Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: Lawrence McFarland

Apr. 20, 2017 at 5:30pm. Richards Hall room 15.


Lawrence McFarland is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where he taught from 1985 until 2013.

McFarland received his B.F.A. in photography from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1973 and in 1976 he received his M.F.A. in art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was awarded the Woods Fellowship. Upon his graduation from Nebraska, McFarland was selected as one of nine photographers to publish his work in “Kansas Album,” by James Enyeart and Terry Evans. Since that time he has received numerous awards and honors including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships over three decades, (1978-79, 1984-85, and 1990-91).

McFarland concentrates on landscape photography and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has work on several documentary projects including “Dine’tah – Hajiinei” which was focused on protecting the traditional homeland of the Navajo tribe.

McFarland is known for his creative activity, his teaching, and his service to the field of photography. Blue Sky Gallery, in Portland, Oregon, recently published a monograph of McFarland’s panoramic photographs of the American West.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: David Lobdell

Apr. 13, 2017 at 5:30pm. Richards Hall room 15.


David Lobdell is a Professor of Fine Art and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at New Mexico Highlands University. He was born and raised in southwest Louisiana, and he earned his MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 1982. He was founding president, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance. His interests are in thermal processes that include ceramics, metal working and performance works that incorporate fire.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. She believes that design is a broad, open practice that welcomes everyone, from toddlers to type nerds. She is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

Recent exhibitions include Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (with Andreas Lipps), How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. Her next book, Design Is Storytelling, will be published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. Lupton earned her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Lecturer: Caroline Sturdy Colls

Apr. 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Richards Hall room 15.


Caroline Sturdy Colls, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation at Staffordshire University. She is also the Research Lead of the Centre of Archaeology at the same institution.

She led the first forensic archaeological investigation at Treblinka extermination and labor camps (Poland). In August 2015, she installed a new permanent exhibition at the Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka entitled “Finding Treblinka.” She has led forensic archaeological investigations at several other Holocaust sites across Europe, including in Adampol (Poland), Bergen-Belsen (Germany), Semlin (Serbia) and Alderney (Great Britain). She is the author of numerous publications concerning forensic and Holocaust archaeology. Her most recent volume “Holocaust Archaeologies: Approaches and Future Directions” was published by Springer in 2015.

Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist: Rob Forbes

Mar. 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Richards Hall room 15.


Rob Forbes has been a ceramic artist, professor, author, publisher, photographer, and business entrepreneur. He has held executive positions at numerous retail companies, but is best known as the founder of Design Within Reach (1998) and PUBLIC Bikes (2009).

Design Within Reach pioneered many changes that have become mainstream today: Internet retailing of modern design, design blogging, transparent pricing, and a focus on designers themselves. PUBLIC bikes has a similar business model with a mission to bring design awareness to our public urban spaces and to our civic lives.

Rob Forbes has received numerous awards and public recognition for his advocacy of art, design, and urbanism and serves on several boards in the nonprofit sector. He recently authored See for Yourself published by Chronicle Books, a visual study and search for beauty in our everyday world.