Spector returns for Arts & Resilience


By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications
July 21, 2022

The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics welcomes back Laura Spector for a summer event of its Arts & Resilience Program, July 28.

Spector, a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, will present her workshop Drawing for Surgeons (And the Rest of Us) at 6 pm via Zoom. Spector previously lectured for the Arts & Resilience Program on multi-stable perception paintings, Sept. 22, 2021.

Using graphite, participants of the workshop will enhance their visual thinking in a workshop inspired by architecture, art history, and ornithology. The course is specially designed to practice capturing large and small details while strengthening hand-eye coordination. Students will experience drawing in real time to become familiar and comfortable with incomplete gestures.

Exercises will include drawing observations of shapes and relationships of shapes, four-value shading, and more exact detailing of an image. A reference image will be provided for the class.

Participants will need the following materials:

  • 3 pencils (2H, 2B, 6B)
  • Retractable nylon eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Drawing paper (a few sheets)

Advance registration is required to attend the webinar.

Spector, a performance and video artist, began creating artwork in 1994. In 1996, Spector began her acclaimed Museum Anatomy project, collaborating with museum curators in 16 countries to search for hidden, stolen, lost, and destroyed paintings to us as inspiration for new artwork.

Spector’s artwork has been exhibited both national and international. She is an individual grant recipient of the Houston Art Alliance and an Artist-in-Residence of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2016, Spector was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at the AtelierHaus Hilmsen in Germany.