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Visual Voices

Buzz Spector: I stack things. I tear stuff up.

Visual Voices will be virtual for Spring 2021.

Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design.

Visual Voices Colloquium is the Professional Lecture Series of the School of Art and represents a window into the professional world of art and design. Speakers are chosen with faculty guidance to represent leading and emerging talented practitioners, as well as artists whose work lies beyond the subject areas of the program offerings.

The purpose of the course and the program is to broaden students’ exposure and vocabulary to professional work being created today. It will also provide an opportunity for Mason School of Art students to interact with speakers following their lecture, giving them the chance to exchange ideas and pose questions to the guest speakers.

For more information, please contact, Harold Linton.

Spring 2021 Schedule

For Spring 2021, all lectures will be presented virtually via a live Zoom webinar at 7:30 PM. Attendees must register beforehand to receive a link to the webinar. Registration links can be found below under each event.

Students are encouraged to ask the artist questions directly via the Q&A feature in the Zoom Webinar. The artist will leave time at the end of their lecture to take questions from the chat.

Please expand the artists’ names below to find out more about the speakers.

February 11, 2021 - Wendy Red Star

Wendy Red StarWendy Red Star was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana. Her work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. 


February 25, 2021 - Rozeal

RozealRozeal (FKA Iona Rozeal Brown) was born in Washington, D.C. Her paintings utilize traditional ukiyo-e printmaking techniques to meld Japanese folklore, geisha, kabuki, and ganguro culture, and burapan (which appropriates black culture imagery) with her own references to hip-hop and African-American culture. Brown’s experience as a DJ also informs her work.


March 18, 2021 - Mia Eve Rollow

Mia Eve RollowMia Eve Rollow is a Chicago native specializing in art as social practice, community performance, sculpture, installation, video, painting, and drawing.  She derives much of her inspiration from participation in shamanic traditions of Native American traditions of Mexico, the United States, and Cuba. Upon receiving her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, she lived in Chiapas, Mexico where she co-founded EDELO (En Donde Era La Onu/Where The United Nations Used To Be). EDELO was an artist-run organization that created site-specific, socially engaged art projects over a period of five years. Its artist residency program became an experimental art laboratory and community safe house for exploring the use of art by the EZLN, the Zapatista autonomous indigenous movement in Chiapas. EDELO is now EDELOMigrante, a nomadic organization that continues to develop projects of cultural resistance in India, Palestine, and other communities.

This program contains sensitive content including artistic depictions of nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.



April 8, 2021 - Bruce Willen

Bruce WillenBruce Willen is a multidisciplinary designer, artist, and the founder of Public Mechanics — a design and art studio working in public and cultural spaces. Bruce collaborates with civic, arts, and design innovators on projects that jaywalk through the intersection of experiential design, placemaking, and public art. Prior to Public Mechanics Bruce co-founded acclaimed design agency Post Typography where he led high-profile projects that have shaped the visual language of Baltimore and the sustainable building industry. He is co-author of the book “Lettering & Type” and has written for The Washington Post, Design Observer, and other publications.

As part of his multidisciplinary practice, Bruce composes music, film scores, and sound art. With instrumental duo Peals, Bruce has performed in clock towers, museums, and living rooms on multiple continents and has released recordings with legendary indie label Thrill Jockey Records. Prior to Peals, Bruce contributed to Baltimore’s music scene for nine years as a member of the influential post-punk band Double Dagger, subject of the 2013 documentary film If We Shout Loud Enough.


Past Speakers have included:

  • Anne Harris
  • Dean Kessmann
  • Kevin Wyllie
  • Alyce Myatt
  • Barry Nemett
  • R.G. Brown
  • Karen Kunc
  • Lynell Burmark
  • Lucy Lippard
  • Krzysztof Wodiczko
  • Steve Heller
  • Rusty Smith
  • W.C. Richardson
  • William Dunlap
  • Lori Nix
  • Robert Whitman
  • Steve Kurtz
  • James Elkins
  • Ellen Lupton
  • Pyllis Rosenzweig
  • Terry Barret
  • Kuiyi Shen
  • Renee Stout
  • Sam Gilliam
  • John Moore
  • Bill Christenberry
  • Carrie and Kevin Burke.

Image at top of page: Buzz Spector: I stack things. I tear stuff up.