This Month at the Boston University School of Visual Arts: Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series Presents Hanneline Rogeberg and Trenton Doyle Hancock

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(Boston) – Boston University School of Visual Arts continues its visiting artist lecture series this February with presentations by Hanneline Røgeberg on February 1 and Trenton Doyle Hancock on February 26. Through the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series, students at the School of Visual Arts have the opportunity to work in both lecture and studio settings with artists who offer diverse and multicultural perspectives.

Norwegian-born artist Hanneline Røgeberg works mostly in painting and continues to explore the possibilities and limitations of figuration for private purposes. On February 1, Røgeberg will hold studio critiques for both undergraduate and graduate level painting students throughout the day, then will conclude her visit with a lecture at 6:00pm in the CFA Concert Hall. Lynne Allen, Director of the School of Visual Arts and founder of the series, explains, “My focus this year has been to bring artists whose visions and careers augment our programs. Specifically to this end, Hanneline Røgeberg is a fine example of a ‘painter’s painter,’ yet she is an artist who brings considerable conceptual depth to her work.”

Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Røgeberg has exhibited nationally and internationally with one-person shows at Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Vancouver Art Museum and Henie-Onstad Kunst Senter, Oslo, and group shows at MIT List Center, Whitney Museum, Aldrich Museum, and National Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999 and an Anonymous Was a Woman grant in 2003. Røgeberg currently teaches painting and serves as Graduate Director for the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, a position she’s held since 2002. Røgeberg earned her MFA from Yale and has taught at the University of Washington, Cooper Union, and Yale School of Art.

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s works create a painterly space of psychological dimension by balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color. Allen raves, “As the youngest artist to ever be included in the Whitney Biennial, Trenton Doyle Hancock’s work is extremely playful and fanciful, yet carries the weight of moral issues filled with symbolic meaning.” On Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm, Hancock will discuss his work and career as he’s featured in the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series. Besides participating in this lecture, Hancock will also spend two days critiquing the work of undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Visual Arts.

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work by Hancock is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning.

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. The recipient of numerous awards, Hancock lives and works in Houston where he was a 2002 Core Artist in Residence at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Conceived by Allen when she first arrived at SVA last semester, the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series has already presented Sandy Skoglund and Willie Cole. Allen explains, “The Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series builds on an established visiting artist program at the School of Visual Arts.” She continues, “Both Røgeberg and Hancock have much to offer our students and continue to build on a series of diversity in art as well as the personal backgrounds of our students. Next year the series will continue to explore varied mediums, including film and video.”

The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts was established in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University. With faculty composed of practicing professional artists, the school offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, and art education. Notable alumni include painters Brice Marden and Pat Steir; Ira Yoffe, vice president/creative director of PARADE magazine; and Rick Heinrichs, the production designer whose credits include the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, “Fargo,” and “Sleepy Hollow,” for which he received an Oscar for Art Direction in 1999.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


Boston University School of Visual Arts Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series:

Hanneline Røgeberg
Thursday, February 1, 6:00pm
CFA Concert Hall
855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Trenton Doyle Hancock
Monday, February 26, 6:00pm
Jacob Sleeper Auditorium
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Lectures are free and open to the public.