Chicago artist Olivia Gude to be the 2017 Eric Yake Kenagy Visiting Artist

Lecture: “Psychogeographic Investigations & Interventions: Selected Public Projects of Olivia Gude” by Olivia Gude
Date and time: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Goshen College Administration Building Room 28. A reception will follow in the Visual Arts Building Room 13
Cost: Free and open to the public

Olivia Gude, a Chicago-based artist with a focus in public art and art education, is the Goshen College Art Department’s Eric Yake Kenagy Visiting Artist for 2017. Gude will be presenting a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Room 28, with a reception to immediately follow in the Visual Arts Building Room 13. Both the lecture and the reception are free and open to the public.

Gude will also present a workshop for Goshen College students and a presentation titled “Experiencing the Force of a Curriculum Assemblage Trace: Experimental ‘Drawing'” for area Art Educators on Monday, Sept. 18.

Known for her large-scale mural and mosaic projects, Gude has been involved with public art for 20 years, during which she has created over 50 murals and mosaics in cities like Los Angeles and Chicago.

Along with her work as an artist, Gude is a professor of art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a professor emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her area of focus is on researching new ways to teach a visual art curriculum, and she has published her research in places like Art Education, the official journal of the National Art Education Association. Gude has presented workshops and keynote address around the U.S. and Canada, with some in Europe and Asia, at universities, museums and conferences.

Recently, Gude has been working on projects that combine her work as an artist and an art educator. She has worked to create spaces where teachers can participate in investigating and re-inventing the social practice of art education. Gude has done this through organizing a Manifesta of Art Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2012 and Skeptical Assessment Society events at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Art Educators of Iowa conference, and others.

In 2009, Gude was awarded the Viktor Lowenfeld Award from the National Art Education Association to recognize her contributions in the art education field. She has also served as a member of the Visual Arts writing team for the Next Generation National Visual Arts Standards and is currently a member of both the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education and the Education Advisory Board of the PBS series “Art 21.”

The Eric Yake Kenagy Visiting Artist Program honors the late Eric Yake Kenagy, who was a gifted ceramics student at Goshen College from 1984 until his death in 1986.