Acclaimed Artists Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson To Give Artist Talks at MIAD

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Artists Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson will give artists talks at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design on March 19 and 20 as part of the MIAD Creativity Series. The talks are free and open to the public.

The artists create highly individualized work with an innovative use of fiction and a strong connection to art history.

The MIAD Creativity Series, founded by Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Board Chair Madeleine Kelly Lubar and her husband, David Lubar, continues with the visit of acclaimed New York-based artists Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson. In keeping with the mission of the Creativity Series, they will engage with MIAD students and with the general public. Their visit is generously supported by the Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.

Schutz will give an Artist Talk on Tuesday, March 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Johnson will give an Artist Talk on Wednesday, March 20, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

The talks, free and open to the public, will be held in MIAD’s painting studios.

Assistant Professor of Painting Kristopher Benedict, who was instrumental in bringing the artists to MIAD, said, “The artists create highly individualized work with an innovative use of fiction and a strong connection to art history.”

He described Dana Schutz “as one of the more internationally recognized and influential artists to emerge in the last decade. Full of color and pictorial invention, her paintings, drawings and prints depict narrative scenes ranging from the ecstatic to the grotesque to the unsettled everyday.”

Ryan Johnson’s sculptures, said Benedict, “blur the distinctions between the real and imagined and offer us a brilliant reflection on the process of representation. He works with a variety of approaches and materials, creating art imbued with a sense of play that is in turn personal and monumental.”

Schutz is represented by Petzel, New York, and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.

Johnson is represented by the Suzanne Geiss Company in New York.

Madeleine Kelly Lubar said, “We are extremely grateful to Kristopher Benedict for bringing artists of such high caliber to the MIAD and Milwaukee communities, and to the Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust for their support of the series. We look forward to engaging with and learning from Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson.”

MIAD is Wisconsin’s only independent, non-profit college of art and design offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree – the most highly regarded undergraduate degree in the visual arts that is accredited at the national, regional and state levels. The college’s graduates are creative thinkers whose leadership skills make them uniquely suited to address our 21st century economic and societal challenges.

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