Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series

2021-2022 Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series
Sponsored by the NMSU Department of Art and paid for by the Lilian Steinman Visiting Artist Fund: 


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.


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.

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.




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.




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.


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. 

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.

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..

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.

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

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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.