Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is pleased to announce a 3-part Artist Lecture Series in commemoration of its 125th Anniversary. The first lecture in this series will feature internationally recognized photographer and educator Keith Carter. This lecture will take place at 7pm on Thursday, November 4, in the campus theater. A reception will begin at 6:15.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1948, Carter holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Regional Survey Grants and the Lange-Taylor Prize from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 1997, Carter was the subject of an arts profile on CBS Sunday Morning. In 1998, he received Lamar University’s highest teaching honor, the University Professor Award, and he was named the Lamar Distinguished Lecturer.
Eight monographs of his black and white photographs, a mid-career survey and eight of his books have been published. Called “a poet of the ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, Carter’s haunting, enigmatic photographs have been widely exhibited in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. They are included in numerous permanent collections, including: the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston and the Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Southwest Texas State University.
In honor of Samuel Watkins’ legacy, this event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Memorial Foundation and Plaza Art for their support of this event. This lecture series will also include art critic Miwon Kwon on December 2 and painter TL Solien on January 27. In both cases, a reception will be held at 6:15 with the lecture following at 7pm.