Scott Artist Series


The Scott Artist Series supports the exchange of ideas among artists from multiple disciplines, various places, and diverse backgrounds. Inspirational speakers and artists are invited to the CSU campus to share creative and innovative ideas aimed at broadening the horizons of art students. Guests artists in the series are art influencers who have national and international exposure. Their involvement with our community is critical to the long-term impact that art has on society.

Alumni Shaesby Scott (’97, Art), and his wife, Catherine Scott (’98, History) established the Scott Artist Series fund. To find out more about our upcoming visiting artists, please head to our events page.



Susie Ganch
March 19-21, 2024

Susie Ganch is a first-generation American artist of Hungarian heritage. She is a sculptor, jeweler, and educator living in Richmond, VA where she is Interim Chair for the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ganch received her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Part of her practice is Directing Radical Jewelry Makeover, an international jewelry mining and recycling project that continues to travel across the country and abroad. Issues of waste and cultural habits of consumption are imbued through her work.

Recent solo exhibitions: Have a Nice Day, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA, How Soon is Now?, MS State University, TIED, an ArtForum Critics’ pick, Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA, Landand Sea, Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA. Her work has been included nationally and internationally in museum exhibitions including: Smithsonian National Museum for Women in the Arts, MFA Boston, the Design Museum, London, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, Milwaukee Art Museum. Public/private collections include: LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, Asheville Art Museum, NC, MFA Boston, MA, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, Quirk Hotel, Richmond, VA, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI, and Kohler Company, Kohler, WI.
Grants include: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant Theresa Pollack Fine Art Award, a VA Commission for the Arts Grant, and multiple VCU Faculty Research Grants. She is represented by Sienna Patti Contemporary Gallery. and

Past Artists


Nicholas Galanin

October 28, 2022

Galanin, a Lingít/Unangax̂ multi-disciplinary artist whose work is rooted in his perspective as an Indigenous man, will be on campus in early 2023 to participate in the mural unveiling at CSU’s Visual Arts Building (at the northwest corner closest to Canvas Stadium) followed by an artist talk. For more information on the rescheduling of the unveiling and artist talk, please refer to the Department of Art & Art History’s website.

Galanin’s visit will be part of the Scott Artist Series, a program that supports the exchange of ideas among artists from multiple disciplines, various places and diverse backgrounds. The series was established by CSU alumni Shaesby Scott (’97, Art) and his wife, Catherine Scott (’98, History).

The Scott Artist Series artist talk will be hosted by the Department of Art and Art History, the Lory Student Center’s Duhesa Gallery, and the Native American Cultural Center.

The mural, titled “State S(t)eal,” is part of the Department of Art & Art History’s Mural Initiative and Engaged Art Walk program. The painting process was completed over two weeks through the direction of Assistant Professor of Painting Aitor Lajarin-Encina.


Rowland Ricketts
February 28th to March 1st, 2022

Rowland Ricketts is a contemporary fiber artist whose practice is both broad and expansive and also incredibly specific. His artwork takes many forms – from installation art to objects of daily use for the home – but many of the ideas are rooted in traditional indigo dye techniques that Ricketts learned while an apprentice in Japan.

During his three-day visit, Ricketts taught a hands-on workshop and gave a public lecture. The natural dye and block printing workshop was held the Clara Hatton Gallery. You can see more about the workshop on the event page and on our YouTube.


Magdalene Odundo
February 12 & 13, 2021

Dame Magdalene Odundo D.B.E. is a Kenyan-born British studio potter, best known for her hand-built ceramics. Her vessels are made with a traditional coiling technique, without the use a potter’s wheel, hand-burnished, and left unglazed. With simple curves and color variations, her works convey the depths of connection between humans, earth, clay and vessels. Her virtual visit to CSU, in collaboration with the Gregory Allicar Museum, included an artist lecture, a Q&A with student-submitted questions, and a panel talk with Douglas Dawson, collector and gallerist, Dr. Suellen Melzer, professor of Soil Science in conversation with Dr. David Riep, associate professor of Art History, and Del Harrow, associate professor of Art. The talks were recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube Page.


Karyn Olivier
October 7-10, 2019

Karyn Olivier creates monuments, memorials, and visual art installations that intersect and collapse multiple histories and memories with present-day narratives. Her work considers the representation of conflicting narratives in parks and civic sites and the reinterpretation of neglected public spaces. Through the discrete placement, rearrangement, embellishment, and replication of everyday objects in various sites, Olivier tries to shift our experience of the familiar. While at CSU, Olivier led workshops and discussions with undergraduate and graduate students and gave a lecture at the Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center.


Sonya Clark
October 28-30, 2018

Sonya Clark is a fiber artist known for using a variety of materials including human hair and combs to address race, culture, class, and history. While at CSU, she interacted with students at different places on their educational path, allowing for interesting and applicable conversations to take place in smaller groups and within a scope of the students’ current experience. Additionally, Clark gave a standing room only presentation at the Alumni Center.


Michael Jones McKean
February 25-28, 2018

Michael Jones McKean’s work explores the nature of objects in relation to folklore, technology, anthropology, and mysticism. While at CSU, McKean gave a public lecture on his own work and creative research. He spoke with student groups and individually with selected advanced, post-baccalaureate and graduate students. He also shared a few meals with students, giving them a unique opportunity for dialogue with a professional artist.


Matt Wedel
October 24-26, 2017

Matt Wedel’s work models the familiar, such as vegetation, minerals, and animals, in clay and enters the realm of mythological creation stories. While at CSU, Wedel gave a demonstration and public lecture on his work and creative research. He also met individually with advanced, post-baccalaureate and graduate students.


Motoko Furuhashi
April 10-14, 2017

Motoko Furuhashi is an interdisciplinary artist who uses specific sites as her medium to expand on the conceptual meaning and purpose of the object and play with the audience’s understanding of place. While at CSU, Furuhashi worked with collaborative student groups to create site-specific installations throughout the Visual Arts building that highlighted, amplified, or interfered with the commonly understood uses of those spaces.