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 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.

Free and Open to the Public Events: 

Monday, October 23, 5:00 p.m.

  • Public Lecture: Full Circle
  • Location: UWRF, North Hall, Room 222

Wednesday, October 25, 9:00–11:00 a.m.

  • Public Workshop: Registration for the art making PUBLIC workshop with Danielle Krysa is now open! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE! Please follow directions. Free and open to the public and Art Department alumni! Email Lyz Wendland ( to register. State if you are a uwrf art department alumni or not. You may only email for yourself, not others (one email per person). Note: Once the workshop is full, you will be added to the waitlist.
  • Location: UWRF, Kleinpel Fine Arts, B93
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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Kleinpell Fine Arts 172
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