The NWSA visual arts division presents “Artists, Scholars, & Curators: A Lecture Series”

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New World School of the Arts press release.

Miami – The New World School of the Arts (NWSA) Visual Arts Division will offer students and faculty the opportunity to participate in a new virtual workshop entitled “Artists, Scholars, & Curators: A Lecture Series.” This series of lectures will focus on contemporary artmaking and research practices, expose students to new pedagogical practices and reflect on the current world in which visual artists are anchoring their artistic practice. The lectures will include a Q&A session giving attendees the opportunity to engage with the presenters and delve into the subject matter.

“Although we often think of the artists working in their studios on their own, art doesn’t happen in a bubble,” explained O. Gustavo Plascencia, Dean of Visual Arts at NWSA. “This lecture series will focus on contemporary art making, research practices, curatorial practices, and how they intersect with each other. This series will have a great impact on our students understanding and awareness of the contemporary art world”


Friday, February 26 at 2 PM
• Advocating for Affirmation: Creating Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ People
• by Lindsay Toman, PhD candidate

Friday, March 19 at 2 PM
• Still I Rise: African American Women Artists, Culture Bearing & Herstories
• by Lauren Cross, PhD, MFA

Friday, April 16 at 2 PM
• Mapping Ana Mendieta
• By Hannah Ryan, PhD

Lindsay Toman is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology and a part-time faculty member in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department at Wayne State University. She specializes in gender inequality and LGBTQ+ health. Currently, she is writing her dissertation, “Reconnecting Sex to Gender: An Examination of the Medicalization of Transgender Adolescents.” As an applied sociologist, her aim is to bridge the gap between her passion for education and advocacy. Toman has spent much of her time outside of the classroom working towards dismantling heteronormative structures through guest lectures and interactive culturally responsive trainings. Toman currently works as a Trainer Coordinator on the Educational and Advocacy Department at SAGE Metro Detroit, an affiliate of the national Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) older adults.

• Lauren Cross, PhD, MFA is an artist, curator and scholar whose art, curatorial and research addresses the intersections of race and gender in the field of art and design. She holds a BA in Art, Design and Media from Richmond, The American International University in London, England (2006), an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA (2010) and a PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX (2017). She is the founder of the non-profit arts initiative, WoCa Projects, and is a Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies at the University of North Texas. Cross has been recognized nationally and internationally for her art, curating, research and community work. Her documentary, The Skin Quilt Project was an official selection at the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival in Berkley, California, and her artwork was featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was recognized by Fort Worth Weekly magazine in 2013 with its Third Annual Visionary Award and highlighted as one of Dallas' top "100 Creatives" by the Dallas Observer in 2015. She has been a visiting resident and consulting artist for major museums such as, the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2018, and the Amor Cartel Museum of American Art in 2019. As a result of her transformative work, Fort Worth Magazine named her as one of 13 Women Forwarding Fort Worth in 2019, and most recently she was awarded a 2021 SNAAP Research Fellowship to contribute emerging research on the implications of race and gender on career mobility in the art and design fields.
• Hannah Ryan, PhD is Assistant Professor of Art History at St. Olaf College where she teaches Modern and Contemporary Art History. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture from Cornell University where she focused on intersectional feminism and transatlantic visual culture. Hannah’s research and writing focus on the visual culture, particularly photography, of women’s lived experience in a variety of conditions, from maternity to displacement. As an occasional curator, she has also organized exhibitions on contemporary artists, including Ana Mendieta and Coco Fusco, and most recently New Orleans photographers Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun. Prior to her time at Cornell, Ryan lived in South Florida, working in outreach at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, where she managed an afterschool arts program for underserved youth.

Aspiring artists in the NWSA Visual Arts division have the opportunity to join other exceptionally talented students as they engage in the pursuit of their artistic career in the visual, graphic or electronic arts. Trained by nationally renowned practicing artists, students at New World School of the Arts are encouraged to develop a personal, artistic and aesthetic vision while mastering their technical skills in traditional and new media. Students are allowed to explore new paths while at the same time being exposed to the work of both classical and contemporary masters. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration include Art & Technology, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. Information about the NWSA Visual Arts division at (305) 237-3620 or at

A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at

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