Galleries of Contemporary Art
Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Jane Lackey & Thomas Lehn

Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Jane Lackey & Thomas Lehn

February 27, 2020 | 6:00 PM

Chapman Foundations Recital Hall

Free reception for artists immediately following lecture - no additional registration needed.

Jane Lackey and Thomas Lehn are based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are creating a monumental site-specific installation – Seat of Learning - in the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art at the Ent Center for the Arts during spring, 2020. The concept for Seat of Learning originated when Lackey/Lehn found a vintage school desk that summed up the essence of 20th C early learning through its patina, material presence, and history of use.

Jane Lackey is a visual artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A leader in the field of contemporary fiber, she uses multiple processes, surfaces and mark making systems to summon invisible aspects of identity and connection. Inspired by the chemistry of physical sensation, reductive qualities of mapping and durational experience, her works take the form of drawings on paper, sculpture and installations aligning place with audience interaction. National/international exhibition venues include Wellcome Trust (London), I Space (Chicago), Exit Art (NY), Tang Teaching Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, The Art Gym (Portland) and Grand Arts (Kansas City). Lackey is the recipient of grants from the NEA, Illinois Arts Council and Artist Trust. Artist residencies include the 2011 Japan-US Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship and 2005 Camargo Foundation Fellowship. She served as Artist-in-Residence, Head of Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Professor, Kansas City Art Institute.

Thomas Lehn is an architectural designer, furniture designer and maker with experience producing both large scale and intimate environments using multidisciplinary solutions. Prior to founding Thomas Lehn Designs in Santa Fe, NM, he was a leader in nationally recognized architectural firms such as Gensler and Rossetti, Detroit, Booth Hansen, Chicago and Kelly and Lehn, Kansas City. His work has received many design accolades and awards. A respected educator in the fields of art and design, he has served on the faculties of Chicago Art Institute, Kansas City Art Institute, University of New Mexico among others. His design practice is informed by a BFA in painting from Santa Francisco State University followed by a MFA in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His designs align programmatic requirements with spirited space and object-making. Lehn’s focus is on processional, spatial sequences that unfold through close attention to detail, movement, light and user interface.


The UCCS Visiting Artists and Critics Series fosters understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue and critical conversations. Artists and scholars of national significance are invited to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus to present public lectures and meet with UCCS undergraduate students in classes and workshop settings. The Visiting Artists and Critics Series is a collaborative program of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA), UCCS Visual Arts and Art History (VAPA).

Made possible with generous support from the CU President's Fund for the Humanities, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Endowment

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