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School of Visual Arts

John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Spring 2015 Lineup

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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. This semester, we welcome The Yes Men, among other exceptional artists and scholars, including Laura Larson, James Rolling, and SoVA alums Joelle Dietrick and Sharif Bey.

Unless otherwise noted, lectures will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.  Lectures are free and open to the public. For complete information regarding these artists and scholars, visit:

THE YES MEN ARE COMING! The Yes Men’s performative interventions cross social boundaries in innovative and articulate ways, with the purpose of exposing social and political injustice. Their work is at once a call for democratic outrage and a self-professed search for good fun. In addition to their lecture in the John Bill Freeman Auditorium in the HUB-Robeson Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, The Yes Men will lead a free workshop from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Open to all interested Penn State students, the workshop will offer a model for how students might enact their own responses to a social issue of their choice.

Our spring 2015 lecture series kicks off with Joelle Dietrick.  Dietrick’s recent work explores contemporary movement patterns as related to the idea of home, using digital techniques to create installations, drawings, and site-specific works that challenge old relationships to place. Dietrick’s lecture will take place Tuesday, March 31.

Other featured artists this semester include:

Laura Larson is a photographer who works across film, video, and writing to question the assumption of photography as an objective medium. Larson’s lecture will take place Thursday, April 2.

Dr. Sharif Bey is an accomplished artist and educator who uses ceramic work and art education research as tools to demystify the concept of “otherness.” Dr. Bey’s lecture will take place Wednesday, April 8, at 11:30 a.m.

Dr. James Rolling is a lifelong artist and educator dedicated to the promotion and development of arts education thought research and inquiry.  Dr. Rolling’s lecture will take place Tuesday, April 7.

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.