School of Art & Design Speaker Series

Our annual Speaker Series brings internationally-recognized artists and art professionals to inspire, awe, and challenge our students and community.
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Veronica McCracken - Interior Design

March 6, 2023 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Applied Arts Room 321
Black and white image of McCracken

As a passionate designer and associate with MSR Design, Veronica believes that the most successful projects arise from an inter-disciplinary approach.  Working in a broad spectrum of areas, including furniture, products, fashion, graphic, and interior design, she is constantly toggling between the big picture concept and the fine details that, together, make a project remarkable. Veronica creates spaces that not only tread lightly on our environment and bodies, but also are generative and promote the well-being of those experiencing them.  She current serves as cochair of Carbon Leadership Forum Minnesota Regional Hub and a member of the University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Art and Design Professional Advisory Committee.  Veronica participated in the Metropolis Sustainability Hackaton workshops over the summer, which culminated in the Metropolis Climate Toolkit for Interior Design, launched at the end of August.  

Presentation Topic: 

Veronica will give a presentation on Design Concepts as it relates to Library Design, the importance of these public spaces, and how sustainability is carried out in this type of design.  


Interior design mockup of a library with children playing.

Jessica Calderwood - Metals

March 27, 2023 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Applied Arts - Room 321 (Jessica will be joining virtually)
Jessica working on her art

Jessica Calderwood is an Associate Professor of Metals and Jewelry at Ball State University in Indiana, where she has taught since 2016.  Previously from 2008-2016, she was an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.   

Jessica earned her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from Arizona State with an emphasis in metalsmithing.  Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally in solo, group, and juried exhibitions.  Including “Conversations”: An International Exhibition of Enamel on Metal, Musee des Beaux-arts des Limoges, France, from May to November 2022, and Colorful Minds at Gallery Baum in Seoul, Korea.   

Jessica has lectured and presented workshops at many universities and craft centers.  Notably, she was the keynote speaker at the National Enamelist Society’s annual conference in 2015. She has also participated as an artist in residence at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in 2002 and 2014 and the Mesa Art Center. Jessica’s work has been in Metalsmith Magazine, American Craft, Niche, Ornament, Lark 500 series, and The Art of Enameling. 

Presentation Topic: 

A more detailed description of Jessica's presentation is coming soon. In the meantime, check out her website for more more of her work!


young Metal piece depicting two boys asleep with their heads together in the backseat of car
Jessica Calderwood

Corinne Teed - Printmaking

April 6, 2023 | See below for event times
Jarvis Hall Science Addition - Room 156
Black and white portrait of Corinne

Corinne Teed is a research-based artist working in printmaking, book arts, time-based media, and social practice. Their work lives at the intersections of queer theory, ecology, and critical animal studies in the context of settler colonialism. Much of their creative practice centers on relationships, whether through collaboration, participation, interviews, or encounters with the more-than-human. Teed currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Art Department of University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on unceded Dakota territory. 


Presentation Topic: 

2:00-3:00pm Workshare in Applied Arts room 202 (Printmaking Lab)

4:30-6:30pm Reception in Furlong Gallery

6:00-7:30pm Artist Talk in Jarvis Hall Science Addition room 156


Print of 2 wolves
Trophyhunted / Corinne Teed

Ger Xiong - Art (Fiber)

April 13, 2023 | 5:00 p.m.
Micheels Hall - Room 290
Black and white portrait of Ger smiling

Ger Xiong was born in Thailand and immigrated to the United States in 1993 as a Hmong refugee of the Vietnam War. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Metals and Jewelry at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his Master of Fine Arts at New Mexico State University. He received a ten-month Fulbright Fellowship from 2019-2020 to research and collaborate with Hmong artisans working in silversmithing and textiles in Chiang Mai, Thailand through the University affiliation of the Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University. 

Ger's website


Event Details:

12:00 – 2:00PM  Workshop, Material Exploration

Applied Arts 101 Metals Studio: Everyone is welcomed, but signup is required!*

In this workshop, we will use everyday materials and objects that will be constructed and reconstructed to create something new. Materials reflect our everyday lifestyle and have various meanings to their history whether it’s personal, political, comical, cultural, etc. Students will learn new ways to construct and reconstruct new surfaces to paint on, objects, adornments, and sculptures. Students will be asked to bring materials they find interesting whether it’s from their home, everyday materials, things on the streets. We will explore ways to connect and reconnect materials together through materials such as metal wire, embroidery floss, fabric, and many other forms of connections. We will explore materiality and how it may signify our own personal narratives by constructing and reconstructing materials to create new forms of meaning.

2:00 – 4:00PM  Individual Critique

Everyone is welcomed, but signup is required!*

Ger will visit your spaces to discuss about your work.

5:00 – 6:00PM  Artist Talk

Micheels Hall 290

6:30PM  Dinner at Lucette

Everyone is welcomed!!!


Soda box and can with decorative and colorful stitching on them
Refresh / Ger Xiong

Faythe Levine - Video

April 25, 2023 | 5:00 p.m.
Harvey Hall - in the Harvey Theater
Faythe standing in front of white hydrangeas, extending her arm

Faythe Levine has been in service to the arts for over twenty years advocating for creativity to be used as a vehicle to build community, personal independence and empowerment. Motivated by reimagining archives and collections through a queer feminist lens, her creative labor intersects with curatorial projects, consulting, writing, documentary film, and happenings. Levine’s core belief is that visual culture is a conduit for radical change and generative dialog. Through her work she strives to perpetuate momentum towards a future that holds space for collaboration, transparency, accountability and complexity.

Levine has worked in both traditional and DIY spaces. She currently works with Women’s Studio Workshop as the Exhibition and Residency Manager in Rosendale NY. Prior to moving, she worked at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as Director of the Arts/Industry program (2017-2021) where she was responsible for the development and administration of the residency hosted at Kohler Co. and curating related exhibitions and projects at the Arts Center and Art Preserve in Sheboygan, WI. Levine has worked as a freelance artist and curator with institutions for the past ten years including Ruffles, Repair & Ritual; at the Wedding Cake House with the support of the Warhol Foundation, 2019; For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2017; Counter Craft: Voices of the Indie Craft Community, Fuller Craft Museum, 2016; and Craftivism, UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery, 2008. She also curated two non-traditional gallery spaces in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sky High Gallery (2010-2014) and Paper Boat Gallery (2005-2009) that focused on collaborations with emerging artists from around the United States. Levine was the founder and director of Milwaukee’s premier maker fair, Art vs. Craft (2004-2014) that annually drew thousands of visitors.

Her most widely known projects, Sign Painters (2013) and Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design (2009), both feature length documentaries with accompanying books published by Princeton Architectural Press, have toured extensively in venues such as the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Brooklyn Museum,Museum of Arts and Design, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Presentation Topic: 

Faythe will join us for a virtual talk about her career as a writer, curator, and documentarian followed by a screening of her film “Sign Painters”! Check out her website for more of her work!


Handmade Nation: The Rise of D.I.Y Art, Craft and Design / Directed by Faythe Levine