Kenyon welcomes a number of accomplished artists and designers to campus this fall as part of the Mesaros Visiting Artist lecture series, made possible by the Mesaros Art Fund. Established through a generous gift from Paul and Laura Mesaros, the fund enhances the College’s art program through guest lectures, visiting artists and teachers, and special exhibitions.
This year’s lecture series highlights varieties of design, from public art commissions to book and information design.
“We decided as a department on a thematic invitation to artists involved in some aspect of design, mostly in the hopes of incorporating some of those design skills into our classes,” said Professor of Art Claudia Esslinger, who is chair of the Department of Art. The dividing line between what is considered art and design is “fuzzy,” she explained, and “some would even say there is no line at all, but a continuum, based on intended audience.” Where the studio artist can work more independently, with personal goals for content, the designer often works with others who have commissioned the work, Esslinger said.
“Studio artists certainly use design principles in their work and designers use the same creativity and tools in their work,” Esslinger added. “There is more that unites than divides us.”
Events in the 2018–19 Mesaros Visiting Artist series are free and open to the public. They include:
—Ben Hunkler ’20