Visiting Artist Series

The Visiting Artist Series is a supportive endeavor to provide the public and MECA&D community with invaluable dialogue and exchanges of ideas within creative disciplines. It is our mission to extend this dynamic engagement between diverse voices of young and established creatives currently working in Art, Craft, Design, and academic areas of cultural production. It is our mission to contribute towards an amplification of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ voices through a balanced program which extends beyond the collective faculty and student population.

Spring 2022

  • Alyson Shotz** - Monday, March 14 (6:30-7:45pm)
  • Resilience Week Artist Panel - Tuesday, March 15 (6:00-8:00pm)
  • Sarah Khan - Wednesday, March 16 (12:00pm)
  • Ilasahai Prouty - Thursday, March 17 (9:30-10:30am)
  • Bonnie Collura** - Monday, April 11 (6:30-7:45pm)
  • Matt Crane** - Monday April 25 (6:30-7:45pm)
  • Danielle Scott** - Postponed until Fall 2022

Visiting Artists Series

MECA&D's Visiting Artist Series is dedicated to providing an increase of remote lectures, and unique student interactions. Funded through the generous support of the Gene R. Cohen Charitable Foundation.

Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series

Images clockwise from top left to right: Hannah Epstein; Maria Molteni; J Morgan Puett (Photo: Jorge Colombo); Danielle Scott; Bonnie Collura; Lee Mingwei (Photo: Museum Villa Stuck); Alyson Shotz (Photo: Barbara Donaubauer)

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman ’08 and Carole J. Friedman. The series is established in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose, who has been an integral part of MECA&D's evolution for over 30 years and who helped define and advance the Sculpture Major at MECA&D with great care, skill, and dedication. Events listed above with ** are part of this series.

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Lecture Series will be held in person for students and faculty of MECA&D&D in Osher Hall, and free and open to the public to tune in via Zoom using the following login information:

Alyson Shotz**

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Monday, March 14 (6:30-7:45pm)
Via Zoom

Alyson Shotz, b.1964, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

For the past 28 years she has been engaging, through her sculptural practice, in an artistic investigation into the physical qualities of space, light and matter- the building blocks of our physical world. Through exhaustive humanistic empirical experimentation in various materials including metal, porcelain, string, and glass beads, she explores the structure and substance of space itself: what is it, what is it made of? How does it shape everything we see around us?

She was included in the recent exhibition Art & Space at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and has been included in exhibitions such as The More Things Change, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemplating the Void and The Shapes of Space, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Light and Landscape, Storm King Art Center, and Living Color, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC and Pattern: Follow the Rules at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. She has had solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, The Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, and Espace Louis Vuitton, Tokyo, among others. Shotz was an Arts Institute Research Fellow at Stanford University in 2014- 2015, a Sterling Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, 2012, she received a Pollock Krasner Award in 1999 and 2010, the Saint Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in 2007, and was the 2005-2006 Happy and Bob Doran Artist in Residence at Yale University Art Gallery. Her work is included in numerous public collections, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Guggenheim Bilbao, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, among others.

Artist Website:

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.

Veronica Perez MFA '16, Untitled Blanket, hair, artificial hair, hair ties, zip ties, 2021.

Resilience Week Artist Panel

Resilience Week event
Tuesday, March 15 (6:00-8:00pm)
Via Zoom

This year's artist panel discussion, featuring MFA alumni Veronica Perez MFA '16, Evelyn Wong MFA '19, and Golaleh Yazdani MFA '18, will focus on personal journeys as BIPOC beginning to mid-career artists tackling subjects such as identity, trauma and visibility.

Resilience Week:

Sarah Khan

Undisciplined, and the pleasures of defiance
Wednesday, March 16 (12:00pm)
Via Zoom

Sarah K Khan (b. Mangla, Pakistan) utilizes food to explores food, culture, women, migration, and identity in urban and rural environments. A multi-media maker and scholar, she uses photography, films, print-making, maps, and writing to defy erasure and to build archives while revealing the often invisible labor and mastery of the disregarded.

After a year as a Senior Research Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, she is creating multimedia vignettes highlighting the labor and knowledge of Indian women farmers  as well as climate change, environmental degradation, gender disparity, race and caste discrimination and farmers’ suicides in addition to the loss of crop, biological, cultural, culinary and linguistic diversities.

She creates content on Migrant Kitchens and the Food Craft Project. Khan’s photography, films, and writing have appeared in Museum of the Moving Image, Queens MuseumAsian Arts InitiativeAAWW Open CityRoads and KingdomsCulinary BackstreetsThe Art of EatingModern Farmer and Yahoo India. Her academic research on Ayurveda, traditional healing systems, nutrition, and the built environment has appeared in The American Botanical Council’s Herbal GramThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary MedicineIntegrative Medicine, and in The American Journal of Health Education, respectively.

A two-time Fulbright recipient, Khan earned a BA in Middle Eastern history and Arabic (Smith College), two Masters (public health and nutrition, Columbia University) and a Ph.D. (traditional ecological knowledge systems, plant sciences, New York Botanical Garden-CUNY). She has received numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies to pursue her work, including Princeton Artist-in-Residence ArtHx, Ellis Beauregard; Monson Arts; Project for Empty Space Feminist Residency; Indigo Arts Alliance; and Boren Chertkov Residency for Labor and Justice at Blue Mountain Center.

Artist Website:

IlaSahai Prouty

Resilience Week event
Thursday, March 17 (9:30-10:30am)
Email for zoom link

IlaSahai Prouty is an interdisciplinary artist, who works with communities on socially engaged projects. Recent projects have centered on race as a social construction made through language, and co-making as a restorative process for women. She also cultivates a personal studio practice across media, including writing, painting, glass and printmaking.

Prouty has lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oregon, California, and North Carolina. Her bi-racial background informs her work, and how she approaches collaboration. She received her MFA from the California College of Art in the Bay Area, CA, and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where she teaches Art for Social Change among other courses. Prouty was a Resident Artist at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC and has exhibited at venues throughout the United States including SECCA, the Asheville Museum, and the Cape Ann Museum. Her public works include pieces for the Medical Examiners Office in Charlotte NC and the Waring School in Beverly MA.

Prouty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University, where she teaches socially engaged art, and guides seniors in their capstone projects.  

Bonnie Collura**

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Monday, April 11 (6:30-7:45pm)
Via Zoom

Bonnie Collura received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1994 and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University in 1996. She is the recipient of a 1997 Emerging Artist Award from the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, a 2003 Rolex Protégé nomination, a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 2010 United States Artists Fellowship nomination, a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and has received six research grants from Penn State University, including a 2010 Stuckeman Endowment for Design Computing. Collura’s sculptures, textiles, drawings, and outdoor works have been exhibited in national and international galleries and museums spanning the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and India.  Reviews and media mentions of her work can be seen in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, Art News, Art Net, Flash Art, BOMB magazine, Beautiful Decay, Teme Celeste, Sculpture Magazine, Time Out New York, and numerous print and on-line publications. Toggling a rigorous studio practice with a dedicated teaching career, she has been invited to speak about her work and teaching practice at numerous art schools and universities in North America. In 2021, she was honored with an 2021 Outstanding Educator Award from the International Sculpture Center. 

Collura is a full professor at Penn State University, teaching in the School of Visual Arts. Prior to her appointment at Penn State she taught at Yale University, Columbia University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, University of the Arts, and Parsons The New School for Design. Collura currently lives and works in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania with her husband, Matthew J.Olson and their extraordinary cat, Louise Bourgeois.

Artist Website:

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.

Matt Crane**

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Monday, April 25 (6:30-7:45pm)
Via Zoom

Matt Crane graduated Kansas City Art Institute in 1995 from the Sculpture Department. After moving to Brooklyn, New York, he initiated a design / build metal arts fabrication facility, silvercrane llc. (c. 1998). His extensive list of clients include Robert Gober, Erin Shirreff, Ivan Navarro, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. In 1998 Crane simultaneously began a long term relationship with Kohler Company in Kohler, WI, creating and managing the Kohler Company Collection of Art while flying between NY and WI. A founding member of Brooklyn Iron he traveled to and collaborated in numerous iron casting workshops, conferences and symposia both Nationally and Internationally.

Crane returned to Academia (2015) to earn his Masters Degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York, Department of Art and Art History in 2017.

The artist, fabricator and foundryman now lives and works in upstate New York with his wife Allison and son Hugo. The well equipped studio is a flexible space that allows for metal casting, wood and metal fabrication and sculpture making of varying scales. Crane continues to make and exhibit artwork as well as facilitating projects for artists, building contract architectural metalworks and commissions by private clients.

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.

Danielle Scott**

The Gary Ambrose Sculpture Series
Fall 2022
Via Zoom

Danielle Scott is a mixed-media assemblage artist who grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Her work expresses politically and socially charged messaging. She recently received the 2021 Artist of the Year from ESKFF, which is the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation Artist Residency Program in Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ.

A soft-spoken artist, Danielle has begun to use her art as a conduit to explore bold; fearless, thought-provoking works which draws its inspiration largely from her own journey and life experience. Her latest pieces are brazen offerings conveying the intense beauty and wretched pain the artist absorbs from the world around her. She creates using photo montage, found objects, paint, raw materials, old books and collage. From vivid paintings to piercing photography to striking sculptures, all of Danielle’s artistic offerings aim to arrest the viewer and transport them away from the pretentious and into a realm rooted in truth.

Artist Website:

Funded through a generous gift from Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman, in honor of Sculpture Professor Emeritus Gary Ambrose.