Visiting Artists

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Featured Visiting Artist

Sandow Birk is an American artist from Southern California. Known for novelty, he scrambles high and low art by updating genres like European historical painting with an urban graphic sensibility. His work tends to explore narrative of social and political weight. He implores visual metaphor as a way to help make these issues more accessible to American culture and life. His work has been a magnet for public debate, if not at times inducing outright controversy. He gave a visiting artist's talk at BCA autumn 2011

Nationally and internationally exhibited and collected, his is represented by the Koplin del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, P.P.O.W Gallery in New York City and the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Visiting Artists


Burren College of Art values its connectedness to the international, national and regional art worlds and maintains this through a vibrant programme of visiting artist and scholar presentations each semester. We welcome renowned artists, curators, gallerists, critics and scholars to participate in conferences, symposia and the weekly visiting artist programme, known as the ‘Wednesday Session’. After a group presentation of their work, artists are available to students for individual studio visits on a sign-up basis.  This programme is our way of connecting and making professional relationships with artists who have made serious contributions to their disciplines, and who inspire and energise our community.  We invite both established and emerging practitioners, working across diverse creative practices, from Ireland and abroad.