Student Art Alliance announces fall 2018 Visiting Artists Lecture Series

The Student Art Alliance at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to announce the schedule of its fall 2018 Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

This series is organized and hosted by the Student Art Alliance, a student-run organization that works to provide the campus community with opportunities to experience fine art and learn from respected creative professionals.

Hundreds of internationally recognized artists, critics, teachers, historians and curators have participated in the event to date, providing insight into their work and sharing their knowledge of contemporary art practices.

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series also creates valuable opportunities for the members of the Student Art Alliance, who gain applicable experience organizing, curating and promoting arts-related events at the College.

“We have such an exciting and diverse lineup of artists, designers, and critics this year,” said Amanda Heidel, visiting artist lecture coordinator and treasurer of the SAA. “Each one has an interdisciplinary approach to their work, so there will surely be something for everyone.”

The following presentations are free and open to the public and will be given on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in Lecture Center 102, unless otherwise noted. Each lecture will be followed by a luncheon in the Fine Arts Rotunda, allowing attendees to get to know the artists and engage with members of the campus community.

Sept. 26: Tim Roda *

Tim Roda is a New York- based artist and art instructor at Molloy College who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He is known for his black-and-white photographs that document the family. Roda holds a MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has received several awards, most notably a Fulbright Award to Italy.

*In Coykendall Science Building Auditorium

Oct. 3: Christopher Robbins

According to his website, “Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and international development, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers.”

He has lived and worked all over the world, mostly through his collaboration with the Ghana Think Tank. Robbins is an associate professor of art and design at SUNY Purchase.

Oct. 17: Letha Wilson

Letha Wilson is a photographer and sculptor living in Brooklyn, N.Y., who has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including most recently at the September Gallery, Hudson, New York, and the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Portland, Oregon.

Wilson was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography in 2013.



Nov. 7: Lynne Allen

Lynne Allen is the director of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University and an art professor.

She previously served as a professor at Rutgers University, director of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and master printer and educational director at Tamarind Institute.

Her work has been selected for more than 100 exhibitions across the United States.

Nov. 9: Claire Bishop *

Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic. She is a professor of contemporary art for the PhD program in art history at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

She has also taught at Warwick University, the Royal College of Art in London, and at Essex University, where she earned her PhD in 2002.

*This lecture will take place on Friday evening, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Nov. 14: Martha Tuttle

Martha Tuttle is a painter and sculptor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated with her MFA from Yale School of Art and her BA from Bard College.

She has worked and exhibited across the United States and Europe, including most recently at Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy, and Tilton Gallery in New York.

Tuttle is a 2017-18 recipient of the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program residency, which awards studio space to visual artists in Brooklyn.

Dec. 5: Chris Wu

Chris Wu is the co-director of Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design workshop that creates branded materials for art institutions, non-profits, public agencies and global companies.

Wkshps’ long list of clients includes the Museum of Modern Art, RISD Museum and the Guggenheim Museum.


All events subject to change without notice. Visit for the most current information.

The lecture series is funded by the SUNY New Paltz Student Association and administered by the Student Art Alliance. For additional information, please email