John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series to present Liz Nielsen Oct. 27

October 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State School of Visual Arts’ John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series is pleased to welcome Liz Nielsen. Nielsen's tantalizing images of layered color are packed with a series of visual narratives waiting to be unraveled and explored, whether it be something as mundane as candles or as strange as swan milk. Nielsen’s lecture "Solid Light" will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Palmer Museum of Art's Palmer Lipcon Auditorium. During her visit, Nielsen will also serve in the role of juror for the School of Visual Arts’ annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition.

One of the highlights of each fall semester, the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition provides undergraduate students in the School of Visual Arts with the opportunity to have their work juried by a professional artist and compete for a Kara D. Berggren Scholarship Award, as well as several merit awards. Through the support of the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, each year the School of Visual Arts invites nationally and internationally recognized artists, critics, and curators to serve as jurors for this special exhibition.

Nielsen is a Brooklyn-based photographic artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London and Berlin. Her photographs from the "New Work," "Tiger Teeth/Red Light," and "Compositions: Blue Shifts" series are printed in the color darkroom with handmade negatives. Each photograph is unique, ranging from 50 inches by 40 inches to 10 inches by 8 inches. The photographs from "Geometric Splits" are 16 inches by 20 inches, editions of three, printed digitally. Photographs from "Deep Space" and the "Atmosphere" series are shot on film and printed in the color darkroom. They are editioned, and are 20 inches by 20 inches or 30 inches by 30 inches. 

Nielsen earned her master of fine arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and her bachelor of fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. Nielsen's works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and ArtSlant. Nielsen currently works with Denny Gallery in New York, Danziger Gallery in New York, and SOCO Gallery in North Carolina.

This lecture is available free of charge and open to the public. For complete details about the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series and an entire listing of events, please visit

Last Updated October 21, 2015