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

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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

Two new works by Joshua Enck and Letha Wilson are inaugurating the visiting artist series's outdoor sculpture initiative in fall of 2021. Their sculptures will be on view for a limited time on the north lawn of Booth and Gannett Halls and the MAGIC Center as part of their visiting artist experience. 

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Joshua Enck - Fall 2021

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.

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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: TBA, Spring 2022

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Visiting artists and projects are selected by the Anna Ballarian Visiting Artist Committee, which includes faculty from RIT’s Schools of Art and American Crafts, working in tandem with College of Art and Design Dean Todd Jokl and Gallery Director John Aasp.

“We want to keep the program flexible, so that we can invite a wide variety of artists working in all types of media and share their work in various formats," Aasp said. "Some artists may show work as a gallery exhibition, others may install an outdoor sculpture, or perhaps some will create a more time-based installation or interactive work. The possibilities remain open to maximize the definition of what art and design can be, but also to elevate the School of Art’s visibility as a place for working artists to visit and engage with our students.”

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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: Fall 2022

Artist Talk: TBD, Fall 2022