Events & Exhibitions

Why Are We Doing This? (objectives)

  • To identify and discuss issues in contemporary art as it relates to students’ studio practice. (we’ll see a lot of art at these events)
  • To investigate majors with in CVPA and possible career options (you’ll see how other artists have managed their careers at these events)
  • To recognize and utilize the intellectual community of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and resources of the University at large. (you’ll meet a lot of people from CVPA, and you’ll familiarize yourself with the various galleries and venues)
  • To practice writing about art events in the community
  • To employ critical thinking through analysis of contemporary art topics
  • To participate in social and civic responsibilities/activities (attending exhibits and events is an integral part of learning to be a member of an artistic community – it’s how artists and designers sustain their careers after graduating from college)


Students must attend 2 of the exhibition receptions/special events listed on the syllabus before midterm & after midterm (4 TOTAL). Additional required events may be announced after the start of the semester. Each time you attend an event, take a selfie with the artist and submit that, along with a few sentences explaining your response to the event (what was interesting, etc.), on Canvas.

These events are open to the public – feel free to bring anyone and everyone you like!


Each event is worth 2 points.

NOTE: If you are able to prove you were unable to attend ANY of the events due to sports scheduling, instead of taking a zero, you can write a 3 page report on an artist I choose. It should briefly cover some biographical information and focus on how the artist works. Critique at least one of the artist’s works in terms of subject/form/content/context. MLA format and citations are required. Your references should be from the library (books or databases), not the internet. You must turn in the paper by the last session of class – this means you must plan ahead.

Gertrude Abercrombie, Remedios Varo, Dorothea Tanning, Helen Lundeberg, Meret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Rosa Rolanda, Leonora Carrington, Sol Kjok, Leonardo da Vinci, Ludwig Richter, Jennifer Pastor, Egon Schiele, Russell Crotty, Ugo RondinoneDavid ThorpeKerstin KartscherSerse, Mark Dion, Matthew Ritchie, Ryoko Aoki, Jesse Bransford, Ernesto Caivano, Ellen Gallagher, Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir, Yun-Fei Ji, Robyn O’Neil, Torsten Slama, Raqib Shaw, illuminated Christian manuscripts, Laura Owens, Chris Ofili, Richard Wright, Sandra Cinto, Martin Hanford, Dr. Lakra, deuce seven, Frank Magnotta, Wangechi Mutu, Frances Richardson, Simone Shubuck, James Siena, Daniel Zeller, Larry Pittman, Beatriz Milhazes, Ryan McGinness, Geoff McFetridge, Erin Paisley, David Shrigley, Josh Smith, Zak Smith, Banks Violette, Amelie Von Wulffen, Olav Westphalen, Katharina Wulff, Tim Burton, Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Cristina Troufa, Juliette Le Roux, Judith Mall, Florence Manlik, Rob Matthews, Aleksandra Mir, Nalini Malani, Barthélémy Toguo, Ed Pien, Louise Bourgeois, Ulrike Lienbacher, Odun Orimolade, Antony Gormley, Mithu Sen, Paul McCarthy, Tomoko Kashiki, Francesco Clemente, Kiki Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Sevda Chkoutova, Martin Assig, Kumi Machida, Jinju Lee, Li Jin, Emma Talbot, Amy Sillman, Arpita Singh, David Haines, Tal R, Jowhara Alsaud, Virginia Chihota, Julio César Morales, Richard Forster, Cho Duck Hyun, Francis Alÿs, Emmanuel Régent