Professional artists iare invited to campus to give a lecture, lead a workshop or teach a special topics course. Recent visitors include:
Ringgold, known for her painted story quilts—art that combines painting, quilted fabric and storytelling—shared stories about the early 1960’s with political imagery and first hand accounts about the civil rights movement in her “American People Series.” Her inspiring, often humorous and always very human stories illustrate her life’s work as an artist, activist, author, teacher and parent through an awesome body of work that contains more than 100 paintings including Women on a Bridge Series, 1988, The French Collection, 1991, The American Collection, 1997 and the Coming to Jones Rd Series, 2000. Ringgold spent a session with students in the studio in addition to her campus lecture.
Thomas Lucas is the Director and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press in Chicago. Hummingbird Press works to collaborate with artists by invitation with the goal of creating unique printed editions. Utilizing printmaking techniques such as mono-print, lithography, relief and screenprint, Thomas demonstrated the process of transferring images to a leather-hard clay surface. Students were able to experiment with the techniques in his workshop. Mr. Lucas was also in Philadelphia for the 40th Annual Southern Graphics Printmaking conference and Philagraphika 2010.
Artist, author and current faculty member Emily Steinberg started her relationship with Abington as a visiting artist, conducting a Special Topics Course along with Dr. Karen Weekes exploring the literary and visual form of the graphic novel. Steinberg created Graphic Therapy: Notes from the Gap Years as an illustrated diary of a single Jewish artist making her own way through life, work, and psychoanalysis. As she says of the work, “I started thinking maybe it wasn’t just the ramblings of an unemployed societal malcontent, but a book.”