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Studio VU Lecture Series to open season 16 with Lenka Clayton (November 16)

Posted by on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 in News and Events.

Darkhouse Lighthouse, courtesy of Lenka Clayton
The Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series will open the 16th season of the Studio VU program with artist Lenka Clayton. Her lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 4:10PM (CST) in Room 220 of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center at Vanderbilt University.

LENKA CLAYTON – interdiscplinary artist

Lenka Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates, and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.  Recent exhibitions include How We Thought It Would Be and How It Was, Catharine Clark Gallery, SF, Fruit and Other Things, for the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Object Temporarily Removed at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Talking Pictures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and … circle through New York at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. Clayton is the founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, a self-directed, open-source artist residency program that takes place inside the homes and lives of artists who are also parents. There are currently over 1,200 artists-in-residence taking part in 79 countries. Clayton’s work has been supported by The Warhol Foundation, the Rothschild Foundation, Heinz Endowments and The National Endowment for the Arts. She has received an Art Matters Award, a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement, and a Creative Development Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation. Clayton’s work is held in public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMoMA, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. With husband Phillip Andrew Lewis she is co-founder of Gallery Closed, a unique art space that is both permanently closed and permanently open. Gallery Closed is currently showing the work of the composer Philip Glass and the photographer Jason Fulford. Together Clayton & Lewis have recently opened a permanent public artwork, Darkhouse Lighthouse, which consists of a four story working lighthouse constructed within a burnt out house in their neighborhood of Troy Hill, Pittsburgh.

About the Studio VU program:

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art annually invites national and international voices in  creative, curatorial and critical-thought fields to Vanderbilt University through the Studio VU Lecture Series.  Each invited visiting lecturer has a recognized career in visual arts, performance art, art criticism and/or a combination of several. In addition to presenting a lecture, the visiting Studio VU speaker conducts one-on-one critiques with the Vanderbilt Department of Art senior major students.

The Studio VU Lecture Series began in 2007 and will start its 16th season beginning in Fall of 2022. The Department of Art would like to thank all collaborators, cosponsors, and community (past and present) for their continued support for the Studio VU program.

Event Details:

Lenka Clayton
An hour of your life you won’t get back. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
4:10PM (CST) in Studio Arts Center Room 220
1204 25th Avenue South, Nashville TN 37240

All lectures are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted on promotional materials. To see more of Clayton’s work visit her artist website at













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