The School of Art welcomes visual artist Caroline Kent for a series of talks



Don Juan Ibitayo Sr.

Conference invited by Caroline Kent

The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences School of Art is pleased to welcome visual artist Caroline Kent to the Virtual Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 31.

Kent is a Chicago-based visual artist. An article from Like the New York Times Magazine noted that his paintings “explore the power and limits of language and challenge the modernist canon of abstraction.”

She investigates the relationship between language, translation and abstraction while simultaneously speaking from her own lived experience. Her practice and curiosity take multiple forms of drawings, paintings, texts, sculptures and performances.

Aaron R. Turner, assistant professor at the School of Art, works extensively with abstraction and shares that he was immediately drawn to his work when he first met him almost two years ago.

“I am thrilled with Caroline’s lecture and that students have the opportunity to hear how she talks about her work,” he said. “She draws from the practical areas of her life as motivation to create a unique visual aesthetic, and at the same time, operates at a level accessible to a multitude of audiences.”

Kent received a BS from Illinois State University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. She is currently presenting a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, which will run until June 12.

The exhibition consists of an immersive installation titled Victoria/Veronica: Making Room, which brings together paintings, sculptures, sound and architectural interventions. Victoria and Veronica are a fictional set of identical twin girls who communicate telepathically through two separate environments: a writing room and a reading room. Although physically distant, the twins are united by the secret language they share.

Previously, Kent’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the Walker Art Center, DePaul Art Museum, California African American Museum, Flag Art Foundation, The Suburban, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Additionally, his work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

She has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. In 2018, she was a Paint School Fellow of the New York-based program, Shandaken Projects. Most recently, she was selected as the 2020 Artadia Foundation Chicago Laureate.

Kent is Assistant Professor of Painting at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

All are invited to learn more about Kent and his work on Thursday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m. The virtual lecture series is free and open to the public.

Join the virtual conference on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84248172945.

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