Visiting Artists Program

Visiting Artists Program

This student-run program brings an outstanding roster of local, national and international artists to PAFA each semester for lectures, critiques, and workshops. The program exposes students and the public to a range of artistic approaches, and fosters discussion about contemporary art and ideas.

All lectures are free and take place in PAFA's Historic Landmark Building, 12 - 1 p.m.

Below is the spring 2018 lineup. For an archive of past Visiting Artists Program participants, click here.

February 7
Anna Betbeze

Anna Betbeze is a textile artist, who cuts, dyes, and distresses rugs and other materials, transforming them into wall hangings. These large, abstract, and lush pieces reference color field painting as well as natural and interstellar phenomena like hoarfrost, wormholes, and the moon.

February 21
Matt Bollinger

Matt Bollinger is an artist whose work draws from moments of his childhood to present self. His paintings, in acrylic and flashe, are an examination of his life and of those around him. He also creates stop motion animations with his paintings and sculptures.

March 2
Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald is a figurative painter, whose portraits offer a critical view of African American cultural history and representations of their bodies. She is known for using a grayscale to paint skin tones as a way of challenging the concept of color-as-race. Sherald was recently commissioned to paint former First Lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery.


March 14
Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte is a Jamaican born artist who works in photography, installation, and drawing. His work explores identity in relation to migration. His work reflects feelings of solitude and displacement as well as the current political climate.


March 28
Deborah Roberts

Deborah Roberts is a mixed-media artist whose practice deals with the constructs of beauty and identity from a female, African American perspective. She explores these ideas through the use of collage, text, painting, and installation work.

April 11
Heather Day

Heather Day is a Bay Area artist whose abstract, mixed-media paintings reflect her interactions with nature. She uses pencil, pastel, spray paint, and acrylic paint to create her own language of marks, representing her experiences in natural environments.

April 18
Kymia Nawabi

Kymia Nawabi is an Iranian American mixed-media artist, whose work deals with the concepts of death and the afterlife. Working primarily on paper, her pieces are layered and well rendered, made with glitter, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and pen. Her work includes fantastical figures, mythological symbols, and otherworldly spaces.