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Visiting Artist Series

Learn from icons. Our Visiting Artist Lecture Program offers the intellectual energy of interacting with established artists, designers, and critics who come to campus to give lectures and critiques.

Auerbach Lecture Series 2019-20

Each year, the Hartford Art School welcomes visiting artists through the Auerbach Lecture Series. This is made possible by The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc. 

Chostani Dean

Building a Trading Post

Presented by Chotsani Dean, ceramic artist

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Wilde Auditorium

About Chotsani Dean

Chotsani Elaine Dean is a Ceramic Artist and Assistant Professor of Art, Ceramics at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. South Carolina. Chotsani received her BFA in Ceramics from Hartford Art School and MFA from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Dean was awarded and completed a 9-month Teaching/Research Fulbright Scholar grant in India 2012-13, host institution Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India. During this time Dean, traveled throughout India conducting workshops at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, Krishnamurti Foundation/Raj Ghat Besant School, Varanasi, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, lectures at Faculty of Art History, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Faculty of Visual Arts University of Baroda, Baroda and artist-in-residence at Clayfingers Pottery, Thrissur, Kerala. In 2014, Dean was the inaugural MJ DO Good resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Dean has lectured and exhibited widely, NCECA, Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, IA, Art Department at Appalachia State University, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India, Art Chamber, Goa, India, Aurodhran Gallery, Pondicherry, India, Hans Weiss Newman Space, Manchester, CT, Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT among others. Dean has also served as a juror for Artisphere Artists of the Upstate, Art in Public Spaces for the Connecticut Office of the Arts, committee member for the Connecticut Artists Collection Advisory Committee. In 2010, Dean was awarded a Connecticut Arts Grant from the State of Connecticut.

Steffani Jemison

In Succession

Presented by Steffani Jemison

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Wilde Auditorium

About Steffani Jemison

Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. Jemison's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions and commissioned performances include De Appel, Stedelijk Museum, Kai Matsumiya, MASS MoCA, Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, Nottingham Contemporary, and the Museum of Modern Art. Recent and current group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial 2019 and Black Refractions, the touring permanent collection exhibition of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work is in several public collections, including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Kadist Foundation. Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003).

Donato Giancola

Painting Between the Lines

Presented by Donato Giancola

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Wilde Auditorium

About Donato Giancola

Artist Donato Giancola's passion for narrative art has seen his work graced on the covers of more than 300 science fiction and fantasy novels, and placed in hundreds of private and public collections. He has earned numerous peer honors including three Hugo Awards, two Gold and six Silver Medals from Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, and recognition from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists with 23 Chesley Awards.

Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of genre works; to that end he serves as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, the Illustration Master Class, and the SmArt School, and lectures extensively at conventions and universities worldwide.

Barbara Bosworth


Presented by Barbara Bosworth

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Wilde Auditorium 

About Barbara Bosworth

Barbara Bosworth is a photographer whose large-format images explore both overt and subtle relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world. Whether chronicling the efforts of hunters or bird banders or evoking the seasonal changes that transform mountains and meadows, Bosworth’s caring attention to the world around her results in images that similarly inspire viewers to look closely.

Bosworth’s publications include The Heavens (Radius Books, 2018); The Meadow (Radius Books, 2015); Natural Histories (Radius Books, 2013); Trees: National Champions (M.I.T. Press, 2005). Her work is represented in major museum collections across the world and has been exhibited in several one-person shows, including exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, and Princeton Art Museum at Princeton University.


Artists in Residence: Koopman Distinguished Chair 2019-20

The Koopman Distinguished Chair honors some of the world's most vibrant, contemporary artists—who each spend a semester sharing their expertise with our community. Below are the Integrated Media Arts Koopman Chair artists for this year. 

Fall Semester 

Megan and Murrary McMillan make large scale installation and performance projects that result in short videos, installations and photography series.

Jeff Thompson is a creative programmer, sound artist, and educator who will engage students in investigating ideas of randomness and chance as a generative process. 

Spring Semester

Paul Ramirez Jonas engages the public in contracts to make art together in a collaborative, community way.

Steven Andrew Holmes is a curator/writer/artist whose current interest is investigating the idea of “Beauty”, culturally and philosophically.

International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition

The weeklong International Distinguished Artists Symposium and Exhibition brings artists of international stature to campus. Students have the opportunity to assist artists in the construction of their artwork, benefit from visiting artists’ critiques, and attend a variety of lectures, culminating in a symposium moderated by an internationally known art critic, and view an exhibition of work by some of the leading artists of our time.

Master Artist Workshops

You will experience numerous opportunities to study professional artists at work. No matter whether you’re planning to work as a graphic designer, or to carve out a career in stage lighting production, you’re bound to learn something from the working artists we invite to come work with you during your time at Hartford Art School.

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