Visiting Artists

Each year the Waubonsee Art Department brings in an exciting line up of visiting artists to conduct lectures and workshops. While some workshops are limited to current students, all lectures are free and open to the general public.

Please check this site regularly for upcoming visiting artist events.

UpcomingVisiting Artist: Mahwish Chishty 

Initially trained as a miniature painter from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, Mahwish Chishty has aggressively combined new media and conceptual work with her traditional practice. Ms. Chishty has exhibited her work in over fifty exhibitions in national and international venues so far. Some of the more recognized venues are the Imperial War Museum in London, UK; University of Technology (UTS Gallery) in Sydney, Australia; Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain in Brussels; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn, NY; and the Gandhara Art Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan. Ms. Chishty's best-known, on-going project, 'Drone series' is inspired by her visit to Pakistan in 2011. By camouflaging modern war machines with folk imagery, Ms. Chishty is shedding light on the complexity of acculturation, politics and power.

In 2015, Ms. Chishty was awarded residencies at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; and Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, NY. Recently she was a resident at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE, where she engaged with the local community to construct a sound piece. Ms. Chishty also has works in public and private collections including the Foreign office Islamabad, Pakistan, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka Shi, Japan and the Imperial War Museum, London, UK. This year, Ms. Chishty was awarded the prestigious Solomon R. Guggenheim award. Currently, Ms. Chishty is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Art.

  • Lecture: Monday, November 6, 2017
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public. 
  • Workshop: Monday, November 6, 2017
    12:30 – 3 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 200, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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    Stealth (Model) by Mahwish Chishty, 2015, Enamel on plastic, 10 x 4 x 1.5 in.

Previous Visiting Artist: Meg Duguid

Meg Duguid believes that documentation is paramount to her art making and is invested in the ways that documentation and art can be integrated in a single practice. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Bard College. She has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 6018 NORTH, Slow Gallery, the Mission, Terrain, Roman Susan, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Defibrillator Performance Art Space in Chicago, as well as the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, 667 Shotwell in San Francisco, and the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City. Duguid has screened work at Synthetic Zero in New York, Spiderbug in Chicago, and the Last Supper Festival in Brooklyn. From 2009 to 2011 she ran Clutch Gallery, a 25-square-inch white cube located in the heart of her purse; since then, she lends her purse to others to curate and carry. Duguid is a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago and lives and works in Chicago with her husband, her son, and three cats.

  • Lecture: Thursday, October 12, 2017
    11 a.m. – Noon in Bodie Hall, room 150, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public. 

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   Production of the Tramp's community by Meg Duguid, 2017, Paint, Fabric, Wood, Sharpie, Suitcase, Performers

Previous Visiting Artist: Barbara Koenen

Barbara Koenen is an artist based in Chicago who works in a wide range of materials to explore themes that encompass the passage of time, repetition, accumulation, attrition, and duration through the lens of labor and craft. Her meditative paintings and works on paper, such as the series Buddha at the Hot Dog Stand, are records of marks made of paint and found materials inspired by patterns in nature and industry. Her photographic series, #sunrise #dawn is a long-term chronicle of the view from her window overlooking Lake Michigan, that is also found on social media and as a limited edition calendar. The War Rug Series, begun after the 9/11 terrorist attack and subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, explores the impact of war on culture and the representation of women’s voices and women’s labor through representation of various Afghan war rugs in installations and prints made from spices and seeds. Koenen is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, and her work has been displayed nationally and internationally. A former bureaucrat for the City of Chicago, she now runs UNUM exhibition space in Chicago’s East Garfield Park, and is the founder of the Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange.

  • Lecture: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    8 – 9 a.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public. 
  • Workshop: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    9:30 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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    Baluchi Drixa by  Barbara Koenen, 2007, various spices, detail of installation that was a part of the show Mapping the Self at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Previous Visiting Artist: Carla Fisher Schwartz 

Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her studio practice investigates the relationship between the mapped image and contemporary notions of exploration, virtuality, and the simulated environment through print media, sculpture and video installation. Her art has been exhibited across the United States, including the Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), the McKendree University Art Gallery (Lebanon, IL), and the Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). Recent residencies include HATCH Projects (Chicago, IL) and The Hyde Park Art Center Program (Chicago, IL), and a studio fellowship with Spudnik Press Cooperative. Schwartz received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking. She received her BA in Studio Art with a minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and Architecture at Harold Washington College.

  • Lecture: Thursday, September 21, 2017
    11 a.m. – Noon in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Free and open to the general public. 
  • Workshop: Thursday, September 21, 2017
    12:15 – 2:45 p.m. in Von Ohlen Hall, room 201, Sugar Grove Campus
    Open to current WCC students, registration required.
    Please contact Cecilia Vargas at (630) 466-2964 or cvargas@waubonsee.edu to register.

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    Installation shot from the exhibition Desktop Navigator by Carla Fisher Schwartz, Arrowhead Gallery at WCC, Summer of 2017

You can see more of our Visiting Artist history by going to our Past Visiting Artist page.

Contact

For more information about visiting artists, lectures and workshops:

Cecilia Vargas
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964
cvargas@waubonsee.edu