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.

VAP Artist Lecture Schedule

All lectures are free and held online, beginning at 5:00PM ET.  

PAFA students do not need to register for these public programs—check your student email account for invitations to the online lectures. The public may attend by registering through the museum events page.

Catch up on past artist talks by enjoying recordings of last season on our YouTube channel.

Summer 2022 Artists

Leslie Roberts

June 22, 2022: Leslie Roberts

Leslie Roberts diagrams language into painted and drawn visual structures. Recent solo shows were installed at Minus Space and 57W57Arts. She has also exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Davidson Gallery, Deanna Evans Projects, McKenzie Fine Art, Pierogi Gallery, PPOW, Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Weatherspoon Museum, Wellin Museum at Hamilton College, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among other venues. Her work has been discussed in print and online in Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, NY Arts, Sculpture Magazine, and Two Coats of Paint. Residencies include Yaddo, Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Marble House Project. Roberts has an MFA from Queens College and a BA from Yale, and attended Skowhegan and the New York Studio School. She is Professor Emerita at Pratt Institute, where she taught for 35 years. She is represented by Minus Space. Born in North Carolina, Roberts lives and works in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Matt Bollinger

June 29, 2022: Matt Bollinger

Matt Bollinger received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  His work has been exhibited in solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and London. Recent museum exhibitions have been at the South Bend Museum of Art (2020), the Schneider Museum (2018) and Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne Métropole (2016). Residencies include the Seven Below Arts Initiative in Burlington, VT, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2016 and 2021, he received NYFA fellowships in Painting.  He is represented by mother’s tankstation and lives and works in New York state. 

Duy Hoang

July 6, 2022: Duy Hoàng

Duy Hoàng is an interdisciplinary artist born in Vietnam in 1989 and is currently residing in New York City.  He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2013 and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2017.  Hoàng has exhibited across the U.S. and internationally over the years. A few prominent ones are Festival Images Vevey in Switzerland;  Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Serbia;  South Dakota State University;  Kleine Humboldt Galerie in Berlin;  ICA Singapore;  Thomas Erben Gallery in New York;  Lorber Family Gallery in Israel;  the Royal Geographical Society Pavilion, London;  Cahoon Museum of American Art, Massachusetts.  Some of his notable residencies include La Becque, Switzerland; Rabbit Island in Michigan;  Mass MoCA in Massachusetts; ISCP in New York;  Maruseppu Artist Residency and Studio, Japan;  Mildred’s Lane in Pennsylvania;  Fountainhead in Miami;  Wave Hill’s New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship;  amongst others.

Julie Schenkelberg

July 13, 2022: Julie Schenkelberg

Julie Schenkelberg grew up in the post-industrial landscape of Cleveland, Ohio. Her mixed-media installations start with furniture, dishware, textiles, and marble, combined with concrete, resin, and construction materials, to transform notions of domesticity, and engage with the American Rust Belt's legacy of abandonment and decay. Using the home as a playground for formal and conceptual subversions, the work aggressively disrupts cohesion within the physical sphere. Familiar furnishings rekindle memories or premonitions of collapse, suggesting both the utter destruction of war, calamities, or urban decay, but also the uncanny juxtapositions of fragile substances such as cloth and china, with industrial materials such as rusty metal, heavy concrete, and tool-made marks such as drilled holes and chain-sawed indentations. In addition her work is greatly influenced by her eighteen years of professional experience of working in the theater as a scenic painter. She has worked in NYC at a high level and other cities for many theaters and production houses. She now lives in Cleveland.  Julie Schenkelberg received a BA in Art History at the College of Wooster, OH, and MFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY, with additional studies at SAIC at Oxbow, MI, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, and the Institute of European Studies, Vienna.

Jennifer Datchuk

July 20, 2022: Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Jennifer Ling Datchuk is an artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  Her work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She is an Assistant Professor of art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio, Texas. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, travel grant from Artpace, and the Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange Program to research the global migrations of porcelain and blue and white pattern decoration. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas.  In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft.  She was named by the State of Texas as 3D Artist of the Year for 2021.

Andrew Woolbright

July 27, 2022: Andrew Woolbright

Andrew Paul Woolbright (American, b. Chicago) lives in Brooklyn, NY and is an MFA graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. Woolbright is currently a resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program and has recently exhibited with Microscope Gallery, New York (2022); The Hole, New York (2021); Galerie Valeria Cetraro, Paris (2021); Zurcher Gallery, New York (2020); and Ada Gallery, Richmond (2020) and is currently preparing work for a solo exhibition with Microscope Gallery in Spring 2023. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, TimeOut New York, ArtMaze Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, ArtViewer, Two Coats of Paint, the Boston Globe, and the Chicago Reader, and his work is currently in the collection of the RISD Museum. In addition to exhibiting, Woolbright is the director of Below Grand gallery on the Lower East Side in New York and is a critic and contributing writer for The Brooklyn Rail. He currently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York.

Erika Ranee

August 3, 2022: Erika Ranee

Erika Ranee received her MFA/painting from UC/Berkeley. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Painting, 1996 and 2021. She was awarded an AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum and was granted residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was an AIRspace resident at Abrons Arts Center/2009 and a subsequent studio grantee from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation/2011. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York: at the Bronx Museum; in The Last Brucennial, BravinLee Programs, David & Schweitzer Contemporary and at the Southampton Arts Center. In the summer of 2018 her work was featured in concurrent groups shows at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA; at Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC, at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, NYC and at Freight+Volume, NYC—as well as two concurrent solo exhibitions at Ground Floor Gallery, NY and BRIC/Project Room, NY. In early 2019 her work was featured in a solo show at Lesley Heller Gallery and later that year her work was on view in a group exhibition at Wild Palms in Dusseldorf, Germany. In 2021 her work was featured in exhibitions around New York at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Keyes Art Gallery, Platform Project Space culminating with a solo show at Freight+Volume, NYC. Group shows in 2022 include The Landing Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and at Hollis Taggart Gallery in Southport, CT. She is represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in NYC. She lives and works in New York.

Previous Artist Lectures

Loie Hollowell, January 19th, 2022

D'Angelo Lovell Williams, February 2, 2022

Heidi Norton, February 16, 2022

Michelle Segre, March 2, 2022 

Ludovic Nkoth, March 16, 2022

Brian Sanchez, March 23, 2022

Kylie Lockwood, April 6, 2022

Sun Young Kang, April 13, 2022

Stories from the Visiting Artist Program

MFA student Lily Brown hosts a zoom session

"The most important thing I have learned is what it feels like when my voice and decisions have power. The choices Lily, Marley, and I make about who we will invite is a responsibility that far outweighs the administrative work in the background. We are not only representing PAFA and our student body, we are also helping to create the art world we want to be part of." –Kristy Jane (Low-Res MFA '22), VAP coordinator

Claudia Valenti (MFA '20) in her studio

“Visiting artists like Haley Josephs have come into my studio and I lost my mind. It was such an incredible experience; you get a total random chance to meet an artist you’ve been following for years. Usually these programs are not run by students, so it’s really exciting to be able to have that agency in school.” – Claudia Valenti (MFA ’20), previous VAP coordinator

February and March Talks Generously Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive

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