Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship 

The Walker D. and Helen Bryant Wyman Visiting Professorship will allow the Art Department to bring the most relevant voices in the art world to the UWRF campus. Students, faculty, and the River Falls community will have opportunities to engage directly with world-renowned artists and scholars. Public events are free and open to all.

Fall 2020

We will not be hosting a Wyman Visiting Professor in the Fall Semester.

Spring 2020

Cybèle Young—Cancelled: there will be no public lecture

Cybèle Young is a renowned artist and author, whose work is exhibited and collected internationally. She spends her days creating miniature worlds from fine Japanese papers. Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, she juxtaposes sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. Her intricate sculptural artworks are inspired by seemingly insignificant day-to-day experiences, where objects imply human interactions and small observations become fantastic. 

Since graduating from sculpture and printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1995, Cybèle has been showing her work in galleries around the world, such as New York, LA, Miami, London, Stockholm, Japan, Singapore, Korea and across Canada.

She works in a diverse range of mediums, but always at the root is a close connection to the hand, to paper and to the drawn line. Cybèle has both written and illustrated 8 picture books to date.

Young says that, “Engaging with abstract and familiar motifs, I juxtapose sculptures to create a sense of dialogue or play between them. I approach my work in series and components, ultimately building an ongoing inventory of personal experience and observation.  I compile these in various arrangements to create communities that interact and form new relationships – much like the small seemingly insignificant moments in our everyday lives that come together to create unexpected outcomes.”

Fall 2019

Chris Gustin & Doug Casebeer 

Chris Gustin is a studio artist and was a Emeritus Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he retired in 1998. Chris received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1975, and his MFA from Alfred University in 1977. Chris lives and works in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. 

Gustin’s work is published extensively, and is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in Icheon, Korea, and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. 

With over forty solo exhibitions, he has exhibited, lectured and taught workshops in the United States, Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships, and three Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships, the most recent in 2009. Chris is cofounder of the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, and currently serves as Vice President on its board.

Doug Casebeer is chair of the artist in residency program at Anderson Ranch. He is in his 32nd year of running workshops at the arts center. He received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Alfred University and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Wichita State University. He has served as pottery consultant to the United Nations and the German government. 

He teaches, lectures, builds kilns and exhibits his artwork worldwide. Casebeer’s service to the field has involved outreach in rural Jamaican schools, technical support and assistance for Nepali potters, and advice to art centers in Chile and Hawaii. In 2009, he was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a featured artist at the Chinese Academy of Fine Art in Beijing.

Spring 2019

Sterling Hundley

Sterling Hundley is an illustrator and educator based in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Founder of Legendeer, an international community dedicated to embedding artists back into the world.

For nearly 20 years, Hundley's work has garnered International acclaim with commissions for clients as varied as Rolling Stone, Marvel, the Grammys, GQ, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Red Bull, Harper Collins, Penguin, Random House, and Major League Baseball. Sterling's work has been recognized by Graphis, Society of Illustrators NewYork, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Victoria and Albert Museum, 3x3, Communication Arts Magazines, Step Inside Design, Print and many others. He is the recipient of numerous medals from the Society of Illustrators New York, the Illustrators Club in Washington, D.C, and the "Best Overall" and "Best Illustrated Book" awards from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London England. 

In 2014, Hundley illustrated the classic "Treasure Island" for The Folio Society in London, England. Hundley is currently pursuing a career as a Painter, creating personal work for exhibition. Hundley recently completed O Captain, My Captain written by Robert Burleigh for Abrams in New York. This illustration book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman in Washington DC during the American Civil War. 33 full color illustrations, to be released in April 2019.

Fall 2018

Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson is an interactive designer who explores how design can harness invisible forces in the world. She is known for her design, animation, and illustration work for NPR, “The New Yorker,” “Wired,” MoMA, and the “New York Times,” as well as her redesign of brands such as Russ & Daughters, Momofuku, and Munchery. Anderson is the author of two experimental and interactive pop-up books: “This Book is a Camera,” which transforms into a pinhole camera, and “This Book is a Planetarium,” which houses a tiny planetarium and other contraptions. Some of her other projects include a paper record player, Tinybop’s award-winning app and animations for The Human Body, and a counterfeited “The New York Times” with The Yes Men. Whenever she can, she uses humble, lo-fi materials to expose the invisible magic of the world and make abstraction concepts "real" and tangible for people. 

Anderson’s work operates in the space between conceptual art, graphic design, tech, and poetry. Drawing inspiration from harder-edges fields like math, physics, and computing, she applies their logic to the sensory, tactile realm of craft. By using these forces in unorthodox ways, she pushes materials like paper to realize new functional—and oftentimes magical—possibilities.

Spring 2018

James Elkins

James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His most recent book is What Photography Is. He writes on art and non-art images; recent books include Chinese Landscape Painting as Western Art History (Hong Kong University Press) and Art Critiques: A Guide (New Academia). In October 2015 he will stop writing monographs in order to concentrate on an experimental writing project that is not related to art.

Fall 2017

Danielle Krysa

Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts from The University of Victoria, and a post-grad in design from Sheridan College. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator. Danielle has curated shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. In 2014 she published two books, both with Chronicle Books, titled Creative Block and Collage. Her third book, Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk was released in October 2016. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on The Jealous Curator has been featured by Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Brain Pickings, Frankie Magazine, InsideOut Magazine, Flow Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Glamour Paris, and more.

Spring 2017

Dan Estabrook

Dan Estabrook was born and raised in Boston, where he studied art at city schools and the Museum of Fine Arts. He discovered photography in his teens through the underground magazines of the punk rock and skateboarding cultures of the 1980’s. As an undergraduate at Harvard he began studying alternative photographic processes with Christopher James. In 1993, after receiving an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dan continued working and teaching in Illinois, Boston, and Florida, eventually settling in Brooklyn, New York. 

Dan has continued to make contemporary art using the photographic techniques and processes of the nineteenth century. He has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994. The Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago represents him. A documentary on Dan and his work was recently produced for Anthropy Arts' Photographers Series. His work can also be seen at

Fall 2016

Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni is a visual artist who employs an amalgam of mediums including performance, sculpture, photography, installation, and video. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. She is known for transforming materials like chocolate and soap, and uses everyday activities like bathing, eating, and sleeping into sculptural processes. She carefully articulates her relationship to the world, giving rise to emotional states that are felt in and through the body. In each piece, no matter the medium or image, a conveyed physicality speaks directly to the viewer’s body. 

Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas in 1964 and received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman Grant, Creative Capital Artist Grant and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. 

Spring 2016

Einar & Jamex de la Torre

Einar (b.1963, Guadalajara, México) and Jamex de la Torre (b. 1960, Guadalajara, México) are Mexican-American artists that currently live and work in Ensenada, México and San Diego, California. Their work is in countless public and private collections and has been shown at museums such as the Walker Art Center, the Glazenhuis Museum in Belgium, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

Fall 2015

Kinji Akagawa—Pioneer, Sculptor, Ecotist, Community Artist

Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and arts educator best known for sculptural constructions that also serve a practical function. A pioneer in the public art movement, Akagawa has examined the relationship between art and community throughout his career, most notably the concept of art as a process of inquiry. His sculpture and public artworks are noted for their refined elegance and use of natural materials such as granite basalt, fieldstone, cedar, and ipe wood.

Akagawa trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Tamarind Institute of Lithography, and the University of Minnesota where he earned his MFA degree in 1969.

From 1973 to 2009 Akagawa was a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where he taught sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, installation, and conceptual art.

Akagawa’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally and is found in numerous public and private collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

Akagawa received awards and recognitions including the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist Award and the Bush Foundation Fellowship.

Spring 2015

Mr. Benjamin Lira, Chilean Artist

The UWRF Art Department proudly welcomes Mr. Benjamin Lira, Chilean Artist, as the first Wyman Visiting Professor. Mr. Lira is an internationally acclaimed sculptor, painter, and printmaker, whose work has been exhibited in Chile, Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Greece, Spain, Japan, and throughout the United States. Inspired by pre-Columbian traditions, Mr. Lira’s works employs a contemporary vocabulary of form, color, and texture to explore the human figure and by extension the human condition. Mr. Lira will spend a week on campus. During his visit, he will deliver two public lectures, create a collaborative piece with advanced printmaking students, and lead student critiques.

Art making PUBLIC workshop registration with the Danielle Krysa is now open! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE! Please follow directions.
DETAILS: Free and open to the public and art department alumni! EMAIL our faculty Lyz Wendland:??
State if you are a uwrf art department alumni.
* Workshop: Wednesday, October 25th from 9am-11am at UWRF.
* You may only email for yourself, not others. 1 email per person

* Once the workshop is full, you will be added to the waitlist

Kleinpel Fine Arts, Room #B93

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