Art Colloquium Events

Art students have opportunities to attend workshops and lectures throughout the year. Led by visiting scholars and faculty, these workshops prepare our students for post-graduation success. Given our COVID reality, we have expanded our Colloquia offering to include asynchronous professional development opportunities and virtual artists talks. To receive credit, please email Dr. Kate a 100-200 word synopsis of the talk, video, or experience.

All art majors must attend 12 colloquia during their time at Luther to complete the requirements of the art major.

2022-2023 Approved Colloquium Events

Scheduled Fall Events

  • Alumni Creative Careers Panel - Lucas Chase and Bailey Aaland
    Friday Oct 7, 2022 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm CST | Jewel Theatre, Center for the Arts

    Two alumni will be speaking about their journey from Luther to working in the arts. Lucas Chase, Executive Director of the Mable Tainter Center for the Arts. Bailey Aaland, currently Marketing Manager for Shinebox and former marketing specialist for Minnesota Public Radio, and owner of Bailey Rae Mosaics.
  • Lecture - Jason Stopa, Visiting Artist in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa
    Thursday October 6, 2022 | 7pm CST via Zoom

    Jason Stopa (1983) is a painter and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Indiana University and his MFA from Pratt Institute. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Artsy, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, NY and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, LA. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Momus, Art in America, Artcritical and Hyperallergic. Stopa teaches at Pratt Institute and works for an academic journal at Columbia University. Join the Zoom meeting here.
  • Lecture - Salsa Consciente: Politics, Poetics, and Latinidad in the Meta-Barrio with Dr. Andres Espinoza Agurto Olin 102 - Tuesday, September 27 @  7:00 to 8:30. This talk examines the significations and developments of the Salsa consciente movement, a Latino musico-poetic and political discourse that exploded in the 1970s but then dwindled in momentum into the early 1990s. This movement is largely linked to the development of Nuyolatino popular music brought about in part by the mass Latino migration to New York City beginning in the 1950s and the subsequent social movements that were tied to the shifting political landscapes.
  • Exhibition Reception - Alumni Artists Exhibition - Wigley Flemming Gallery, CFA Saturday, October 8 @2:30 to 3:30.
  • Lecture/Event - DJ SPOOKY CFL Main Hall, Tuesday October 11 7 pm DJ Spooky will connect his music with cinematic visuals and local string players to create a unique approach to grasping complex pieces of life today and imagining better tomorrows. This event embodies the mixing of disciplines, research methods, and ways of making and communicating that is central to a liberal arts college. The event is open to the public and free thanks to The Center for Ethics and Public Engagement. To learn about DJ Spooky and his work across different media, visit
  • A Wider Lens: Expanding Narratives
    Friday, October 14. 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: Doryun Chong, Bridget R. Cooks, Katy Siegel, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Christopher Bedford (moderator)
    Engaging multiple perspectives, this conversation considers how factors including institutional scale and site, social histories, and transnational contexts, can shape the stories museums tell and the ways in which audiences participate in making meaning. Register Here
  • (De-)Coding Queer Identity in U.S. Art Museums Today
    Friday, November 11, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: Gonzalo Casals, Lola Flash, Richard Aste (moderator)
    In this program, the speakers will discuss recent advances and ongoing challenges in representing Queer identities in US art museums today. Register here.
  • Julia Bryan-Wilson: Embellished Legacies  -- Wednesday, November 16 @ 5:30 pm  Enjoy this live art talk with Julia Bryan-Wilson examines women artists of color who use embelishment to blure the lines between function and decor. Exploring the work of artists such as Pacita Abad and Rosie Lee Tompkins, Bryan-Wilson discusses how their practice of intricately adorning domestic objects can expand our understanding of women's work. To watch, register now.
  • Black Presence and the American Art Museum
    Friday, December 9, 2022 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: Rujeko Hockley, Cameron Shaw,
     Kellie Jones (moderator)
    This conversation engages the historically ambivalent place of artists of African descent in the American art museum and considers what it might portend for us today. Register here.
  • Access, Outliers, and Exhibiting Disability
    Friday, January 13, 2023 | 1 – 2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: Lynne Cooke, Matthew Higgs, Park McArthur, Catherine Morris (moderator)
    Focusing on the work of curation, this conversation will offer reflections on current language, methodologies, and narratives of disability and exhibition making. Register here
  • Human/Nature: Pathways from Art to Environment
    Friday, February 10, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: John Grade, LaMont Hamilton, Julie Decker (moderator)

    Drawing on the Anchorage Museum’s program of artist residencies in the Polar North, this session will explore how museums and artists in collaboration might connect or reconnect us to the Earth’s landscapes and build deeper understandings of past, present, and future. Register here.
  • On Being and Belonging in America: Recalibrating Dialogue and Gallery Space for American and Native American Art
    Friday, March 10, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: Philip J. Deloria, Marie Watt, Karen Kramer (moderator)
    This conversation centers on the Peabody Essex Museum’s new installation of Native American and American art, exploring the challenges and rewards of combining two collections to consider what it means to belong in America and how artists have the power to transform what we see and how we think. Register here.
  • Latinx Art and American Pasts and Futures
    Friday, April 14, 2023 | 1–2 pm ET | Free
    Featuring: Rodrigo Moura, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, E. Carmen Ramos (moderator)
    With museums seeking to implement more inclusive practices and Latinx art emerging as an area of focus, the panelists will consider how three museums are navigating this pivot point in the framing of national culture and the recalibration of understandings of U.S. art and history. Register here. 

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