What It Is
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.
The RMCAD Community RSVP opens Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
The general public RSVP opens Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
About the Lecture
Questions are central to Lynda Barry’s work and her primary inquiry is the profound yet deceitfully simple question, “what is an image?” In her lecture titled What It Is, Barry will lead the audience through a number of complex, interwoven queries essential to creative thinking, making, and living. At the center of all of these questions is ‘an image,’ something that feels alive and is contained and transported by something that is not alive—a book, or a song, or a painting—anything we call an ‘art form.’ Barry’s lecture will skillfully wade the audience through an insightful understanding of the creative experience itself—unpacking the identity and function of ‘an image’ and ‘the arts.’ Please note, in addition to being a brilliant thinker and maker, Barry also has a delightfully impish sense of humor about her explorations: there will be swear words, party tricks, and jokes about balls.
About the Lecturer
Lynda Barry is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and teacher. She is the inimitable creator of the seminal comic strip syndicated across North American alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. Barry is currently Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches writing and picture making and runs the Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Her bestselling and acclaimed graphic novel, What It Is, won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and the R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author. Other accolades include 2013 Lifetime Visual Arts Award, MOWA, a second William Eisner award, The American Library Association’s Alex Award, and the Washington State Governor’s Award, among many others.
Next Day Q&A Session with Lynda Barry
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This is a private event for the RMCAD community. Pizza provided.
Workshop - Drawing Words and Speaking Pictures: This Mysterious Thing We Call Comics
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This is a private event for current RMCAD students only.
Distinguished VASD Program guest Lynda Barry leads a lively drawing jam for anyone interested in making comics and drawing bravely. We’ll be learning fast drawing techniques that anyone can do to create instant characters, story lines, and the spook-house kind of excitement that comes about when we gather in a single room and suddenly have to start making pictures together.
To join the workshop:
Current RMCAD students are invited to submit their name, academic department, and a short (approximately 150-200 words) paragraph stating their interest in participating in this event.
Statements of interest are due Wednesday, March 18, at 4:00pm and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The VASD committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Wednesday, March 25, 2015.