Richard Speer has lectured on a variety of topics before academic, institutional, and corporate audiences including:
The University of British Columbia
The Pacific Northwest College of Art
The National Coalition of Independent Scholars
Newspace Center for Photography
Portland State University
Portland Community College
ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
The Veterans of Foreign Wars
Bullseye Glass Company
The Atlas Society
Alberta Arts Foundation
Beaverton Arts Commission
Marty Rudolph Seminars
Portland City Club
Richard Speer's talk,
"Matt Lamb: A Portrait of the Starving Artist as Tycoon"
sponsored by ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
at Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL
Richard's most popular lectures include:
"Matt Lamb: A Portrait of the Starving Artist as Tycoon."
As painter Matt Lamb's biographer and editor of the Matt Lamb Blog, Richard Speer is the world's foremost authority on Lamb's life and art. In this PowerPoint presentation, Speer leads audience members on a journey through Lamb's rise from the mean streets of Chicago's South Side to the heights of entrepreneurial and artistic success. Richard examines the unconventional spiritual and philosophical beliefs that inform Lamb's work and outreach programs promoting world peace. He also chronicles the controversies that dogged Lamb in the Outsider Art world, culminated in his expulsion from the 2002 Outsider Art Fair in SoHo, a phenomenon covered in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Reason, and Raw Vision. Finally, Speer shares insights into Lamb's highly effective business principles and inspirational philosophy of growth and self-actualization.
"Bellezze Diverse: A Dialectical Approach to Visual Arts Criticism."
Richard discusses generational trends in contemporary art; outlines the characteristics and significance of three different types of art critic (the historian, the populist translator, and the sensualist); and offers an overview of his own dialectical approach to arts writing and arts appreciation, particularly as they relate to the troublesome but enduring notion of beauty.
"How to Write an Effective Artist Statement."
In this interactive workshop, Richard he helps artists write and speak more effectively about their work, with the aim of garnering positive interest from gallerists, curators, and critics.
"If It Bleeds, It Leads..."
Richard shares his colorful experiences as a television news reporter in the American South; the experience of interviewing and befriending renowned architects E. Fay Jones and James Lambeth; the reasons he left TV news for print and online journalism; the question of right-wing, left-wing, and status-quo bias in the news business; and observations on sobering new trends in broadcast, cable, and online news.
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Powell's City of Books, Portland, OR
Marty Rudolph Seminars, Portland, OR
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