Visiting Artists Lecture Series returns with fall 2019 lineup

The Student Art Alliance at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to announce the schedule of its fall 2019 Visiting Artist Lecture Series, featuring four contemporary art professionals discussing their innovative practices with students, faculty, staff and community members.

The series is organized and hosted by the Student Art Alliance, a student-run organization that works to organize opportunities for campus community members to experience fine art and hear from respected creative professionals. Each fall and spring, the Student Art Alliance secures impressive rosters of artists, critics, curators and historians to give talks about their work, their fields and their experiences in creative professions.

Hundreds of internationally known artists and art professionals have taken part in the series over the years, providing insight into their work and sharing their knowledge.

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.

The following presentations are free and open to the public and will be given Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in Lecture Center 102, unless otherwise noted. Each lecture will be followed by a free Campus Auxiliary Services-sponsored luncheon in the Fine Arts Rotunda, featuring a meet-and-greet with the visiting artist, open to all members of the community.

Oct. 2: Kellie Riggs

Kellie Riggs is “a freelance curator, writer, editor, and sometimes jeweler.”

Her current projects include the curation of Non-Stick Nostalgia, currently on display at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; serving as the editor-at-large of Current Obsession magazine; and curating the ongoing FOTOCOPY exhibit.

After spending seven years in Italy, she is currently based in Brooklyn.

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Oct. 23: Geoffrey Chadsey

Brooklyn-based Geoffrey Chadsey, best known for his paintings and drawings of men with conspicuously imperfect bodies, holds a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts and a Master of Arts from Harvard University.

Chadsey’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around the United States and the world, including his recent solo exhibition “THAT’S NOT IT” in New York and his current two-person show, “Örebro konsthall,” with Ceclia Jannson in Sweden.

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Nov. 13: Leigh Craven

Leigh Craven’s artwork, including her current creations of bell jars and mixed media boxes, focus on the artist’s “subjective reactions to individuals, often family and close friends.”

She serves as the graduate coordinator of Bridgewater State University’s Master of Arts in Teaching, Creative Arts program, as well as a professor of printmaking, foundations and book arts.

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Nov. 20: Sophia Narrett*

Sophia Narrett is a Brooklyn-based fiber artist who creates complex embroideries to tell stories of modern intimacy.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Her work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions all over the United States and around the world.

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*In Lecture Center 100

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

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact the Department of Art at 845-257-3830 at least two weeks prior to the event(s) you plan to attend.

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