VACS 2020 Lectures


VACS 2020 Lectures



FEBRUARY 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, Ent Center for the Arts

Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn are based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are creating a monumental site-specific installation – Seat of Learning - in the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art at the Ent Center for the Arts during spring, 2020. The concept for Seat of Learning originated when Lackey/Lehn found a vintage school desk that summed up the essence of 20th C early learning through its patina, material presence, and history of use.

Jane Lackey is a visual artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A leader in the field of contemporary fiber, she uses multiple processes, surfaces and mark making systems to summon invisible aspects of identity and connection. Inspired by the chemistry of physical sensation, reductive qualities of mapping and durational experience, her works take the form of drawings on paper, sculpture and installations aligning place with audience interaction. National/international exhibition venues include Wellcome Trust (London), I Space (Chicago), Exit Art (NY), Tang Teaching Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, The Art Gym (Portland) and Grand Arts (Kansas City). Lackey is the recipient of grants from the NEA, Illinois Arts Council and Artist Trust. Artist residencies include the 2011 Japan-US Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship and 2005 Camargo Foundation Fellowship. She served as Artist-in-Residence, Head of Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Professor, Kansas City Art Institute.

Thomas Lehn is an architectural designer, furniture designer and maker with experience producing both large scale and intimate environments using multidisciplinary solutions. Prior to founding Thomas Lehn Designs in Santa Fe, NM, he was a leader in nationally recognized architectural firms such as Gensler and Rossetti, Detroit, Booth Hansen, Chicago and Kelly and Lehn, Kansas City. His work has received many design accolades and awards. A respected educator in the fields of art and design, he has served on the faculties of Chicago Art Institute, Kansas City Art Institute, University of New Mexico among others. His design practice is informed by a BFA in painting from Santa Francisco State University followed by a MFA in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His designs align programmatic requirements with spirited space and object-making. Lehn’s focus is on processional, spatial sequences that unfold through close attention to detail, movement, light and user interface.



APRIL 9, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall, Ent Center for the Arts

CANCELLED. Rescheduled for April 2021. More information to come...

elin o’hara slavick is an artist, activist, curator, mother, poet, critic, educator, and Professor of Visual Art, Theory, and Practice based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. slavick’s conceptual practice revolves around the idea of making visible what we often do not see, while never separating form from function, theory from practice, or utopian concept from material reality. Her work uses conceptual and alternative photography practices, such as 19th Century techniques and contemporary digital technology, to theorize, historicize, and aestheticize issues including the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and other bombings in which the United States has participated (both at home and abroad). slavick has exhibited her work internationally and is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, with a foreword by Howard Zinn and essay by Carol Mavor and After Hiroshima, with an essay by James Elkins.


FALL 2020

SEPTEMBER 30 - 4:30 p.m. MDT
Virtual lecture

Danielle Rae Miller received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and is included in public and private collections, including the State of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places Program, The City of Albuquerque’s 1% for the Arts Public Art Collection, and the Arjo Wiggins Paper Corporation. Miller teaches at CNM Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Danielle Rae Miller’s works are dense compositions of plant, animal, and insect life realistically drawn with fine line ink on both sides of translucent vellum to create transparency, depth, and interaction between elements. Miller uses images with pre-attached meanings in our human mythologies—snakes, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, roses, sunflowers, the human heart, ribcage, Daand pelvis—to engage an emotional response in viewers, to gently nudge individual and cultural memories, and hint at broader connections between all forms of life on this planet.


OCTOBER 27, 2020 - 4:30 p.m. MDT
Virtual lecture

Sara Z. Meghdari is an Iranian-American Interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Meghdari holds a MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A in Communication from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has been twice awarded the Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship Award as well as the Thomas Reiss Memorial Award and is an alumna of the Engaging Artists Residency Program with the More-Art Organization. Meghdari has performed at Chinatown Soup Gallery (2019) and her work has been shown at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (2018), the 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair (2017) and the Queens Museum of Art (2016), among others.