Artist Lecture Series - Art 498/700 - Pasha Rafat
Presented by the UNLV College of Fine Arts - Department of Art
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Lectures every Tuesday at 7PM
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Visiting Artist


Craig Drennen was born in the late 1960's in a suburb of Akron, OH. He grew up in the mountainous region of centerl West Virginia, where he developed an affection for drawing, painting, and essays of Montaigne. He has a BA in Interdisiciplinary Studies from Glenville State College, MFA's in Painting and Art History from Ohio University, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has maintained an active studio practice wherever he has lived -- whether New York City or coastal Georgia -- and shows his work nationally and internationally. Since December 2002 he has organized his studio activity sround the 1984 movie Supergirl.

September 7th - MATHIEU GREGOIRE

Mathieu Gregoire creates large scale public projects as well as more intimate temporary installations that involve both found and fabricated objects. Temporary works include Artpark, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, the Lannan Foundation and the Kohn Turner Gallery in Los Angeles, the Oakland Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Permanent works include ‘Blue Granite Shift’ at the California Center for the Arts, completed in 1995, ‘River Shift’ at Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon completed in ‘99, and ‘Equipment Field’, 2002, an installation of seven large elements at the new Mile High Stadium in Denver, done in collaboration with two other artists. He has created master plans for sites such as the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, bringing together artists and design professionals. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He was Assistant Professor at the Art Department of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Gregoire has also managed the commissioning and acquisition of many permanent works at the University of California San Francisco’s new Mission Bay campus, as well as for the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego.

September 21st - SUZANNE HUDSON

Suzanne P. Hudson is Assistant Professor of Art History and a specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art, teaching currently at the Center for the Study of Modern Art at the Phillips Collection ( She is co-founder of the Contemporary Art Think Tank ( and co-founder and President of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians, an affiliate society of the College Art Association. In addition to her work as an art historian, she is an active critic whose work has appeared in such publications as Parkett, Flash Art, and Art Journal; she is a regular contributor to Artforum. She published Robert Ryman: Used Paint in early 2009 (MIT Press) and is currently at work on a second book length manuscript, Our Uncommon Faith: Abstraction and Spirituality in 1960s America, a study of artists who engaged ideas of mysticism and Gnosticism (often secular) by means of abstraction.


Elizabeth East currently serves as Director for L.A. Louver in Venice, CA. where she co-directs and manages gallery strategy, operations, exhibition programs and marketing plans. She specializes in American & European painting and sculpture, and has over 20 years of gallery operations experience. East previously worked at Hollis Taggert Galleries in Washington D.C and New York as Director of Contemporary Realism, Co-director & Assistant Director, as an Independent Artist’s Agent, and also as consultant for Art Search Limited. East received her M.A. History of Art (20th Century) from the University of London England, Goldsmith College & her B.A (Honors) in Business Studies from University of Westminster in London England majoring in Marketing.


Kerry Laitala is an experimental filmmaker who is interested in how films are made -- one frame at a time. Laitala hand-builds her films, manipulating the surface of the celluloid and exposing each frame individually to create works that stand at the edge of both film and art. Spark follows Laitala's painstaking work on her ongoing tribute to the film medium itself, "The Muse of Cinema."

Zach Rockhill is an interdisciplinary artist who has been teaching in the foundation program at Cooper Union since 2005. After receiving his BFA from the University of Kansas in 1994 he joined the artist run Dreamyard, an Arts in Education organization, where he worked as an artist in residence in the New York City public school system for 5 years. He received his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, in 2003 where he worked closely with Performance Artist Geoff Hendricks.

October 19th -

Workshops: Tues. Oct.19 2:30pm Grant Hall 129

Born in 1944 in Quebec, Canada, George Trakas came to New York City in 1963. Trakas is among the leading artists of his generation working in the landscape. Widely acclaimed for numerous projects in North America and Western Europe over the past thirty years, Trakas’s installations typically incorporate a functional response to a particular site or environment. Some of Trakas’s works include Berth Haven (1983) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle, Washington, and Isle of View (1985) at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which are constructions of minimal forms that emphasize the natural resources of the site. He was recently commissioned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program to create a major work titled Shoreline Nature Walkway for the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Brooklyn, making accessible to the public approximately 1,000 feet of shoreline along Newtown and Whale Creeks. In much of his work, the artist recycles local materials and incorporates them into the finished site, providing a strong sense of the character of the original place.

October 26th - SEAN STEWART

Workshop: Oct. 27, 11:30 am, Grant Hall, UNLV Art Department

Illustrator / Graphic Designer/ Outlaw Printmaker that currently lives in Laurel, Mississippi. Very little paid illustration work yet, but I have made more woodcuts than just about anyone you'll ever meet! I work fast and am willing to rework an image .I aim to please! I have wasted years in pursuit of a career in Academia , and am ready to do something new!

November 2nd -

Martin Kersels, co-director of the Program in Art, is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with sculpture, audio, photography and performance. He has had one-person shows in New York, Los Angeles, Bern and Paris. In September 2008 Martin Kersels' retrospective exhibition, Heavyweight Champion, was shown in the Santa Monica Museum of Art and at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship Award for 2008/09. Martin Kersels' work has been shown in numerous group shows such as Departures: 11 Artists at the Getty, Young Americans 2 at the Saatchi Collection, and The 1997 Whitney Biennial. His work is held in various collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOCA Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Norton Family Foundation.

November 9th - ALIX PEARLSTEIN

Alix Pearlstein’s work in video, installation and performance has been widely exhibited internationally. Selected solo exhibitions include On Stellar Rays, NYC; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; The Kitchen, NYC; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA; Salon 94, NYC; Lugar Commum, Lisbon; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Postmasters Gallery, NYC. Selected group exhibitions and screenings include MoBY, Tel Aviv; Internationale D’Art De Quebec; EV+A, Ireland; BAM/PFA, Berkeley; SMAK, Ghent; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; Biennale de Lyon, France; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. and The Museum of Modern Art, NYC. She is currently on the faculty of the MFA Program at The School of Visual Arts, NYC and serves on the Board of Governor’s of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Pearlstein lives and works in New York.

November 16th - BARBARA GRYGUTIS

Barbara Grygutis was born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in Israel. She received BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Arizona. She has created works of art for public spaces since 1971 and has completed more than 50 commissions of public art throughout the country. Grygutis is a resident of Tucson and has more than 20 years of experience working in collaborative situations to create environmental works that give meaning and identity to public spaces. She has completed projects throughout the United States, including large-scale works in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and New Jersey. Barbara’s approach to the creation of a work of art is to embody a universal theme accessible to all age groups and to create a sense of timelessness and beauty in the built environment.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series is coordinated by Department of Art professor Pasha Rafat. For additional information about the series or the course, he can be contacted at (702) 895-3110.

Instructor: Pasha Rafat |
office hours:  T-TR 1:00-2:30 p.m. HFA 272 | office: 702- 895 3110  
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