Visiting Artists

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Gediminas Gasparavičius specializes in late modern and contemporary art.  He is assistant professor of art history at the Myers School of Art, University of Akron (Ohio, United States).  His research focuses on collective and participatory art in Eastern Europe in late socialism and early postsocialism.  His doctoral dissertation examined the work of the Slovenian multidisciplinary collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (or NSK), which in 1992 established NSK State in Time.  NSK State is a conceptual entity that issues passports, opens “embassies,” and subversively mimics other functions of the state.  In Fall 2014 he curated the exhibition IRWIN: NSK State in Time at Emily Davis Gallery at Myers School of Art, University of Akron.

Gasparavičius publications on Eastern European art and neo-avantgarde appeared in Public Art Dialogue, Art Criticism, and elsewhere.  His recent article "Promises and Premises of Art as a State: NSK Embassy Moscow and its Contexts" has been included into a newly published volume NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst – an Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2015).

Gediminas Gasparavičius earned his Ph.D. in Art History and Criticism at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2011.  He received an M.A. in Art History from Ohio State University in 1999, a Master-Studies Diploma with Distinction in History and Philosophy of Art from Central European University (Prague, Czech Republic) in 1995, and a B.A. in Art History from Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1994. 


Image: Post Ars, "Thrown Out Man", 1989

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.