Minnesota ceramics artist is next Hixson-Lied lecturer

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Minnesota ceramics artist is next Hixson-Lied lecturer

Chotsani Elaine Dean, Historical Marker- Hoop- a map from the bank of the Fresh River, c. 1638 thru 41°46’ 20.5 N, 72° 40’ 03.5” W to the year 2020.
Chotsani Elaine Dean's "Historical Marker-Hoop-a-map from the Bank of the Fresh River, c. 1638 thru 41°46’ 20.5 N, 72° 40’ 03.5” W to the year 2020."

Chotsani Elaine Dean, an artist and assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota, will present the next Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Lecture.

The lecture is at 5:30 p.m. March 1 in Richards Hall, Room 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dean is the co-author of the book, “Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists” (Schiffer Publishing).

Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Dean received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Hartford Art School, and a Master of Fine Arts from Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis.

She has been in residence at the John Michael Kohler Artist Residency and is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Teaching and Research grant. She was the inaugural MJ DO Good resident at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana and held the position of studio manager at Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, Connecticut. She is also the recipient of a Connecticut Arts Grant.

Dean has exhibited and lectured widely in solo and group exhibitions and has taught at institutions, including Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, the University of Connecticut, Connecticut College and Hartford Art School.

The remaining lectures in the series are:

  • March 8: Kat Richards, printmaking. Richards is a print-media based artist. Richards’ relationship with print media is an extension of their queerness, gender and body.

  • April 5: Robb Hernandez, art history. Hernandez is associate professor of English at Fordham University and the author of “Archiving an Epidemic: Art, AIDS and the Queer Chicanx Avant Garde (NYU Press, 2019).

  • April 12: Dan Witz, interdisciplinary. Witz is a Brooklyn-based street artist and realist painter and ones of the pioneers of the street art movement.

  • April 27: Josephine Halvorson, painting. Halvorson is professor of art and chair of graduate studies in painting at Boston University. She makes art that foregrounds firsthand experience and takes the form of painting, sculpture and printmaking.

  • April 27: Ryan Anderson, graphic design. Anderson has worked in the advertising industry for more than 25 years. He will present a workshop at 7 p.m. instead of a lecture.

Underwritten by the Hixson-Lied Endowment with additional support from other sources, the series enriches the culture of the state by providing a way for Nebraskans to interact with luminaries in the fields of art, art history and design. Each visiting artist or scholar spends one to three days on campus to meet with classes, participate in critiques and give demonstrations.

For more information on the series, contact the School of Art, Art History and Design at 402-472-5522 or e-mail schoolaahd@unl.edu.

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