Visiting Artist Program

Student Organizations & Programs

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.

Spring 2021 Visiting Artist Program Schedule

All lectures are free and held online, beginning at 11:45am ET.  

PAFA students do not need to register for public programs—check your student email account for invitations to the online lectures. 

Lex Brown

Lex Brown

January 19, 2021 | 11:45 AM–12:45 PM 

Lex Brown is an artist, musician, and writer. Her work is informed by the omnipresence of data, information, media, and how its images condition our bodies and language. Fluctuating between humor and seriousness, the work opens up a space for spirited examination, often drawing on family history and current, and historical events. Brown has performed and exhibited work at the New Museum, the High Line, the International Center of Photography, Recess, and The Kitchen in New York; REDCAT Theater and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore; and at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Brown holds degrees from Yale University (MFA) and Princeton University (AB). Brown teaches at Harvard University as a College Fellow in Theater Dance & Media and Art, Film & Visual Studies; and at Princeton University as a Lecturer in Visual Arts.

Zoey Frank

Zoey Frank

February 3, 2021 | 11:45 AM–12:45 PM  

Zoey Frank (b. 1987, Boulder, CO) received her MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design after completing an atelier training with Juliette Aristides at Gage Academy of Art. She has received numerous honors and awards, including three Elizabeth Greenshields grants, the Avigdor Arikha Residency Scholarship. Her work has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and Southwest Art. Frank exhibits her work in galleries across the United States, England, and The Netherlands.

Joiri Minaya

Joiri Minaya

February 17, 2021 | 11:45 AM—12:45 PM 

Joiri Minaya (1990) is a Dominican-United Statesian multi-disciplinary artist whose recent works focus on destabilizing historic and contemporary representations of an imagined tropical identity. Minaya attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales in Santo Domingo (2009), Altos de Chavón School of Design (2011) and Parsons the New School for Design (2013). She has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Guttenberg Arts, Smack Mellon, the Bronx Museum’s AIM Program and the NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Red Bull House of Art, the Lower East Side Printshop and Art Omi. She has been awarded a Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship as well as grants by Artadia, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Nancy Graves Foundation. Minaya’s work is in the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno and the Centro León Jiménes in the Dominican Republic.

Coady Brown

Coady Brown

March 3, 2021 | 11:45 AM–12:45 PM

Coady Brown is a painter from Baltimore, MD. She received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2012 and her MFA from Yale University in 2016. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally with 1969 Gallery, Stems Gallery, The Hole, Harper’s Books, Koenig and Clinton, and Richard Heller, among others, with an upcoming solo show at Stems Gallery in Spring 2021. She is the recipient of several fellowships and residencies including The Fine Arts Work Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fountainhead, Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale/Norfolk School of Art. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and New American Painting. Brown currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Lavaughan Jenkins

Lavaughan Jenkins

March 17, 2021 | 11:45 AM–12:45 PM

Lavaughan Jenkins is a painter, printmaker and sculptor and has recently shown at Kabinet Gallery, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery and the Fitchburg art museum. In 2016 he became the Emerging Artist at Kingston Gallery in Boston, MA. He holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College Of Art And Design and has exhibited his work widely including venues such as Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Gallery Kayafas, Lens Gallery, and the Arts Research Collaborative Gallery, all in Boston, MA as well as at the Oasis Gallery in Beijing China. Jenkins is a recipient of the 2015 Blanche E. Colman Award and the Rob Moore Grant in Painting, and most recent is the 2018 James and Audrey Foster Prize . Lavaughan Jenkins was raised in Pensacola, Florida and currently creates his work in Boston, MA.

Maria Guzman Capron

Maria Guzmán Capron

March 24, 2021 | 11:45 AM–12:45 PM 

Maria Guzmán Capron (b. 1981 in Milan, Italy to Colombian and Peruvian parents) lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received an MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2015 and her BFA from the University of Houston in 2004. Some recent exhibitions include Snail Shell at pt.2 Gallery, Oakland, CA; Being Human Is Hard at pt.2 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Female Trouble 2 at CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Body Spray at Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art, Buffalo, NY; Don’t Eat Me at Deli Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC; Through Her Eye at Mana Contemporary in Chicago, IL. She is a cofounder and past member of CTRL+SHFT Collective, an exhibition space and thirteen studios located in West Oakland and operating with an emphasis on collaborating with underrepresented arts communities, including artists of color, and queer and non-binary artists. She also works as a full-time mother and part-time facilitator at NIAD Art Center, a progressive art studio helping more than 60 artists with disabilities create art.

Katty Huertas

Katty Huertas

April 14, 2021 | 11:45 AM–12:45 PM

Katty Huertas is a multidisciplinary artist and designer born in Colombia and based in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. She holds a BA in arts from FIU and an MFA in Graphic Design from MICA. Her work explores identity, folklore, and double standards, among other subjects. She combines analog and digital mediums such as painting, sculpture, fiber work, book arts, digital drawing, and animation. Katty's work has been shown in galleries in New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington DC, Austin, and Bogota, Colombia. Her client list includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, Nickelodeon, Red Bull Music Academy, BuzzFeed News, and the Women’s March. Besides her independent practice, Katty currently works as an editorial designer and illustrator at NBC’s Today.

Program Support

The Visiting Artists Program is made possible with support from Abbot Downing.