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John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Fall 2015 Lineup

Anderson Fall 2015 Lineup

The John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series sponsors an outstanding program of visiting artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year. Beginning in September, the fall 2015 schedule will feature lectures by five exceptional artists and performers, including: Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, Paddy Johnson, Stuart Kestenbaum, Liz Nielsen, and Jeanine Oleson.

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw kick off our fall season with a performance as part of the College of Arts and Architecture’s artsUP event, Sunday, September 20, at noon at the Visual Arts bus stop on Curtin Road. Whether hustling the art world for their own work or mining a near-endless supply of pop-culture references, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw are making big moves on the NYC scene. They wil also give a lecture on Tuesday, September 22 at 3:00 PM in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.  

Paddy Johnson’s Art F City is a growing archive of nine years’ worth of material connecting the whole field of visual culture, including art, gifs, the gentrification of New York City, non-stop pop culture, and cats. Johnson’s lecture, Ten Years of Art F City, will take place Tuesday, September 29, 3:00 PM.

“I can’t draw.” “I’m not an artist.” “I’m not the creative type.” These are claims we hear daily, but what IS creativity? Stuart Kestenbaum will offer his thoughts based on his almost thirty-year tenure as the director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Kestenbaum’s lecture, Writing and the Creative Process, will take place Thursday, October 8, 3:00 PM.

Liz Nielsen's tantalizing images of layered color are packed with a series of visual narratives waiting to be unraveled and explored, whether it be something as mundane as candles or as strange as swan milk.  Nielsen’s lecture, Solid Light, will take place Tuesday, October 27, 3:00 PM.

Ending the fall season is Jeanine Oleson. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility for Oleson. Whether it’s opera, ecology, or identity politics, all are equally explored through performance. Oleson’s lecture, Digging Deep, will take place Tuesday, November 10, 3:00 PM.

Unless otherwise noted, lectures will take place at 3:00 PM in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.  Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For complete information regarding these amazing artists, visit:

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State professor emeritus. The result of Dr. Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus. Dr. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a longtime faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities.