KaleidoLA Speaker Series

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Alumni panel have a discussion on stage.

KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and Art History’s annual guest speaker series and is a featured program of the College of Communication and Fine Arts (CFA). For the past eight years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. During 2020-2021, the Department of Art and Art History, in collaboration with LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.

An archive of KaleidoLA speakers can be found on Facebook

Spring 2021 KaleidoLA Speakers

Picture of Selene Preciado, art curator.
Selene Preciado
Preciado is a Los Angeles-based independent curator and works as a program assistant at the Getty Foundation.

Friday, Jan. 22
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
A picture of Cara Romero.
Cara Romero
Romero challenges stereotypes of Native Americans and strives to “indigenize photography.”

Friday, Jan. 29
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Pictures of Suzanne Kite and Selwa Sweidan.
Suzanne Kite and Selwa Sweidan
Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer. Selwa Sweidan (LMU faculty) is a media artist and researcher of emerging technologies.

Friday, Feb. 12
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Collage featuring Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton, Aldrena Hicks Corder, and Cameron Ewing.
Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton, Aldrena Hicks Corder, and Cameron Ewing
Arceneaux-Sutton's research focuses on the discovery of Black people who have been omitted from the graphic design history canon. Hicks Corder's mission is to help creatives of color (particularly Black women) realize their voice has value in their work. Ewing is an innovator whose work reaches across all mediums with a specialty in story and digital.

Friday, Mar. 12
12:15 – 1:30PM PDT
on Zoom
A picture of Cheryl D. Miller.
Dr. Cheryl D. Miller
Miller is a designer, author, and theologian who is best known for her diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy for Black graphic designers in the industry and marketplace.

Friday, Mar. 26
12:30 – 1:45PM PDT
on Zoom
Photos of Dr. Rebecca Hall and Dr. Aleesa Alexander.
Dr. Rebecca Hall and Dr. Aleesa Alexander
Two leading curators, Dr. Rebecca Hall and Dr. Aleesa Alexander, discuss their respective approaches to decolonizing and diversifying campus-based museum art collections.

Friday, Apr. 9
12:15 - 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom

Fall 2020 KaleidoLA Speakers

June Edmonds standing in front of her work.
June Edmonds
Edmonds is a Los Angeles-based painter, teaching artist, and public artist.

Friday, Sept. 11
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Artist standing in front of her art.
Jessica Wimbley
Wimbley combines her interests in science fiction, race theory, popular culture, and personal narrative to create stunning collaged artworks.

Friday, Sept. 25
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Artist poses with his sculpture.
George Rodriguez
Rodriguez is known for his virtuosic work as a ceramic artist whose figurative pieces communicate a reverence for a shared humanity.

Friday, Oct. 9
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Artist standing in his studio with his painting.
John Bankston
Bankston’s graphic paintings and drawings of child-like characters explore adult themes of self-representation and belonging.

Friday, Oct. 23
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Portrait of the artist.
Audrey Chan
Chan is a Chinese-American, Los Angeles-based artist, writer, and educator who is the first artist-in-residence with the ACLU of Southern California.

Friday, Oct. 30
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Tiffany standing in a hallway.
Dr. Tiffany E. Barber
Barber is a scholar, curator, and critic of 20th- and 21st- century visual art, new media, and performance who focuses on artists of the Black diaspora.

Friday, Nov. 6
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Artist poses for the camera.
Huntrezz Janos
Janos, who identifies as an Afro-Hungarian Trans Womxn, explores a range of experimental new media in her work.

Friday, Nov. 20
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom
Portrait of the artist.
Joel Garcia
Garcia (Huichol) is an artist, arts administrator, cultural organizer, and founder of Meztli Projects, an Indigenous based arts & culture collaborative.

Friday, Dec. 11
12:15 – 1:15PM PDT
on Zoom

Header image taken at the KaleidoLA 2016 Emerging CFA Alumni Panel