Anderson Lecture Series hosts Philadelphia-based artist Virgil Marti

October 16, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by Philadelphia-based artist Virgil Marti as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. Marti is known for challenging the line between art and design in media such as printed wallpaper, textiles and elaborate chandeliers. Free and open to the public, Marti’s lecture will take place at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29, in Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. 

Hailed as the “vanguard of the new baroque” (Artforum, February 2005) Marti has repeatedly attracted the acclaim of publications such as Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times for his innovative approach to nature and culture, inspired by sources as diverse as 1970s kitsch, rococo decorative motifs and the crypts of Capuchin monks. He is the recipient of many awards and has exhibited extensively in venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2010), La Biennale de Montréal (2007) and the Whitney Biennial (2004). Marti received his bachelor of fine arts from Washington University and his master of fine arts from Tyler School of Art, later attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He also worked for many years as a master printer and project coordinator at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Marti is a faculty member at the Tyler School of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. He is represented by Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York.

In addition to his lecture, Marti will also be jurying SoVA’s Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, on display in the Edwin W. Zoller Gallery Nov. 5 to 16. Additional information regarding this event, as well as the full Zoller Gallery schedule can be found at

The Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2001 through the generous support of John M. Anderson, Penn State Professor Emeritus. The result of Anderson’s love of the philosophy of art and painting, his endowment contributes to the creative and intellectual life of the campus. The series sponsors leading artists and scholars who lecture, give master classes and workshops, and critique student work throughout the academic year. Anderson, an Evan Pugh Research Professor of Philosophy, was a long-time faculty member and three-time department head in the Department of Philosophy and the first director of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. For an entire listing of Anderson series events, please visit Lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information please contact Ann Tarantino, John M. Anderson Lecture Series Coordinator, at or Tammy Hosterman, SoVA Communications, at

  • Virgil Marti's 'Landscape Wallpaper with Star Border and Shrooms and Flame Dado' from 2001.

    IMAGE: Virgil Marti

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