Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS)

The Department of Art presents the Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS). The annual series, organized by graduate students in Art, invites artists, scholars, curators, critics, gallerists and writers to give public lectures and conduct studio visits with students relevant to graduate students' research and practice. The series is presented in a colloquium setting (this year via Zoom), where students engage in in-depth discussions with the visiting artists and scholars.

This series is made in part thanks to support from UCI Illuminations.


Simon Liu 12.3.21 |


Slavs and Tatars 1.13.21 | Patricia Fernandez 1.21.21 | Beatriz Cortez 1.28.21 | Daniel R. Small 2.4.21 | Young Soon Kwak 2.11.21 | Eric Wesley 2.18.21 | Tourmaline 2.25.21 | Paul Chan 3.4.21 | Kavior Moon 3.11.21

View the Visiting Artists Archive for a complete list of visiting artists and scholars.


Paul Chan
Paul Chan is an artist, writer, and publisher. Chan is the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize in 2014, a biennial award honoring artists who have made a visionary contribution to contemporary art. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows, from Los Angeles, CA to Athens, Greece.
Eric Wesley
Eric Wesley is an American artist who has exhibited internationally, including at MOCA, Los Angeles, and Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples. In addition, he has exhibited at major museums and galleries worldwide. He is also a co-founder of the Los Angeles Mountain School of Arts.
Daniel R. Small
Daniel R. Small is a Los Angeles-based artist. He received an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. Small has exhibited at various international institutions. He also received the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award (2015) and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award (2016).
Beatriz Cortez
Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, memory, and loss in the aftermath of war, migration experience, and imagining possible futures. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Patricia Fernandez
Patricia Fernández is a Spanish artist based in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and B.F.A. from UCLA. Fernández has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of several grants and fellowships. In addition, she has been a resident artist in Paris, México, Sausalito, Santa Monica, and Como, Italy. 
Visiting Artists Archive
Every year, the Visiting Artists and Scholars program invites artists, scholars, curators, critics, gallerists, and writers to give public lectures and conduct studio visits with students. The Department also invites artists and scholars related to specific exhibitions and projects. View the archive list of visiting artists.