WCU hosts talk by art critic and editor

Western Carolina University will host a free public talk by Sylvie Fortin, the editor-in-chief of ART PAPERS, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Room 130 of the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Fortin’s presentation, titled “Really? A Few Thoughts on Contemporary Art,” will be an informal discussion of the aesthetic, political and economic factors that have shaped the redefinition of contemporary art, its production and global distribution.

Fortin will open a three-day residency at WCU with her public talk. She also will meet with graduate and undergraduate art students for critiques and discussions of contemporary art issues.

In 2004, Fortin joined ART PAPERS, an Atlanta-based magazine focusing on international contemporary art and issues. The magazine is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the examination, development and definition of art and culture. Its mission is to provide an independent and accessible forum for the exchange of perspectives on the role of contemporary art as a socially relevant and engaged discourse.

Fortin also is an independent curator, art historian and critic. Prior to joining ART PAPERS, she was curator of contemporary art at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. Her critical essays have been published in American, Canadian and European catalogues, and her reviews have appeared in many periodicals.

Fortin’s visit is funded by a WCU Visiting Scholar Program grant and WCU’s School of Art and Design.

For more information about the event, contact Marya Roland, associate professor of art at WCU, at 828-227-3593 or at roland@wcu.edu.