Course Description

Inspired by James Lipton’s "Inside the Actors Studio," this course will feature some of North Carolina’s best contemporary artists. The format will be an interview between the instructor and the artist, followed by an opportunity for students to engage in active dialogue with the artist. Students in this course will be introduced to artwork that includes public art, socially and politically informed art, painting, sculpture, and new media that involves augmented reality. This diverse group of artists represents a range in terms of ethnicity, geographic representation, age, and approaches to creative expression. The interviews may probe family and educational background, artistic influences, choice of medium, technical proficiency, philosophical underpinnings, aesthetics, creative process, and the role of the artist in society. | Facilitated discussion.

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Section Title
Inside the Artists Studio
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Feb 16, 2021 to Mar 23, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Guest Information:
February 16: Ivan Toth Depeña currently resides in Charlotte, where his commercial design studio, Airboat, Inc., is based. With an M.A. degree in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, his artistic production is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology, and design, and encompasses a range of media. Depeña pursues the intersection between different disciplines with the aim of choreographing the moment when these aspects come together seamlessly. His striking public art has been installed nationally and internationally.

February 23: Susan Harbage Page, born in Charlotte and currently living in Italy, is a photographer and visual artist who explores issues of race, gender, and immigration through photography, site-specific Installation Art, painting, and drawing. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and is Asst. Professor in the Dept. of Women's and Gender Studies at the UNC Chapel Hill. Her remarkable 11 year US-Mexico Border Project has been exhibited in many museums.

March 2: Anne Lemanski is a multidisciplinary artist currently focusing on the complex, symbiotic relationship between humans and animals, and our exploitation of the natural world with its impact on the living things whose planet we share. Her fantastical, evocative, and intensely colorful two and three dimensional creatures can be found in many private and museum collections, including the NCMA, Mint Museum, Crystal Bridges, and many others.

March 9: Bob Trotman is a sculptor working in western North Carolina who was recently named to the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council. His work depicts a dystopian version of America where ambiguity replaces certainty, doubt replaces authority, and self interest supplants altruism, conveyed with penetrating humor and remarkable creativity. His work can be found in many private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

March 16: "Intergalactic Soul Collaborative"
Marcus Kiser is an artist and graphic designer who is comfortable in an equally broad range of media, from studio art to books, product design, and three-dimensional printing. His work pulls from mass media and a collective urban-based conscience, heavily influenced by current social and political issues. Kiser has recently done work with Jordan Brand and Adidas, and he is currently the creative director of orthopedic designs for UNYQ, a company that specializes in 3D-printed prosthetics and medical wearables.

Jason Woodberry is a digital illustration and mixed media artist. In addition to Woodberry’s fine art pursuits, his design and technical expertise is applied to his work as a developer and specialist in IT project management.

Kiser and Woodberry jointly created the Afrofuturistic LHAXX installation recently at the Ackland

March 23: Beverly McIver has charted a new direction as an African American female artist. Her work examines racial, gender, and social and occupational identity. Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, she is currently the Esbenshade Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. Besides self-portraiture, she is known for painting the people who surround her in everyday life. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. A documentary about McIver's life entitled "Raising Renee" was featured on HBO and nominated for an Emmy award. In 2011, McIver was named "Top Ten in Painting" by Art In America magazine.