Nick Cave stands with a sculpture from his acclaimed exhibition Meet Me at the Center of the Earth, which toured a slate of museums throughout the US from 2009 - 2012 (photo by Charles Marcus).

The College of DuPage’s Fine Arts and Architecture programs, in collaboration with the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, will present a conversation with artist Nick Cave in the Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18. Cave will talk about the challenges and benefits of working between established genres and current projects. The conversation, followed by a Q&A, will be led by Cleve Carney Museum of Art director & curator Justin Witte.

​Nick Cave is an artist, educator and self-described messenger working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums inclusive of sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. His solo exhibitions have expanded globally from the United States through France, Africa, Denmark, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. He has been described as a Renaissance artist and says of himself, "I have found my middle and now ... working toward what I am leaving behind."  Cave is well known for his “Soundsuits” sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. “Soundsuits” camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. Cave received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute; he also works as a professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series presents opportunities for the community to interact with leaders in the field of contemporary art, design and culture. Through lectures, conversations and workshops, a diverse range of art professionals provide students with new perspectives on contemporary artistic practices. The 2019-2020 series highlights artists who are committed to engaging with materiality through diverse mediums and practices: messenger, artist and educator Nick Cave (Sept. 18), ceramics multidisciplinary artist Mie Kongo (Tuesday, Oct. 22), European medieval art and material culture scholar Aden Kumler, (Wednesday, Nov. 11), site-specific installation artist Paola Cabal (Thursday, Feb. 20), visual artist and environmental activist Mary Mattingly (Wednesday, March 18) and architect Vladimir Radutny (Wednesday, April 8). The series is a collaboration between the College of DuPage Fine Arts and Architecture programs and the Cleve Carney Museum of Art. All lectures are free and open to the public. Times and locations are subject to change.

​This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. This is the first event of 2019-2020 College of DuPage Visiting Artist Series. For more information visit at

College of DuPage Fine Arts and Architecture Programs to Present Conversation with Esteemed Artist Nick Cave

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