Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

2023 Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Sponsored by the NMSU Department of Art and paid for by the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Fund:

Upcoming Artist:

More visiting artists updates soon 

Past Artist:

Kelly Ann Temple

Kelly Ann Temple
Lecture on 6PM, Monday, October 9, 2023
Location: NMSU Devasthali Hall Bleacher


Kelly Ann Temple [she/her] is an artist, educator, and jeweler who is interested in our relationship with medical interventions; she is both fascinated by and fearful of the body’s ability to adapt, accept, reject, and repair. She works in materials and forms that reframe her thoughts about the disparate connections between the organic and inorganic, living and non-living, the human and machine. Her work addresses

ideas of surface, acceptance, and transformation as it captures intimate moments where the biological and mechanical touch.

She is the head of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Central Oklahoma as Assistant Professor, and received her MFA at San Diego State University. Kelly’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently represented by Intro in Amsterdam, 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, OK, and Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Yeohyun Ahn

Yeohyun Ahn
Lecture on 6PM, Monday, September 18, 2023
Location: NMSU HSS Room 101A

is an award-winning graphic designer, educator, and researcher in collaboration with creative coding, diversity, and global leadership. She leads several research projects: the interdisciplinary typography project TYPE+CODE Series; a multidisciplinary project to bring awareness to Asian female faculty in America titled Social Homelessness on US campuses; and Evolving Graphic Design to bring academic diversity. Ahn received the SEGD Educator Award in 2022. Featured in the Washington Post, PRINT, New York Times Magazine, Creator’s Project,, etc., Published in Graphic Design: The New Basics, Type on Screen, and Data-Driven Graphic Design and presented and exhibited at SIGGRAPH, Leonardo (MIT Press), IEEE VIS, ISEA, AIGA, SEGD, Atypi, Etc. Ahn holds an MFA in Graphic Design from MICA. She is on committees for the CAA Annual Conference and the Academic Task Force of the Society of Experiential Graphic Design.

Yuni Lang

 Yuni Kim Lang

Lecture on 6PM, Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Location: NMSU HSS Room 101A

Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1986, Yuni Kim Lang received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Lang is a Michigan-based visual artist who creates sculptures, photographs and wearable art that explores themes of weight, mass, accumulation, hair and cultural identity. She creates sculptures out of rope and synthetic materials where it transcends its materiality and become bodily. She is fascinated by what people give power and meaning to, along with our obsession with adornment.
In 2020, Lang took a year off in Korea to revisit her Motherland. She attended a Traditional Knotting Master of Skills School to study about Korean traditional knots. Lang had a two-person show at the Curfman gallery at the Colorado State University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida and with Sienna Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts. She has shown at the Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, Collective 2 Design Art Fair in New York, NY, and internationally as well. Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Lang will be at John Michael Kohler Arts Center for the Arts/Industry Residency in 2018. She has done a residency at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China and received a Merit-based Scholarship for her Residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont.

Eric J Garcia illustration

Artist Lecture(In-person): Eric J. García
6PM, Monday, November 7, 2022
Location: NMSU HSS Room 101A

Eric J. García uses history and a graphic style to create political art that confronts our understanding of the present. Using printmaking, drawings, and installations combined with materials specific to the project, he aims to educate and challenge. He received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, and earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Garcia is a teaching artist, a core member of the printmaking collective, Instituto Gráfico de Chicago and one of the newest members of the Justseeds Print Cooperative. Garcia has exhibited nationally and can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Library of Congress.

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Artist Lecture(In-person): Qualeasha Wood
6PM, Monday, September 26, 2022
Location: NMSU HSS Room 101A

Qualeasha Wood holds an MFA in Photography from Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Fine Art, and a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work spans sculptural, textile, and digital media and suggests realities around living in the black female body that do and might exist. Wood utilizes a range of traditional craft and contemporary digital materials to create intricate dialogues across time,  and present novel perspectives on the relationship between the avatar and the self. 

Qualeasha has exhibited at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, (London, UK); CANADA gallery (New York City); the Trout Museum of Art (Appleton, WI); solo at NADA Miami Beach 2020 with Kendra Jayne Patrick; Kendra Jayne Patrick for Metro Pictures (New York, NY); Cooper Cole (Toronto, ON); New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA); Gluon Gallery (Milwaukee, WI).

Trenton Hancock next to one of his art pieces

Artist Lecture(Virtural): Trenton Doyle Hancock
6PM, Thursday, September 15, 2022
Location: On ZOOM

Trenton Doyle Hancock uses prints, drawings, collaged-felt paintings, and site-specific installations, to tell fantastical narrative mythologies. Partly fictional, partly autobiographical, Hancock draws from personal experience, art historical canons, comics and superheroes, and pop culture references, resulting in a complex cast of characters and plots addressing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and the grey territory between. 

Hancock was born in Oklahoma City (1974) and raised in Paris, Texas. He earned his BFA from Texas A&M University and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Exhibition highlights include the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA, 2019), and Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Menil Collection (Houston, TX, 2019). Hancock’s work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including: MoMA, NY; Whitney Museum, NY; The Met, NY; SFMOMA, CA; Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; and MFA Houston, TX. Hancock lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Wang Chen sitting on a chair

Artist Lecture: WANG Chen
Live & On Zoom, 6PM Tuesday, October 12, 2021
NMSU HSS Room 101A

Please join the NMSU Department of Art and the University Art Museum in welcoming WANG Chen as our first artist lecture of the Fall 2021 season on both Zoom and live, Tuesday, October 12, 2021. WANG Chen was born in China and is a multimedia artist currently living and working in NYC. Chen makes costumes and props for her video and builds unimaginable spaces using virtual reality. She received a BFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 and an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018. Chen is currently a resident at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.  Read more about Chen by clicking here

Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Artist Lecture: Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Live & On Zoom, 6PM Monday, October 25, 2021
NMSU HSS Room 101A 

Please join the NMSU Department of Art and the UAM for an artist lecture with the artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk. Datchuk is an artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  Her work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She is an Assistant Professor of art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio, Texas. Read more about Datchuk: Click here

Marie Alarcón

Artist Lecture: Marie Alarcón
Live & On Zoom, 6PM Monday, November 9, 2021
NMSU HSS Room 101A

Please join the NMSU Department of Art and the UAM for an artist lecture with the artist Marie Alarcón. Marie Alarcón is an experimental video artist trained in Documentary Filmmaking and Time Based Media working as a community media educator and producer in Philadelphia since 2009. Alarcón’s work looks at hidden histories through the lens of place and its production. Her expansive process oriented practice often includes collaboration with dancers and musicians, bridging performance, sound, and assemblage/collage. They are currently an artist in residence at Roswell AIR, in Roswell, NM. Read more about about Alarcón by clicking here. 

Emily Cobb's artwork of person holding wings

Artist Lecture: Emily Cobb

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Emily Cobb. Cobb is a jewelry designer and maker living in Providence, Rhode Island. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in 2012. Her work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and in publications such as Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution, and exhibited internationally in museums such as the Racine Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and HOW Art Museum. Emily is currently an Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metals at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

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Artist Lecture: Micahel Waugh

Please join the NMSU Department of Art and the University Art Museum in welcoming Michael Waugh as our first artist lecturer of the spring season on Zoom, Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
Michael Waugh lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in history from the University of Texas, an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University, and an MA in painting from New York University. For ten years, he helped run the non-profit gallery, Momenta Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, and ARTNews.

Abby Hepner

Artist Lecture: Abby Hepner

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Abby Hepner. Hepner is an artist and educator. Her artistic practice examines health, technology, and our relationship with place through photography, video, and installation-based work. She frequently works at the intersection of art and science, investigating biopolitics and the use of health as a currency. Hepner holds undergraduate degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has served as a juror for several national exhibitions and is a content contributor for Strange Fire Collective. Her work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival, SITE Santa Fe, the University of Buffalo Art Galleries, and the Lianzhou Foto Festival. Her monograph, The Light at the End of History, will be published by Daylight Books in 2021. She is Assistant Professor of Art and Area Head of Photography at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jennifer Morla Portrait

Artist Lecture: Jennifer Morla

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Jennifer Morla. Morla is President and Creative Director of Morla Design, San Francisco. With over 300 awards of excellence, she has been recognized by virtually every organization in the field of visual communication. She is the recipient of design’s most honored awards: The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Award and the AIGA Medal.

Taekyeom Lee portrait

Artist Lecture: Taekyeom Lee

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Taekyeom Lee an educator, researcher, and multidisciplinary designer using the artist’s material and artistic sensibility. He is currently an Assistant professor of Graphic Design at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. He received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research explores unconventional methods of creating multi-dimensional type, graphics, and even designed objects with materials and techniques unique to typography and graphic design. As a design researcher, he is trying to develop, test, and find the place of the emerging technologies in artistic and creative practices. He infused 3D printing into his research and has been experimenting with various digital methods and conventional and unconventional materials.

Coleman Portrait

Artist Lecture: Aaron Coleman

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Aaron Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arizona. He received his MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2013 and BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in 2009

Aaron’s studio practice comprises an amalgam of creative processes and historical research. Through printmaking, painting, collage, sculpture, and installation he creates works that address how mundane and seemingly anodyne artifacts embody the complex and pervasive history of race/racism and class/classicism in the United States. Employing a multi-media approach, Aaron reworks and re-contextualizes images and objects to foreground their interactions – both past and present – in this history. 

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Artist Lecture: Vick Quezada

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Vick Quezada. Quezada (they/them) explores hybrid forms in Indigenous-Latinx history and the function of these histories in contested lands, primarily in the U.S.-Mexico Border. They incorporate found objects and flora to reference the Aztec Indigenous beliefs which affirm the third-gender, and claim all beings are interconnected . Quezada’s work has been exhibited across the Northeast and featured in BOMB Magazine, Trans Studies Quarterly, and Remezcla. Quezada is currently a fellow at the Leslie Lohman Museum, and they just completed an artist-in-residence at the Latinx Project NYU and they will be featured amongst a  “large-scale survey” of emerging artists in El Museo del Barrio’s upcoming La Trienal. Vick Quezada holds a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA from the UMASS Amherst.

Christine Rebhuhn-Bridge

Artist Lecture: Christine Rebhuhn

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Christine Rebhuhn a New York City based sculptor born in Mount Vernon Iowa. She received an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015, and a BA in Psychology and Studio Art from Kalamazoo College in 2011. Her work is guided by inexplicable alignments, a constant hunch that familiar objects will find a beautiful, uncanny order when mapped on human experience. Solo exhibitions include Emotional Shorthand at NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY (2018), Rim’s Edge at Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN (2017), and Cold Sweat at Makeshift in Kalamazoo, MI (2016). Her work has been included in group shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York (2020), the Boiler in Brooklyn, NY (2019) and at Stove Works in Chattanooga, TN (2019). She also exhibited at the 2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale in Incheon, Korea, where her work is in the permanent collection at the Korean Ceramic Foundation. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center (VT), Elsewhere (NC), NARS Foundation (NY), and Makeshift (MI). Her work was published in ArtMaze Magazine and Maake Magazine, and was featured on Artspace. She has been hosted as a guest critic by the Sarah Lawrence College Art Department and the New York City Crit Club..

justin favela

Artist Lecture: Justin Favela

Please join the NMSU Department of Art for an artist lecture with Justin Favela.

Justin Favela is known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest
his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin
Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States.
His installations have been commissioned by the Denver Art Museum in Colorado
and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. His latest major project, Recuérdame, will be on view in New York City at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling until September 8th, 2019. Fav e Podcast. Justin Favela graduated from the UNLV Department of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010.

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Learn more about our previous VAS including Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Justin Groth, Leslie Moody Castro, Hrag Vartanian, Ryan McNamara, Patty Chang, CASSILS, and more. 

Click here for more info. 

All VAS events are free and open to the NMSU community and the public. It is sponsored by the NMSU Department of Art and is paid for by the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Fund.

Please check back for more information regarding our 2021-2022 Visiting Artists.