Critic and Artist Residency Series


The Critic and Artist Residency Series, founded in 1997, brings prominent artists, critics, and curators to the Colorado State University campus for public lectures, open forums, classroom visits, critiques, and exhibitions.

This series is supported by the FUNd Endowment at CSU made possible by a generous anonymous gift.



POMPEII ARCHIVE: Recent Photographs by William Wylie
Dec 16 - Apr 21, 2018
The Griffin Foundation Gallery | Gregory Allicar Museum of Art


Pompeii Archive features a selection of recent work by American photographer, William Wylie, exploring the archeological site of Pompeii in highly evocative images. Wylie’s interest in the contemporary state of Pompeii began with his discovery of the work of Giorgio Sommer (1834-1914), a German photographer who documented the excavation of the site in the mid-nineteenth century.  An avid historian and collector, Wylie began collecting Sommer’s images and researching his work, particularly Sommer’s strategic use of photography to flatten the picture plane and create layered and stratified images that evoked the archeological processes. Examples of Sommer’s work are also included in the exhibition. This ongoing research, and the body of work that has resulted, was supported by Yale University’s Doran Artist in Residency awards at the Sol and Carol LeWitt estate in Praiano, Italy, where Wylie was a resident in 2012 and 2015.

This exhibition features eighteen large scale photographs focused on the ongoing process of restoration, discovery and collection of archival remains and materials from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E.  Through Wylie’s photographs, Pompeii is seen as a constantly changing, not static archeological site.  Photographing with a large-format camera, the artist creates highly detailed images, that both evoke Sommer’s nineteenth century oeuvre, and the transitions that continue to mark the site and landscape in the twenty-first century.

William Wylie is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia where he teaches photography and Director of the Studio Art Department and coordinates the Studio Art Study Abroad Program in Italy. He received his MFA from The University of Michigan and his BFA from Colorado State University. His research is primarily concerned with the recognition of how spaces are transformed by a variety of forces, including human impact. His photographs and films have been shown both nationally and internationally. Wylie’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and Yale University Art Museum, among others. He has been an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah and has had numerous other university fellowships.

This project, part of the Critic and Artist Residency Series, is made possible by the FUNd at CSU



Exhibition and Artist Talk
CASE STUDY: Weld County, CO
Oct 5 - Dec 15, 2017

The Griffin Foundation Gallery

David Brooks is internationally known for an artistic practice that considers the relationship between individuals and the built and natural world, while also questioning how nature is perceived and utilized. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions that examine the environment and sustainability. Brooks visited CSU in the fall of 2016 to work with Professor Erika Osborne’s Art and the Environment class and to accompany the class on a field trip to examine hydro fracturing well pad sites and the proximity of these sites to homes, schools, churches and playgrounds in Northern Colorado. This work in this exhibition responds to that trip and to the high incidence of hydraulic fracturing throughout our state. This project, part of the Critic and Artist Residency Series, is made possible by the FUNd at CSU. This project is also sponsored by a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, which works to enhance the cultural development and atmosphere for the arts at Colorado State University. This fund benefits from the generous support of all those who love the arts.


Artist Talk 
Material Decisions: Women, Process, and Form

This talk looks at the post-war history and women and abstract sculpture
Organ Recital Hall | University Center for the Arts

Jenni Sorkin is assistant professor of Contemporary Art History at University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University. She writes on the intersection between gender, craft, material culture, and contemporary art. Most recently, she co-curated, with Paul Schimmel, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, the inaugural exhibition at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, which closed in September 2016. She recently published her first book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community (The University of Chicago Press, 2016), which examines gender and post-war ceramics practice at Black Mountain College and other utopian communities.

Patrick Nagatani Lecture with Photography students

Patrick Nagatani - Fall 2016

Tom Waldron - Fall 2016

Shaun Leonardo – Fall 2015


Courtney Egan – Fall 2014

Paul Greenhalgh – Spring 2013

De Wain Valentine – Fall 2012

David Pagel – Spring 2011

Amy Yoes, Catalyst, Installation 2010

Amy Yoes – Spring 2010


Mel Chin – Spring 2009

Bin Danh – Spring 2008

Nancy Princenthal – Fall 2006

Alan Rath – Spring 2005

Reverend Ethan Acres – Spring 2003

Laurie Fendrich – Fall 2002

Helaine Posner – Spring 2001

Eleanor Heartney – Spring 2000

Tim Rollins & K.O.S. – Spring 1999

Christopher Knight – Spring 1999

Byron Kim – Spring 1998