MFA Summer Lecture Series: Dan Walsh '83

CBS Auditorium

The MFA in Studio Art program announces its 20th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists. Held on campus, lectures will take place from June 25 through August 5 and are free and open to the public. For further information, contact MFA Program Director Cynthia Thompson at or MFA Program Coordinator Rebecca Jacoby at

Dan Walsh BFA '83 (Painting) is a painter, printmaker and bookmaker based in New York City. Born in 1960 in Philadelphia, he received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, and his MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Walsh is known for creating abstract paintings that employ linear geometry while at the same time subverting it with irregularly drawn shapes, inconsistent lines and a pervasive wit. Over time, his formal (yet purposefully casual) vocabulary has tended to concentrate around the repetition of simple strokes forming intricate, visually striking patterns, such as punctuated lines, cross-hatched grids, concentric squares and collapsed diamonds. Despite their layered complexity, Walsh's paintings make no mystery of their process. They are “proposals” presenting various options, or ways in which programmatic ideas are realized. They suggest the shifting balance between the amount of control exerted over an image and the freedom or flexibility to let the image veer off in its own direction. His work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the New Museum, New York; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, R.I.; the Centre National d’Art  Contemporain, Nice, France; la Synagogue de Delme, France; CCNOA (Art + Architecture), Brussels, Belgium; and the Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria. Most recently, his paintings were included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Above: "Press," 2013; pencil and acrylic on canvas; 55 x 55 inches.

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