Visiting Artists and Lecturers

abstract painting
Brian Novatny, “Vying for Her Attention,” oil on panel, 40 x 60 inches, courtesy Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta.

Our Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series is an integral part of the undergraduate and graduate experience at The University of Alabama. Artists, critics, curators and scholars present public lectures, gallery talks and offer individual critiques to students in our graduate program. This series is intrinsic to our mission of outreach to the university community and beyond.

Along with our Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series, we work in conjunction with the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery and other UA departments, organizations and individuals to bring vanguard artists and scholars who represent the entire spectrum of art to campus in order to supplement the strength and expertise of the faculty. 

Read about our recent visiting artists and scholars.

Check our front page for visiting artist and scholar events.

See photos of some of our Visiting Artists and Lecturers events!

2018-2019 Artist/Lecturer Events

a woman
Visual artist Iva Gueorguieva.

Early 2019



a woman riding a horse
Karl Haendel, Rodeo 9, 2017, pencil and graphite powder on paper, 103 x 77 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.





painting of a ship
Katherine Bradford, “Drop Canon Balls.”


  • Cynthia Hahn
  • Andrew Hottle (Annual MA in Art History Graduate Student Symposium)
  • William Willis (Sarah Moody Gallery artist lecture)


  • Yvonne Petkus
  • Caroline Seebohm (Sarah Moody Gallery exhibition lecture)
  • Justin Cooper
  • Brian Novatney (Sarah Moody Gallery artist lecture)
  • Ellen Siebers
  • James Sherman Brantley (Paul R. Jones Lecture Series)
  • Thornton Willis (Sarah Moody Gallery artist lecture)


a man leaning on a railing
Image courtesy Willie Cole.
  • Tim Barringer (Annual MA in Art History Graduate Student Symposium)
  • Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman
  • Howardena Pindell (Paul R. Jones Lecture Series)
  • Anthony Castronovo
  • Willie Cole (Sarah Moody Gallery artist lecture)
  • Sheila Pree Bright (Paul R. Jones Lecture Series)
  • Fred Stonehouse (Sarah Moody Gallery artist lecture)


  • Drive-By Press
  • Amy Pleasant
  • Clive King
  • Lester Van Winkle (Sarah Moody Gallery artist lecture)
  • Wadsworth Jarrell (Paul R. Jones Lecture Series)
a poster for an art lecture
Poster for Amy Pleasant’s lecture, 2009-2010.

Past Visiting Artists and Lecturers

  • Tom Armstrong, Dir. Emeritus, Whitney Museum
  • Carrie Barratt, Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Graham Boettcher, Curator, Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Yve-Alain Bois, art historian/educator
  • Chakaia Booker, artist
  • Santiago Cal, artist/educator
  • Mel Chin, artist
  • William Christenberry, artist, alumnus
  • Les Christensen, artist/curator
  • Jerry Cullum, Sr. Editor, Art Papers
  • Hamlett Dobbins, artist/educator
  • Jack Earl, artist
  • Vernon Fisher, artist/educator
  • Beverly Fishman, artist/educator
  • Peter Flannary, artist/educator
  • Sylvie Fortin, Editor, Art Papers
  • Linda Francis, artist/educator
  • Cheryl Goldsleger, artist/educator
  • Edwin Jager, artist/educator
  • Paul R. Jones, collector
  • Terri Jones, artist
  • John Hitchcock, artist/educator
  • Il Young Kim, artist
  • Clive King, artist
  • Tony Matelli, artist
  • Christopher McNulty, artist/educator
  • Aimee Miller, artist (Paul R. Jones Lecturer)
  • Samuel Mockbee, artist/architect/educator
  • David Moos, curator
  • Clarence Morgan, artist/educator
  • Cornelia Parker, artist
  • Fahamu Pecou, artist (Paul R. Jones Artist Lecturer)
  • Mario Petrirena, artist (Paul R. Jones Lecturer)
  • Judy Pfaff, artist/educator
  • Pete Pinnell, artist/educator
  • James Ramer, artist/educator
  • Helena Reckitt, curator
  • Stephen Rosenberg, art dealer
  • John Salvest, artist/educator
  • Cort Savage, artist/educator
  • Tony Scherman, artist
  • Barry Schwabsky, art critic/poet
  • Patterson Sims, curator/museum director
  • elin O’Hara slavick, artist/educator
  • Buzz Spector, artist/educator
  • Freddie Styles, artist (Paul R. Jones Lecturer)
  • Krista Thompson, art historian
  • Ursula Von Rydingsvard, artist
  • Deborah Willis, artist/educator
  • Lance Winn, artist/educator