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Artists in residence

Three visiting artists to bring talents to UD campus this semester


1:16 p.m., Feb. 13, 2013--Beginning Monday, Feb. 25, three artists will visit the University of Delaware this semester through the new Advancing Diversity Through an Artists-in-Residence Program.

The project — a collaboration among the departments of Art, Music and Theatre — is designed to bring distinguished visiting artists to campus to initiate new work, advance work-in-progress and share existing work through performances, exhibits, lectures and work with students. It is one of several projects that the President's Diversity Initiative is supporting during the current academic year.

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All three visiting artists this semester will be the guest lecturers at the art department's regular colloquium, which meets at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in 130 Smith Hall.

The first of this semester's visiting artists will be contemporary fiber artist Sonya Clark, who will be in residence on campus from Feb. 25-27. She will be the guest lecturer at the Feb. 26 colloquium and also will work on a project with students in the Foundations Research Studio classes.

Clark's work with fibers is intertwined with an accumulated history that speaks to cultural heritage, racial identity and gender politics. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship and is chair of the Department of Craft/Materials Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The second artist in residence will be multimedia artist Maren Hassinger, who will visit the University March 18-20. She will speak at the colloquium on March 19 and also will do a project with students in Foundations Research Studio classes.

Hassinger creates sculpture, installation, performance and video art. Her work represents a desire for discovery, which is seen not only in her careful experimentation with artistic materials but also in her invocation of the natural in most of her work.

From April 8-11, Ramon Lopez Colon will be the artist in residence. He will speak at the April 9 colloquium and will work with students in a drawing approaches class. 

Lopez is chair of the Department of History and Fine Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He describes his work as attempting to create a visual dialogue between modernist painting aesthetics and the iconographic construction of colonialism in Puerto Rico. 

His visit has been rescheduled from late October, when it was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy and the closing of the UD campus.

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