Artist Talk: Sanford Biggers, Falk Visiting Artist

Mar 15, 7pm - 8:30pm

Artist Talk: Sanford Biggers, Falk Visiting Artist photo

Location: Elliott University Center Auditorium. Complimentary parking is available after 5pm behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Visitors may also pay to park in the Oakland Avenue and Walker Avenue Parking Decks as space is available. Directions.

This event is FREE. No tickets required.

Multimedia artist Sanford Biggers creates artworks that intentionally complicate our understandings of history, culture, and identity. His densely layered paintings on antique southern quilts combine imagery from such disparate sources as Buddhism, graffiti, and harmonics. Linked by themes of navigation, these motifs simultaneously recall stories of quilts being used as markers on the Underground Railroad and star charts employed by astronomers. At once visually beautiful and conceptually rich, they pose important questions about how history informs the present and how all humans-regardless of context-try to make their way in a complicated world.  

Sanford Biggers holds a BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Biggers currently serves as Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Visual Arts program in New York City and was recently awarded the 2017-18 Rome Prize. His exhibition Sanford Biggers is on view at the Weatherspoon Art Museum December 16, 2017-April 8, 2018. 

This exhibition is organized by Dr. Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions and is presented in collaboration with the UNC Greensboro School of Art as part of the Falk Visiting Artist program along with support from the University Concert & Lecture Series. 

The exhibition and related public programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Falk Visiting Artist program gives students at UNCG and members of the community an opportunity to meet and learn from artists who are active in the field. The program has been produced collaboratively with the Department of Art since 1982. Past Falk Visiting Artists include Carroll Dunham, Lynda Benglis, Dario Robleto, Julie Heffernan, and Dike Blair.

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