Visiting Artists Program Brings World-Renowned Artists to Campus

By Tom McLaughlin

The Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University–Camden will usher in its new Visiting Artists Program with presentations by world-renowned artists Dona Nelson, Courtney Puckett, and Alex Da Corte this fall.

The talks, which are free of charge and open to the public, will be held from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Mondays in Room 110 of the Fine Arts Building, located at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

The series – curated under the theme “Beyond the Medium” – enables students to learn innovative ideas directly from leaders of the art world.

“The fall Visiting Artists Program will bring a unique combination of artists who expand the use of traditional painting and sculpture into a new conterminous media,” explains program coordinator Stass Shpanin, a lecturer of art at Rutgers–Camden. “These are very established artists who are exhibited in the major museums in the United States and abroad.”

Oct. 9
Dona Nelson

Dona Nelson has had 12 solo exhibitions of her paintings, primarily in New York City. She has also been featured in many group exhibitions throughout the country, including the 2013 Whitney Biennial. Her paintings have been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America and Artforum, as well as included in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

“The painter Dona Nelson has never been one to set limits,” wrote The New York Times in May 2017. “For years now, she has made some of the toughest paintings around, articulating her medium with dissonant techniques, surfaces and colors; freely mixing figuration and abstraction into elaborate narratives of process, art, and life while regularly trespassing into three dimensions.”

Oct. 30
Courtney Puckett

A native of Winter Park, Fla., Courtney Puckett lives and works in Brooklyn and upstate New York. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and a master of fine arts degree from Hunter College, and has studied at the Center for Art and Culture in Aix-en-Provence, Glasgow School of Art, and University of New Mexico. Puckett has been an artist-in-residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, N.Y., and in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program, and is a recipient of a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.

Nov. 27
Alex Da Corte

Born in Camden, Alex Da Corte received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a master of fine arts degree from the Yale University School of Art. His works have been exhibited at museums and galleries in Vienna, New York, Rotterdam, and Philadelphia.

ARTSY Magazine writes, “Working as an ‘anthropologist of the immediate past,’ artist Alex Da Corte creates sculpture with the colorful artifacts of turn-of-the-21st-century consumer culture. Da Corte’s reworked everyday objects – both the generic and the branded – take on an otherworldly quality in his constructed environments, videos, and digitally collaged images, or as material, in the case of his shampoo paintings.”

For more information on the Visiting Artists Program, contact Shpanin at (856) 225-2897 or

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