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Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture
Series presents art historian Dr. Maria Buszek
Feb. 12, 2008 --
Maria Buszek, a nationally recognized contemporary
art historian and curator, will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the
Arkansas State University Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 114 S. Caraway
Road, Jonesboro. Dr. Buszek is also serving as juror for this year’s
Student Art Exhibition. While on campus, she will select artwork
submitted by students to be presented in the Fine Arts Center Gallery
later this spring.
Dr. Buszek is
assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art
Institute, where she has taught modern and contemporary art since 2002.
Her recent publications include the book “Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism,
Sexuality, Popular Culture” (Duke University Press, 2006); contributions
to the anthologies “Blaze: Discourses on Art, Women, and Feminism”
(Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2007) and “Contemporary Artists,”
5th edition, (St. James Press, 2001); catalogue essays for
Gagosian Gallery, Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, and Grand Arts; and
articles in Art in America, Photography Quarterly, Woman’s Art Journal,
and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. She is also a regular
contributor to the popular journal BUST and Kansas City’s Review.
Dr. Buszek’s scholarship has won and been nominated for awards from the
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (Emily Toth
Book Award), the College Art Association (Charles Rufus Morey Book
Award), the American Society for Theater Research (Gerald Kahan
Scholar’s Prize), and from New York University and MIT Press (TDR
Student Writing Award).
She curated the 2006 Charlotte Street Awards, and the exhibitions
“Raised in Craftivity” at the Greenlease Gallery, “Handymen and Girly
Boys: Masculinity, Craft, and Culture” at Sherry Leedy
Contemporary Art, and “Extra/ordinary: Fiber Artists Rethinking Art and
Everyday Life” at the Cube, all in Kansas City, and is currently
at work on an anthology relating to the explosion of and meanings behind
craft media in the contemporary art world. With Dr. Steve Goddard, she
co-curated the Spencer Museum of Art’s exhibition “Alberto Vargas: The
Esquire Years,” as well as co-editing and contributing to the show’s
catalogue. She has also served as a curatorial assistant at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,
and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
Dr. Buszek earned a bachelor's degree from Creighton University and
master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas.
Buszek’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Department
of Art's Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series and the Arkansas State
University Art Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Department of
Art at (870) 972-3050.
Maria Buszek, Art
Kansas City Art
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