Visiting Artist and Critics Series (VACS)

SPRING 2018 | All Events located in Ent Center for the Arts | Free, but registration required 

The UCCS Visiting Artists and Critics Series fosters understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue and critical conversations. Artists and scholars of national significance are invited to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus to present public lectures and meet with UCCS undergraduate students in classes and workshop settings. The Visiting Artists & Critics Series is a collaborative program of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA), UCCS Visual Arts and Art History (VAPA). 

Made possible with generous support from the CU President's Fund for the Humanities and Colorado Creative Industries (GOCA season support)

Feb 8 | Film Screening & Director's Talk: Agnes Martin Before the Grid
Chapman Foundation Recital Hall | 7:30 pm (doors open 6:45 pm) | REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/agnesmartinfilmENT

Agnes Martin Before the Grid
is an intimate, captivating documentary film by Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman. The film features little known stories of Agnes Martin as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew her well-- giving insight into Martin's personality and development of her creative process before her famous grid paintings. In 2016, the film received awards of recognition for feature documentary and women filmmakers from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. It has also been shown at several film festivals and museums around the country. There will be a brief introduction by the director and producer, followed by the screening and a Q&A. Light refreshments will be served.

Feb 15 | Artist Talk: Jon Geiger 
Chapman Foundation Recital Hall | 7:30 pm (doors open 7:00 pm) | REGISTER HERE

Jon Geiger is an artist with Colorado roots, having received his BFA from CU Boulder in 2010 before pursuing his MFA awarded by Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014. Geiger was a Black Cube Nomadic Museum Fellow in 2016, under curator Cortney Lane Stell. Stell works with artists to manifest new and often challenging works for public spaces ROAM has been installed across four different sites on Colorado's Front Range since 2016 - GOCA is the fifth.  Learn more about the artist and Black Cube Nomadic Museum at this talk in the new Ent Center for the Arts. 

Geiger took his cues from the iconography of the West to conceive of this tumbling light sculpture - specifically neon, billboards, and tumbleweeds. The sculpture is a 26-foot wide abstracted and animated white neon tumbleweed - the five panels each illuminate left to right, creating a rolling movement of light. ROAM sets a cinematic scene after dark, activating the surrounding landscape in dramatic fashion. With the University of Colorado Colorado Springs' Ent Center for the Arts building and natural grass hill as backdrop, and University Village shopping center directly across the street, the work is aptly sited for its ideal context. As Black Cube shares about the project on their site: 
"For Geiger, both the tumbleweed and neon are ... symbols of isolation, vibrancy, and commerce. He sees this work as a beacon with a "cold, soft glow that pulls in passersby like mosquitoes to a bug zapper." | www.jonpgeiger.com

March 8 | Artist Talk: Alison O'Daniel
GOCA Education Studio @ Ent Center for the Arts | 6:30 pm (doors open 6:00 pm) | REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/ALISON-ODANIEL 

Combining film, performance, sculpture, and installation, Alison O'Daniel's work is structured as a call-and-response between mediums. Cinema, performance, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles, and large-scale installations foreground the deaf and hard of hearing experience through process, collaboration, and material. O'Daniel collaborates with composers and musicians in order to highlight the loss or re-creation of information as it passes through various channels, and to build a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary as a means to tell stories inspired by events that are both historic and quotidian. 
O'Daniel has presented solo exhibitions at Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d'Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and performances at the Hammer Museum, Knockdown Center, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Writing on her work has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, and ArtReview. She has received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, Art Matters, Franklin Furnace Fund, and California Community Foundation. O'Daniel received a BFA in Fibers and Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art, a Post-graduate Diploma of Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a MFA in Studio Art from UC Irvine, CA. | http://alisonodaniel.com/
Image Credits: Alison O'Daniel

March 20 | Artist Talk: Riitta Ikonen
Chapman Foundation Recital Hall | 6:30 pm (doors open 6:00 pm) | REGISTER HERE:  https://tinyurl.com/RIITA-IKONEN

Finnish artist Riitta Ikonen (b.1981) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008, with an MA in Communication Art. Ikonen's work, encompassing wearable sculptures, performance and photographs has since been in curated solo and group exhibitions in Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Tate Britain, NADA Miami, London 2012 Olympic Park and PyeongChang Winter Olympics amongst others. She was nominated for Ars Fennica, Finland's biggest art price, and exhibits, lectures and performs internationally. Ikonen's seven year long collaboration with Karoline Hjorth, titled Eyes as Big as Plates was published in 2017 and nominated for the Paris Photo- Aperture Foundation Photobook awards.
Image Credits:Riitta Ikonen & Karoline Hjorth