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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.