The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by artist Renee Stout as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. Renee Stout creates constructions and sculptures that encompass elements of her African American heritage, African spiritual beliefs and practices, and the narratives of fictional characters she has created as intermediaries between her and the contemporary world. Stout will give a lecture titled “Renee Stout, Conjure Woman” on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by the Palmer Museum of Art.
Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received her B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985, she moved to Washington, D.C., and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment, and self-healing. The lives of Stout’s imaginary characters unfold in a variety of media, including painting, mixed-media sculpture, photography, and installation. The recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Stout has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and in England, Russia, and the Netherlands.
For complete details about the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, and an entire listing of events, please visit: http://sova.psu.edu/anderson.