New series gives better picture of art

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 | 4:54 p.m. CST; updated 11:57 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — For those with an interest in art, MU’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery has launched a Wednesday lecture series. This Wednesday, video and animation artist JJ Higgins will talk about “Issues in the Non-Space.” Her approach combines digital media and performance with critical theory.

Although the new series will continue through the spring, speakers are confirmed through March 19.

If you go

WHAT: George Caleb Bingham Gallery Wednesday Lecture Series WHEN: 5 p.m. Wednesdays WHERE: Bingham Gallery, in MU’s Fine Arts Building, Hitt Street and University Avenue ADMISSION: Free and public OTHER SPEAKERS: March 5, Anne Thompson, “Studio Process and Neo-Dada”; March 12, Melanie Lowrance, no title yet; March 19, Brett Grill, no title yet. Links to the artists’ work can be found at

“This way there’s a bigger connection between the art department and the community,” said Nathan Boyer, an assistant professor in the art department.

Boyer has organized the series with the support of gallery director Jo Stealy. The Missouri University Clay Klub, familiarly known as MUCK; the Senior Seminar, a capstone course in the arts program; and the Student Art Community all have hosted regional artists, but these talks have tended to draw art students working in the same media. The new lecture series, which began Feb. 6, is drawing a wider range of people interested in the arts.

“Having something be on the same night at the same time really helps,” Boyer said.

One speaker will appear through a barter of sorts: Melanie Lowrance, who teaches art at the University of Central Missouri, will appear in exchange for Boyer’s appearance at her school.

In addition to lecture trades, a grant given to the Student Art Community will bring in Peregrine Honig, a Kansas City artist, to be part of the series in April. Honig is the youngest person to have work in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

A digital projector is set up in the gallery so the artists can display images of their work while they talk.

The usual format for lectures includes the artists showing and talking about their own work, then discussing anything from practical issues in the art world to philosophy or art history.

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