Dr. Julianna Sandholm-Bark speaks with the environmental artist Franziska Lauber, who was a panelist at the “Creativity Week 2021 in a Day” event on June 9, 2021 (https://wcci.webster.ch/events/creativity-week-2021/). Franziska’s work can be seen on her website: https://franziskalauber.com
During this Career Talk, organized in collaboration with Career Services and the Media Communications Department of Webster University, we speak with the talented fashion photographer Filippo Fior, who told about his fast-paced professional life, which he spends shooting fashion shows, lookbooks, and catalogs for the top designer brands today. For a glimpse of his work, please visit https://www.instagram.com/filippofior/ and https://www.filippofior.com/.
Dr. Julianna Sandholm Bark speaks to the student/teacher supergroup who won this year’s Webster’s Got Talent competition at Webster University Geneva!
On February 18, the students enrolled in Current Art met with audiovisual artist Joshua Chiundiza, recently arrived from Zimbabwe to pursue a residency at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva. Through this Q&A, which was co-written with the students, Joshua spoke with us about his experience as an artist-in-residence at the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Residency in Johannesburg (2018), about how his creative process involves transforming his exploration of his own Chewa, Shona and Nguni heritage into new forms of audiovisual narration, and about his involvement in the creation of a new African digital aesthetic.
Ever wondered what “pleochroism” or “chatoyancy” meant? On February 16, Meet the Artist and Career Services co-hosted a Career Talk with renowned gem expert Helen Molesworth, who gave us an overview of her 20-year long career in the jewellery industry. Helen’s compelling story took us from her classics-reading days at Oxford University, to her studies at the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, to working as a jewellery expert between London and Geneva (she was in charge of selling the private jewellery collection of HRH the Princess Margaret in London in 2006), to joining Gübelin as managing director, to recently becoming head of business development for Gembridge, a new digital platform for trading gemstones, pearls and jewellery. An extraordinary story, and one that is likely to remain imprinted in the minds of the Webster community for a long time to come. For more information about the speaker, please visit www.helenmolesworth.com
Organized in collaboration with Career Services of Webster University, this Career Talk – formatted as a presentation followed by a lively Q&A with an audience of students, staff and faculty — is a great introduction to the art market. The speaker was London-based art advisor and gallerist Taymour Grahne, whose work focuses on contemporary art. …
On Feb. 4, the students from ARHS 2200 Current Art met with Didier Schwarz, who founded 1m83, an art collective whose mission it is to create innovative open-air exhibitions that bring culture and creativity to city dwellers’ everyday lives. For their final project, the students in this course will have to think of innovative ways to engage an audience in an experience involving the visual arts, and it was a pleasure to brainstorm ideas with Didier, who shared stories of his most visceral and life-changing encounters with art.
On Thursday Jan. 21 2021, the students enrolled in the Current Art course met with the acclaimed New York-based realist painter Christopher Gallego, who spoke about his work and creative process. He also discussed his breathtaking painting “Interior with Three Rooms” (pictured here), housed in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut. For more information about the artist and his work, please visit: www.chrisgallego.com/works/
The students from KEYS 4015: Food for Thought heard about how artist and activist Alexandra Rodriguez (aka. culturalex) uses food and nature in her work. For more details about this artist’s work, please visit www.rodrigueza.com.
On Nov. 12, the students from GLBC 1200: Global Cornerstone Seminar had the opportunity to hear novelist and essayist Joshua Craze talk about his current residency at the Embassy of Foreign Artists, where he is doing research for a novel, the narrative for which emerges in dialogue with the archive of the UNHCR. He spoke about history and literature, Elias Khoury and Edward Said, the fragment and the bureaucrat, redemption and biometric surveys, amongst other themes.