Department of Art
William Mathie, MFA
Visiting artists and speakers complement and enhance classroom lectures and projects by bringing real-world experience to our students, giving them a firsthand look at life as a professional artist.
The Visiting Artists and Speakers Series is brought to the University through the Visiting Artist and Speaker Endowment. Former President Julie Wollman; Art Department professors Rachael Burke, Shelle Barron, Lisa Austin, Michael Genz and William Mathie; former Dean of Liberal Arts Terry Smith; and Director of Major Gifts Julie Chacona formalized the Visiting Artist and Speaker Endowment, continuing Edinboro’s tradition of bringing respected figures from the art world to campus.
The endowment allows visual educators, art historians, art critics, art administrators, craftsmen and women, applied artists, designers and painters to visit campus, meet with students, and participate in other activities as desired by department faculty. The endowment will continue to grow via bi-annual fundraisers.
Visiting artists and speakers help Edinboro’s students to:
The selection of visiting artists is made by members of the Visiting Artist Committee (VAC). The committee will select speakers representing a breadth of disciplines, including art education, art history, art criticism, book arts, drawing, painting, printmaking, paper making, wood, design, metals, weaving, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, film and animation.
Visiting Artist and Speaker events are free and open to the public. In addition to students and University faculty, many alumni, regional artists, educator, and members of the community enjoy and learn from these well-advertised events, providing further benefits to students by making sure they are part of the area’s thriving artistic community.