Upcoming Events

Fall 2021 Lecture Series

Please join the FAU Department of Visual Arts and Art History for the
Fall 2021 Art and Design lecture series.



Arzu Ozkal | Design for the Art World

• Wednesday, November 3rd, 4 pm (via Zoom).

ARZU OZKAL is a Turkish born, San Diego, California based artist, designer, and researcher
whose work focuses on design’s role in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes
through participation and collaboration. She received her MFA from the Department of Art at the
University at Buffalo (SUNY) and BFA in Graphic Design from Bilkent University. She is
associate professor and interim director at San Diego State University, School of Art and Design.
Ozkal has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally, and her work is in collections
across the country. Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art
collective focusing on creative projects about a range of issues impacting women's lives. Since
2011, they have been working together with women from Turkey, Europe, and the USA to
design platforms of social exchange. Collective received their first design patent for their
museum furniture for children.

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Sadie Red Wing | Designing for Sovereign Nations

in Higher Education

• Wednesday, November 17, 4 pm (via Zoom)

Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort
Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at
the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Masters of Graphic Design from North
Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and
strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing
urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as
well as encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.
Currently, Red Wing works as the Assistant Director of the Native Student Programs at the
University of Redlands, where she supports and provides resources to indigenous students during
their journey through higher education. Her work has been featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design:
“Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?” (2017) and Communication Arts:
“Decolonizing Native American Design” (2017).

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This is a Zoom based event, and your registration is required for each lecture.







Wed. Apr 21, 4 PM EST

studio DAD


Studio Dad Design - Studio Presentation

The Remarque student group presents Studio Dad. Studio DAD is the creative practice of Tess Donohoe and Peter Dean. We create graphic design, writing, illustration, music and motion pieces. We build brand identity systems. We design and execute campaigns and content. We build experiential exhibits. We work with cultural institutions, local governments, non-profits, retailers, craftspeople, corporations and individuals who endeavor to make their part of the world more beautiful, more human and more their own.            


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Please join the FAU Department of Visual Arts and Art History
for the Spring 2021, Art and Design lecture series.




Wed. Apr 07, 4 PM EST

Jessica Barness - Artist lecture

Design/ing Discourse and Critical Practice

Jessica Barness is a design scholar-practitioner. Her research focuses on critical practices and the visual design of scholarship, and the ways these intersect with design conversations in the public sphere. She serves as the Director of Research Initiatives for Design Incubation, and is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.



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Wed. Mar 03, 4 PM EST

Richard The - Artist lecture

The Aesthetic Potential of Technology

Richard The (he/his) is a designer, artist and educator. His work, ranging from graphic design to installations to user interfaces, investigates the aesthetic and cultural implications of an increasingly technology-driven society. After having studied at University of the Arts Berlin and the MIT Media Lab he has worked at Sagmeister Inc., led a design group at the Google Creative Lab and is co-founder of the transdisciplinary design studio TheGreenEyl. He is an Assistant Professor of Art Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. His work has been recognized by international design institutions such as D&AD, Art Directors Club New York, AIGA, Communication Arts, Type Director’s Club Tokyo and Ars Electronica, Linz and he has taught at NYU ITP, School of Visual Arts and MIT School of Architecture.



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Wed. Jan 27, 4 PM EST

alejandro t. acierto - Artist lecture

Stepping out of a straight present:
circulations, recurrences, and queer disruptive practice

alejandro t. acierto is an artist, musician, and curator whose work is largely informed by legacies of colonialism found within human relationships to technology and material cultures. He has presented projects and screenings for the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Issue Project Room (NYC), MCA Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Echo Park Film Center (LA), Stove Works (Chattanooga) and Eastside Projects (Birmingham, UK), among others. He has presented multimedia performance works for the Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival (Chicago), High Zero Festival (Baltimore), the KANEKO (Omaha), Center for New Music and Technology at UC Berkeley, and The Quarantine Concerts for ESS Chicago. Additionally, his curatorial projects have been mounted at Vanderbilt University’s Space 204 Gallery, Coop (Nashville), and online for the Wrong Biennial.

acierto has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, LATITUDE, Chicago Artists' Coalition, and Digital Artist Residency. A 3Arts Awardee, he received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was an inaugural Artist in Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. He also co-directs CQDELAB, an ongoing collaborative project with KT Duffy that is invested in developing and sustaining queer-feminist digital spaces, systems, and toolsets. Together, they authored the artist book CQDE: A Feminist Manifestx of Code-ing published by Sybil Press and continue to present workshops and installations in digital and IRL spaces. Currently, he is an Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Art and New Media and at Vanderbilt University and recently held a Mellon Faculty Fellowship in Digital Humanities.



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