Skip to main content

Visiting Artist Colloquium

2024 Visiting Artist Colloquium Artists. Left to right: Anthony Titus, Blush---Cropped-for-install-(Turquois-Ripple), Shawn Theodore, Poet Laureate, Amanada S Gorman, Azza El Siddique, That Which Trembles Wavers.

2024 Visiting Artist Colloquium Artists. Left to right: Anthony Titus, Blush---Cropped-for-install-(Turquois-Ripple), Shawn Theodore, Poet Laureate, Amanada S Gorman, Azza El Siddique, That Which Trembles Wavers.

Over the course of each spring semester a series of visiting artists talk about their work and studio practice.  each event begins with a lunch at 12 noon. The talks start at 12:30 and last roughly 45 minutes with additional time for a Q&A. All colloquium talks will take place on the second floor bridge of Whittier hall.

The 2024 Spring semester visiting artist schedule is as follows:

March 1, 2024
Anthony Titus: Surface Mining

Anthony Titus Studio is an interdisciplinary practice that focuses on the relationships between contemporary art and architecture. Since its inception in 2005, the studio has produced numerous installations, objects as well as solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. The practice has consistently explored the uniquely constructed spaces between architecture, painting and sculpture. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and a graduate degree in fine art from the University of Chicago. 

Parallel to his independent practice, Titus has taught and lectured about architecture and art since 2002 and is currently a tenured professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2022 he was invited by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to deliver the annual John Hejduk Soundings Lecture. Titus is the recipient of a 2013 research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The research project is titled Twisted Siblings: Relationships Between Contemporary Painting and Digital Architecture. His work has been exhibited and published widely and includes a recent solo exhibition titled Ruptures and Reconciliations at ‘T' Space in Rhinebeck, NY. In 2022 Titus was granted an award in architecture by The American Academy of Arts and Letters.      


Surface Mining
The lecture will focus upon the structure of my transdisciplinary practice of art and architecture.  I will speak about a selection of exhibitions, projects, and teaching pedagogy that spans the past decade. Emphasis will be placed upon the processes and procedures as well as the final product of the works. Looking to explore and discover new possibilities between the spaces of architecture, sculpture and painting. The conversation and exchange between these disciplines serves as a rich space of opportunity to enhance and expand our current understanding of space, form, color, and structure as participants in a larger cultural landscape. 

March 29, 2024
Shawn Theodore

Shawn Theodore (b. 1970) was born in Germany to American parents from Philadelphia, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. Theodore was awarded the prestigious PDN’s 30 New & Emerging Photographers to Watch (2019), the Getty Images / ARRAY ‘Where We Stand’ grant, and a grant from the Knight Foundation for ‘A Dream Deferred’. Theodore was a two-time nominee for the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship and a nominee for the Magnum Foundation Fund. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts, a trustee of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and a former trustee of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. 

Theodore first came into prominence for his color-saturated, silhouette-focused street photography work which garnered the attention of several media outlets as well as consumer-focused companies due to its graphic and illustrative nature. The first solo exhibition of his street photography was of his first photography project, ‘The Avenues’ in 2015 at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, as a part of Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, which was supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. 

Theodore’s first photographic monograph Birmingham was published by Kris Graves Projects in 2019. The book was made over a month’s time from the artist walking and photographing the various neighborhoods that constitute Birmingham, Alabama. The book examines the physical relationship between the African American community and its future while utilizing socioeconomic disparities as a contextual framework.

April 12, 2024
Azza El Siddique

Azza El Siddique works in sculpture and installation. Her multi-faceted installations composed of architectural structures and materials use a catch-and-release system to address the manifestation of mortality, science, mythology, and spirituality in systems of power. Scent, smoke, vapor, and water are set up in environments that begin to shift, warp, deteriorate, rehydrate, infuse, and extract. Materials and structures are stripped down to their essential forms to instigate collapses, spills, and releases. Her work sets up a parameter of questions to explore what permeates death and what can be revived through it.

El Siddique, born in Khartoum, Sudan, currently lives and works in New Haven, CT. She received an MFA from Yale University School of Art (2019) and a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (2014). In 2019, she was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, CanadianArt, and Border Crossings. She has shown her work at Helena Anrather, New York; Cooper Cole, Toronto; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto.