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Dissecting Cultural & Social Constructs at the Conrad Nelson Lecture

Endowed Visiting Artist Fellow, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz to Speak at Conrad Nelson Lecture at Millersville University.

Want to learn about an artist who dissects cultural and social constructs by pulling inspiration from 17th and 18th-century European portraiture, comic books, sketch comedy and folkloric dance? Make sure to attend the Conrad Nelson Endowed Visiting Artist Fellow Lecture to hear Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz speak on Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 7 p.m. in Biemesderfer Hall, Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Raimundi-Ortiz, an interdisciplinary visual artist, will speak at the Conrad Nelson lecture. Her work has been shown in galleries like the Momentary, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design and many more. In addition, numerous media outlets have covered her work including Art in America, ArtNews, PBS, NPR, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Raimundi-Ortiz is also an associate professor of art at George Mason University School of Art and she currently serves as a board member for the College Art Association.

During her presentation, attendees will learn about Raimundi-Ortiz, including how and why she makes art and the themes of personal and cultural identity she explores.

Heidi Leitzke, associate professor of art and director of the Eckert Art Gallery at MU, explains the importance of this event. “The Conrad Nelson Artist’s Lecture is organized by the Department of Art & Design at Millersville University. The annual fellowship is endowed by Millersville alumni Conrad Nelson and Luceille B. Hagarman. This is an important opportunity to invite a respected artist to campus to meet our students, providing our students with the opportunity to make a meaningful connection with this artist and learn from the artist’s experiences.”

In addition to the lecture, the Eckert Art Gallery is displaying Raimundi-Ortiz’s exhibition “Sanctuary, My Place in the World” until Oct. 26. The exhibition explores “exquisite and revelatory, richly layered and deeply personal large-scale drawings” by Raimundi-Ortiz. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon – 5 p.m. and Thursdays from noon – 8 p.m.

 

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