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'STUDIO Visits:' Freshman Foundation series opens season

"STUDIO Visits," a series of lectures with a talk-show format hosted by M. Michelle Illuminato, assistant professor in the Alfred University (AU) School of Art & Design’s Freshman Foundation program, opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center, on the AU campus.

This year’s series will have a new set, designed by Brett Hunter, associate professor of sculpture, and MFA graduate students.

The series is held weekly on from 9-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, and is open to the campus community and the public, free of charge.

The first guest will be Lauren Adams of St. Louis, MO, whose topic will be "Fibers, Painting."

Now teaching painting in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and the interdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts program at Washington University in St. Louis, Adams earned her BFA degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2002, and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007.

Adams has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte; the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; an ex-Turkish bathhouse in Belgrade, Serbia; Fraction Workspace in Chicago, IL., Royal NoneSuch Gallery in Oakland, CA; The Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, MO, and CUE Art Foundation in Chelsea. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, held a residency at Jentel in Wyoming, and recently completed a residency at the Cite in Paris, France, July and August 2010. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award.

Current projects involve Elizabethan colonialism, Croatoan Indians, and the legend of the Lost Colony. ??She has collaborated on a number of projects involving painting, performance, video, sculpture and camera obscuras. "Sweet Jesus" was recently executed at the Historic Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, MO, a collaborative curatorial effort involving a one-weekend happening.

Adams recently began working with Temporary Art Review, a platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on alternative spaces and critical exchange among disparate art communities. ??A recent publication with Allison Smith, entitled Needle Work, resulted from curating an exhibition of Smith's work at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The catalogue is distributed by the University of Chicago Press.

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