December 19 Framing the Flame: Art That Ignites
6 pm (cash bar at 5 pm)

Join Marissa Vigneault of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Weston Thomson of The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts, and artist Ying Zhu for this Late ‘til 8 program inspired by Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection.

Vigneault, Thomson, and Zhu will each speak for ten minutes about a work in the exhibition that “lights their fire,” shedding light on how art inspires, engages, and delights them and impacts their own work.

Following this free program, continue the conversation with the speakers and Karin Campbell, Joslyn’s Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art, in the galleries or over drinks in the ConAgra Foods Atrium. 




Marissa Vigneault is Assistant Professor of Practice in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2009, and, before moving to Lincoln, taught at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA) and The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ). Dr. Vigneault’s current research focuses on the art of Hannah Wilke, specifically her interplay of body and text and her critical engagement with the work of Marcel Duchamp. 


Weston Thomson is a local artist and Interim Executive Director at The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts. He received a B.F.A. in multimedia art from California State University, Chico, and has been teaching and mentoring youth and adults in the arts for 10 years. The creative act has always been his true passion and area of interest. Weston spends his personal time researching philosophy and technology, painting, and dreaming up fanciful ideas. He feels connected to nature, but prefers science fiction to real life. 


Ying Zhu was born in the midwest region of China. She studied stage lighting design at China Communication University in Beijing and earned her M.F.A. in Studio Art from UNL. Ying has been an Artist in Resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Vermont Studio Center. Her recent exhibitions include site-specific installations at New Orleans Contemporary Art Center and Kaleidoskop in Berlin. She was selected to participate in the III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art in 2012. She recently finished a 1% for Art public installation at Project Harmony. She is the recipient of 2013 Nebraska Arts Council Distinguished Artist grant, and in 2012 was named Best Emerging Artist and Best New Media Artist at the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards.