Robert Slifkin
Thursday, Sept. 7
6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium


In conjunction with the opening of Alan Shields: A New Kind of Painting, Beeler Gallery presents a talk about the late artist featuring the art historian Robert Slifkin.


The event is part of the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series and is free and open to the public.


About the Artist
Robert Slifkin is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University where he teaches courses addressing various aspects of modern and contemporary art and culture. He is the author of Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art (University of California Press, 2013) which was awarded the Philips Book Prize. His essays and reviews appeared in such journals as Artforum, American Art, Art Bulletin, October, and Oxford Art Journal and he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Henry Luce Foundation, The Clark Art Institute, The Getty Research Institute, and the Henry Moore Foundation. He is currently working on a new book project entitled The New Monuments and the End of Man: American Sculpture Between War and Peace, 1945-1975, which will consider the intertwined histories of sculpture and nuclear war in postwar U.S. culture.

Robert Slifkin
Sept 7, 2017

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Saturday, Sept. 30
8 p.m.
Canzani Center
In conjunction with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Beeler Gallery presents a panel discussion featuring Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nilah Magruder, and Ann Nocenti.
The event is part of the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series and is free and open to the public.

About the Artists
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kelly Sue DeConnick got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than 10,000 pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.

Nilah Magruder
Nilah Magruder is a writer and artist in Los Angeles. She was the 2015 winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, and the first African-American Woman to write for Marvel Comics (the digital comic A Year of Marvels in 2016). She currently works for Disney Animation, and her book How To Find a Fox was published by Feiwel & Friends in 2016
Nilah received a BA in communication arts from Hood College and BFA in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has illustrated for comics, children’s books, film, and commercial television. When she is not drawing or writing, Nilah is reading fantasy novels, watching movies, rollerskating, and fighting her cat for control of her desk chair.

Ann Nocenti
Ann Nocenti is an American journalist, writer, and editor known for her work on comic books and magazines. As an editor for Marvel Comics, she edited New Mutants and The Uncanny X-Men. With artist collaborators, she created such Marvel characters as Typhoid Mary, Blackheart, Longshot, Mojo, and Spiral. Her journalistic work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, The Brooklyn Rail, CounterPunch, and Filmmaker. Nocenti’s story “The Most Expensive Road Trip in the World” was collected in The Best American Travel Writing 2008, edited by Anthony Bourdain.

The Poet’s Life: A Reading & Film Screening
Thursday, Nov. 9
4:30 p.m. reading & 5:30 p.m. film screening
Canzani Center Screening Room

Beeler Gallery presents an evening of poetry and film on the meaning of becoming a poet. Poet David St. John will open with a reading from his work, to be followed by a documentary, A Late Style of Fire, that reflects on the life of his close friend, the late Larry Levis. When Levis died in 1996, he left behind an oeuvre impressionable on predecessors, contemporaries, as well as younger poets. The documentary features the music of Sam Beam, of Iron & Wine, and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, Michele Polous and Gregory Donovan (also poets), as well as St. John.

About the Artists
David St. John
David St. John has been honored with many prizes for poets, including both the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize (a career award for teaching and poetic achievement) from The Folger Shakespeare Library, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation. He is the author of 11 collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry), most recently the collection, The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems, as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. He is the editor of two posthumous collections of poetry by Larry Levis: The Selected Levis and The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems. He is also the co-editor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. St. John has written libretti for the opera, THE FACE, and for the choral symphony, THE SHORE. A member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, St. John is University Professor and Chair of English at The University of Southern California.

Michele Poulos
Michele Poulos is an award-winning screenwriter, award-winning poet, and filmmaker. She earned a BFA in film from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Arizona State University. While at NYU, she worked as an intern for Albert Maysles at his production company Maysles Films. Her original screenplay, Mule Bone Blues (about Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes [with consultations by Zora’s niece, Lucy Ann Hurston]), won the 2010 Virginia Screenwriting Competition and placed in the second round of the 2015 and 2017 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Competition and the second round of the 2010 Austin Screenplay Competition. Her first full-length poetry collection, Black Laurel, was published by Iris Press in 2016. Her poetry chapbook, A Disturbance in the Air, won the 2012 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. She recently completed co-writing a romantic comedy about a stand-up comic.

Gregory Donovan
Gregory Donovan is the author of Torn from the Sun (Red Hen Press, April, 2015) and Calling His Children Home (University of Missouri Press), which won the Devins Award for Poetry. His poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, 42opus, diode, Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Gulf Coast, Copper Nickel, and many other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (University of Virginia Press). Among other awards for his writing, he is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award from New England Writers, as well as grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.Donovan is on the faculty of the graduate creative writing program of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has often served as its Director of Creative Writing, and he is Senior Editor for Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts.


The event is part of the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series and is free and open to the public.