Photo of Nick Cave on Dark Grey Background

Collaboration With Visiting Artist Nick Cave

Nick Cave against dark blue background
Nick Cave; photo by Sandro, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The SDSU School of Art + Design presents two events in collaboration with Distinguished Visiting Artist Nick Cave in Fall 2018

A Conversation with Nick Cave

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 6:00 pm
Copley Auditorium, San Diego Museum of Art
Tickets available at
Free to SDSU Students with ID, $5/SDMA Members and students, $7.50 Seniors and Military, $10/Non SDMA Members

In partnership with the San Diego Museum of Art, SDSU presents a special evening with artist Nick Cave, moderated by Edward Goldman. Michele Schlect has generously underwritten Nick Cave’s visit to San Diego.

Nick Cave is an American artist working between the visual and performing arts through a range of media including sculpture, installation, performance, and video at the intersection of art and fashion. He is best known for his series of Soundsuits, colorful and fantastic creations that function as large-scale static sculptures as well as wearable camouflage, allowing the works to tell stories through dance and movement while concealing all aspects of gender, race and class. Cave spearheads the Graduate Program in the Department of Fashion at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer.

Also on view at the San Diego Museum of Art is Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason. Tim Shaw is an Irish artist, whose monumental sculptures are the result of a blend of contemporary and traditional British techniques. His multi-sensory, narrative works explore political landscapes and myth. Ticket holders to A Conversation with Nick Cave are invited to enjoy free entrance to the Museum on October 25, 2018, and extended hours through 6:00 pm.

Private Dinner for Event Supporters, with Nick Cave

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Prado Restaurant, Balboa Park
Support the event and RSVP at: Nick Cave Private Dinner
Please RSVP by October 18

Dinner Ticket Prices and Support Levels

  • $125 – Art Council Ambassador (discounted price for SDSU Art Council Ambassadors)
    • Lecture Ticket and Private Dinner
    • Invitation to Student Showcase – December 10 at 7:00 pm
  • $250 – Supporter
    • Lecture Ticket and Private Dinner
    • Invitation to Student Showcase – December 10 at 7:00 pm
  • $1125 – SDSU Art Champion
    • Lecture Ticket and Private Dinner
    • Invitation to Student Showcase – December 10 at 7:00 pm
    • Membership to SDSU Art Council Ambassadors who:
      • Provide student scholarships and awards
      • Support student and faculty exhibitions
      • Support visiting artist lectures, workshops, and exhibitions
      • Offer annual funding to faculty projects, which frequently focus on community issues
      • Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to School programs, exhibitions, events, and lectures
      • Opportunity to take part in special tours of exhibits

Support the event and RSVP at: Nick Cave Private Dinner
Please RSVP by October 18

A special thanks to the event Steering Committee:

Michelle Schlecht, Chair, Nick Cave Event and SDSU Art Council Ambassador*
Joyce Axelrod, SDSU Art Council Ambassador*
Johanna Benson, Education Manager | Curatorial Affairs and Education, San Diego Museum of Art*
Arline Fisch, SDSU FAculty Emerita, School of Art + Design
Joyce M. Gattas, SDSU, Dean, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts*
Jane Groover Maydahl, Owner/Partner, Taboo Studio
Regina Kurtz, SDSU Arts Alive Committee
John Malashock, Artistic Director, Malashock Dance*
Susan Pollack, SDSU Art Council Ambassador
Pat Sandback, SDSU Faculty Emerita, School of Music and Dance
Jacqueline A. Silverman, Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute
Sarah Trujillo-Porter, Deputy Director, San Diego Art Institute
Crit Stuart, SDSU Art Council Ambassador*
*SDSU Arts Alive Committee Member

For information regarding support for this extraordinary educational experience for SDSU Art + Design students, please contact Mary Darling at (619) 594-8299 or

Wearable Art Showcase
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 6:00 pm
Dance Studio Theatre, SDSU campus
Free admission

Students from The School of Art + Design and the Division of Dance will collaborate on a faculty-led project in response to a series of conversations with Fall 2018 Distinguished Visiting Artist, NickCave. Along with live video chat exchanges with Cave, students will share skills and methods to generate material and content, enhancing their collaborative process. Cave will interact with the students and their works in progress during an on campus visit in October. For this showcase, students will fabricate wearable art in response to movement, and compose performance pieces in response to the wearable constructions.