AU Press Releases

‘STUDIO Visits:’ Freshman Foundation series continues with ‘Installation, Political’ by Clark

"STUDIO Visits," a series of lectures with a talk-show format hosted by M. Michelle Illuminato, assistant professor in the Alfred University School of Art & Design’s Freshman Foundation program, continues at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Nevins Theater at Powell Campus Center. This week’s guest will be Laurie Beth Clark of Madison, Wis., whose topic will be "Installation, Political."

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

Clark is an installation, video, and performance artist and a professor of non-static forms at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Clark’s installation, video, and performance works explore the relationship between objects and meaning. Her projects often hold a political significance, such as her "dollhouse" installation piece "Versteckte Kinder," which honors the Jewish children who survived the Holocaust, and "Forest Breathing," an installation/performance project reflecting on the relationship between humanity and nature. She has exhibited her work at galleries, universities and film festivals across the United States as well as internationally in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Clark has received numerous grants and awards for her installation, video, and performance work, including the Chancellor’s Faculty Development Award in the Creative Arts and the Emily Mead Baldwin-Balcom Professorship in the Creative Arts from the University of Wisconsin, as well as project and research grants from arts associations nationwide.

She earned a master of arts degree from the University of New Mexico as well as a master of fine arts degree from Rutgers University. She has been a visiting artist at art and performance institutions across the country, including the University of Arizona in Tucson, the Experimental Television Center in Owego, and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

For more information about the STUDIO Visits series or the Alfred University School of Art and Design, visit For more about Clark, visit