Press Releases


Date Released: 10/2/2006

The Purchase College School of Art+Design presents three visiting artist lectures in October. Jean Blackburn will discuss her work as part of the David Schwarz Project 5 on October 5 at 7 PM in the Neuberger Museum Study. Graphic designer Kelly Leslie will speak on October 10 at 4:30 PM in Room 1016 in the Art+Design Building. On October 18, sculptor Stephen Talasnik will discuss his work at 7 PM in Room 1016 of the Art+Design Building. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. For more information, call 914-251-6750.

Jean Blackburn’s David Schwarz Project 5 exhibition in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery serves as a project space for the Neuberger Museum’s Transitional Objects exhibition in which Blackburn’s work is included. Blackburn, who received her MFA from Yale and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, invites viewers to reconsider how they relate to their domestic surroundings by dismantling and deconstructing commonplace furniture and household items into elaborate and engaging pieces that reference, but undermine the object’s original function.

Kelly Leslie’s graphic design work in print and monitor-based applications addresses cultural, social and personal perspectives on aging. She also explores the processes of digital printmaking as a means of documenting domestic ritual. An assistant professor of visual communication at the University of Arizona in Tucson, she did her undergraduate work at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and received her MFA in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. She has taught design at the Hartford School of Art and Texas Tech University.

Stephen Talasnik works primarily in drawing and more recently sculpture. Inspired by the history of visionary architecture, engineering and product design, he draws abstract and “fantastic” landscapes while building intricate skeletal objects. Talasnik received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Exhibiting internationally for over 20 years, his most recent solo exhibitions include the Katonah Art Museum; the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC; and an installation at the Philadelphia Airport.