Artist Talk Archive

Artist Talks series

In dialogue with an Intuit staff member, a contemporary artist discusses their background, their art-making and inspiration, and the evolution of their career at an Artist Talk, which concludes with an audience Q&A.

Watch select Artist Talk programs below or visit our YouTube playlist to see the full series.

Artist Talk: George Widener

Hosted by Paula Santos on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

George Widener is an internationally recognized and celebrated contemporary self-taught artist, who creates multimedia artworks with ink and paint on found paper materials. In his talk, Widener shares his background, his artistic practice and his fascination with time. Throughout the evening, he discusses his mechanical approach to art-making using his vast knowledge of dates and calendars to create works of art with numerical patterns.

George Widener is one of the artists featured in the exhibition Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen, which is on exhibition at Intuit until April 25, 2021.

Artist Talk: Arkee Chaney

Hosted by Paula Santos on Thursday, October 22, 2020

Intuit was thrilled to host ceramicist, cartoonist and painter Arkee Chaney in celebration of his recent release from prison in June 2020, as part of the remarkable work of the Illinois Prison Project, which secured the commutation of Chaney’s life sentence. Chaney’s work provides commentary on African American experiences, politics and racism. In his talk, Chaney shares his background, his artistic practice and his hopes for the future.