Fall 2016 Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series

Part of the graduate painting seminar at Boston University, the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture series brings practicing artists to campus to present their work. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2016 Lectures

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Dru Donovan
Tuesday, September 20, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Dru Donovan received a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2004 and an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2009. Donovan’s work has shown nationally and internationally and was included in reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, and in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. She has been included in group shows at Fraenkel Gallery, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Brancolini Grimaldiand, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and a solo show at Hap Gallery. Donovan’s photographs have been published in Aperture Magazine, Blind Spot, Picture Magazine, Matte Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Vice. Her work is in the collections of Deutsche Bank and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  In 2011 TBW Books published her first book, Lifting Water. In 2011-2012 she participated in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace studio residency. Awards Donovan has received are the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship in 2015 and is a 2016-2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.
She has taught at many institutions including Parsons School for Design, Pratt Institute, Lewis & Clark College, University of Hartford and Yale University and will be a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard in the fall of 2016.


Jordan Casteel
Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Jordan Casteel (b. 1989 in Denver, CO) received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA for Studio Art (2011) and her M.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT (2014). She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, (2015) Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, Governors Island, NY, (2015), The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2015), and is currently an awardee for The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, DUMBO, NY (2016). She has had two solo exhibitions in New York with Sargent’s Daughters in August 2014 and October 2015 and was featured in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, New York Magazine, FADER, Time Out New York, The New York Observer and Interview Magazine. Casteel is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.


Lucy Kim
Tuesday, October 4, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Lucy Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised between South Korea, Myanmar, and the United States. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2007. She attended the Yale Summer School of Art and Music, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the MacDowell Colony, and is the recipient of the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship from Yale, as well as the Boston Artadia Award. She is a founding member of the collaborative kijidome, and is currently Lecturer in Fine Arts at Brandeis University. Kim lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work is included in the collection of the Kadist Foundation in Paris, amongst others. She is a recipient of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston’s Foster Prize, and will have an exhibition at the ICA in 2017.


Allison Katz
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Allison Katz is a painter who investigates and pushes the conventions and history of Western painting. Her work rejects formal or thematic coherence—within the picture plane or throughout the artist’s oeuvre—and therefore resists the labeling of a style. Avoiding narrative or continuity, the artist instead chooses to approach each canvas anew, taking on different personas, and sometimes forcing opposing tastes to coexist uncomfortably within a single tableau. Motifs do reappear—black pears, strawberries, monkeys, noses, silhouettes, roosters, clocks—but less as representations or signatures, and more as a visual lexicon which allows her to expand and distort their meanings in an ongoing meditation on the nature of representation and the elasticity of symbols.
Katz’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Johan Berggren Gallery in Malmö, Sweden, Battat Contemporary in Montreal, and BFA Boatos in Sao Paulo. She has also been included in group exhibitions at Scupture Center in New York, and Tate Britain in London. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant.


Lydia Dona
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Lydia Dona was born in Bucharest, Romania. She received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1982 and her MFA from Hunter College in New York in 1984. Her work is held in significant public and private collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada, the S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgium, and the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich. In addition, she has lectured extensively on contemporary painting. Her work focuses on the exploration of the urban environment and the encroachment of technology on the human body. Her approach to abstraction often emphasizes a collision of natural form and machinery parts.


Meriem Bennani
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
New Yorked-based artist Meriem Bennani grew up in Morocco, earned an MFA from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and a BFA from Cooper Union in New York. Bennani and artist Hayden Dunham are the co-founders of Other Travel, a collaborative curatorial project involving the creation and delivery of extra-terrestrial gifts to seven artists in the New York area. She is also one half of Some Silly Stories, a series of hand-animated perversions based on her own crude drawings and a constant dialog with musician Flavien Berger.
Meriem is currently working on videos and photographs documenting the life of Fardaous Funjab, the avant-garde Moroccan Hijab designer. The project explores the encounter of fashion and religion with a focus on the aesthetics of sexuality in a contemporary Muslim context. Bennani is interested in dissolving tropes and questioning systems of representation through a strategy of magical realism and humor as an unreliable pacifier.


Mike Rader
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Mike Rader’s images grow and evolve with his surroundings and are influenced not only by his physicality in the world, but in the work as well. His fascinating approach to painting creates a multiplicity of theme and images as the canvases unfold and unfold again, while opening the images from the inside out like the gutting of a large animal. This dynamic struggle to literally cut open the canvas to expose the art within breaks the boundaries of a conventionally flat surface to create a new dimension of artistic form. Mike has created a malleable two dimensional surface without relying on a dense or mountainous layer of paint to achieve a new space in works of canvas. Mike lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Didier William
Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Didier William is originally from Port-au-prince, Haiti. He received his BFA in painting from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, The Fraenkel Gallery, Frederick and Freiser Gallery, and Gallery Schuster in Berlin. He was an artist in residence at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Brooklyn, NY and has taught at Yale School of Art, Vassar College, Columbia University, and SUNY Purchase. Forthcoming he will serve as the Chair of the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, beginning in the fall of 2016.


Paula Wilson
Monday, November 21, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Artist Paula Wilson’s work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Bellwether Gallery, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Johan Berggren Gallery in Sweden, and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She is a recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Joan Mitchell Artist Grant, Art Production Fund’s P3Studio Artist-in-Residency at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, and the Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at Yale University Art Gallery.
Wilson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2005. She lives and works in Carrizozo, New Mexico.


CANCELLED: Caroline Woolard
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm
Room 303, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
Please Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this talk has been rescheduled for a later date, to be announced.
Caroline Woolard works collaboratively to make art and infrastructure for the solidarity economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard’s organizing work is now focused on BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City. While making infrastructure, Woolard furnishes gathering spaces with objects that are as imaginative as the conversations that occur in those spaces.
Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at MoMA, the Queens Museum, the Judson Church, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, and by unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, her partner, and many collaborators. Recent group exhibitions include: Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years. Woolard is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, a project manager at the worker-owned design firm CoLab.coop, and is a member of the Community Economies Research Network and the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.




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