Willson Memorial Lecture Series

Sponsored by UNO Friends of Art Fall 2018


Holly McAdams Olson | Sept. 14 | 7pm | Art Gallery

Holly McAdams Olson is the Director of Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. She holds a BFA in Ceramics from UNO, as well as a BA in Arts Management and MA in Business Administration from Bellevue University. Olson has worked at The Union for Contemporary Art, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and as a board member of WhyArts? Inc.

Mark Gilbert | Sept. 18 | Noon | Art Gallery

Scottish artist Mark Gilbert earned a BA in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art, and his Ph.D. in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was artist in residence at The Royal London Hospital, England, collaborating with a maxilla facial surgeon and patients as an integral part of their care programming along with dialogue and writing.  His research, paintings, and exhibitions focus on the interdisciplinary field of Art and Medicine. He is currently the recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship with the Medical Humanities (HEALS) program at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Nikki Greene | Sept. 20 | 6pm | CPACS 132

Greene’s cultural enrichment talk ‘African Diasporic In/Sites: Afrofuturism's Shine in Art”, will be eligible for Willson Talk credit. Greene is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Her art historical research and writing explores African and African-American identities, music, the body, and feminism in 20th century and contemporary art.  Her forthcoming book, Rhythms of Grease, Grime, Glass, and Glitter: The Body in Contemporary Black Art, presents new interpretations of several contemporary African-American artists. She has published articles in American Studies Journal and Aperture, and catalog essays on Alma Thomas and Romare Bearden. She is the recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Art History and Africana Studies, the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, and the Richard D. Cohen Fellowship at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.

Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar | Sept. 28 | 7pm | Art Gallery

Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar are artists in residence this fall at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. They founded the TUG collective to focus upon interdisciplinary research, new forms of contemporary social practice, and participatory, problem-based interventions that tackle the cultural politics of contemporary border regions in North America. While in Omaha, they will be working on a project involving Columbia, a common allegorical figure for the Americas. Gaelyn Aguilar is Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Gustavo Aguilar is Associate Professor of Experimental Performance, both serving as faculty at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Joel Allen | Oct. 9 | Noon | Art Gallery

Joel Allen is based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, receiving his M.F.A. from Washington State University. His work Hooked on Svelte was awarded Fiber Installation of 2016, and will travel in the show State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art. and Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. His fiber works are also in the collections of the Los Angeles headquarters of the Coachella Music and Art Festival, as well as the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico.

Jayoung Chung | Oct. 11 | Noon | Art Gallery

Jayoung Chung is an artist in residence this fall at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and works across many media, from visual art, animation, and film to music and storytelling.  With her MPS from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, her exhibits and installations explore performance, computer graphics, sound and movement, working with several traditional Korean instruments. She was the Moving Image Director at the 2013 Special Olympics Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Seoul, and has held residencies at Eyebeam, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, ZK/U in Berlin, Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, and Swing Space at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Ashley McFeely | Oct. 25 | Noon | Art Gallery

Ashley McFeely is a painter, communication consultant, and graphic designer. She studied art and design at UNO, and worked as a graphic designer at Bozell & Jacobs advertising agency. She has also worked as a designer with Swanson and Russell Agency, as an independent designer, a Creative Director for a non-profit, and a Communications Director for a large church. She earned her Masters degree in Instructional Communication, and has been teaching graphic design at the collegiate level for over a decade. Ashley communications consultation has been with state and international organization including Cabella's, the White House, the Pentagon, Zambia, and Madagascar. 

Gail Simpson & Aristotle Georgiades | Nov. 9 | Noon | Art Gallery

Gail Simpson & Aris Georgiades are sculptors who produce projects individually and collaboratively as Actual Size Artworks.  Each earned MFAs in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Simpson’s projects across the U.S. and Europe reflect her interest in landscape materials and the natural environment, and her involvement with local community issues. Georgiades makes smaller-scale sculptures using salvaged building materials and objects, often related to issues of adaptability and the changing nature of work, and ask questions about usefulness and ambition. Both currently teach at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Christopher Prinz | Nov. 13 | Noon | WFAB 214

Christopher Prinz is an Omaha-based Industrial Designer seeking to expose extreme and rarely visible possibilities of materials and processes associated with Industry. Originally starting as a student in UNO’s BFA program, he completed his studies at Rhode Island School of Design.

Senior Student Talks in Art Gallery

BA Art History | Nov. 27 | Noon

BFA | Nov. 29 | Noon

BFA | Dec. 4 | Noon

BFA | Dec. 6 | Noon


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