Visiting Artist 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.

VAP Artist Lecture Schedule

All lectures are free and take place from 5pm - 6pm. Some lectures will be held online and others will be held in person in PAFA's Rhoden Arts Center.  See the Summer 2024 list of artists for more information.  

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 2024 VAP Series

Jayson Musson

Jayson Musson - June 26, 2024

Rhoden Arts Center | 5pm - 6pm 

Lorin Brown

Lorin Brown - July 6, 2024

Online | 5pm - 6pm 


Bryce Speed

Bryce Speed - July 10, 2024

Rhoden Arts Center | 5pm - 6pm



Zeinab Diomande - July 17, 2024

Rhoden Arts Center | 5pm - 6pm



Yevgeniya Baras - July 24, 2024

Rhoden Arts Center | 5pm - 6pm

Michael A. Booker

Catch Up on Some Talks You Missed

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