Arts at Work: Business of Visual Arts

Fri, Mar 19, 2021, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students

Lecturer in Visual Arts Jenny Calivas will lead a panel of visual arts alumni, including artists Ben Denzer '15 and Amalya Megerman '16; curator Anna Katz *13; and paintings conservator Abbie Vandivere '01, who will speak about their careers. They will also discuss grants, fellowships, residencies and graduate school, as well as provide advice on how to maintain an active art practice, venues for showing work, self-promotion and more.

Co-presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Center for Career Development. 

This workshop is open to Princeton students and alumni. Students can register in Handshake. Alumni interested in registering for this program should email Yee Ho, associate director, career advising. 

Email Satomi Chudasama to request accommodations for this event at least 15 working days in advance.


Jenny CalivasJenny Calivas, Lecturer in the Program in Visual Arts

Jennifer Calivas is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY who works primarily in photography as well as in video, sculpture and performance. She has been teaching in the photography program at Princeton since Spring 2019. She has also taught at Wesleyan University, Parson's School of Design, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. She earned her MFA in Photography from The Yale School of Art where she was awarded the Ward Chaney Memorial Prize in performance. In 2016 she was a participant at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.e. Her work has been shown at a variety of venues including David Zwirner in New York City and LTD Los Angeles. 


Ben Denzer '15Ben Denzer '15

Ben Denzer is an artist, designer, and publisher interested in how information is cataloged and preserved. After graduating from Princeton in 2015 with a degree in Architecture and a certificate in Visual Arts, he worked as a book cover designer within the Penguin Art Group. Currently, Ben designs and publishes Catalog Press (a small edition artist press), runs the Instagram @ice_cream_books (praised by Bella Hadid as “the most important Instagram out there today”), teaches at SVA, Parsons, and The Center for Book Arts, and is an artist-in-residence at the Broad Institute.

Ben's work has been collected by The Met, The Guggenheim, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the University of Oxford among other institutions. He has been awarded by the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club, Young Guns 16, Society of Illustrators, AIGA, BIGNY, and AI-AP. 

Anna Katz

Photo by Myles Pettengill, Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Anna Katz *13

Anna Katz is curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), where she is currently organizing the first West Coast survey of Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions at MOCA include Judith F. Baca: The World Wall (2022); Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody (2022), which is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 (2019), the first full-scale, scholarly survey of the Pattern and Decoration movement, which travels to the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, in 2021; Give and Take: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions (2018); and Peter Shire: Naked Is the Best Disguise (2017). From 2015 to 2017 Katz was the Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow at MOCA, during which time she organized the museum’s public programs.

Previously a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2008 to 2013, she holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. Her doctoral dissertation is the first book-length study of sculptor Lee Bontecou’s oeuvre during the most active period of her production, 1958 to 1971. Katz has taught art history courses at Occidental College, Pomona College, Pratt Institute, and UCLA.

Amalya Megerman '16

Photo by Blayki Kenya, Class of 2019

Amalya Megerman '16

Amalya Megerman is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary visual artist, working from a feminist anthropological base. Through a language of organic materials, including eggshells, sand, bones, spices, and fabric, her work probes questions related to gender, family, intergenerational trauma, complicity, decay, time, anxiety, and the body. She fashions visual, aural, and aromatic materials into immersive installations, sculptures, and performances, shaping visceral emotional experiences for her audiences. She also works in painting, sound, stained glass, and photography.

Dr. Abbie VandivereDr. Abbie Vandivere '01

Abbie Vandivere is a Paintings Conservator at the Mauritshuis: a museum of 17th-century Dutch paintings in the Netherlands. Recently she was the Head Researcher for technical examination of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665).  She co-ordinates and teaches in the Technical Art History MA programme within the department of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Amsterdam.