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Visiting Artists and Scholars

Each academic year, visiting artists and scholars are invited to the School of Visual Art and Design to engage students, faculty, and the public with their research, work, and ideas. We program exhibitions, presentations, graduate student studio critiques, or hands-on workshops into each visit.

2021 - 2022 Academic Year


Fall 2021

Dan Hernandez and Arturo Rodriguez

Dan Hernandez creates intricate tableaux that blend religious iconography with the contemporary visual language of video games, two genres which somehow collapse seamlessly together in farcical send-ups of culture and society. His paintings explore the visual dialog between religion, mythology, and pop culture. He is represented at Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. His work is exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has been written about in a number of publications including ARTnews, HyperAllergic, Artillery Magazine, Arte Fuse, Gizmodo, Der Spiegel.  Dan was selected for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellency Award in 2011 and in 2015.

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Arturo Rodriguez work deals with the particular issues that arise from a separation thru exile. “I make paintings, prints, and mixed media works that are rooted in my experience as someone who finds it difficult to identify with a cultural group.” As a native Cuban, he has lived most of his life in the United States. Most recently he has been awarded a  2006-07 Individual Artist Excellence Award from The Ohio Arts Council.

Exhibition: September 13th - October 21st, 2021 at McKissick Museum

Lecture by Dan Hernandez: September 13th, 6:00 PM. Register for your tickets online or by calling 803-777-7251. Livestream the lecture on Blackboard Collaborate.

Lecture by Arturo Rodriguez: October 21st, 6:00 PM at McKissick Museum. Please call 803-777-7251 to reserve your seat.

Coordinators: Brent Dedas and Lana Burgess 

Erbriyon Barrett

Erbriyon Barrett has been involved in artistic social and cultural awareness in Atlanta and the BLM movement through his community-based and public artworks. Barrett goes by the name Cloud Cruiser. His public art murals can be seen throughout Atlanta and several cities in North and South Carolina. His murals are on the official art tour of Atlanta Art Murals in the city. Barrett has been showcased in two Atlanta Art Basel events in 2018 and 2019. His photography was showcased during the BLM protest in 2020. One of these images will be featured on the cover of Tyrese Gibson vinyl release of Legendary ft. CeeLo Green.

His work is not only recognized in the arena of public art murals but also photography, film, performance and digital art. As a young black creative, he addresses the issues of investing in one’s self to build up confidence and visibility in what one does as an artist.

View his work on Instagram: @cloudxcruiser

Lecture: October 4th, 1:30 PM in McMaster 324. Free and open to the public.

Five Day Mural Workshop: October 4th - 7th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM each day at 741 Saluda Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.

Coordinator: Virginia Scotchie

Sponsored by SVAD, the UofSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Five Points Association. 

Eloisa Guanlao

Eloisa Guanlao was born in the Philippines. Her experiences as an immigrant and nomadic scholar­artist influence her versatile art practice and critical inquiries. Eloisa's interest in the natural world, history, art, languages and literature began at an early age. This multifaceted passion was nurtured at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts in California, cultivated with a liberal arts education at Carleton College in Minnesota, and further developed at the University of New Mexico, where she received her MFA in Studio Art.

Because Eloisa considers art making a social and cultural endeavor, she pursues projects that are research intensive and relevant to current issues. Her exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature wet collodian glass ambrotypes of "stuffed" birds, sewn out of her daughters' outgrown clothes. They compel deliberate medidation on the benefits and pitfalls of technology on the circadian rythym of living species. 

Exhibition: Darwin's Finches, October 19th - December 2nd

Artist Talk: October 20th, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in McMaster 239.

Workshop: A Glimpse Into 19th Century Photography: October 21st, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

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Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery 


Spring 2022


Past Artists and Scholars


Jonathan Pellitteri is an award-winning, North Carolina-based artist working with three dimensional objects and industrial materials. His sculptural and installation practice involves life-size objects and miniature models to engage viewers in curious and explorative ways that stimulate personal narratives and evoke private memories. His exhibition at McMaster Gallery will explore current debates over humanity’s impact on the environment, sustainability, and the exploitation of natural resources.

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ExhibitionCanary in the Coalmine, April 22 - May 27, 2021

Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery


Noah Scalin is an internationally-exhibiting multidisciplinary fine artist. Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience and temporality of human existence. His works are rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, often asking us to take notice of quotidian moments.

By using everyday and mass produced consumer items like stickers in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the things in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked, or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their physical creations. Much of Scalin’s work is intentionally temporary or ephemeral. Like human existence, these works revert back to their component parts or are destroyed after a short lifespan, only to exist in documentation and memories after they’re gone.

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Free and Public Lecture: March 30, 6:00 PM, virtual

Coordinator: Meena Khalili

Artist and Art Educator 

Britt Morgan Kirkwood is a 2009 UofSC alumna. She has taught studio art internationally for the past 12 years, infusing STEAM & technology into core curriculum and creating her own art work based on biological illustration in large scale. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and presented in Singapore and Berlin on media and science in the art classroom. Britt has shared her practice in over 10 different countries with her primary message focusing on how the power of audience, science and passion can radicalize the art classroom. 

Workshop: "Why the A in STEAM?" February 22, 12:00 PM 

Public Lecture: "Unsolicited Advice from a Disobedient Art Teacher," February 22, 6:00 PM

Coordinator: Andrew Graciano


Amanda Smith is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist based in Missouri, where she is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Missouri State University. Amanda Smith’s exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature hybrid quilt paintings and cushion-stuffed works which challenge our common associations of quilts as sources of comfort and conduits to rest. Her works tap into our collective unease about transitioning environmental, political, and social landscapes.

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ExhibitionRestless Sleepers, January 14 - February 18, 2021

Lecture: February 17, 6:00 PM, Facebook Live (McMaster Gallery)

Workshop: February 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

CoordinatorOlga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

The Guerrilla Girls are a feminist, activist artist collective committed to fighting injustice in the arts. They wear signature gorilla masks in public and take on the names of dead women artists to remain anonymous. Founded in New York City in 1985, they began by flyposting text and photo-based messages on the streets of SoHo to call attention to discriminatory practices by galleries and museums towards women. Today, they use stickers, flyers, and advertising campaigns full of facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. They create works of art that reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. The Guerrilla Girls believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders.

An exhibition of their works in McMaster Gallery, Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!, will explore text and photo-based activist works that use statistics and humor to shock and reveal  underlying issues of power and representation in the arts, and chronicle the Guerrilla Girls’ history of institutional critique in the field of contemporary art.

This program is part of the Justice Theme Semester in the College of Arts and Sciences. Support comes from a grant from the Knight Foundation fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences at UofSC, and the Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist Fund at the School of Visual Art and Design, and the Columbia Museum of Art.

Exhibition: Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!,  October 1 - October 22, 2020, McMaster Gallery.

Visit in person Mon. - Fri., 9 am - 5 pm. 

A Virtual Evening with the Guerrilla Girls: October 9, 7:00 pm

Virtual Activist Art Workshop with the Guerrilla Girls: October 10, 12:00 pm, Zoom. 

Coordinators: Anna Toptchi and Laura Kissel

Art Historian

LaNitra M. Berger, Ph.D., is an art historian whose research focuses on the intersections of art and social activism in the black and Jewish diasporas. Dr. Berger is the senior director of fellowships in the Honors College at George Mason University, where she is an affiliate faculty in the History and Art History Department. She has written and taught on subjects ranging from lynching photography to racial representations in German Expressionism.

Virtual lecture: "Audacities of Color: Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of Global German Expressionism" 
September 24, 6:00 pm

Art and Social Activism: A Black Lives Matter Discussion
September 25, 12:00 pm

Coordinator: Peter Chametzky  

Artist and Art Educator 

Sharif Bey, Ph.D., is a ceramic artist, art educator, and scholar. He is Associate Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Bey’s work reflects his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, the cultural and political significance of ornamentation and adornment, as well as contemporary African American culture.

Virtual talkSeptember 18, 1:00 pm, Facebook Live. Free and open to the public.

Virtual workshop: September 18, 2:30 pm, Facebook  Live. Free and open to the public. Details forthcoming.

Coordinators: Hyunji Kwon, Olga Ivashkevich, and Minuette Floyd

Art Historian, Professor

Alison J. Miller, Assistant Professor of Art History, is a scholar of Asian art who specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese art, prints and photography, and the intersections of gender studies and visual culture. 

Dr. Miller earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Kansas, M.A. degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas, and B.A. degrees in Art History and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University.  Her research has been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.  She has published in TransAsia Photography Review, Impressions, and various museum catalogues.  

Dr. Miller’s book manuscript, tentatively titled, "The Feminine Imperial Image in Japan, 1868-1952" addresses how prints, photographs, and paintings of the modern Japanese empresses were used to construct norms of modern femininity and class.

Lecture: “Images of the Imperial: The Modern Japanese Empresses in Visual Culture” 
March 2, McMaster 214, 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

Curator, Writer, Activist

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

Kimberly Drew is a curator, activist, and author of soon-to-be released Black Futures, an anthology of contemporary Black experiences, and This Is What I Know About Art, part of a young adult series featuring big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. She has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour for her work. She is the creator of the blog “Contemporary Black Art” and has worked at Creative Time and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Learn about her experiences in creative careers and how she champions Black art and culture and advocates for radical art access.

Workshop: Curating in the Digital Age
February 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
School of Visual Art and Design
McMaster Room 323
Free and open to the public.

Lecture: February 27
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Columbia Museum of Art
Free and open to the public. 

Co-sponsors: African American Studies Program at UofSC and the Friends of African American Art and Culture at the Columbia Museum of Art

Artist,  Researcher, Professor

Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, educator and researcher who uses cognitive psychology theories and methods to study the hidden dynamics of artists’ thinking processes. Her work includes a randomized control trial that demonstrated the impact of an interdisciplinary art curriculum for students growing up in poverty. She has lectured and led workshops on art and cognition internationally. Kantrowitz believes drawing represents a solid example of human imagination at work.
She is the graduate program coordinator and assistant professor in Art Education at the State University of New York @ New Paltz.  As director of the Thinking through Drawing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, she organized a series of international drawing and cognition research symposia, in collaboration with colleagues from the U.K. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale. She has taught foundation drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduate courses in contemporary art at the College of New Rochelle. She was a teaching artist in the New York City for many years, involved in multiple local and national research projects. She recently completed an interdisciplinary doctorate at Teachers College which examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices.  

Lecture: Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, McMaster 214

Animation Consultant and Acting Coach 

Allen Simpson is an acting coach and visual consultant for various animation and VFX studios including Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky and The Third Floor, among others.

Workshop: Visual Storytelling Workshop for Animators and Media Artists February 5
9:30-11:30 am
McMaster College Room 214
Free & open to the public.

Co-sponsor: Rhodos Fellows

Artist, Professor

Lecture: January 15, McMaster 214
Gallery Exhibition Reception and Artist's Talk: January 16, 5:00 PM

The many layered realities of the history and visual archives of Dean’s communal ancestry establish and impart creative purpose and structure in her studio practice and research. The visual and historical synthesis of quilts, cotton trade, and vast realm of textiles inform and shape her ideas, concepts, and approach to the spectrum of ceramic material. Cotton, the commodity at the center of Dean’s ancestry by way of its production and trade, leads her into the larger realm of global trade, commodities, and resulting cultural implications of people and time.

Chotsani Elaine Dean is Assistant Professor of Art at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. Born in Hartford, CT, Chotsani received her B.F.A. in Ceramics from Hartford Art School and M.F.A. from the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. In the summer of 2020, Chotsani will be an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Industry Residency in the Pottery Factory in Sheboygan, WI. In 2012-2013, Chotsani completed a Fulbright-Nehru teaching/research grant in India. Chotsani has lectured and exhibited widely in places such as 701 Contemporary Center for Contemporary Art, Hartford Art School, Northern Clay Center, Moon Gallery at Berry College, Katherine Walsh Gallery, Appalachia State University, Kriti Gallery, Aurodhran Gallery, Hans Weiss Newman Space, Hunterdon Museum of Art, among others. In 2010, Dean was awarded a Connecticut Arts Grant from the state of Connecticut.


A filmmaker and former SVAD visiting professor, Morrison produced his film Decasia in partnership with UofSC's Moving Image Research Collections. 

Lecture: September 16, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, School of Visual Art and Design

Screening: September 16, 2019, 5:30 pm, the Nickelodeon Theater

Dee specializes in branding, typography, user-experience and editorial design, and packaging. She is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Graphic Design program at Virginia Tech. 

Lecture: September 19, 5:30 pm, Room 214

 Professor Hong is a visual artist working across disciplines with an emphasis on drawing. SVAD is pleased to host Disjunction and Other Works, her exhibition of large-scale graphite work, in McMaster Gallery. 

Exhibition: August 29 - October 3, 2019

Artist Talk: October 3, 6:00 pm

 Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist 2019

Baumbach's work has been displayed in juried events, solo exhibitions, and both temporary and permanent public installations. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming. 

McMaster Gallery Exhibition: October 17 - November 20, 2019

Workshop: October 16, 2019
Artist Talk: October 17, 2019

Join Miranda Banks (Associate Professor, Emerson College) for a talk and a game workshop!

GAME WORKSHOP: February 8th, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM, SVAD/McMaster 329.
PLAY Miranda Banks’ GAME, “Room At the Top," a massive multiplayer game that challenges assumptions about how we collaborate in creative environments.

PRESENTATION: Febuary 8th, 2019, 3PM – 5 PM, SVAD/McMaster 214 
“Power and Privilege on the Road to Hollywood: Rerouting Pre-Industry Pipelines.”

Recent years have seen a rise in advocacy initiatives for women and people of color working in Hollywood. Film schools are more equitable than the media industries to which they serve as pipelines, but there are ways in which universities and training programs are reproducing the industries’ biases. In her talk, Miranda Banks will identify challenges and opportunities around issues of equity and access within the industries and pre-industries, arguing that media production programs are uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of media makers about creative collaboration across differences and challenge the status quo. She will discuss two interventions she has been involved in: as designer of Room at the Topand as a co-founder of the initiative Edit Media.

Jason Ferguson is a three dimensional artist who incorporates video and performance into his practice. He is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture at Eastern Michigan University.

3D Scanning workshop and lecture, November 7 - 9, 2018.

A three dimensional artist and ceramicist, Rocky Lewycky is the Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist at the School of Visual Art and Design. Lewycky is currently a professor and the head of the Ceramics department at De Anza College.

Three day workshop, October 22 - 24, 2018.

Lusztig is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of Film and Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Film Screening, "Yours in Sisterhood," at the Nickelodeon Theater, September 17 - 18, 2018.

The artist duo of Wendy DesChene, Associate Professor at Auburn University, and Jeff Schmuki, Associate Professor at Georgia Southern University, are the creators of PlantBot Genetics-- a satirical biotech company that parodies the Monsanto Corporation and other Big Agriculture firms using robotic plants that sing and dance without promise for the future of food.
Join us for a PlantBot making workshop, lecture, and exhibition opening reception in McMaster Gallery.

Tyler Peck, a writer’s P.A. on the TV show SALVATION is speaking in Professor Davis’s TV Writing class at 1:45 P.M. at Gambrell classroom 001 (in the basement by the computer lab).  He is a graduate of Davis’s TV and Advanced Screenwriting classes and Faye Riley’s MART 321 class. Mart students are welcome to come ask questions.  Read about him more at:

April 26, 1:45 PM Gambrell 001

In 2013, Kirkland received the People's Choice Award at Artfields, the Southeast's largest art competition. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of South Carolina.

April 17-18, 2018

Tintype workshop

April 6, 2018

Adam Habib is a cinematographer and a UofSC graduate, with a B.A. in film and media studies.

Dates: September 8 – 9, 2017 
Faculty Sponsor: Laura Kissel

Lily Kuonen is a painter and describes her work like this: "PLAYNTING, a self-prescribed moniker and philosophy for my studio production, involves the synthesis of painting with additional forms, materials, surfaces and actions (PLAY + PAINTING)."

Dates: Late September, 2017 
Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Lindsey / McMaster Gallery

Kris Ercums is a curator at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Date: Week of October 23, 2017
Co-sponsorship: Maxcy College
Pending co-sponsorship: Asian Studies, Confucius Institute
Faculty sponsor: Amanda Wangwright

Meggan Gould, 2017 Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist, is a photographer.

Dates: November 18th, 2017
Faculty sponsor: Lauren Greenwald

Jonathan Bonfiglio is a writer, producer and explorer.

Dates: March 4-7, 2018
Pending co-sponsorship: Anthropology
Faculty sponsor: Naomi Falk

Brigitte Peucker is a Film and Media Studies Scholar from Yale University.

Date: Thursday, April 5, 6:30pm, MM214

"'Pictureness' and Anti-Perspectivalism in Modernist Film"

Co-sponsorship: Film and Media Studies Program
Faculty sponsor: Sue Felleman


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