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Art & Art History
University of Mississippi

Art Talks 2019



February 20, 2019 / 209 Bryant Hall / @ 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Edward (“Eddie”) Chambers, Professor, Art History, University of Texas at Austin

Eddie Chambers is a Professor, in the Department of Art and Art History, at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching visual arts of the African Diaspora. See He is a field editor, with responsibility for assigning reviews of publications relating to African Diaspora art and African art, for

March 20, 2019 /120 Meek Hall / @ 5:00 p.m.

Joe Morzuch, Assistant Professor in the Painting Department of Art at Mississippi State University

Joe Morzuch is a still life painter interested in the visual and communicative potential of objects that are cast-off, discarded, and overlooked. His subjects, and the process of working directly from life, provide him with rich pictorial and conceptual possibilities. His work engages the mundane, domestic, and every-day, as well as the notion of an arrested perceptual experience.

April 10, 2019 /120 Meek Hall / @ 5:00 p.m.

Cole Lu, Artist, Curator, and Writer based in New York

Her work has been included in Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis, MO), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA), American Medium (New York, NY), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), FAIR. (Miami Beach, FL), The 3rd New Digital Art Biennale – The Wrong (Again), I Never Read (Basel, Switzerland), FILE: Electronic Language International Festival (São Paulo, Brazil), The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Roman Susan (Chicago, IL), CENTRAL BOOKING ART SPACE (New York, NY), Syndicate (Cologne, Germany), K-Gold Temporary Gallery (Lesvos, Greece) and Invisible Space (Taipei, Taiwan).



October 9, 2019 /120 Meek Hall / @ 5:00 p.m.

Ali Fitzgerald, Comics Artist

“On ‘Hungover Bear’ (McSweeney’s), Optimism, and Teaching Comics to Refugees.” (VIRTUAL)
*with reception to follow in Meek Gallery

Ali Fitzgerald is an artist and writer living in a 90’s glass box off of Karl Marx Allee, Berlin’s former dream-thoroughfare to Moscow. She is a regular contributor to the The New Yorker, where she writes and draws a monthly column called “America!” She also wrote and drew the popular comic Hungover Bear and Friends for McSweeney’s, contributed a monthly visual column to Art Magazin and a weekly comic to New York Magazine called “Bermuda Square.” Her comics//drawings have also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Art21,, Modern Painters, Gastronomica, Berlin Quarterly, and Bitch Magazine and her artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Europe as well as mentioned in the New York Times, Artlies, Varoom Magazine, The Guardian, Art in America, Afar Magazine, the Tagesspiegel, Dadada Magazine and Tip Magazin. 


October 10, 2019/ 209 Bryant Hall / @6:00 p.m.

Shane McDermott, Illustrator/Cartoonist/Character Designer

“Character Development” (IN PERSON)
*Preceded by reception at 5 pm -Bryant Rotunda

Shane McDermott is a cartoonist, character designer, illustrator, and comics professor living and working in Memphis, Tennessee. He has a BFA in Design Arts with a Concentration in Illustration from Memphis College of Art and an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. After earning his BFA, Shane worked for seven years as the staff editorial illustrator at The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper in Memphis, where he created numerous illustrations, infographics, and even his own comic series titled Drawing from Life. He taught comics, digital painting, and illustration at Memphis College of Art for 12 years and has created numerous educational comics on a broad range of topics for a variety of clients.


November 13, 2019 / 120 Meek Hall / @ 5:00 p.m.

Mike Durkin, Performance Artist

“Football Tailgating as Performance Art” (IN PERSON)

Mike (He/Him) is a multidisciplinary social practice performance artist residing in New York City. Mike was born in Boro Park, Brooklyn, and has lived in Philadelphia for the last 10 years before moving back to NYC. Mike is guided by the intersection between art and everyday. With his performance group, The Renegade Company he has created site-responsive social practice productions exploring food access, place and gentrification. Most recently he created a community-based performance project focussed on substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness working with residents of the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia called:(Kensington) Streetplay. He is currently in development to create a performance project focusing on the role sports plays in communities, entitled, S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y. Mike has held residencies with the Space at Ryder Farm, Drop Forge and Tool, and San Luis Valley Social Practice Residency at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. Mike’s work has been presented at the Brandywine River Museum, Barnes Foundation, Mt. Moriah Cemetery, the Life Do Grow Farm, and in parks, churches, fields, along the streets, and online.

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