Each year the Art faculty invite art historians, critics, and artists to speak at Colby College, often in conjunction with courses and major initiatives on campus. All lectures are free and open to the public. They are organized by the Department of Art, with support from the Arts Lecture Fund at Colby.



ROGER WHITE, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5pm, Olin 1

Artist and art critic Roger White leads an inquiry into art criticism, its twentieth-century history, and its possibilities in the twenty-first century.



CHAKAIA BOOKER, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5pm, Given Auditorium

Sculptor Chakaia Booker reflects on her work, which uses discarded tires and other construction materials to explore ecological concerns, racial and economic difference, gender, and globalization.





JENNIFER LIESE, “Social Medium: Artists Writing,” Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6pm, Diamond 141

Jennifer Liese (Director of the Writing Center, Rhode Island School of Design) describes how contemporary artists’ essays, manifestos, fiction, diaries, scripts, blog posts, and tweets chart a complex era in art, the art world, and the world at large in inventive and influential ways.


MARIA MAGDELENA CAMPOS-PONS, February 10, 2017, 12pm, Colby Museum

Cuban-born artist Campos-Pons discusses her artwork, which reflects on the histories of migration central to the formation of Cuban identity.


MARTA AMERI, “The Destruction of Ancient Culture in the Modern Middle East,” November 10, 2016, 7pm, Pugh Center

Marta Ameri (Assistant Professor of Art, Colby) presents her research and teaching on the history of iconoclasm from antiquity to the present, with a focus on the role the destruction of images plays in times of political and social upheaval and in the context of religious debates. She considers the forms iconoclasm has taken in the modern Middle East and examines religious and political contexts linked to the production, protection, and destruction of images.


ALISON STIGORA, “Material, Environment, Architecture: The Artistic Process and Creating Space,” November 3, 2016, 4pm, Colby Museum

Alison Stigora (Faculty Fellow of Art, Colby) is a site-specific artist specializing in large-scale sculpture and installation. Her projects explore ideas of transparency, the relationship between humans and their environment, and the intersection of sculpture and architecture.




JACKIE BROWN, “Mutated Growth,” November 11, 2015, 6pm, Olin 1

Sculptor Jackie Brown (Assistant Professor of Art, Bowdoin College) creates immersive environments that invite viewers into imagined biological systems, where it’s often ambiguous whether the forms are benign or toxic.


AARON T. STEPHEN, November 10, 2014, 5pm, Olin 1

The sculptural work of Aaron T. Stephan strikes a relationship between behavior and objecthood. His work often questions the contents of the public realm, where a mastery in material craft emboldens the underlying, conceptual program.



EMMET GOWIN September 30, 2015, 7pm, Olin 1

Emmet Gowin studied under photographer Harry Callahan, who became one of his mentors and greatest influences. landscape. Most recently he has been photographing living moths in Ecuador, Panama, and Bolivia. In these photographs he is again including his lifelong muse and partner, Edith.


AIDA MULUNEH, “Past/Forward: Photography in Ethiopia,” April 23, 2015, 6:30pm, Olin 1

Aida Muluneh is an Ethiopian photographer and artist. Having studied both film and photography at Howard University, she founded two vital photographic institutions in Ethiopia: the Addis Foto Fest, a biannual photography festival focused on contemporary African and global photography, and DESTA (Developing and Educating Societies Through the Arts). A book of her work, Ethiopia: Past/Forward (2009), was published in Belgium.


BETSEY GARAND April 16, 2015, 4:30pm, Bixler 154

Betsey A. Garand is Senior Resident Artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College. Her prints and drawings engage with the themes of continuum, balance, and growth in physical and psychological life. Seemingly familiar objects are layered beneath and above biomorphic and geometric shapes.


DAVID CAMPBELL April 7, 2015, 4:30pm, Bixler 154

David Campbell (Art Department, College of WIlliam and Mary) cofounded the Perceptual Painters collective. He has had solo exhibitions at Eastern University in Wayne, PA, Foro Galeria in San Juan, Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia, and Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia.



GREGG JAMISON, March 29, 2016, 6pm, Diamond 141

Gregg Jamison (Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) presents the results of ethnoarchaeological research conducted with modern steatite carvers in Udaipur. His approach has provided new insights into the organizational dynamics of one of the most important craft industries of the Indus Civilization.


SUSAN JANE WALP, March 3, 2016, 5:30pm, Olin 1

Susan Jane Walp (Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer, Studio Art, Dartmouth College) has had solo exhibitions at Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco; Fischbach Gallery, New York; ISA Gallery, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy; Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York and Boston; and Tibor De Nagy Gallery, New York, where she is currently represented. Her awards include an NEA grant, Skowhegan School Purchase Prize, a CAPS Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She resides and paints in Vermont.


John Ott-revised

JOHN OTT, March 1, 2016, 5:30pm, Olin 1

Professor Ott (Professor of Art History, James Madison University) is author of Manufacturing the Modern Patron in Victorian California: Cultural Philanthropy, Industrial Capital, and Social Authority (2014). He presents new research in a talk titled, “The Pigeon and the Grid: Animal Locomotion, Comparative Biology, and the Genesis of Ecological Consciousness.”