Visual Voices Lecture Series

Also known as ART220 Professional Lecture Series

Each year, the Art Department hosts the Visual Voices Lecture Series, bringing distinguished artists, designers, and critics to campus. All lectures are free and open to the public. The Visual Voices Lecture Series forms a vital link that connects the Bradley community with regional, national and global perspectives on art. The visiting speakers inspire Fine Art students by sharing their own creative research and other experience that is relevant to building a career in the field.

* All lectures will begin at 5pm and will be held in the Global Communications Center, Horowitz Auditorium unless otherwise noted.
Spring 2024
Thursday, February 22
Janis Mars Wunderlich, Juror: 8th Central Time Ceramics
“The Art of Storytelling”
Thursday, March 21
John Heintzman
“Living Artfully: Creating, Curating, Collecting”
Thursday, April 11
Ann Marguerite Tartsinis, Art Historian, Educator
“After Mondrian’s Dress: Yves Saint Laurent, Pop Art and the Ebony Fashion Fair”
Thursday, April 18
Jae Kim, Head of Development US for Red Bull Studios
“Red Bull’s move into producing unbranded documentaries”

Fall 2023

Thursday, September 21st
Kat Liepins
(mixed media artist, illustrator, and YouTuber)
“I Can’t Do Anything Else”

Monday, September 25th – IN HEUSER GALLERY

PGOBA, Intersectionality, and Diaspora: A Conversation
September 25, 5pm
Reception to follow, 6-7pm
Dr. Darius Bost, scholar of Black studies and Gender and Women’s Studies with a focus on LGBT visual and literary culture at the University of Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Hermann von Hesse, scholar of early modern art of the Black diaspora and its contemporary legacy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alexander Martin, MFA, interdisciplinary artist alum of the Bradley University Art and Design Department Master of Fine Art program, and her work activates various aspects of Queer, Black, and Trans culture, her own personal history, and stories from within her communities.  
Tyanna Buie, MFA is a printmaker and juror for the 38th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition. Currently, Buie is an Associate Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.  

Thursday, October 19th
Catherine J. Morris

(curator at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum)
“A Shove in the Right Direction: Elizabeth Catlett and 20th Century Feminism”.
*Part of the MWA Symposium

Thursday, November 9th
MaryAnne Arntzen

(Baltimore-based painter)

Thursday, November 16th
Gaylord Schanilec

(wood engraver, printer, designer, poet, and illustrator)

Spring 2023

March 9, 2023
Tyanna Buie (Juror, 38th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition) 

March 30, 2023 (postponed from February 16, 2023)
Zachary Lifton (Founding Director, The Bindery, Milwaukee WI) 

April 6, 2023
Brian Morris (Graphic Designer)

April 20, 2023
Kerry Grady (Graphic Designer)

Fall 2022
September 22, 2022
Marion Belanger (Photographer)
Lithospheric Shift
September 29, 2022
John Steck, Jr. (Photographer)
A Silver Memory
November 3, 2022
Peoria Guild of Black Artists (PGOBA)
Cut from the Culture
December 1, 2022
Will Bryant (Artist, Designer, Illustrator)
Sure, i Like Fun
Spring 2022
February 24, 2022:
Jill Casid (Art Historian & Artist)
Melancholy as Memory
March 10, 2022:
Caleb Cole (Photographer)
Collective Feelings
March 24, 2022:
Allison Elster (Graphic Design)
Connecting the Dots: Not all Paths are Linear
April 7, 2022
Carrie Lingscheit (Intaglio Printmaker)