Fischl Lecture Series

Phoenix College and contemporary American painter, sculptor and author Eric Fischl are shaping the future of art in Arizona and beyond by providing life-changing opportunities for students.

In 2005, Fischl returned to Phoenix College to give back to his alma mater and to help aspiring artists. Fischl honors the college’s influence on his life by returning annually with world-famous artists and art enthusiasts to present the Eric Fischl Series.  The Series, held at the Phoenix Art Museum, draws hundreds of students, artists, and community members from across the city and state for an engaging discourse about various art themes.

As part of the event, Fischl presents the prestigious Vanguard Award to Phoenix College students whose artwork receives “Best in Show” in the Student Art Competition.

The Eric Fischl Series at PC is comprised of the following:

• Student Portfolio Critique

• Best In Show - Vanguard Awards

• Guest Lecture & Student Art Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum

Fischl also provides scholarships for students majoring in fine arts at Phoenix College. Click here to learn more.

 

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2020 Lecture - Margarita Cabrera

Margarita Cabrera

April 15, 2020, Phoenix Art Museum
5:30 pm - Artist Reception | 7 pm Vanguard Awards & Guest Artist Lecture

Margarita Cabrera’s work centers on social-political community issues including cultural identity, migration, violence, inclusivity, labor, and empowerment.

Cabrera creates sculptures made out of mediums ranging from steel, copper, wood, ceramics and fabric.

She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY. Her work has been included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and many others

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2019 Lecture - Carroll Dunham

The 2019 Eric Fischl Lecture Series featured contemporary artist Carroll Dunham.

Carroll Dunham lives and works in New York and Connecticut. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at international institutions including Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Millesgården, Stockholm; Drammens Museum, Drammen, Norway; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York.

An article in Art in American Magazine reports that Dunham has “built a graphic world of “nameable things” – in a purposeful evasion of subtlety, an attempt to purge a subject of its nuance and reduce it to an essential visual archetype” [Ross Simonini].

2018 Lecture –  José Lerma

The 2018 Eric Fischl Lecture Series featured contemporary artist José Lerma.

Drawing inspiration from his personal history, as well as historical figures and events, José Lerma incorporates research and an inventive approach to the traditions of painting and portraiture. Using varying methods and alternative materials, Lerma’s gestures and depictions continue to unfold upon investigation––what appear to be bold, expressionist gestures slowly reveal themselves to be meticulous collages of silicone; or almost vibrating acrylic surfaces come into near focus as infinitely layered drawings. 

Born in Seville, Spain. Lerma currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL. He is a professor of painting at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York. 

2017 Lecture – Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Njideka Akunyili Crosby studied at Swathmore and the highly-regarded Philadelphia University of the Arts, and was awarded Financial Times “Woman of the Year”. Her work is described as “Exploding the myth of the authentic African experience” by The Guardian newspaper. Special thanks to the 2016-17 Fischl Series sponsors: Varitec Solutions. D.L. Withers Foundation, Lisa Sette Gallery, Nancy Meyers & Kim Williamson, Adam Singer, Phoenix Art Museum, The Contemporary Forum, Phoenix College, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

2016 LectureSheila Pepe

Featuring Sheila Pepe in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to sponsors: Varitec Solutions. D.L. Withers Foundation, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

 

2015 LectureMark Bradford 

Featuring Mark Bradford in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to presenting sponsor: Climatec. Thanks also to Eric Fischl and  program partners: Merrill & Jeanne Mahaffey, the Fischl Scholars Program partners Daniel L. Withers Foundation, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

 

2014 LectureSteve Martin

Featuring Steve Martin in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to presenting sponsor: Climatec. Thanks also to Eric Fischl and program partners: Merrill & Jeanne Mahaffey, the Fischl Scholars Program Sponsor Daniel L. Withers Foundation, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

 

2013 LectureBryan Hunt

Featuring Sculptor Bryan Hunt in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to program partners: Eric Fischl, Climatec, Phoenix Art Museum, Bentley Gallery and Bentley Projects, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

 

2012 LectureApril Gornik

Featuring Painter April Gornik in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, Climatec, D.L. Withers Foundation, Phoenix Art Museum, Monorchid, Bentley Gallery and Bentley Projects, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. 

 

2011 LectureAndres Serrano

Featuring Artist Andres Serrano in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, Merrill Mahaffey, Climatec, D.L. Withers Foundation, Concert Architectural Interiors, Phoenix Art Museum, Hilton Garden Inn - Phoenix/Midtown, Bentley Gallery and Bentley Projects.

 

2010 LectureWe Can Be Serious
John McEnroe is the featured speaker for this Eric Fischl Lecture Series, a Contemporary Forum presentation. Also presenting the Eric Fischl 2010 Vanguard Awards to two top Phoenix College student artists.

Special thanks to program partners: Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club, Climatec, D.L. Withers Foundation, Dr. Abbas Fazel, DDS, Lennar, Londen Companies, Phoenix Motor Company, Phoenix Art Museum, The Contemporary Forum, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.

 

2009 LectureAn Aptitude for Metamorphosis
Featuring Painter David Salle in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, Merrill Mahaffey, City of Phoenix - Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Climatec, D.L. Withers Construction Management, Phoenix Art Museum, The Contemporary Forum, Bentley Gallery and Bentley Projects.

 

2008 LectureWhat Happened to Art When the Body Dematerialized from Painting?
Featuring Eric Fischl in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum.

Special thanks to our program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, Merrill Mahaffey, Phoenix Art Museum and The Contemporary Forum.

 

2007 LectureThe Next Step
Eric welcomed Master Photographer Ralph Gibson

Special thanks to our program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, Merrill Mahaffey, D. L. Withers Construction Management, Climatec, Hilton Garden Inn, Nick's Frame Shop and Art Gallery.

 

2006 LectureContext is Everything or Everything is Context?

Susan Krane, Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Marilyn A. Zeitlan, Director and Chief Curator, Arizona State University Art Museum; Jon Haddock, Artist; and Special Guest: Bruce W. Ferguson, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts and Director of Exhibitions, the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Special thanks to our program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, Merrill Mahaffey, Climatic, FEZ, and Concert Architectural Interiors.

 

2005 LectureDestination 2015: From New York to Phoenix, Visions of the Future Art Scene.

Eric welcomed: Fatimah Halim, Multimedia Artist; Roman Reyes, Faculty and Chair, Phoenix College Art Department; Brady Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum; Steven Yazzie, Artist and Painter.

Special thanks to our program partners: Eric Fischl, John & Lisa Fischl, and Merrill Mahaffey