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The proximity of JMU to major East Coast cities has fostered a regular and varied schedule of visiting artists, scholars and designers on campus each semester. Invited art professionals represent a diverse range of viewpoints and practices that enrich the regular calendar of coursework and provide undergraduate and graduate students with a better understanding of what possible pathways exist for future successful careers in the visual arts.


DOROTHY LISKEY WAMPLER Distinguished Professorship Of Art Series 

SPEAKER: Julian Bonder

WHEN: Tuesday, January 23rd, 5:30PM
WHERE: Duke Hall 2036

Julian Bonder is teacher and designer / architect. Mr. Bonder has devoted an important part of his design work and research to investigating the relationships between Architecture and Memory. He is an active contributor to contemporary national and international discourses on memory, public space, public art, cultural trauma and monuments. Often working outside the traditional boundaries of architecture, his work in this field includes projects, built work, and writings. His work includes projects on Holocaust Memory, the Civil War, Civil Rights, Slavery, the Desaparecidos, as well as September 11.

A Registered Architect (Argentina) and Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University, Bonder received degrees from Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Diploma in Architecture), and from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (Master in Design Studies)

Bonder is principal of Julian Bonder + Associates, partner at Wodiczko & Bonder in Cambridge, MA and Professor of Architecture with Tenure, Roger Williams University in Bristol RI. He served as Visiting Critic at Syracuse University in 2002 and as the 2003-04 Hyde Chair Professor at University of Nebraska. Prior to settling in the US, in 1995, he practiced architecture in Buenos Aires as partner of Bonder-Litwak Arquitectos, and taught extensively at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina, in the fields of architectural and urban design, and design theory. He has also participated of the teacher’s program at the Architectural Association in London, 1994.

Among his projects, The Center for Holocaust Studies at Clark University, in Worcester, was completed by the end of 1999 and received a number of awards (BSA 2000 Young Architects Award; 2001 Faculty Design Award from ACSA (Asociation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) “for work which advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching”; AIA New England 2001 Special Award for Excellence in Design; BSA 2003 Honor Awards Citation). Other projects include: a Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires (with Michael Berenbaum –Project Director of the US Holocaust Museum and former President of the Shoah Foundation); a memorial for AMIA/Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina, which was blasted in a terrorist attack in 1994, in Buenos Aires (BSA Unbuilt Architecture Award in 1997); a project for the M.L.King Memorial Competition; a project for the Camp Meigs Memorial (Civil War Memorial for the training site of the Massachusetts Regiments); and a Memorial for the Victims of State Violence in Buenos Aires. He has also worked on September 11 Temporary Memorial Installations at Syracuse University and University of Nebraska with students.

His partnership with Artist and Professor of Art and the Public Domain at Graduate School of Design- Harvard Krzysztof Wodiczko (Former Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT) includes projects such the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes –commissioned by Nantes and former mayor and French Prime Minister, Jean Marc Ayrault, in an international competition. The project opened to the public on March 25, 2012, and involves the transformation of 350 metres of the coast of the Loire River in the center of the city of Nantes.

This project was recipient of the ACSA 2007 Faculty Design Award, “for work which advances the reflective nature of practice and teaching” & the BSA Unbult Architecture Award 2008. The Memorial received a Special Mention at the Biannual European Prize for Urban Public Space. The international jury chaired by Josep Llinas, and consisting of directors of 6 European Architecture Institutes, reviewed 347 entries from 36 European countries and declared 2 joint-winners and 3 special mentions. It has also received a 2012 Small Firm Design Honor Award and a 2012 Honor Award for Design Excellence from Boston Society of Architects, the 1st prize for Architecture at the 2012 Biannual Premio de Arquitectura organized by Sociedad Central de Arquitectos and the Cpnsejo Profesional de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires, and has been nominated and shortlisted for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van de Rohe Award.

The Memorial was included in Office US (2014 US Pavilion - Venice Biennale) as part of the Archive of International Design Works designed by US based firms (1914-2014). The project is being widely published and exhibited in places such as Paris, Ljubliana, Luxembourg, Quito, Bogota, Medellin, New York, Buenos Aires. 

In March 2012, at the opening of Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, Mr. Bonder and Mr. Wodiczko participated of ceremonies, including a 3-day symposium on Slavery in the Past and Present, organized by Ville de Nantes and Francoise Verges (president of the French Commission on History and Memory of Slavery). In June 2012, Mr. Bonder made presentations at ceremonies for the European Prize for Urban Public Space in Barcelona, and at 2013 II Reencontres du Memorial symposium, Nantes (June 2013).

Wodiczko + Bonder were one of six selected finalists for the Flight 587 Memorial in Queens, and one of four finalists for the Hoboken September 11 Memorial. They have been awarded the project for the Babi Yar Park in Denver, Colorado. This project was an international 3-round competition, which included 116 entries. At Babi Yar Park, they have designed a memorial space to commemorate September 11.

Wodiczko + Bonder were selected among the six teams (out of 74 submissions) to present a proposal for the Canadian National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa, Canada in 2014 (other teams included: Daniel Libeskind, Saucier-Perrote; David Adjaye/Ron Arad; Quadrangle Architects; Amanat/Shalev-Gerz).

Julian Bonder has lectured and guest juried at various Universities such as: Yale University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, Clemson University, Penn State, Rhode Island School of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Wentworth University, Universidad de Barcelona, Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Pittsburgh University, Columbia University, Brandeis University, University of Nebraska, Emory University, Clark University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, University of Maryland, Syracuse University, University of New Mexico, Woodbury University, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Palermo, Universidad de La Plata, Universidad de Rosario, Universidad de Mendoza, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Architectural Association in London, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima; Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas; New Left Salon, Vilnius, Lithuania. He served as jury member at 2013 Environmental Design and Research Association Awards, and twice at the Raoul Wallenberg Award at University of Michigan (2015 & 2016). He served as juror for the 2017 ACSA Steel Building Competition Award.

He teaches Seminars for Graduate Thesis Preparation, Graduate Public Space Seminar, Foundations (1st year), Thesis Studios, and Graduate Design Studios. His design studios are often related to the subject of Architecture and Memory. With design students, at Syracuse University and University of Nebraska he worked on September 11 Temporary Installations. At Roger Williams he has conducted design studios such as: Vietnam Memorial Information Center in DC; WTC Master Plan; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. His design studios at Roger Williams University called “Unearthing the Traces of to Rhode Island’s Slavery and Slave Trade” was awarded a Roger Williams Presidential Fellowship and presented at the National Council on Public History Conference in 2009. These studios received a 2015/16 ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) Creative Achievement Award. 

Mr. Bonder has written and presented papers, projects at various conferences, universities and other venues. He was an invited speaker of the symposium Memory and Architecture held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in February 2005, and the Bienal of Architecture in Buenos Aires in 2001. His work has participated of various exhibitions such as the Bienal of Architecture in Buenos Aires, the Trienale of Architecture in Milan, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, The Boston Society of Architects Gallery. His work was featured in solo exhibition called Memory|Works, at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln. This exhibition included 8 projects dealing with Memory, Trauma and Public Space. His work has been published in a variety of journals such as C3 Architectural Magazine (Corea), Bauwelt (Alemania), ARQA (Portugal), Intar- RISD, Archiscopie (Paris), AMC (Le Moniteur), Competitions, Arquis, ArchitectureBoston, Plot,

Places, Memoria, Clarin Arquitectura, ACSA Proceedings, Clarin, Boston Herald, El Cronista, Sociedad de Arquitectos, Memoria (Lima, Peru), and others.

His presentation “A House for an uninhabitable Memory” at the interdisciplinary conference “Representing the Holocaust: Practices Products and Projections”, at Lehigh University is included as an essay in Impossible Images: Contemporary Art After the Holocaust, by New York University Press. The essay “Memory-Works, On Memory, Trauma, Public Art and Public Space”, has been included in A Companion to Public Art, Cher Knight & Harriet Senie, Editors, published in 2016 by Wiley/Blackwell.

He was speaker at the International Conference “Memoria del Terror” in Buenos Aires in 2005, and at the international colloquium entitled "Democratic Memorial: Public Policies of Memory", in October 2007 in Barcelona. This event was organized by Catalan Government Department of Institutional Relations and Participation, as part of the creation of the Democratic Memorial– institution in charge of public policies designed to restore the historical memory of the struggle for democracy in the country.

Bonder delivered the Keynote Address at the 4th Annual International Human Rights Conference, organized by the Pontificia Unversidad Católica del Perú in Lima, in September 2008, which was published as an essay in 2009 in Memoria, a journal by the Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos, Pontificia Unversidad Católica del Perú in Lima. He was invited plenary speaker at the Conference: Slavery and the Universities, held at Emory University, Atlanta in February 2011. He exhibited his work and delivered a conference at the XIII International Bienale of Architecture held in Buenos Aires in October 2011. In 2015 he participated as speaker of the European Observatory of Memories Seminar (EUROM) “Museological Discourse and Memory in Italy”, and in 2016 of a 2nd Traveling Seminar with EUROM (Barcelona and Lyon).

He was invited speaker at “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History” at Radcliffe Institute, March 2017, and is member of the advisory board of the Symbolic Reparations Research Project.

He collaborated with Artists and MIT professors Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas in conceiving and creating the exhibition Disobedience Archives, which was installed and transformed the ground floor of MIT’s MEDIA LAB from Dec. 2011 to April 2012. The exhibition comprised 40 videos portraying acts of resistance and disobedience from 1968 onwards; the video archive was curated by Marco Scotini (Milano).

Bonder is recipient of a Silver Medal from the World Forum of Young Architects 1992, and the Boston Society of Architects 2000 Young Architects Award. He is recipient of Boston Society of Architects 2010 Housing Design Honor Award and Boston Society of Architects 2010 Small Firm/Small Projects Award for two residences designed in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to the 1st prize for Architecture, he received the 2nd prize for published essays at the 2012 Biannual Premio de Arquitectura organized by Sociedad Central de Arquitectos (SCA) and the Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura (CPAU) in Buenos Aires. 


The Arts Entrepreneurship and Professional Development Series facilitates a broad, ongoing discussion about entering creative professions and building individualized career paths for School of Art, Design and Art History students. The events reach both students who are already considering self-employment or small business development and those who have not yet examined future applications of their creative skills. The School of Art, Design and Art History wants to introduce these topics to students early in their undergraduate careers so that they may take full advantage of mentorship opportunities and the resources of the university community, especially the Center for Entrepreneurship. 

Events provide an open invitation to topics that students may not otherwise independently explore during their undergraduate careers including: career development resources, branding, and business planning. Moreover, this program promotes interdisciplinary connections between the School of Art, Design and Art History, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and other resources serving our students’ professional and personal goals.

Kevin Phaup, Faculty Coordinator
Robert Mertens, Faculty Coordinator
Greg Stewart, Faculty Coordinator
Stephanie Williams, Faculty Coordinator


Encore Exhibition Series

The Encore Series is an annual program sponsored by the College of Visual & Performing Arts that seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual life of the greater university community. The School of Art, Design and Art History participates through the exhibition and public lectures of major figures in contemporary art.

Past participants in the Encore Series have included: Robert ArnesonSeymour ChwastChuck CloseMaria Magdalena Campos-PonsLesley DillArgus Paul EstabrookMilton GlaserRed GroomsPhil MeggsElizabeth Murray, Philip PearlsteinFaith Ringgold, Leslie Saar, Raymond SaundersPeter SaulMiriam SchapiroSandy SkoglundAlan ShieldsJerry Uelsmann, and William T. Wiley, among others.


Each academic year the endowed Dorothy Liskey Wampler Distinguished Art Professorship brings to campus a varied program of distinguished visiting artists, scholars, and critics.

Past Wampler Professors have traveled to JMU from around the world, and have included: Perry BardDr. Terry BarrettCarol BartonXu BingDr. Suzanne BlierPamela BlotnerDr. B. Stephen Carpenter IIBarbara CooperArthur DantoDr. Leah DickermanBob Ebendorf, Argus Paul EstabrookJohn FosterSuzi GablikDr. W. Dwaine Greer, Dr. Fredrika Jacobs, Ivan Karp, Donald Kuspit, Rainer Goetz, Stefan Graupner, Eve LarameeAnthony LeeSusan LeopoldLucy LippardDr. Amy LyfordPeter PlagensEarl A. Powell IIIJ. Morgan PuettRosamond PurcellLawrence RinderDr. Renee SandellDr. Kirk Savage, Salvatore Scalora, Sam Shelton, Roy SieberPaul VanouseBill ViolaRichard WilsonJames WinesAmy Yoes, among others.

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