Visual Culture Lecture Series


All events are free and open to the public

The Fall 2020 events are listed below with more information forthcoming for spring '21.

Tuesday September 29, 2020 | Time: 6pm | E.G. Bailey | Digital Art & Photography / Film | Q & A discussion via Zoom

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E.G. Bailey, recently named one of Filmmaker magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and a McKnight Media Artist Fellow, is an Ivey award-winning artist, filmmaker, director and producer. He is the recipient of a regional Emmy, LIN travel grant, and the Hughes, Diop, Knight Poetry Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference. His work is featured in the Target Art Connects commercial, now archived at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC). He was an editor for the film, Petting Zoo, which debuted at the 65th International Berlin Film Festival. Bailey has directed and assisted plays for well-known production houses, such as: The Guthrie, Pillsbury House, and Children’s Theater. Titles include: Othello, Amiri Baraka’s Wise Why’s, Juno and the Paycock, The Brother Size, and Sha Cage’s N-Word and U/G/L/Y. He is the co-founder of Tru Ruts Endeavors, MN Spoken Word Association, and the Million Artist Movement. Bailey’s written works have been published in Solid Ground, the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue, Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center, and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, an anthology. His latest work includes the co-curation of America Now!, a special film project which has taken place at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland, Latvia and others; and his film, New Neighbors, premiered at the 2017 Sundance film festival and has been shown at over 100 festivals world-wide.


Tuesday October 6, 2020 | Time: TBA (evening) | Julia K. Dabbs | Art History | Venue: TBD

Julia K. Dabbs is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She has been researching the lives and accomplishments of historical women artists for nearly two decades, with her major work to date being Life Stories of Women Artists, 1550-1800: an Anthology (Ashgate, 2009). Dabbs has published a number of essays and articles related to historical women artists’ life stories and art, including “Making the Invisible Visible: The Presence of Older Women Artists in Early Modern Artistic Biography” in Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and “Empowering American Women Artists: The Travel Writings of May Alcott Nieriker” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 15 no.3 (Autumn 2016) Her most recent work, an essay on early modern women artists, appeared in December 2019 Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe


Tuesday October 20, 2020 | Time: TBA (evening) | Jimmy Longoria | Museum Studies | Venue: TBD

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Jimmy Longoria is the only Chicano/Latino/Hispanic to be awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in Fine Art, and he is the only Minnesotan to have art on permanent display in the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the largest collection of Mexican Art outside Mexico. 

Recognized internationally as a fine artist, Jimmy continues to give back to the community by producing murals that deter gang graffiti in communities suffering gang presence. He uses proceeds from his own art sales to do this important work. 

His commitment to giving back to the community led Target Corporation to label him as “Someone We’d Like You to Meet,” in a national campaign. Jimmy’s art was chosen by Target Corporation to represent all of Hispanic Art for a symposium of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, a national gathering of Fortune 100 corporate executives. The McKnight Foundation has honored him with a Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service, and he received Ordway’s “Sally Award” for his artistic vision of giving back to the community through art. Jimmy is the only Latino artist to receive the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award from the City of Minneapolis. 

Tuesday October 27, 2020 | Time: TBA (evening) | Kelsi Sharp | Graphic Design | Venue: TBD

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Kelsi Sharp, Graphic designer, signmaker, and embroidery enthusiast. 

Growing up in American Southwest, she is strongly influenced by the signage, gas stations, and other relics found on the historic Route 66 highway. After studying construction methods, earning certifications in fabrication technologies, and apprenticing in an iconic Santa Fe sign shop, Kelsi began Sharp Design, a signage and environmental design company based in the Midwest, with projects all over the country.