MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Lonnie Graham

Connelly Lecture Hall

Part of the MFA Program in Studio Art's 18th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists and curators.

Since 1980, Lonnie Graham has traveled throughout Asia, Africa, and North America interviewing people and recording their opinions and beliefs regarding their culture, heritage, and traditions. In 1994, he was awarded with the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the PEW Travel Grant, enabling him to expand his travels, broadening the scope of his project. A Conversation with the World is a combination of visual art and socio-anthropology. Through his work, Graham illustrates the basic needs of the human condition by asking eight questions. The responses he gathers explore the essential and fundamental motivations of human beings while clearly illustrating the bond that is inherent in our humanity.

Graham is presently a Professor of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania State University and an instructor of special programs at the Barnes Foundation.  He acts as a visiting instructor of Graduate Studies at San Francisco Art Institute. He is formerly a Visiting Professor at Haverford College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Graham was Curator in Residence for Three Rivers Arts Festival, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a number of years. Graham also serves in the capacity of an active site visitor for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 

Formerly, Mr. Graham was director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, an arts organization dedicated to the educational development of disadvantaged urban youth. During his tenure at Manchester he developed a project driven after school Photography program using innovative pilot projects merging the Arts and Academics. One such project led to the development of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Arts Collaborative; an interactive program between public schools and community organizations. Then First Lady Hillary Clinton visited these projects, which have now been officially sited by The White House as a National Model for Education. His efforts also contributed to the development of the CDC/ARI, (Community Development Corporation/Arts Resource Initiative); a multi-million dollar multi-year project funded by the Ford Foundation.

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