Digital Art Lecture And Symposium

A.D. Coleman, considered by many to be the dean of U.S. photo critics, will discuss "Potlatch, Auction and the In-Between: Digital Art and Digital Audiences" Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University.

A Digital Art Symposium will be held at Willamette Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum.

The lecture, sponsored by the Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lectureship, and the symposium, sponsored by Hogue-Sponenburgh and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Coleman will discuss the relationship between electronic art making and its actual and potential audiences. He will also discuss the politics of access, the challenges of unstandardized technology and the imminent shift in systems for distribution, presentation and financial support.

His books include "The Grotesque in Photography"; "Light Readings: A Photography Critic's Writings"; "Critical Focus: Photography in the International Image Community"; "Tarnished Silver: After the Photo Boom"; and "Looking at Photographs: Animals, a work for children."

He has been featured on National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting Service and CBS's Night Watch.

Coleman received the first Art Critic's Fellowship awarded in photography by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976, a Logan Grant in Support of New Writing on Photography in 1990 and a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1991. He was a J. Paul Getty Museum Guest Scholar in 1993 and a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Sweden in 1994.

The Digital Art Symposium, moderated by Coleman, will feature:

--Andrea Wallace, assistant professor of art at Willamette University, who designed the new digital art studio and curriculum and is teaching the first digital and video courses at Willamette beginning this semester. A photographer and video artist, she earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

--Luis Valdovino, associate professor of art at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has received grants from the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Center for New Television, Chicago. His works have been included in numerous exhibitions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Venice Biennale; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

--Wendy Babcox, assistant professor of photography and intermedia at Western Michigan University. A photographer and video artist, she earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Florida.

--Craig Hickman, associate professor of art and the director of multimedia design at the University of Oregon. He is the creator of Kid Pix art software for children and co-founded Blue Sky Gallery in Portland in 1975.

The Hogue-Sponenburgh Lecture for 2002 and the Digital Art Symposium are in celebration of the establishment of the Digital Art Studio in the Department of Art and Art History at Willamette University.

The Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lectureship, established and endowed by Mark Sponenburgh and the late Janeth Hogue Sponenburgh, enables the Willamette University Department of Art and Art History to bring a noted scholar, artist, critic, curator or museum leader to the campus each year.

Both of these events are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For additional information, contact the Willamette University Art and Art History Department at 503-370-6136.