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‘STUDIO Visits’ series to feature ‘Performance’ with Laurel Jay Carpenter

"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, Nov. 2, in Nevins Theater at Powell Campus Center.

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.

This week’s guest will be Alfred University Associate Professor of Fine Arts Laurel Jay Carpenter, whose topic will be "Performance."

Carpenter is a performance and installation artist investigating longing, devotion and alchemy in her durational live works. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor of arts degree in English Literature from Tufts University.

Carpenter has previously served as an adjunct professor in sculpture at the University of Connecticut and developed and taught a professional practices program at Parsons School of Design. She teaches in AU’s Interdisciplinary Art program, focusing on performance art and site-specific installation.

Carpenter has exhibited her performance and installation work extensively at New York City venues, including Exit Art, The Knitting Factory, Performance Space 122 and Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, as well as internationally in southern Spain, Berlin and Venice.

She has received a number of fellowships and honors for her work. She has been a fellow and invited artist at the International Performance Art Festival in Cleveland, The Performance Studies International Artist and the MacDowell Colony.

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