Please mark your calendars: Art critic and artist Carol Diehl is coming to RIT.

The subject of Carol Diehl’s lecture will be the artist Banksy; the talk will be given on Tuesday May 12th at 5:00 pm in Webb Auditorium (room 1350).

This lecture is sponsored by the School of Art, College of Imagine Arts & Sciences.  Please bring this much anticipated guest lecture to the attention of your students, friends and colleagues.  We are hoping for a large turnout.

Additionally, on Wednesday May 13th, Carol Diehl will join some of the faculty in the School of Art, from 1-6 pm in room A172, in conducting critiques during our 2nd Fine Arts Studio Full Program Review.  Please feel free to join us that day as well.

Diehl writes for Artnews and Art in America, where she is a Contributing Editor.  She is the author of the popular blog, Art Vent, for which she received an Arts Writers Grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation in 2012.


After Banksy’s self-styled month-long New York “residency” in October, 2013, where he produced a work of art in one of the five boroughs each day, Carol Diehl spent several months making a serious investigation into his work. Her inquiry resulted in an as-yet-unpublished essay that she has given as a lecture at California State University/Fullerton, where a residency supported her research, as well as the Berkshire Museum (MA) and the University for the Creative Arts (U.K.). She is also featured in the HBO documentary, “Banksy Does New York” (2013).

“Arguably the world’s most famous living artist and a hero to many young people, the anonymous British street artist known as Banksy is regarded with suspicion, if not outright derision, by the established American art world,” says Diehl. Following the clues embedded in his work and writings as well as his 2011 Academy-Award nominated film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”, Diehl continues, “I discovered that Banksy’s seemingly flippant interventions are driven by profound philosophical principles—and concluded that Banksy is one of the most important artists of our time who, among other things, challenges the culture to reconsider what art is, as well as its value and purpose.”
Among the galleries and museums where Carol Diehl has exhibited her paintings are the Sidney Janis Gallery, Hirschl & Adler Gallery, Gary Snyder Fine Art, and the Queens Museum, all in New York City, the Aldrich Museum (CT), and the Berkshire Museum (MA). She has served on the faculties of Bennington College and the Graduate Fine Arts Program of the School of Visual Arts (NYC), and is the recipient of artist fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Diehl has been a Senior Critic in Graduate Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Artist at Yale University, the University of Iowa, Columbia College (Chicago) and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, among others.


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