Previous Guest Artists

2021-2022 Visiting Artists

Gina Beavers, Studio Art

Gina Beavers (b. 1974; Athens, Greece) creates paintings and installations inspired by photos culled from the internet and social media and rendered in high acrylic relief. Her series have included paintings that are based on body painting, social media snapshots of food, make-up tutorials, memes, and bodybuilder selfies. 

Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at galleries including Marianne Boesky, New York; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; GNYP Gallery, Berlin; Carl Kostyal, London and Milan; Various Small Fires, Seoul among others. In March 2019, MoMA PS1 opened Beavers’ first solo museum exhibition, Gina Beavers: The Life I Deserve. Her work has also been included in group presentations at Kentucky Museum of Contemporary Art, Louisville; Nassau County Museum of Art, New York; Flag Art Foundation, New York; William Benton Museum of Art, Connecticut; and Abrons Art Center, New York. Exhibitions of her work have been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Frieze, Artforum, Art in America among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the ICA Miami and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. 

Beavers currently has a solo exhibition of works entitled ‘Autofiction’ at the Neuer Essener Kunstervein in Essen, Germany and will have an upcoming solo booth at the Frieze Art Fair in London, UK in October 2021. Beavers holds a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology from the University of Virginia (1996), an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and an MS in Education from Brooklyn College (2005). She served as an Adjunct Professor for Grad Studio in the Columbia MFA program in the 2019/2020 school year. She currently lives and works in Orange, New Jersey. 

Clare Schweitzer, Dance

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Clare Schweitzer received her early training in ballet, and continued her dance training at Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and Mathematics cum laude with high honors. In 2014, Clare moved to London to begin her postgraduate studies as a part of EDge, the repertory company associated with the London Contemporary Dance School, and had the opportunity to tour with the company around the UK and internationally in countries such as Sweden, Switzerland, France, Portugal and Austria. Clare has performed with groups such as Kinetech, Garrett+Moulton and Sarah Berges Dance and her films have screened at festivals such as, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and dança em foco. She currently works as a Production Associate with Dance Film SF and as a videographer/editor for Rapt Productions. She is also a co-host on Frameform with Jen Ray (Cascadia/Capitol Dancinema festivals) and Hannah Weber (Screendance Collective), a podcast that discusses dance and film.

Hamza Walker, Studio Art

Hamza Walker is the Director of LAXART, an independent nonprofit art space in Los Angeles. From 1994–2016, he was the Director of Education and Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum dedicated to contemporary art.  Walker was a recent juror for the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion award. In 2019 Walker curated the talks and programs at the first edition of Frieze Los Angeles.  In 2018 he curated Sperm Cult and Sol LeWitt, Page Works 1967 - 2007, an exhibition of works LeWitt made specifically for reproduction in magazines, journals and books. In 2017 he co-curated Reconstitution at LAXART. Walker co-curated the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum. Recent exhibitions include A Painting Is A Painting Isn't A Painting (2015) at the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco; Wadada Leo Smith, Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores 1967 - 2015, which he co-curated with John Corbett at the Renaissance Society; Teen Paranormal Romance (2014) and Suicide Narcissus (2013) two thematic group exhibitions both mounted at the Renaissance Society. He has contributed reviews and art criticism to Parkett, and Artforum, and to numerous catalogue essays including seminal exhibitions such as; Freestyle, at the Studio Museum Harlem (2001), curated by Thelma Golden and most recently; With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 (2019-21). He is the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2004 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In 2010 he was awarded the Ordway Prize for contributions to the field in the form of writing and exhibitions. 

Hannah Weber, Dance

Hannah M Weber is a freelance filmmaker and editor from the suburbs of Baltimore County, Maryland. After receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts for Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University-- her 15 years of dancing and choreographic artistry has moved from the floor to the screen. With a fascination in curation for making festival-worthy screendance films more accessible, she co-founded the social media based internet archive, Screendance Collective, along with friend and colleague, Stéphane Glynn. Screendance Collective fosters dance films that exhibit a high quality and creative form of filmmaking and choreography. Furthering her education in filmmaking and film theory, she received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from University of Utah, in Salt Lake City. Since graduating, Hannah has focused on creating dance films through the focus of editing. Her recognizable editing style has been featured in many artist collaborations and numerous dance film festivals. Since moving back to the East Coast, Hannah has expanded her passion for dance film into an audible format. Frameform, is a new weekly podcast, discussing trends, themes, and issues on the intersection of dance and film, co-hosted by Clare Schweitzer and Jen Ray. In all her years of creating dance for the screen, Hannah strives to normalize dancefilm for all audiences by crossing into media outlets that normally do not explore such topics.

2019-2020 Visiting Artists

Emmet Gowin, Studio Art

Emmet Gowin (b. 1941, Danville, Va.) received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1965 and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967.

For nearly four decades, Gowin's work has been included in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His solo shows include those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1983). Gowin's first midcareer retrospective was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and later traveled to seven venues (1990-93); his first European retrospective appeared at the Espace Photographie Marie de Paris (1992). The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., presented a traveling exhibition that included eight total venues across the country (2002-04).

Throughout his career, Gowin has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1977, 1979), the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania (1983), the Friends of Photography Peer Award (1992), and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1993). Gowin taught in the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University from 1973 until his retirement in 2010, and was honored with the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997.

Gowin's work can be found in museum collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Tokyo Museum of Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Monographs published on Gowin's work include Emmet Gowin/Photographs (1976); Emmet Gowin: Photographs, 1966-1983 (1983); Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow (1990); Emmet Gowin: Aerial Photographs (1998); Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth (2002); and Mariposas Nocturnas – Edith in Panama (2006).

Mr. Gowin will be visiting on March 17-18 with a public lecture on March 18 at 5:30 (location TBA.)

Jeffrey Kmiec, Drama

Jeffrey D. Kmiec is an award-winning Chicago-based scenic designer. His designs have been seen at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Timeline Theatre, American Players Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Porchlight, Raven Theatre, The Artistic Home, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival and The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. He received three consecutive Equity Jeff Awards for his designs on The Little Mermaid at the Paramount Theatre (2017), Deathtrap at Drury Lane Theatre (2016), and Les Miserables at The Paramount Theatre (Co-Design with Kevin Depint in 2015). Jeffrey received his MFA from the University of Virginia and is a member of USA 829. See more of Jeffrey’s work at

Tyshawn Sorey, Music

The New York Times has praised Sorey for his instrumental facility and aplomb, “he plays not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise”; The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently noted that Sorey is “among the most formidable denizens of the in-between zone…An extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.” Sorey has received support for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was recently named a 2017 MacArthur fellow. The Spektral Quartet, Ojai Music Festival, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) have commissioned his works, which exemplify a penchant for a thorough exploration of the intersection between improvisation and composition. Sorey also collaborates regularly with ICE as a percussionist and resident composer. Future commissions include a residency at the Berlin Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project in partnership with Opera Philadelphia supporting a new work for tenor Lawrence Brownlee addressing themes associated with Black Lives Matter.​ Learn more about Tyshawn Sorey at

Netta Yerushalmy, Dance

Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed.

Her work has been commissioned and presented by venues such as Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Wexner Center for the Arts, La Mama, River to River Festival, Center for the Arts/Buffalo, International Dance (Jerusalem), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, 62 Center for the Arts/Williamstown, ODC & Bridge Project, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance (Tel Aviv), Harkness Dance Festival, International Solo Festival (Stuttgart), Roulette.

As Guest Artist and visiting faculty, Netta has created work with repertory companies and students nationally at the University of the Arts, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, University of Utah, Zenon Dance Company, American Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey School, SUNY Brockport, University of Texas at Austin, James Madison University, Long Island University, UNC Charlotte, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

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2018-2019 Visiting Artists

Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, Music

The music of violinist Cookie Segelstein and accordionist and tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) player Joshua Horowitz of the group Veretski Pass has won numerous awards, among them the BBC’s Critics Circle award for best CD, the Belgian Gandalf Award for Best Concert, and the Viennese Fritz Spielmann Award. They have twice been chosen as ambassadors representing traditional Jewish Music of Eastern Europe for the German traveling exhibition, Klezmerwelten, and have headlined KlezFest, the Jewish Music Festival of SOAS, University of London. They have been featured internationally in concerts at prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the ten-best recordings lists of journalists. Segelstein’s unique violin style was featured for the Jewish wedding scene in HBO’s Sex and the City, and Horowitz’s compositons provided the music for Jes Benstock’s award-winning film, The Holocaust Tourist, as well as for the German TV series, Berlin, Berlin. Together with UVA Associate Professor Joel Rubin (Director of Music Performance), Veretski Pass has recorded two CDs. Poyln: A Gilgul (Poland: A Metamorphosis, 2015, received a five-star review from the influential Songlines world music magazine. The new recording, The Magid Chronicles, explores klezmer and Yiddish music of Belarus and Ukraine and will be released on January 20, 2019. Both are on Golden Horn Records. This is their second visit to UVA as guest artists.

Shandoah Goldman, Dance

Canadian/American Choreographer Shandoah Goldman is the founder and artistic director of Carte Blanche Performance. Her collaborative choreographic practice fuses dance with location, sound, video, theatre and brands. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College, M.A. from London Contemporary Dance School. Her work has been presented in theaters, museums, and many site-specific locations including the Flatiron Building and The High Line in New York City. She is the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts grants. She has recently relocated from Brooklyn to her hometown of Charlottesville, VA. Learn more at

Emily Wright, Dance

Emily Wright, MFA, PhD, is an independent dance artist, educator, and scholar in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work employs collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to examine the transformative potential of dance-making. Emily is the author of the forthcoming book, Dancing to Transform: How Concert Dance Becomes Religious in American Christianity. Learn more at

2017-2018 Visiting Artists

Paul Brody, Music

Paul Brody is an American trumpeter, composer, sound installation artist, and writer based in Berlin, Germany. His work explores the relationship between the spoken word and melody through performance, composition, radio art, and sound installations. Brody leads his klezmer-jazz band, Sadawi and has collaborated with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Wim Wenders, and Barry White. He is a regular member of the avant-garde theater troupe of Hungarian-born director David Marton. Citing influences from Joseph Beuys, Charles Ives, Samuel Beckett, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, along with the story and folklore collecting traditions of Studs Terkel and Alan Lomax, Brody uses oral history to create word and sound-orientated narratives from documentary material. “A story is a melody and a melody is a story,” Brody explained in an interview with Der Tagesspiegel. His installation work generally examines the relationship between voice-melody and identity and the notion of home. Brody believes that while words carry one meaning, the voice-melody can be heard as carrying its own independent narrative. Voices speaking one language with the melody of another language contain infinitely more complex parallel narratives. In addition, the voice-melody reveals both impersonal and personal information: origin, family history, travels, but also emotional state and physical condition. This event was cosponsored by McIntire Department of Music, James Dunton Gift (Jazz Program), UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for German Studies, the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Drama Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Anthropology Department, and the Linguistics Program.

Warren Craghead, Studio Art

His work explores the absurd idea of how to be everywhere; It insists that art can be accessible, cryptic, and beautiful all at the same time. His drawings, collages, paintings, book and mail art are inspired by his experience in the ordinary world. They contain spontaneous "without thinking" narratives that process and encode everyday life and the written word into discrete, pictographic, nonlinear stories that can be encountered everywhere: a sticker on a pole, a booklet in a newspaper, a postcard in the mail, an image on a website, a collage in a gallery.

Marjani Forté, Dance

Fortè-Saunders' work has been presented at many theaters, centers, and in partnership with communities across the United States and in the New York Triborough area including Danspace Project, the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA, Movement Research at Judson Church, New Orleans Mckenna Museum, Harlem Stage, The Pillsbury Theatre in Minneapolis, Spelman College, Pomona College, and Hunter College City University of New York. With a commitment to culturally driven performance art, that ignites positive, equitable action, stirs the human soul, and speaks bravely against injustice Fortè-Saunders’ work has flourished into a bouquet of practices, which include teaching and lecture, community organizing/partnership, choreography, master classes in contemporary technique and improvisation, and research driven engagement that seeks to satisfy and inspire artistic development and structural critique.

Nicole-Gurgel Seefeldt, Drama

Nicole-Gurgel Seefeldta is a performer and poet, arts organizer and activist. She's created original performances around issues of homelessness, immigration, and racial justice in Minnesota, Virginia, Texas, and New Mexico. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in Performance as Public Practice, and has worked with Alternate ROOTS since 2013, supporting the work of artist-activists throughout the South and beyond. She is Midwestern by birth and makes her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This event is cosponsored with the Department of Drama and its Dance Program and the University of Virginia Arts and Sciences' Collective Response Moving Forward Fund.