The University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Art, Art History and Design is hosting two Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lectures the week of March 7.
Rachel Adams, chief curator and program director at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, will give her March 9 talk. Greg Schmidt, a graphic designer, will be speaking on March 10th.
Each lecture is at 5:30 p.m. in Richards Hall, Room 15. The lectures are free and open to the public. They will also be accessible via Zoom. Connect with each in the related links on the right
Adams’ areas of interest are diverse, but always focused on creating meaningful connections for artists. She focuses on the transitions between contemporary art and architecture, performance and video, and new media practices.
Her previous curatorial positions include Senior Curator at UB Art Galleries, Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and Associate Curator at The Arthouse at Jones Center (now Contemporary Austin).
In 2018, Adams curated Ernesto Burgos: Implications; “BRACHA: Pietà – Eurydice – Medusa;’ and co-curated Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the first posthumous exhibition of Tony Conrad’s work at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries with the Albright Knox Art Gallery.
Her 2017 exhibition Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017—a 50-year inventory of artists performing in the landscape—was awarded grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts Catalog of WITH Press.
Adams holds a Master of Arts in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her upcoming projects include exhibitions with Maya Dunietz in 2022 and the group show Presence in the Pause.
Schmidt is a graphic designer practicing in Richmond, Virginia. His multidisciplinary approach reflects techniques and practices found in brand systems, print publications, environmental and exhibition design.
His focus is on typography, image design, visual storytelling, photography and graphic design for built spaces.
He currently works as an exhibition graphic designer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Flagler College and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.
The remaining lectures in the series are:
• March 23: Kathryn Gleason, History of Art. Gleason is a professor of landscape architecture and a fellow of the Cornell Institute for Archeology and Material Studies at Cornell University.
• April 6: Chip Thomas, interdisciplinary. Thomas, aka jetsonorama, is a photographer, public artist, and physician who has worked at a small clinic on the Navajo Nation since 1987.
• April 13: David Lubin, History of Art. Film and art historian Lubin presents Edward Hopper and Classic American Cinema. He is the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.
The series, funded by the Hixson-Lied Foundation with additional support from other sources, enriches the state’s culture by providing Nebraska residents with an opportunity to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each guest artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus meeting with classes, participating in critiques, and giving demonstrations.