Artist and Scholar Talks Go Virtual
Kent State University’s School of Art is happy to announce the fall 2020 schedule of virtual artist and scholar lectures. Four talks will be taking place over the fall semester in a virtual format. The visiting artists and scholars will cover a wide range of social topics, including feminism, violence/war, racism and transgender issues. Links to the live events will be posted on the School of Art’s website. All lectures start at 12 p.m. on the dates listed below. All artists and scholar talks are free and open to the public.
Sept. 25 - Visiting Scholar Maria Elena Buszek, Art History and Painting
Oct. 2 - Visiting Artist Stephen Saracino, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling
Nov. 6 - Visiting Artist Faisal Abdu'allah, Print Media and Photography
Dec. 4 - Visiting Scholar, Kevin Jenkins, Art Education
About the artists and scholars:
Stephen Saracino, a Kent State alumnus (MFA ’84, Metalsmithing), has been an educator and exhibiting artist for three decades. His often satirical narrative pieces often reflect personal or political concerns and have been featured in more than 50 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Japan. Saracino is a professor of metalsmithing design at SUNY Buffalo State. His work was recently featured in the exhibition “Constructed Answer” at the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery at Kent State that centered around the 50th commemoration of the May 4 shootings on campus.
Faisal Abdu’Allah is a multidisciplinary British artist who creates iconographic imagery through a conceptual lens, exploring intersections of race, identity, power and representation as they relate to ideology and culture. A trained printmaker and barber, Abdu’Allah’s practice blends photography, print media, installation, film, music and performance to challenge and interrogate these constructs.
Abdu’Allah studied in London at the Royal College of Art. He is an associate professor of printmaking at UW–Madison and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2012 Mayors prize for sustainability for his film Double Pendulum, Decibel Visual Artist Award, London, First Prize at the Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia, and is a 2016 recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Program for Painters and Sculptors.
He earned his Ph.D. in Art Education (2018) at the University of North Texas. His dissertation, titled Dis/appearance, In/visibility and the Transitioning Body on Social Media: A Post-Qualitative & Multimodal Inquiry, earned the 2019 university-wide Toulouse Dissertation Award, in the Social Sciences division and was nominated for the National Art Education Association 2020 Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education. At UNT, he also served as a teaching fellow (2014-2017) for preservice art education courses in contemporary global art/artists and digital technologies in the art classroom.
He is an artivist, vlogger, curriculum designer and educator of trans experience whose research includes gender transition documentation as palimpsest and social media as an artistic space that serves as a pedagogical tool and a site for activism.