Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series

Hosted by the MFA programs in Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Design at Boston University, the Tuesday Night Lecture Series brings practicing artists and curators to Boston University to present their work. The series is an integral component of the MFA programs in Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Design which provide two years of intensive studio practice and artistic community in the heart of Boston University’s urban campus. In addition to a public lecture on their work, visiting artists meet with students for individual and group critiques as well as hands-on workshops.

Fall 2021 Events

Due to current BU visitor policies, all in-person events for the Fall 2021 Tuesday Night Lecture Series will be available to the BU community only.

From Tipu’s Tent, spiral top, 2020. Acrylic, Tyvek and Flashe on Okawara paper, 67 x 77 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Meena Hasan

Monday, September 20, 2021

5:30-7pm EDT
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Meena Hasan (born 1987, NYC) received her B.A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 2009 and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2013, where she won the Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for Painting. In 2010, she was awarded the Terna Prize Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions including ‘Sheherezade’s Gift’ at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, ‘Premio Terna 02’ at the MAXXI Museum, Rome, IT, the ‘Bosch Young Talent Show’ at The Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch, The Netherlands, ‘No Longer, Not Yet’, curated by Sean McCarthy, at Essex Flowers, NYC and ‘Good Pictures’, curated by Austin Lee, at Deitch Projects, NYC. Recent two-person and solo exhibitions include ‘Other Echoes Inhabit the Garden’ at LAUNCH F18, NYC and ‘Covering as much of the sky’ at RISD’s Memorial Hall Painting Dept. Gallery, Providence, RI. Meena has been a Part-Time Lecturer in Painting at Rutgers University – Newark, Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting at Pratt Institute’s Painting MFA program, Lecturer in Painting at the School of Visual Arts at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and Teaching Artist with Studio in a School, NYC. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Painting at RISD, Providence. Meena Hasan is represented by LAUNCH F18 in Tribeca, NYC and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

And the Sun Went Down, 2021. Acrylic, canvas, wood and steel, 83 x 78 in.

Dona Nelson

Thursday, October 7, 2021

5 – 6:30 pm EDT
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston University School of Visual Arts is pleased to welcome Dona Nelson as the featured artist for this year’s Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture. This ongoing lecture series was launched in 2004 and is named in honor of BU School of Visual Arts alumnus Tim Hamill. The bi-annual Hamill Lecture presents artists who are leaders in the field known for working across artistic disciplines.

Dona Nelson is a painter who often works both sides of a stretched canvas, staining and washing it with acrylic paint and water, using a spatula to mark the canvas with the first image, an image of the stretcher bars. Sometimes she glues strips of fabric on to the canvas, allowing them to be a constructed element or ripping them off to establish a drawn line through the paint. Nelson prefers to exhibit her two sided paintings on steel stands or wooden constructions, out on the gallery floor rather than parallel to the wall. For fifty years, Nelson has made series of different kinds of paintings, distinguished by a variety of approaches to both image and material. 

Nelson was born in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1947. She received a B.F.A. from Ohio  State University (1968), and studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1967). She is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art,  Temple University, Philadelphia, where she has worked since 1991. In the summer of  2018, she had an extensive survey of her work, curated by Ian Berry, at the Tang  Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, New York. There was an earlier survey of her work in 2000 at the Weatherspoon Museum of Fine Art in Greensboro, North Carolina. She currently exhibits her work at the Thomas Erben  Gallery in New York City and at the Michael Benevento Gallery in Los Angeles. Two of her double-sided paintings were featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Other solo exhibitions have been presented at Cheim and Read in New York City and the Morris  Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. In 1994, Nelson received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. In 2011, she was a recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2013, she received an Artist  Legacy Foundation Grant and in 2015, an Anonymous was a Woman Grant. 

a soft place to lay, 2019. Ink wash on drywall (framed and unframed drawings on paper), 12 × 100 ft. Eva Chimento Gallery LA. Photo by Karley Sullivan.

William Downs

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

7:30 – 9 pm EDT
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

William Downs, born in Greenville, South Carolina, creates and resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his multidisciplinary MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design. Downs has shown in a sundry of group and solo exhibitions at venues across the United States and abroad including: Eva Chimento Gallery, LA, Contemporary Art Museum, MS, and the Century Gallery in London. In 2018, he received the Artadia Award, Working Art Program at MOCA GA and the Kennedy Family Artist in Residence program at USF School of Art and Art History, Spring of 22. Downs’ work featured in the Art AIDS America exhibition which toured nationally for a year headed by Rock Hushka and Johnathan Katz. Following, his work was a part of the prolific Black Pulp! exhibition piloted by the International Print Center New York. This exhibit also showed at The Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Downs is currently showing at Derek Eller Gallery in New York, “Pieces of a Man” solo exhibition of large scale drawings.

reliquary corpus, 2021. Wood, soapstone, hair, gray wolf skull, plaster, paper pulp, epoxy clay, color pigment, resin, beeswax, chiffon, polymer clay, light, book, 93 ¼ × 12 ½ × 8 ⅛ in.

Catalina Ouyang

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

7:30 – 9 pm EDT
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Catalina Ouyang engages object-making, interdisciplinary environments, time-based projects, and relational works to examine themes of desire, subjugation, and dissidence. Ouyang’s practice searches through myth, literature, and histories both oral and visual, to indicate counternarratives around representation and self-definition.  

Ouyang’s second solo exhibition with Lyles & King will open in September. Additional solo exhibitions include Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Knockdown Center (Queens, NY), Make Room (Los Angeles, CA), and Rubber Factory (New York, NY); with solo exhibitions forthcoming at No Place Gallery (Columbus, Ohio) and Night Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). Ouyang’s work has been included in group exhibitions at SculptureCenter, Queens, US; Nicodim, Los Angeles, US; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, US; BRIC, Brooklyn, US, and many more. Ouyang received an MFA from Yale University in 2019 and is represented by Lyles & King, New York, and Make Room, Los Angeles.

Blues/Blank/Black, 2016. Performance view, “Intermittent Rivers,” 13th Havana Biennial, Matanzas, Cuba, 2019.

Dell M. Hamilton

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

7:30 – 9 pm EST
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Dell Marie Hamilton is a multimedia artist, writer and curator whose artist talks, solo performances, and collaborative projects have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in the New England area including at Boston University, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, and at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum. She was also a participating artist for the Intermittent Rivers exhibition, organized for the 2019 Havana Biennial, by Afro-Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

Working across a variety of mediums, she uses the body to investigate the social and geopolitical constructions of personal memory, gender, history, culture, and citizenship. With roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean she also frequently draws upon the folkloric traditions of the region.

Dell is also one of the three recipients of the ICA/Boston’s 2021 Foster Prize, and her 2018 curatorial project, Nine Moments for Now, organized for Harvard’s Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art, was ranked by Hyperallergic.com as one of 2018’s top 20 exhibitions in the U.S. To explore Dell’s work, follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @dellmhamilton.

untitled, 2019. Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 26 × 19 in.

Graham Anderson

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

7:30 – 9:30 pm EST
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Graham Anderson (b. 1981, Teaneck, NJ) is an artist living and working in New York City. His practice across painting and sculpture is grounded in labor and craft, but also in contrasts between knowing and uncertainty, clarity and mystery. Most recently his paintings have been still lifes of oranges, drawing on traditions from Baroque Spanish and Dutch painting, Seurat’s Pointillism, and Belgian Surrealism. Formally the works are composed of hard lines, clear shapes and colors, and transparent methods. But this directness works to mask ambiguity in the depiction and representation of its subjects. Seeming certainty is played against fuzziness of understanding to highlight the difficulty of locating and grasping the objects around us and in turn of knowing the self.

Anderson’s work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe at institutions such as The ICA Boston, Artspace New Haven, and White Columns in New York, and galleries including Klaus von Nichtssagend, Ashes/Ashes, James Cohan, Downstairs Projects, 179 Canal, Melas Papadopoulos, and Robert Miller.

Piñata Sound System, 2019. Repurposed ride share bike and custom sound system, Matthew Joynt, Josh Rios, Anthony Romero. Image courtesy the artists.

Anthony Romero

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

7:30 – 9 pm EST
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Anthony Romero is a Boston-based artist, writer, and organizer committed to documenting and supporting artists and communities of color. Recent projects and performances have been featured at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), the Blue Star Contemporary (San Antonio), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston) and the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Biennial (Calgary, Canada). Publications include The Social Practice That Is Race, coauthored with Dan S. Wang, and the exhibition catalogue Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, of which he was the editor. Most recently he has co-authored the book, Lastgaspism: Art and Survival in The Age of Pandemics, with Dan S. Wang and Daniel Tucker, forthcoming from Soberscove Press Spring 2022.

Past Lectures