Image Text Faculty and Visiting Artists

The department's Image Text faculty bring a wide variety of creative and critical practices to the program. Working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts, our faculty and visiting artists are dedicated to innovative approaches to pedagogy and ways of making and knowing that value psychologically, culturally, and politically engaged work.

Program Directors

Visiting Faculty

Visiting Artists

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Shannon Ebner

Visiting Artist 2024

Shannon Ebner (b. 1971, New Jersey) is an artist whose work explores the visual, material, and temporal circumstances of language. Ebner's work is in numerous public collections in the US and abroad. Publications include A Public Character (ICA Miami and ROMA, 2016); Auto Body Collision (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2015); STRIKE (Mousse, 2015); and The Sun as Error (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2009). In 2019 Ebner produced Stray: A Graphic Tone, an LP featuring the poems of Susan Howe and Nathaniel Mackey (Fonograf/ROMA) and in 2022 she released Stray World, an online project designed and programmed by O-R-G and hosted and developed with Source Type. Ebner is currently chairperson of the Photography Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where she is the series editor for Pounds Per Image (PPI), a Pratt Photography Imprint co-published by Dancing Foxes Press. 

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Wayne Koestenbaum

Visiting Artist 2024

Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, fiction-writer, artist, filmmaker, performer—has published over twenty books, including The Cheerful Scapegoat, Figure It Out, Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen's Throat (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award)His newest book of poems, Stubble Archipelago, was published by Semiotext(e) in March 2024. He has exhibited his paintings in solo shows at White Columns, 356 Mission, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum, as well as in many group shows, including at Essex Flowers, Gordon Robichaux, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Yossi Milo Gallery, FIERMAN, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, was released by Ugly Duckling Presse Records in 2017; he has given musical performances of improvisatory Sprechstimme soliloquies at REDCAT, Centre Pompidou, the Renaissance Society, the Hammer Museum, and The Poetry Project, among others. His first feature-length film, The Collective, premiered at UnionDocs (New York) in 2021. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a Whiting Award. Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired his literary archive. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center. 

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