» Art Lecture Series & Event Calendar

The Department of Art hosts many events throughout the spring and fall semesters, including The Visual Thinker Lecture Series, The Bensussen Distinguished Lecture in the Arts Series, The Margo Pawell Design Symposium, The Art History Symposium and art exhibitions in the Guggenheim Gallery. Below is a look at what’s coming up and some of the wonderful events we have held in the past.

About the Visual Thinker Lecture Series


In keeping with the Chapman Art Department's mission to further its students' understanding of visual culture, the Visual Thinker Lecture Series was designed as a series of lectures featuring distinguished artists, graphic designers and art historians. This unique series aims to intellectually stimulate undergraduate students to think innovatively about the interdisciplinarity of creativity, inspiration and the practice of art, thus perfectly satisfying the university's emphasis on research and teaching.

Invited at the suggestion of both faculty and students, all speakers are active practitioners and scholars who are deeply committed to advancing the role of the arts in today's society. The Visual Thinker Lecture Series encourages students to explore visual culture outside of their chosen medium, thus opening their eyes and minds to ideas and professional opportunities they would have otherwise not considered.

About the Bensussen Distinguished Lecture in the Arts


The Bensussen Lecture Series brings artists and scholars to Chapman to help students make a connection to the passion and purpose behind an artist’s creation.

Gale and Jane Bensussen

Gale and Jane Bensussen Gale and Jane BensussenHistory and art are two of our passions. The combination of these interests has made a major difference in our understanding of the civilizations of the world. Who can study Flemish tapestries without wondering what happened in Flanders? Our world maps are still changing today, but nothing like the constantly changing boundaries of the previous centuries. One of the most fascinating ways to study history is to experience an artist’s depiction of the events that shaped our world. Literature takes on a whole new meaning when one has seen the architecture of the era.

On a trip to Italy, it occurred to us that most Americans do not have access to the rich experiences that foreign travel offers. Exposure to the works of art in the Uffizi, the Accademia, or magnificent churches opens the imagination. The cultural competency of other countries becomes apparent when talking with travelers. As Americans, we are bombarded with pop culture, often at the expense of a broader cultural experience.

The visiting artists series will help students make a connection to the passion and purpose behind an artist’s creation. If we can captivate students’ interest during their college years, we can inspire them to continue to build their appreciation of art forms throughout their lives.


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