Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.


Talk The Talk: Rachel Shelton on Bill Maggio

A Lecture Series Where Artists Talk About The Work Of Others

Artists' talks are a tried and true format in which artists typically speak about themselves and their work, revealing (or obscuring) their inspirations and methodologies, their backgrounds and their present modes of thinking. Hallwalls still presents live and free artists' talks at the beginning of each exhibition opening and this past summer used the annual Members Exhibition as a means within which artists could do rapid 10-minute talks on their submitted artwork.

Each of those formats will continue at Hallwalls, but we decided for 2017/18 to devise a series that could insert a new angle into a conventional format.

TALK THE TALK is a new lecture series in which we've invited regional Western New York artists to present talks on other WNY artists, living or dead. We asked them to select artists they admire, artists who may have inspired them, artists whose work speaks to them sufficiently that they can then speak to us about them.

"One of the many delightful qualities of W.C. Maggio's paintings is the reward one receives upon employing the dying practice of slow looking. Of course the works are appealing from a distance, but at a close range the viewer is rewarded with multiple sets of information in each piece. This talk will explore the evolution of Maggio's approach and then take some well deserved time to dig into a few of my absolute favorites."

Rachel Shelton is a Visual Artist / Printmaker and Gallery Manager at Eleven Twenty Projects

Watch footage of the talk HERE