PM, Tuesday, September 16th

Hand Art Center Seminar Room

Artists Marguerite Perret and Bruce Scherting, co-creators of “The Waiting Room,” will work with students at hands-on activity stations to create therapeutic works of art relating to breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression and domestic abuse.

Artist Lecture: Marguerite Perret & Bruce Scherting
Values Day! 

6:00PM, Tuesday, September 16th 

Hand Art Center Seminar Room

 Marguerite Perret

Associate professor of art and design at Washburn University in Topeka, is a multi-media installation artist who explores issue-based, interdisciplinary connections between art, science and medicine through institutional and professional collaborations. She has exhibited widely with a number of invitational and solo projects, and has been commissioned to create large-scale, site-specific temporary public artworks.

Bruce Scherting

The Director of Exhibits and Design at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute’s Natural History Museum where he develops educational displays that document and explore life on earth, past and present. Scherting has worked collaboratively with Marguerite Perret to develop issue based art installations for more than 15 years.

 The Waiting Room: Lost and Found 

A national dialog that examines women’s health issues, healthcare broadly and access, through aesthetic, scientific, cultural, political, economic and literary lenses. As a conceptual framework for this exploration, the medical waiting room provides a psychologically rich context. This is the place where people wait to interface with the medical system, where patients are processed before testing, diagnosis, consultation or treatment begins.


Artist Talk with Lexa Walsh, Community Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

6:30PM, Thursday, November 21st

Instructional Media Center Room L25
duPont-Ball Library

Lexa Walsh is an interdisciplinary socially-engaged artist based in Oakland, Calif. Walsh has lived, worked, exhibited and toured internationally. She works as anthropologist, archivist, collaborator, experience maker, explorer, facilitator and participant, engaging in hospitable democracy. The essence of her work is situated in performance and direct engagement. She does interactive public art projects, which bring together members of the public to share in conversation, cheer, song, play, dance and food.

Through these and other social interactions, observations and interpretations (sometimes misinterpretations), she makes site-specific projects that investigate elevating everyday activities into tools for community and relationship building.

While serving as the Community Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, she is creating an alternative “Senior Club,” with a series of activities involving meals, recipes, songs, games, art making and workshops, that lend themselves to storytelling.  She will record and present these stories and oral histories, via a community cookbook, audio and visual documentation.


Roberta Favis Curators Talk

7:30PM, Wednesday, October 5th

Instructional Media Center Room L25
duPont-Ball Library

Roberta Favis is curator of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection of works by Oscar Bluemner. She will be discussing the fall exhibition of newly conserved Oscar Bluemner works on exhibition at the Hand Art Center.