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Arts & Entertainment Artist, critic and writer to give lecture Jan. 30 at WCU

Buzz Spector’s “Off the Shelf” installation featured large, sculptural installations of books and Polaroid works. Spector will deliver a free public lecture at Western Carolina University on Thursday, Jan. 30.Acclaimed artist Buzz Spector will deliver a public lecture titled “Buzz Spector: Material Reading” at Western Carolina University at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Spector also is a critic and writer. His work has been published in journals including “Artforum” and “New Art Examiner.” In addition, he was the founding editor of “White Walls,” a magazine of writings by artists in Chicago.

Spector’s studio work investigates connections between art, language and the book, and has included artists’ books, conceptual book works, and sculptural installations made from books.

“His work considers the form, the materials and cultural context of the physical object known as a book,” said Matt Liddle, professor and director of the School of Art and Design.

Spector’s work was included in the exhibition “Critology” at the WCU Fine Art Museum in 2013.

He also is an accomplished teacher, winning the 2013 College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award. He currently serves as dean of the College and Graduate School of Art at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Spector’s visit to WCU is sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information, call (828)227-3594.





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published: 10/18/2013
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