Creative professionals include Jasmine Burton, Leila Khoury, Paul Verdell and Dr. Sue Shon for virtual event

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Department of Art & Design will host four visiting arts professionals for this year’s Patricia L. Summerville Visiting Arts Professionals Panel on Thursday, October 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This year’s panel will focus on artists and art professionals whose practices incorporate social justice and will feature speakers Jasmine Burton, Leila Khoury, Paul Verdell and Dr. Sue Shon. The event is open to the public, and audience members are welcome to bring questions for the panelists. 

The purpose of this annual panel is to provide Murray State art students with a variety of perspectives on working in the arts and possible career paths after graduation. From these visiting panelists, students learn about not only the many ways that they can pursue lives in art, but also the countless ways that professional artists can use their practices to further social change. 

Jasmine Burton is a social inclusion and design specialist with a focus on gender equity, meaningful youth engagement, and innovation in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and global health sectors. She has a BSc in Product Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. As a serial social entrepreneur, she is the Founder and CEO of Wish for WASH; the Principal and Founder of the Hybrid Hype, LLC; and a co-founder of Period Futures. With 7+ years of various WASH, global health, and gender equity experiences across 10 countries in research, communications, and management roles within the public, private, and social enterprise sectors, Jasmine identifies as a social impact designer and storyteller who seeks to couple design thinking, business acumen, and evidence-based science to accelerate access to universal health and sanitation for all. (jasminekburton.com).

Leila Khoury is a multidisciplinary artist and preservationist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Khoury received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Khoury’s graduate thesis, A Soulful Body: The Immigration and Placemaking of Arabs in Detroit, chronicles the history and built environment of Detroit’s Arab American communities. A Soulful Body was selected to be published by Empress Editions in October 2020. Khoury serves as Creative Director of Cleveland Community Archives. An interactive website and storytelling platform, the Archives houses a collection of oral histories that document Cleveland’s historic DIY and experimental art spaces, mutual aid organizations and LGBTQIA+ venues that have dissipated due to gentrification and other systemic acts of erasure. Khoury’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington DC; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Waukesha, Wisconsin; and Subhan, Kuwait. 

Paul Verdell graduated with his BFA from Bowling Green State University. He has participated in the Macedonia Institute residency in Chatham, NY and has had artwork commissioned for Spotify and Library Street Collective for Rocket Mortgage Field House. Finding inspiration from post-impressionism and fauvism, Paul Verdell produces expressionistic portraiture and still life paintings using oil stick, oil pastel and crayon. In his vibrantly colored oil stick paintings he emphasizes form and movement to heighten the familiarity of the imagery. The works are full of textural marks and vigorous line work, displaying immediacy. His subjects vary—from his friends within intimate settings, as well as calming still life works of plants. Verdell doesn’t limit his palette in the paintings; instead, he pushes for bright powerful color to put his subjects to the forefront. Verdell currently works out of his studio in Toledo, Ohio.

Dr. Sue Shon is Assistant Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington; M.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and B.A. in Fine Arts and English from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests include critical race theory, aesthetic theory, and racial discourse in visual culture. She is currently working on a book project titled Racial Sense and the Making of Aesthetic Modernity, which tells the story of how race acquired a visual feel due to constraints in the language of modern human perception. Sue has published in American Literature and organized a drawing project and exhibition, Xenology, which responds to the work of science fiction writer Octavia Butler.

The panel discussion will be held Thursday, October 29, 2020, on Zoom from 5-6:30 p.m.

Zoom link:  https://murraystate.zoom.us/j/83834536674


For more information, contact Danielle Mužina in the Department of Art & Design at dmuzina@murraystate.edu.

Photo: The Murray State University Department of Art & Design will host four visiting arts professionals for this year’s Patricia L. Summerville Visiting Arts Professionals Panel on Thursday, October 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. on Zoom.
The Murray State University Department of Art & Design will host four visiting arts professionals for this year’s Patricia L. Summerville Visiting Arts Professionals Panel on Thursday, October 29 from 5-6:30 p.m. on Zoom. 
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