In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.



Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence

The Peter B. and Adeline W. Ruffin Foundation established the Ruffin Distinguished Artist in Residence in 2012. The endowment created an annual teaching position designed to bring artists of significant international stature to the University on a rotating basis. Every year the newly appointed Ruffin Artist in Residence offers unique classes, gives a public lecture and has an exhibit or screening of their work for the university community. Throughout the academic year students have the opportunity to interact directly with the artist through seminars and critiques.

Current Ruffin Distinguished Artist

Marisa Williamson

Spring 2018

Marisa Williamson is an New York metro area-based multimedia artist. She has create site-specific works at and in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Storm King Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her videos, performances, and objects are exhibited regularly in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from CalArts. She was a participant in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2012 and the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program in 2014-2015.

She has taught at Pratt Institute, the Brooklyn Museum, and is currently teaching media art at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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Past Ruffin Distinguished Artists

Laura Doggett, Spring 2017

Terri Weifenbach, Spring 2017

J. Morgan Puett, Spring 2017


Mark Dion, 2015-16

Claude Wampler, 2014-15

Cindy Bernard, 2013-14

      Marisa Williamson

      Mark Dion, The Phantom Museum (Wonder Workshop), 2015

      Claude Wampler, Trailing Spouse, 2015


      Cindy Bernard and students