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Visiting Artists and Scholars

Each academic year, visiting artists and scholars are invited to the School of Visual Art and Design to engage students, faculty, and the public with their research, work, and ideas. We program exhibitions, presentations, graduate student studio critiques, or hands-on workshops into each visit.

2023 - 2024 Academic Year

  • Portrait of Christina Kerns

    Christina Kerns


  • Portrait of Denise Markonish

    Denise Markonish

    Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Scholar

  • Mark Addison Smith

    Mark Addison Smith


  • Brad Vetter

    Brad Vetter 


  • Adrienne Miller

    Adrienne Miller


Past Artists and Scholars


Gasali Adeyemo is a master adire artist who creates beautiful fabric by the yard and clothing using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques from his home country of Nigeria. He specializes in making indigo-dyed cotton adire cloth because of its cultural importance to his people. Each textile has traditional Yoruba designs, with symbolic and biographical meanings.

Stitch-resitant indigo dyeing workshop with 3D scultpure/fiber arts class:  March 13 and 15, 11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Adire indigo dyeing workshop with printmaking class: March 14 and 16, 11:50 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Artist Talk: March 16, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., McMaster 214

Public Indigo Dyeing Workshop: March 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Outside McMaster College (Henderson St. entrance) 

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

Dana Sherwood is an American artist whose diverse practice across sculpture, video, and painting explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. Her artworks reflect on the Anthropocene, the geological epoch in which human activity has caused substantial and irreversible damage. She relies upon her own style of magical realism to portray contact between human and non-human animals as a tool to understand culture and behavior and prompt recognition of the interconnectedness of our ecosystem.

Artist Talk: February 23, 6:0 - 8:00 p.m., McMaster 214

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

Mark Dion’s work bridges the disciplines of art history, studio art, museum research, ecology, archaeology, data collection, the illustration of naturalism, and more. Recognized with numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019, his work has been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Tate Gallery in London, the British Museum of Natural History, and the Seattle Art Museum, among many others. He is profiled on, one of the most prestigious platforms for the showcase of contemporary art.

Artist Talk: February 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., McMaster 214


Kate Bingaman-Burt mostly draws, letters, documents, and collects, but she also does a lot of other things that involve energy, conversation, and exchange. Kate is a full-time educator and makes illustrations for all sorts of clients all around the world. Since 2008, she has worked at Portland State University and now holds the rank of Professor of Graphic Design. She opened Outlet in 2017, which hosts workshops, pop-up events, and a fully operational risograph print studio. 

Zine Workshop with ARTS 246, 346, and ARTS 465: January 23, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., McMaster 324

Zine Workshop with ARTS 246 and ARTS 466: January 24, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., McMaster 324

Social at Columbia Museum of Art: January 24, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Public Lecture at Columbia Museum of Art: January 24, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Kathleem Thum received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and her MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and is based at Clemson University. Thum's artwork revolves around the subject of fossil fuels, using different visual and conceptual approaches to examine the infrastructure created by the fossil fuel industries and to explore the physical, material qualities of coal and oil. Through her mixed-media drawings and installations, she heightens an awareness of our disconnection and dependence on fossil fuels.  

Artist Talk: March 21, 5:30 p.m., McMaster 239

Kathleen Thum will present on her drawings and large-scale cut paper pieces, which visually and conceptually explore the complex theme of fossil fuels. Referencing pipeline infrastructure and the materiality of coal and oil, Kathleen’s work aims to heighten an awareness of our disconnection and dependence on fossil fuels. In addition, Kathleen will discuss her studio process of shifting scales, layering, stenciling, masking, and working with various drawing materials.

Coordinator: Sara Schneckloth

Art Historian

Adriana Zavala, Ph.D., is an art historian who specializes in modern Mexican and contemporary US Latinx art.  Dr. Zavala currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University.  She is founding co-director of the US Latinx Art Forum, a 501c3 dedicated to the art and art history of the US Latinx community. Her first book Becoming Modern, Becoming Tradition: Women, Gender, and Representation in Mexican Art, a feminist study of Mexican visual art, won the Arvey Prize from the Association of Latin American Art. Her current work includes a co-authored book about 20th-century Mexican intellectuals and visual artists who grappled with Mexico City’s Aztec foundations to visualize a modern city informed by colonial maps, manuscripts and archaeological studies. 

Class Lecture

February 24, 1:15 - 2:30 PM in McMaster 214 (room capacity is 100; approximately 50 spots are open to visitors)

Professor Zavala will visit Dr. Peter Chametkzy's Art History class "Twentieth Century Art: Art and Justice in the 20th Century." Her lecture will focus on Latinx Art, History, and Institutions. Attendees will be introduced to some of Zavala's favorite contemporary artists and explore their cultural background and art, while also discussing Latinx art’s cultural and political specificity and its flux in history and in relation to other art historical categories like “American” art or “Latin American” art, as well as more specific group identities like Chicana/o/x, Diasporican, Cuban-American, etc.

Public Lecture and Reception

"Of Bodies and Borders"
February 24, 4:30 - 5:45 PM, McKissick Museum Auditorium

This lecture examines works by Latin American-descended visual artists living in the United States, that is to say Latinx artists, whose lives have been marked by and whose works explore the violence of colonialism, empire, and the ongoing politicization of borders. Through a reading of art works by Adriana Corral, Teresita Fernández, Guadalupe Maravilla, Carlos Martiel, Sandy Rodriguez, and Juan Sánchez, Zavala will explore how racialization as a violent form of social differentiation cannot be separated from the critical study of geopolitical power. As a scholar of both Mexican and U.S. Latinx art and visual culture, she will address the necessity of intersectional scholarship and praxis, and the importance of generosity, care, and witnessing in these troubled times.

*Note: because of the topic of this lecture, some of the works presented can be challenging
for some audiences.

Coordinator: Peter Chametzky

Professor Zavala's visit is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. For further information on Phi Beta Kappa, visit and


Morgan Craig believes that architectural structures acting as both repositories and as vehicles for memory profoundly influence culture and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. Consequently, he has been inspired to build a body of work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape.

Craig's work is not merely a method of documentation, but a sociopolitical/socioeconomiccommentary on the effects of hubris, avarice, free trade, outsourcing, deregulation, deterritorialization, neoliberalism, obsolescence, and international-finance-capital upon communities throughout the world. Within the realm of Jacques Derrida's theory of Hauntology, the paintings speak of the slow disintegration of the future, and the abysmal fragmentation of the past.

Exhibition: Fulmination and the Final Fulfillment: Specters of Capital, January 13 - February 17, 2022 at McMaster Gallery

Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery 


Eloisa Guanlao was born in the Philippines. Her experiences as an immigrant and nomadic scholar­artist influence her versatile art practice and critical inquiries. Eloisa's interest in the natural world, history, art, languages and literature began at an early age. This multifaceted passion was nurtured at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts in California, cultivated with a liberal arts education at Carleton College in Minnesota, and further developed at the University of New Mexico, where she received her MFA in Studio Art.

Because Eloisa considers art making a social and cultural endeavor, she pursues projects that are research intensive and relevant to current issues. Her exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature wet collodian glass ambrotypes of "stuffed" birds, sewn out of her daughters' outgrown clothes. They compel deliberate medidation on the benefits and pitfalls of technology on the circadian rythym of living species. 

Exhibition: Darwin's Finches, October 19th - December 2nd

Artist Talk: October 20th, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in McMaster 239.

Workshop: A Glimpse Into 19th Century Photography: October 21st, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery 


Erbriyon Barrett has been involved in artistic social and cultural awareness in Atlanta and the BLM movement through his community-based and public artworks. Barrett goes by the name Cloud Cruiser. His public art murals can be seen throughout Atlanta and several cities in North and South Carolina. His murals are on the official art tour of Atlanta Art Murals in the city. Barrett has been showcased in two Atlanta Art Basel events in 2018 and 2019. His photography was showcased during the BLM protest in 2020. One of these images will be featured on the cover of Tyrese Gibson vinyl release of Legendary ft. CeeLo Green.

His work is not only recognized in the arena of public art murals but also photography, film, performance and digital art. As a young black creative, he addresses the issues of investing in one’s self to build up confidence and visibility in what one does as an artist.
View his work on Instagram: @cloudxcruiser

Lecture: October 4th, 1:30 PM in McMaster 324. Free and open to the public.

Mural Workshop: October 4th - 7th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM each day at 741 Saluda Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.

Coordinator: Virginia Scotchie

Sponsored by SVAD, the UofSC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Five Points Association. 

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artists

Dan Hernandez creates intricate tableaux that blend religious iconography with the contemporary visual language of video games, two genres which somehow collapse seamlessly together in farcical send-ups of culture and society. His paintings explore the visual dialog between religion, mythology, and pop culture. He is represented at Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. His work is exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions and has been written about in a number of publications including ARTnews, HyperAllergic, Artillery Magazine, Arte Fuse, Gizmodo, Der Spiegel.  Dan was selected for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellency Award in 2011 and in 2015.

Arturo Rodriguez work deals with the particular issues that arise from a separation thru exile. “I make paintings, prints, and mixed media works that are rooted in my experience as someone who finds it difficult to identify with a cultural group.” As a native Cuban, he has lived most of his life in the United States. Most recently he has been awarded a  2006-07 Individual Artist Excellence Award from The Ohio Arts Council.

Exhibition: September 13th - October 21st, 2021 at McKissick Museum

Lecture by Arturo Rodriguez: October 21st, 6:00 PM at McKissick Museum. Please call 803-777-7251 to reserve your seat.

Coordinators: Brent Dedas and Lana Burgess 


Jonathan Pellitteri is an award-winning, North Carolina-based artist working with three dimensional objects and industrial materials. His sculptural and installation practice involves life-size objects and miniature models to engage viewers in curious and explorative ways that stimulate personal narratives and evoke private memories. His exhibition at McMaster Gallery will explore current debates over humanity’s impact on the environment, sustainability, and the exploitation of natural resources.

Learn more at

ExhibitionCanary in the Coalmine, April 22 - May 27, 2021

Coordinator: Olga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery


Noah Scalin is an internationally-exhibiting multidisciplinary fine artist. Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience and temporality of human existence. His works are rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, often asking us to take notice of quotidian moments.

By using everyday and mass produced consumer items like stickers in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the things in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked, or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their physical creations. Much of Scalin’s work is intentionally temporary or ephemeral. Like human existence, these works revert back to their component parts or are destroyed after a short lifespan, only to exist in documentation and memories after they’re gone.

Learn more at

Free and Public Lecture: March 30, 6:00 PM, virtual

Coordinator: Meena Khalili

Artist and Art Educator 

Britt Morgan Kirkwood is a 2009 UofSC alumna. She has taught studio art internationally for the past 12 years, infusing STEAM & technology into core curriculum and creating her own art work based on biological illustration in large scale. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and presented in Singapore and Berlin on media and science in the art classroom. Britt has shared her practice in over 10 different countries with her primary message focusing on how the power of audience, science and passion can radicalize the art classroom. 

Workshop: "Why the A in STEAM?" February 22, 12:00 PM 

Public Lecture: "Unsolicited Advice from a Disobedient Art Teacher," February 22, 6:00 PM

Coordinator: Andrew Graciano


Amanda Smith is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist based in Missouri, where she is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Missouri State University. Amanda Smith’s exhibition at McMaster Gallery will feature hybrid quilt paintings and cushion-stuffed works which challenge our common associations of quilts as sources of comfort and conduits to rest. Her works tap into our collective unease about transitioning environmental, political, and social landscapes.

Learn more at

ExhibitionRestless Sleepers, January 14 - February 18, 2021

Lecture: February 17, 6:00 PM, Facebook Live (McMaster Gallery)

Workshop: February 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

CoordinatorOlga Yukhno, McMaster Gallery

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

The Guerrilla Girls are a feminist, activist artist collective committed to fighting injustice in the arts. They wear signature gorilla masks in public and take on the names of dead women artists to remain anonymous. Founded in New York City in 1985, they began by flyposting text and photo-based messages on the streets of SoHo to call attention to discriminatory practices by galleries and museums towards women. Today, they use stickers, flyers, and advertising campaigns full of facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. They create works of art that reveal the understory, the subtext, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. The Guerrilla Girls believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders.

An exhibition of their works in McMaster Gallery, Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!, will explore text and photo-based activist works that use statistics and humor to shock and reveal  underlying issues of power and representation in the arts, and chronicle the Guerrilla Girls’ history of institutional critique in the field of contemporary art.

This program is part of the Justice Theme Semester in the College of Arts and Sciences. Support comes from a grant from the Knight Foundation fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences at UofSC, and the Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist Fund at the School of Visual Art and Design, and the Columbia Museum of Art.

Exhibition: Guerrilla Girls: Art, Power, and Justice for All!,  October 1 - October 22, 2020, McMaster Gallery.

Visit in person Mon. - Fri., 9 am - 5 pm. 

A Virtual Evening with the Guerrilla Girls: October 9, 7:00 pm

Virtual Activist Art Workshop with the Guerrilla Girls: October 10, 12:00 pm, Zoom. 

Coordinators: Anna Toptchi and Laura Kissel

Art Historian

LaNitra M. Berger, Ph.D., is an art historian whose research focuses on the intersections of art and social activism in the black and Jewish diasporas. Dr. Berger is the senior director of fellowships in the Honors College at George Mason University, where she is an affiliate faculty in the History and Art History Department. She has written and taught on subjects ranging from lynching photography to racial representations in German Expressionism.

Virtual lecture: "Audacities of Color: Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of Global German Expressionism" 
September 24, 6:00 pm

Art and Social Activism: A Black Lives Matter Discussion
September 25, 12:00 pm

Coordinator: Peter Chametzky  

Artist and Art Educator 

Sharif Bey, Ph.D., is a ceramic artist, art educator, and scholar. He is Associate Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Bey’s work reflects his interest in the visual heritage of Africa and Oceania, the cultural and political significance of ornamentation and adornment, as well as contemporary African American culture.

Virtual talkSeptember 18, 1:00 pm, Facebook Live. Free and open to the public.

Virtual workshop: September 18, 2:30 pm, Facebook  Live. Free and open to the public. Details forthcoming.

Coordinators: Hyunji Kwon, Olga Ivashkevich, and Minuette Floyd

Art Historian, Professor

Alison J. Miller, Assistant Professor of Art History, is a scholar of Asian art who specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese art, prints and photography, and the intersections of gender studies and visual culture. 

Dr. Miller earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Kansas, M.A. degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas, and B.A. degrees in Art History and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University.  Her research has been funded by a Fulbright Fellowship, Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.  She has published in TransAsia Photography Review, Impressions, and various museum catalogues.  

Dr. Miller’s book manuscript, tentatively titled, "The Feminine Imperial Image in Japan, 1868-1952" addresses how prints, photographs, and paintings of the modern Japanese empresses were used to construct norms of modern femininity and class.

Lecture: “Images of the Imperial: The Modern Japanese Empresses in Visual Culture” 
March 2, McMaster 214, 4:00 pm
Free and open to the public.

Curator, Writer, Activist

Elizabeth M. Marion Visiting Artist

Kimberly Drew is a curator, activist, and author of soon-to-be released Black Futures, an anthology of contemporary Black experiences, and This Is What I Know About Art, part of a young adult series featuring big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists. She has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Glamour for her work. She is the creator of the blog “Contemporary Black Art” and has worked at Creative Time and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Learn about her experiences in creative careers and how she champions Black art and culture and advocates for radical art access.

Workshop: Curating in the Digital Age
February 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
School of Visual Art and Design
McMaster Room 323
Free and open to the public.

Lecture: February 27
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Columbia Museum of Art
Free and open to the public. 

Co-sponsors: African American Studies Program at UofSC and the Friends of African American Art and Culture at the Columbia Museum of Art

Artist,  Researcher, Professor

Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, educator and researcher who uses cognitive psychology theories and methods to study the hidden dynamics of artists’ thinking processes. Her work includes a randomized control trial that demonstrated the impact of an interdisciplinary art curriculum for students growing up in poverty. She has lectured and led workshops on art and cognition internationally. Kantrowitz believes drawing represents a solid example of human imagination at work.
She is the graduate program coordinator and assistant professor in Art Education at the State University of New York @ New Paltz.  As director of the Thinking through Drawing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, she organized a series of international drawing and cognition research symposia, in collaboration with colleagues from the U.K. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale. She has taught foundation drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduate courses in contemporary art at the College of New Rochelle. She was a teaching artist in the New York City for many years, involved in multiple local and national research projects. She recently completed an interdisciplinary doctorate at Teachers College which examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices.  

Lecture: Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM, McMaster 214

Visit SVAD Projects for the  complete lineup of past Visiting Artist and Scholars.

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