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SOVA to kick off Anderson Lecture Series on Sept. 13

The Penn State School of Visual Arts announced its fall 2021 lineup for the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, which will be presented via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for each lecture is required via the links below.

Nekisha Durrett

Nekisha Durrett currently lives and works in Washington, D.C. where she creates bold and playful large-scale installations and public art that aim to make the ordinary enchanting and awe-inspiring while summoning subject matter that is often underrepresented or overlooked in visual culture. She earned her B.F.A. at The Cooper Union in New York City and M.F.A. at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Durrett has exhibited her work throughout the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Recent installations include “Up ‘til Now,” a freestanding, solar-powered sculpture that evokes the history of Washington, D.C.’s landscape and architecture, located in the city’s Golden Triangle neighborhood; “Messages for the City” in collaboration with For Freedoms in Times Square, New York; a wall-mounted public sculpture in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida, made in collaboration with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas; and a permanent installation on the glass-walled vestibule in the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Washington D.C.. Durrett’s “Magnolia,” a series of leaves perforated by the artist with the names of women murdered by law enforcement, was featured in the 2021 Atlanta Biennial at Atlanta Contemporary. Durrett is represented by Caitlin Berry Fine Art in Washington, D.C. and is currently in production on a large-scale, permanent sculpture in Arlington, Virginia.


Guadalupe Maravilla

In 1984, at eight years old, Guadalupe Maravilla immigrated alone to the United States from El Salvador in order to escape the Salvadoran Civil War. Maravilla was part of the first wave of undocumented unaccompanied children to come to the U.S. from Central America and became a U.S. citizen at 27. Maravilla creates fictionalized performances, videos, sculptures and drawings that incorporate their pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology and autobiography. Through their multidisciplinary studio practice, Maravilla traces the history of their displacement and interrogates the parallels between pre-Columbian cultures and border politics.

Maravilla has performed and presented their work extensively in venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, ICA Miami, Queens Museum, Bronx Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, MARTE (El Salvador), Central America Biennial X (Costa Rica), Smack Mellon and Performa 11 & 13. Their work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art and ICA Miami, among others.


Jacob Hashimoto, “Space. Object. Image.”

Using sculpture, painting and installation, Jacob Hashimoto creates complex worlds from a range of modular components including bamboo and paper kites, model boats and even AstroTurf-covered blocks. His accretive, layered compositions reference video games, virtual environments and cosmology, while also remaining deeply rooted in art historical traditions, notably landscape-based abstraction, modernism and handcraft.

Hashimoto was born in Greeley, Colorado, in 1973 and is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Ossining, New York. Hashimoto has been featured in solo museum exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, MACROMuseum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Schauwerk Sindlefingen in Germany, the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art in Finland, SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico and the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas. He has also had solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, Studio la Città in Verona, Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki and Stockholm, Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, Leila Heller Gallery in Dubai and Makasiini Contemporary in Turku, among others. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, EMMA – Saastamoinen Foundation, Schauwerk Sindelfingen, The California Endowment, and numerous other public collections.


Jennifer Rochlin, “Narratives in Paint and Clay”

Jennifer Rochlin received an M.F.A. in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Rochlin’s recent solo exhibitions include “California Dreamin’, On Such a Winter’s Day,” which was on display at Maki Gallery (Tokyo, 2020) and The Pit Gallery (Los Angeles, 2020); “Clay is Just Thick Paint,” Greenwich House Pottery (New York, 2020); “Super Bloom,” Geary (New York, 2019); and “KISS KISS KISS,” Galerie Lefebvre & Fils (Paris, 2018). She has also participated in the group exhibitions “Mass Ornament: Pleasure, Play, and What Lies Beneath,” curated by Alison M. Gingeras, South Etna Montauk (Montauk, 2020); “So Far, LA LOMA Projects” (Los Angeles, 2020); “L.A. on Fire,” curated by Michael Slenske, Wilding Cran Gallery (Los Angeles, 2019); “Calculating Infinity,” curated by Adam D. Miller, Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, 2019); and “The Party,” curated by Ali Subotnick, Anton Kern Gallery (New York, 2018).

She is represented by The Pit Gallery in Los Angeles and Maki Gallery in Tokyo. Rochlin was a fellow at Civitella Residency in Umbria, Italy, in 2019 and Lefebvre & Fils in Versailles, France, in 2018. Her work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.