Visiting Artists

In addition to its talented faculty, Ox-Bow hosts a series of distinguished visiting artists, art historians and critics each summer. These Visiting Artists have been chosen to complement the program offerings. Visiting Artists give slide presentations of their work, are available for individual and group critiques, and visit classes to talk with students and faculty. They share their work and ideas, their success, and their insight with both students and staff.


Maria Gaspar, June 4–10

BROWN BRILLIANCE DARKNESS MATTER | (Installation detail of current exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago), Woven Collage on Digitally Printed Dye Sub Fabric, White Stoneware, Cone 6, Oxidation, Brown Overglaze on Acapulco Furniture, 2016 Photo Credit: Sara Pooley

BROWN BRILLIANCE DARKNESS MATTER | (Installation detail of current exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago), Woven Collage on Digitally Printed Dye Sub Fabric, White Stoneware, Cone 6, Oxidation, Brown Overglaze on Acapulco Furniture, 2016 Photo Credit: Sara Pooley

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist negotiating the politics of location and geography through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. Gaspar is the founder of large-scale art projects City As Site (2010), and The 96 Acres Project (2012-Present), which examines
the impact of incarceration through artistic interventions at the Cook County Jail located in her native community in Chicago. Gaspar’s work has been featured at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY; Artspace, New Haven, CT; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie in Luzern, Switzerland. Gaspar is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist
Grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Artist As Activist Fellowship, and a Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art. She recently completed a residency at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX. She is an Assistant Professor
at the School of the Ar t Institute of Chicago. Gaspar holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.


Steven Yazzie, June 11–17

INCIDENTAL SUNSET | oil on canvas 66"w x60"h, 2009

INCIDENTAL SUNSET | oil on canvas 66"w x60"h, 2009

Steven J. Yazzie (b.1970) Newport Beach, CA; lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. Yazzie is a proud member of the Navajo Nation and a veteran of the Gulf War serving honorably with the United States Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia at Arizona State University and was named the 2014 outstanding graduate for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. Yazzie has been a part of numerous regional, national, and international exhibitions. Yazzie has also received a number of regional and national grants; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Award. He works in painting, video, installation, performance, and socially driven collaborations. Today he merges contemporary studio practice with new video and filmmaking techniques.


Shelia Pepe, June 18-24

PUT ME DOWN GENTLY | 2014, Commissioned for the exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present, ICA Boston

PUT ME DOWN GENTLY | 2014, Commissioned for the exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present, ICA Boston

Sheila Pepe is best known for her largescale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. Since the mid-1990s Pepe has used feminist and craft traditions to investigate received notions concerning the production of canonical artwork as well as the artist’s relationship to museum display and the art institution itself. Pepe is also known as an educator who likes to trespass the boundaries of fixed disciplines in art and design. She has taught sinc e 1995—in a variety of programs and schools including Bard, RISD, VCU and SVA. Pepe was a resident faculty member at Skowhegan School, 2013. This year she serves with the MFA faculties of the Yale University Painting and Printmaking department, Columbia University and SUNY Purchase.


Wallace Whitney, June 25-July 1

UNTITLED | oil on canvas 65"x78", 2015, Image courtesy of the artist and Bernard Ceysson Gallery

UNTITLED | oil on canvas 65"x78", 2015, Image courtesy of the artist and Bernard Ceysson Gallery

Wallace Whitney makes paintings that are based on his perception of nature. The paintings are full of color, transparencies, overlapping forms and contrasting gestures. Whitney reveals the act of painting as an extended mediation on the layered experience of action and reflection with material and the self as source. In addition to his active studio practice Whitney writes about art, has curated numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally and is a co-founder and current co-owner of CANADA, an artist-run art gallery located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His work has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Artnet and other publications. Whitney’s most recent solo exhibition was Alight, Align in 2016 at Galerie Bernard Ceysson in St. Etienne France, where his work is represented. Wallace Whitney lives and works in The Bronx with his family.


Donna Huanca, July 2-8

SEEING AURAS | Installation View, Mixed Media, 2014

SEEING AURAS | Installation View, Mixed Media, 2014

Donna Huanca’s sculptural installations fuse tactile materials, such as clothing and cultural ephemera that are activated by live performers. Her focus is on the body- particular the skin, which is simultaneously the surface on which our personhood is inscribed and the surface through which we experience the world around us.

Donna Huanca (born Chicago, USA) received a BFA in Painting from the University of Houston and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Städelschule, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt, Germany. Huanca is a recipient of the DAAD Artist Grant and a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Mexico City.

Recent solo exhibitions include SADE ROOM at Moma PS1 Printshop, New York, POLYSTYRENE BRACES at Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia (organized by Art In General, New York), SCAR CYMBALS at Zabludowicz Collection, London and SURROGATE PAINTEEN at Peres Projects, Berlin.


Jim Duignan, July 9-15

CHICAGO SWING | shown at the Reykjavík Art Museum

CHICAGO SWING | shown at the Reykjavík Art Museum

Jim Duignan's studio work reflects on his history, educations, and a running record of life in Chicago through object making, prints, and the creation of publications. Jim Duignan founded the Stockyard Institute as an artist project and small community institute for studio work, community radio and radical pedagogy in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of south Chicago and has continued, since 1995, to orchestrate a range of works and ideas deep inside Chicago communities.

Jim Duignan is an artist and teacher who was born and raised in Chicago, having attended and studied studio arts at Taft High School. He received his B.F.A. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, influenced deeply by two of his teachers, artists, Robert Nickle and Martin Puryear. Duignan received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Studio Arts. Jim Duignan has been a faculty member at DePaul University since 1992, currently an Associate Professor in the College of Education at DePaul University having founded the Arts Education Program (2005). He was awarded the University Public Service Award and the recipients of multiple grants and awards for scholarship and service. Jim Duignan won the top award from Artadia (2008) and has been the awarded grants from the Weitz Family Foundation, Purcell Family Foundation, PNC Bank Foundation and the Wrigley Company.  Recent publications include, Building a Gang-Proof Suit: An Artistic and Pedagogical Framework, for the Chicago Social Practice History Series, (Eds.) Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller, published University of Chicago Press (2015) and No Longer Interested for the Blade of Grass Foundation (2014). Major exhibitions include the Chicago Cultural Center (2016), Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2016), Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NYC (2015), Sullivan Galleries, Chicago (2014), Kochi-MuzirisBiennial, India (2014) and the Hull House Museum (2013).  The work of Jim Duignan has been reviewed in publications like The Atlantic (2015), Prestel Publications (2014), The Art Newspaper (2014), Chronicle of Higher Education (2011) and the Chicago Tribune (2011).


Namita Gupta Wiggers, July 16-22

Namita Gupta Wiggers is a writer, curator, educator, and artist based in Portland, OR. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum, an online and onsite platform for exchange (Facebook group, @critcraftforum, criticalcraftforum.com). From 2004-14, she served as the Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR. Wiggers teaches in the MFA Applied Craft + Design, co-administered by Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art, and at Portland State University. Recent publications and projects include: "We Claim the Bowl in the Name of Craft," in Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture (Routledge), and the exhibition Everything has been Material for Scissors to Shape at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American Experience, Seattle WA (closes April 2017). She is the editor of the forthcoming Companion on Contemporary Craft (Wiley Blackwell), and collaborating on a project on gender and jewelry with Benjamin Lignel.


Alejandro Almanza Pereda, July 23-29

Sticks and stones N.4, Drift wood, concrete, brass, steel, aluminum, wooden stool, fluorescent light bulb, found objects, 2014.

Sticks and stones N.4, Drift wood, concrete, brass, steel, aluminum, wooden stool, fluorescent light bulb, found objects, 2014.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda (1977, Mexico) received his MFA from Hunter College in New York City. His has done solo shows in different institutions like San Francisco Art Institute; Stanley Rubin Center, El Paso TX; Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City; College of Wooster Art Museum Ohio; Art in General New York City. Among other group shows, his work has been featured at the Arizona State University Museum; Dublin Contemporary 2011, 6a Bienal de Curitiba Brazil, Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, El Museo del Barrio and the Queens Museum, both in New York. Alejandro has attended the Skowhegan summer program as well as a grant recipient from FONCA 2006-08, the CIFO Grant Program, the Harpo Foundation Grant program and the Harker Award for Interdisciplinary Studies,. His work can be found in collections as Goetz Collection, Kadist Collection, ASU Museum, Museo Del Barrio, Colección Jumex, Museo de Arte de Lima. He is currently a member of La Rubia te Besa an art band project. He lives and work between New York and Mexico City.


Cauleen Smith, July 30-August 5

The Way Out is the Way Two omnibus: Play Your part, Super-8, Cinematographer: Ian Curry, 2012

The Way Out is the Way Two omnibus: Play Your part, Super-8, Cinematographer: Ian Curry, 2012

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants.  Smith was born in Riverside, California and grew up in Sacramento. She earned a BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television. Smith is based in the great city of Chicago and serves as faculty for the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program and as visiting assistant professor at University of Illinois, Chicago department of Art and Art History. Along with Lana Lin, Smith co-programmed a series of experimental films for Flaherty NYC Spring 2016.

Her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions. Studio Museum of Harlem, Houston Contemporary Art Museum; Yerba Buena Center for Art, and the New Museum, New York, D21 Leipzig and Decad, Berlin. She has had solo shows for her films and installations at The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, Threewalls, Chicago. She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey and Kate Werble.  Smith is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency. Smith was a 2016 Recipient for the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts in Film and Video is the 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award.


Sharon Louden, August 6-12

"Windows," aluminum, screws, monofilament line; dimensions variable, 2015. Shown here at the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN. Photo credit: Christopher Gallo Photography, New York, NY

"Windows," aluminum, screws, monofilament line; dimensions variable, 2015. Shown here at the Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN. Photo credit: Christopher Gallo Photography, New York, NY

Sharon Louden holds a MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

Her work has also been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, Sculpture Magazine, ARTnews and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as other publications. In addition, Sharon Louden is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art and the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artistspublished by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. Louden's second book entitled, “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” will be launched on March 2 at the Strand Book Store in New York as a part of a 80-stop tour. Sharon is the recipient of a grant from the Ford Foundation in support of "The Artist as Culture Producer" conversation tour. For more information on Sharon and her work please visit her websites: www.sharonlouden.com and www.livesustain.org.


Ernesto Pujol, August 13-19

Systems of Weight, 48-hour group performance, Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany, 2016 Photos by Angela Von Brill

Systems of Weight, 48-hour group performance, Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany, 2016 Photos by Angela Von Brill

Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer known for his public practice. Pujol creates durational, silent, walking performances as complex portraits of people and places, inhabiting familiar landscapes and emblematic architecture that have nevertheless become invisible, aiming to reveal their psychic underlay, in the Jungian sense. Pujol draws from individual and collective memories and secrets through documented and undocumented, official and alternative narratives. Pujol is interested in contributing to greater individual and collective consciousness, to the notion of our interconnectedness and interdependence—our Oneness. He engages in scholarly research and psychic acuity (a perceptual term coined by writer Lewis Hyde) in the field. He trains citizens to perform communal, esthetic, mindful, transformative presence. Pujol has an undergraduate degree in Humanities and Visual Arts. He pursued independent graduate work in education, psychology, and communications. A recipient of numerous awards, he received an MFA in Studio Practice from SAIC. Pujol currently serves as performance instructor and thesis advisor in the low-residency MFA program in Art Practice the School of Visual Arts, NY, and the low-residency MFA program in Interdisciplinary Practice at the Hartford Art School, CT. Pujol is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions: silence, stillness & walking as Performance Practice; as well as numerous published essays in collections such as Awake: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience Into Art, Fernwey: A Traveling Curator’s Project, and Lived Practice.