Boston University School of Visual Arts presents the Third Annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture: OUT THERE

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March 9th, 2007

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Boston – Internationally recognized artist Matthew Ritchie and Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic at the VillageVoice, will appear in “Out There,” a collaborative lecture being presented as the third annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM in the Boston University School of Management Auditorium. The lecture series, named in honor of BU School of Visual Arts alumnus Tim Hamill, was created to present artists whose work crosses boundaries among artistic disciplines, and who connect to the art world in a variety of ways. The talk is free and open to the public.

In “Out There,” Ritchie and Saltz will engage in a multi-perspective dialogue of the ways in which artists build their worlds, both from the inside out and from the outside in. The starting point for the discussion will be an exploration of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty – both the influence of Smithson’s seminal work on Ritchie’s own production, and Saltz’s recent epiphany visiting the actual Spiral Jetty – and then a linking of the time period in which Smithson created the Spiral Jetty with developments in the art world today. As Saltz states, “at the end of the day art still has a private inside and a public outside. It still exudes an alchemical otherness. In our studios and before artworks we still experience moments of authentic serenity, passion, and meaningfulness—places on the edge of language that the market can’t strip away. In this imperfect realm we can intuit the elemental feeling that sometimes, just by making or looking at art, we might glimpse the full range of human possibilities.”

The Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture Series was launched in 2005 with Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand, and in 2006 featured renowned painter, sculptor, and multimedia artist Kiki Smith. Now in its third year, the lecture evolves to introduce this conversation format, under the leadership of School of Visual Arts Director Lynne Allen. Allen explains, “Jerry Saltz, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is a passionate, lively, no-nonsense writer whose insights into contemporary art, and the art scene in general, make him an inspirational speaker, as well as one of the best-informed art critics around.” She continues, “Putting him on stage with painter Matthew Ritchie, whose mission has been no less ambitious than an attempt to represent the entire universe, and the structures of knowledge and belief that we use to understand and visualize his artistic practice, will prove to be a fascinating conversation.”

Matthew Ritchie was born in London, England in 1964 and currently lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from Camberwell School of Art in London and attended Boston University. Ritchie’s recent project takes on the Herculean exploration of the nature of the universe itself and its varied creation myths—from religious and scientific to mythological—as comprehended by one human being. While drawing and painting are central to Ritchie’s art, the artist creates often sprawling works in all media, including large-scale installations, sculpture, web-based projects and books. Ritchie is a prolific and sought-after artist exhibiting his work extensively in solo and group shows internationally including one-person exhibitions at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; and the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL. He has been included in numerous prestigious group exhibitions and biennials, including the 1997 Whitney Biennial and the 2004 Sao Paolo Biennial. He is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Jerry Saltz is Senior Art Critic for the Village Voice. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism three times, and was a finalist in 2001 and in 2005. Known for his lively, insightful writings about contemporary art, Saltz was named “Most Influential Art Critic” by New York Magazine in 2006, “Best Art Critic” by Time Out New York in 2006, and winner of the 2007 Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism. Saltz was the sole advisor for the 1995 Whitney Biennial. Author of Seeing Out Loud: Village Voice Art Columns 1998-2003, he currently teaches at Columbia University, The School of Visual Arts in New York, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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 (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, or 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.

PRESS RELEASE AT A GLANCE

Boston University School of Visual Arts presents
Third Annual Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture Series
OUT THERE
Matthew Ritchie and Jerry Saltz in conversation

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
6:30 PM

School of Management Auditorium
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Lobby Level, Boston

www.bu.edu/cfa
617-353-3371

Admission is free and open to the public.

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