Artists-in-Residence Offer Added Dimension for Art and Design Students

by APU Life

A new semester-long artist residency program, sponsored by the Department of Art and Design, launched in spring 2016 with an exhibition by internationally renowned husband and wife artists Tim Hawkinson and Patty Wickman. Visitors viewed their work in the Duke Gallery from January 15-March 11 and enjoyed a reception on January 15. In addition to displaying their art, the couple conducted lectures, workshops, and studio visits for undergraduate and MFA students throughout the semester.

Though they have exhibited together in larger group shows, this marked the first time the duo presented a two-person show. Wickman’s highly refined narrative paintings contrast with Hawkinson’s playful sculptures, while both explore the human condition. In their unique ways, they invite viewers to reflect on and embrace the embodied nature within themselves, replete with inherent peculiarities, frailties, and limitations.

This residency program afforded APU faculty and students the opportunity to engage with working artists and gain an invaluable perspective on the national art community. Hawkinson imparted his experience gleaned from exhibitions in the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennale; solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Museum of Art, Sydney, Australia; and his current representation at the PACE Gallery in New York and the Blum and Poe Gallery in L.A. Wickman, professor of drawing and painting at the University of California, Los Angeles, has also exhibited nationally, including the San Jose Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, and the Hunter Museum of Art in Tennessee. Each contributed a wealth of insight and practical experience to APU’s emerging artists.

Originally published in the Spring '16 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.