Speakers' Series

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The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to present the Art in the Public Sphere series of speakers and exhibitions. This important series provides unique opportunities to engage with local, national, and international artists, curators, and scholars. All events hosted at Western University are free and are open to the public. Coinciding with the departments' 50th anniversary celebrations, Visual Arts presents, "The Returners" featuring past graduates, faculty and artists originally from London Ontario. The Fall 2017 series is organized by Prof. Patrick Mahon as part of on-going academic offerings at the Department of Visual Art at Western University. 

Lectures are held at 7pm in the North Campus Building, room 113 except for the Robert Fones lecture on November 16 at Museum London.
A full list of upcoming exhibitions can be found on the Artlab Website.


Events Include:

Sept. 21 - Sheila Butler, Professor Emerita - Studio Art (BFA, Carnegie Mellon; MA, CSTC, Western) Madeline Lennon, Professor Emerita - Art History (MA, PhD, University of Toronto) Sheila Butler and Madeline Lennon will speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Art and Feminism.”

Oct. 5 - Kate Graham, Director, Community & Economic Innovation, City of London (BA, Visual Arts; MPA; PhD Candidate, Western) Terry Rice, Executive Director (Marketing Communications), Communications and Public Affairs, Western University (BFA, Visual Arts; MA, Journalism, Western) Kate Graham and Terry Rice will speak on their respective professional practices, and converse on “Art and Related Professional Careers.”

Oct. 19 – Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Anishinaabe Artist-Scholar; past Lecturer: Visual Arts, Western (MFA, Simon Fraser University; MA, CSTC, Western; PhD Candidate, CSTC, Western) Quinn Smallboy, Anishinaabe Artist (BFA, Western; MFA Candidate, Western) Dolleen Manning and Quinn Smallboy will speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Art and Indigeneity.”

Oct. 26 – Jean-Paul Kelly, Artist (BFA, Western; MVS, University of Toronto; Sobey Award Nominee) Kelly Jazvac, Artist, Visual Arts Professor (BA, Guelph; MFA, U. Vic., Sobey Award Nominee) Jean-Paul Kelly and Kelly Jazvac will speak on their respective practices, and converse “Art and the Ecology of Found Things.”

Nov. 9 – Jenifer Papararo, Executive Director, Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (MA, Western) Kim Simon, Curator, Toronto Photographers Workshop (MFA, Western) Jenifer Papararo and Kim Simon will speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Curating Contemporary Art.”

Nov. 16 –Robert Fones, Artist, Writer, Designer (Governor General’s Award, 2011) Robert Fones will speak on his exhibition at Museum London: Robert Fones: Signs│Forms│Narratives, and discuss his work with Patrick Mahon. NOTE LOCATION: Lecture Theatre – Museum London, 7:30 p.m. (Tour exhibition at 7:00) 

Nov. 30 – Soheila Esfahani, Artist and Educator (MFA, Western) Rah, Artist (MFA Candidate, Western) Soheila Esfahani and Rah will speak on their respective practices, and converse on “Translating Voices in Art.”

For more detailed information see our events calendar.


Location & Parking

Please note that the location of the Art Now lectures has been moved to a higher capacity room in the North Campus Building (NCB-113). NCB is located just south of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre (VAC). Metered parking is available in the parking lots between VAC & NCB. For more information or directions please see Western's Map Tool and search for "NCB".

Select Videos from the Speakers Series are now availible on YouTube.

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