RISD Glass

Visiting Lecturer Series

Fall 2018


Partial funding for this lecture series by the Page Hazlegrove Fund and Koichi Hamada and Carolyn M. Beaudin in memory of Kotaro Hamada.


Jen Bervin

Jen is the RISD Provost's Fine Arts Fellow for the years 2018-2019. During her fellowship, she is hosted by the Glass department and teaching the Graduate Glass Studio. To find out more about Jen's fellowship schedule, click here.

Jen Bervin is an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex yet elegant way. She has published ten books, including Silk Poems and  Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems with Marta Werner. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Rauschenberg Residency (2016), Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (2016), and a Creative Capital Grant (2013). Her work has been covered in media outlets such as Huffington Post, NPR, The Nation, LA Times, Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, and can be found in more than thirty international collections.




Lily Cox-Richard

Lily Cox-Richard (b. 1979) belongs to a growing movement in contemporary American art that seeks a dialogue with our cultural and artistic past by reaching well beyond the by-now familiar confines of the modern era. Instead she and others explore the aesthetic sophistication and mixed social and moral messaging of the 19th century with admiration and pointed critique. Cox-Richard's recent series of compellingly beautiful and ghostly plasters, titled The Stand (Possessing Powers), doesn't merely reference the work of American Neo-Classical sculptor Hiram Powers (1805–1873). Rather she revisits and remakes his most celebrated figural pieces, including Eve Tempted, Greek Slave, The Last of the Tribes, with painstaking fidelity to the original but for one glaring omission—the figure itself.

for more information on the lecture, click here.

sean salstrom 3.jpg

Sean Salstrom

"I make works whose mechanisms bring about a shift in viewers' expectations. This shift leads to new ways of seeing, and ultimately new ways of thinking about even the simplest of everyday activities such as reading a book or staring at a stone. Each project is a departure from the previous one and though my work is often not self similar; absurdity, the quixotic, instantaneity, temporality and the childhood sense of wonder are characteristics that continue to flow through the body of my work. One reoccurring theme in my work is floating. I am interested in creating situations where the effect of gravity is not overly apparent. Challenging the laws of nature is a human-specific activity as is the suspension of disbelief. If the viewer can suspend their disbelief for a moment then I’ve succeeded in bringing them to a new place within their own minds. 

I aim to be constantly curious, and making work is an act of following my curiosities.  My works bridge genres of action, object, installation and performance.  While my artistic background is heavily rooted in the making of things, conceptually I am more interested in the permanence of thought than an archived object.  Some of my works exist in the physical for a short amount of time, and some for only any instant. I’m interested in temporality because it causes one to shape memories, ideas and critical thinking as a means to keep hold onto something that is no longer there.  The work lives in the mind, in the temporal lobe where memories are stored, language is disseminated and thinking has a direct connection to the body. "

For more information on the lecture, click here.

Kambui_profile 2.jpg

Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He received his MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and is a graduate of Parson's School of Design and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Olujimi works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate wisps of myth and whimsy mixed with real-world narrative. Lyrical and elliptical rather than ideological, Olujimi’s art transcends the political sphere, affirming its own autonomy.

Olujimi's work has been exhibited widely across the United States, with solo exhibitions at the CUE Arts Foundation (New York, NY); MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA); Apexart (New York, NY); and Art in General (Brooklyn, NY).  His work has premiered at The Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT), as well as group exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute, (Washington D.C.); Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY); and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA). Internationally he has exhibited at Museo Nacional Reina (Sofia, Madrid); Kiasma (Helsingfors, Finland); Para Site (Hong Kong, China); and The Jim Thompson Art Center (Bangkok, Thailand).  His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Orange County Museum of Art.  His exhibitions have garnered reviews by Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtSlant, Modern Painters, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. In 2012, the exhibition monograph "Wayward North" was published by Art in General.

He has received numerous grants and fellowships including from A Blade of Grass, The Jerome Foundation, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Olujimi has completed residencies with Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME);  Apexart (New York, NY), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY) Civitella Ranieri (Umbertide, Italy), and The Fountainhead Residency (Miami, FL).  He was most recently awarded a Rauschenberg Residency (Captiva, Florida). Kambui Olujimi has exhibited with Catharine Clark Gallery since 2010.


For more information on the lecture, click here.


Allie Foradas

Alexandra Foradas is a curator specializing in modern and contemporary art, and is interested in systems, meaning-making and knowledge transmission, and the relationship between museums and performance. Foradas is currently Associate Curator at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, where she has curated and co-curated solo exhibitions by Taryn Simon (2018), Jenny Holzer (2017), Janice Kerbel (2017), and Gunnar Schonbeck (2017), as well as the group exhibition Bibliothecaphilia (2015). Upcoming projects include an exhibition of work by contemporary artists addressing translation (2020). She has also curated and juried several exhibitions in the region, including at Eclipse Mill (North Adams, MA), Collar Works (Troy, NY), and the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery (Keene, NH). 

For more information on the lecture, click here.


Sara Raza

Sara Raza is an independent curator and writer based in New York City. She is a specialist on global curatorial knowledge, with an academic focus on performance based practice and architectural art history from Central Asia, Caucasus and the Middle East and North Africa. Most recently she was the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa based at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, where she led the third and final phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and curated the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporay Art of the Middle East and North Africa, which debuted in New York (April-October 2016) and traveled to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (April-June 2018).

For more information on the lecture, click here.


Wael Shawky

Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppets and marionettes – titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files (2010), The Path to Cairo (2012) and The Secrets of Karbala (2015) – while his three-part film, Al Araba Al Madfuna, uses child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage, rather than mere lip-service, to the important narratives of yesteryear. 

Source: https://www.lissongallery.com/artists/wael-shawky

For more information on the lecture, click here.

Previous lectures


Spring 18

Regine Basha

Elizabeth King

Andrew Bearnot 

Sarah Oppenheimer

Marc Swanson

Bruce Chao

Amy Yoes

Fall 17

Brittany Nelson

Jeffrey Beers

Denise Markonish  

Regine Basha  

Jeffrey Gibson  

Spencer Finch

Vincent Valdez

Sarah Oppenheimer  

Jen Bervin  

spring 17

Kambui Olujimi

Josh Fischer

Toots Zynsky

Rebecca Uchill

Pamela Smith 

Jeff Evenson

Stefanie Pender

Fall 16

Doreen Garner

Tavares Strachan

Mark Dion

Pamela Smith & Dedo Von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Brett Swenson