Anna Ballarian Visiting Artist Series

The Anna Ballarian Visiting Artist Series brings exhibitions, outdoor sculpture and artist engagement to the RIT campus. 

About Anna Ballarian

Anna Ballarian Photograph

Anna Ballarian (1910-2010) was born in Rochester, N.Y. and was an alumna of RIT’s School for American Crafts. She was a lifelong artist and educator, retiring from her position of Professor at San Jose State University in 1977. She left behind a legacy of creativity and a passion for developing communities of artists and educators. The School of Art’s Visiting Artist Program would not be possible without her generous contribution.

Current Visiting Artists

Artists invited by the Anna Ballarian Series visit the RIT campus for a variety of engagements. All visiting artists give a public talk, and typically visit the studios of graduate students in various art and design programs. Artists may also exhibit work in one of the galleries, and in some cases install an outdoor sculpture as part of our rotating display on the north lawn of Booth and Gannett Halls, near the MAGIC building on the RIT Campus. Read more details about each artist's visit below.

Lauren Kalman Photo

Lauren Kalman - Fall 2022

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit, whose practice is rooted in the history of adornment, contemporary craft, sculpture, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates constructions of the ideal, the politics of craft, the body, and the built environment through performances using her body.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Museum of Arts and Design, Cranbrook Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mint Museum, and the World Art Museum in Beijing, among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Gallery Exhibition: October 20 - November 19, 2022
William Harris Gallery, Gannett Hall 3030, RIT Campus

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 20 (Time TBA)
William Harris Gallery, Gannett Hall 3030, RIT Campus

Digital sketches of proposed sculptures by Byron and Turner

Lelia Byron and Amanda Pohan Turner - Coming Soon

Two new sculptures will arrive on RIT campus in Fall 2022/Spring 2023, along with two new artists who will visit the campus as part of the Anna Ballarian Visiting Artist Series. After a call for proposals, projects by Lelia Byron and Amanda Pohan Turner were selected to be exhibited as part of the temporary outdoor sculpture display, visible on the north lawn of Booth/Gannett Halls, near the MAGIC building. More details will be released soon!

(Digital renderings courtesy the artists. Final sculptures may vary in dimension and detail.)

Past Visiting Artists

Past visiting artists Joshua Enck and Letha Wilson visited RIT for solo exhibitions, studio critiques with students, and installed custom outdoor sculptures as part of a rotating sculpture display, currently on view for a limited time on the north lawn of Booth and Gannett Halls, near the MAGIC building on the RIT campus.

Ossicone, Joshua Enck

Joshua Enck - Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Joshua Enck's background in architecture and furniture design informs his contemporary abstract sculptures, often made from wood or steel. A Fulbright scholar, Enck’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and his work continues to join public and private collections across the U.S.

After teaching at Rhode Island School of Design for 10 years, he now lives and works in Rochester, teaching courses in architecture and drawing at the University of Rochester. 

Outdoor Sculpture: Ossicone, weathering and painted steel, 22'h x 10'w x 8'd. Visible on the north lawn of the MAGIC Center, RIT Campus.

Gallery Exhibition: August 6 - September 25, 2021, RIT City Art Space, 280 East Main Street, Rochester, NY, 14604. Open Thursday - Sunday 1-5 p.m., Fridays 1-9 p.m. Admission is free.

Gallery Talk: Friday, September 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m, RIT City Art Space, Free and open to the public.

Letha Wilson

Letha Wilson - Fall 2021/Spring 2022

Letha Wilson is a contemporary artist known for “breaking the rules” of photography, often transforming her photographs into objects that bend and curve out of walls, becoming three-dimensional sculpture. 

Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) and New York, N.Y. (U.S.); the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Portland, Ore. (U.S.); the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass. (U.S.), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris (FR). Artsy recently named Wilson an emerging artist to watch, and one of twenty female artists who are "pushing sculpture forward."

Outdoor Sculpture: Craters of the Moon Fold Back, UV photographs on weathering steel, 8'h x 2.5'w x 4.5'd. Visible on the north lawn of Booth/Gannett Halls, RIT Campus.

Gallery Exhibition: February 10 - March 12, 2022, Bevier Gallery, Booth Hall, RIT Campus, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY, 14623.

Artist Talk: Thursday, February 10, 2022, 5:00 PM, Bevier Gallery. Watch a recording of Letha's talk at RIT by clicking here.