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MFA Visual Art Research

A research guide created for students in the MFA program at Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Makeda Best

Artist Talk: Tuesday January 9, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"Scholar, artist, and curator, Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Previously, Best has been faculty at the California College of Art and the University of Vermont, and an assistant curator at San Francisco MoMA. She is co-editor and contributor to Conflict, Identity and Protest in American Art, which explores the powerful relationship between artistic product and cultures of conflict in the United States. Best earned an MFA at Cal Arts, and an MA and PhD at Harvard University."

Marc Handelman

Artist Talk: Monday January 8, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"Working primarily in painting, but also across media such as film/video, installation and book arts, Handelman explores a complex variety of landscape, abstract, and cultural imagery in his work. He has shown his work at venues such as PS1 MoMA, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Royal Academy of Art in London. Handelman is on the faculty at Rutgers University, and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co, NYC; Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, Los Angeles; and RECEPTION, Berlin." -

Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, 2015


Mika Rottenberg

Artist Talk: Wednesday June 21st, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"In his photographs, Dawit L. Petros employs geometric forms and desolate landscapes to explore the specificity of place. Petros travels widely to produce his work, capturing scenes from around the world, like a grey day on a Santa Barbara, California beach or fields of withered trees in Nazareth, Ethiopia. He brings focus to the subtleties of these sites, using the recurring image of a cardboard box to anchor the various settings he explores."

Edward H. Linde Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2013



A.K. Burns

Artist Talk: Thursday June 22nd, 7-9pm, UHall Ampitheatre (room 2-150)

"A.K. Burns is an interdisciplinary artist and educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. Currently a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Burns is developing a long term projecta cycle of multi-media installations that take speculative fiction as a point of departure. This work is additionally supported by a 2015 Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award and the Spring 2017 Research & Development Season at the New Museum. The opening episode from this cycle of works, A Smeary Spot, debut at Participant Inc, NY in the Fall of 2015. A new iteration is installed at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in September 2016. Forthcoming—along with sculpture and video installations for future episodes—will be a series of companion publication starting with A Smeary Spot, produced with Dancing Foxes Press and an experimental sound based work pressed on vinyl titled Leave No Trace, 2016." -

Installation view at Callicoon Fine Arts, NY

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