Artist Lecture Series 2012-13 Season

The Artist Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) and the WNMU Expressive Arts Department. This program provides an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of America’s finest artists. Held at Parotti Hall on the WNMU campus, participants have the opportunity to learn about an artist’s motivations, techniques and history while being generally entertained. This season’s Artist Lecture Series brings Marina Zurkow, media artist (Sept. 18, 2012); Diana Ingalls Leyba, mixed media artist (Nov. 8, 2012)Julia Mitchell, weaver (March 7, 2013); and Tim Read, sculptor (April 18, 2013).

Parotti Hall is located to the north of the Fine Arts Center Theatre. Each lecture will be held on a Thursday and will begin at 6:30 pm (except where noted). Light refreshments will be served. Click for printable map.

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Tim Read, Sculptor  

Thursday, April 18, 2013, WNMU Parotti Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Tim Read studied art and art history at California State University, Long Beach. He had his first studio in Long Beach, CA in the 1970s where he created large concrete forms. In the 1980s he began making large heads out of steel, which became the basis of much of his sculpture. Tim currently resides in New Mexico, and draws upon the rugged landscape, open space, and brilliant light to create new works.


Marina ZurkowMedia Artist

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, WNMU Parotti Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Marina Zurkow makes media works about humans and their relationships to animals, plants and the weather. These reconfigured and inclusive notions of our environment have taken the form of animated videos, customized multi-screen computer pieces, installations, prints, and participatory public art works. Zurkow is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Diana Ingalls Leyba, Mixed Media Artist,

Youth Mural Program Director

Thursday, November 8, 2012, WNMU Parotti Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Ingalls Leyba received her B.F.A. Magna Cum Laude from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she was the recipient of academic scholarships. She has shown her work in more than 50 solo and group exhibits throughout the country. Diana has received the Irma Rosenau Memorial Painting Award given by the Abington Art Center, and her work was chosen as part of a MRAC regional juried exhibition at the governor’s gallery in Santa Fe in 1999. She has directed the MRAC Youth Mural program since 2003, overseeing the completion of 37 murals.





Julia Mitchell, Weaver  

Thursday, March 7, 2013, WNMU Parotti Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Mitchell’s recent work explores clouds, blowing grasses, and the palette and distressed surface of ancient Roman wall painting. Her designs reflect and respect the requirements of this particular medium. Her works are shown and collected extensively in private and corporate collections worldwide.