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Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Linda Besemer
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public. Advance registration recommended.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture
Without canvas or traditional support, Linda Besemer explores the plasticity and physicality of painting. Spilling from aluminum rods and cleats affixed to gallery walls are dried sheets of two-sided patterned acrylic paint. Referencing critical theory, feminism, minimalism, decoration, and finish fetish, her paintings question the forms and underlying signifying practices of modernism, abstraction, and two-dimensional illusion. She is a Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow at SFAI.

Besemer's paintings have been featured in numerous museums, most notably: The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Contemporary Art, SITE Sante Fe, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Albright-Knox Museum, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The San Diego Museum of Art, The South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Grand Arts, Kansas City, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, The Dayton Museum of Art, and The Palm Beach ICA. She is also exhibiting internationally in Europe, Asia, and South America.

She is a recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, The George and Eliza Howard Foundation Grant in Painting, The Chuck Close Rome Prize in Painting from the American Academy in Rome, and The Anonymous Was A Woman Grant.

Besemer teaches painting and drawing at Occidental College. She also taught academic courses in the Gender Studies Department and served as the Chair of both the departments of Art History and Visual Arts and Gender Studies. Additionally, Besemer was awarded The Graham L. Sterling Memorial Award for faculty achievement and she was granted an endowed professorship becoming The James Irvine Distinguished Professor of the Arts.

Image Credit
Linda Besemer
Red-Purple Slab, 2009
Cast Acrylic Paint Sculpted, 12"x 9"x 4"
Courtesy of the artist


About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.

All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit 


Thank You!
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Winfred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.