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Studio VU welcomes Saya Woolfalk on November 8, 2023

Posted by on Monday, November 6, 2023 in News and Events.

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series 2023-2024 welcomes inter-inter-discplinary artist Saya Woolfalk to campus on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 as a visiting artist lecturer.  Woolfalk will present a talk on her work/studio practice and meet with senior art majors for her two day visit.

Saya Woolfalk, Cloudscape, 2021, digital video installation with sound

About the artist:

Saya Woolfalk creates works of art that incorporate the African American, European American, and Japanese influences of her family background. Also alluding to science fiction, feminist theory, mythology, anthropology, archaeology, Eastern religion, and fashion, she re-imagines a utopian, empathic world through painting, sculpture, video, performance, multimedia installations, and public artworks.

Born in 1979 in Gifu City, Japan, Woolfalk was raised in the United States. She earned her B.A. in visual art and economics from Brown University in 2001 and her MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. A Fulbright grant to study in Brazil the following year and a 2007 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem are among the many honors and awards she has received.


Woolfalk has presented multimedia works and performances at museums, galleries, and alternative spaces throughout the U.S. and in Asia including solo shows at the Newark Museum of Art, NJ: the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; the Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; The SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE; the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY among others. She has also participated in group shows at the Brooklyn Museum; the Fowler Museum, Los Angeles; the Seattle Art Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; MoMA PS1; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and many other museums and galleries throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Lecture Details below:

Event: Studio VU Lecture with Saya Woolfalk
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Start Time: 4:10pm
Venue: EBI Studio Arts Center Room 220
1204 25th Avenue South
Nashville, TN

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Saya Woolfalk Studio VU poster, Cloudscape, 2021, digital video installation with sound