College of Arts and Sciences
Fine Arts Department

Visiting Artists

  • The Fine Arts Departments hosts visiting artists who work directly with students on specific projects. In addition, the Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence program provides artists with the time and space for open-ended investigation, experimentation, and collaboration, enabling them to push the boundaries of their own practice. Students as well as the larger community have the opportunity to observe and participate in the artist’s creative process. This approach to arts education, which includes artist talks, open studios, and public programming, fosters community-building and provides a catalyst for social change.
    * made possible by the Pigott Family Endowment for the Arts

    2013-14 Visiting Artists

    Mitchell, J  

    2013 *Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence


    2012-13 Visiting Artists



    2013 Costume Designer

    Nanette Acosta has designed costumes for over 20 years for theatre, film and television across the country. Her designs have been seen at the 5th Avenue, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company. Nanette is the costume designer for Buried Child and Fefu and her Friends.


    Phillip Lienau

    2013 Scenic Designer

    Phillip Lienau is the Associate Resident Scenic Designer at Seattle Opera where he also designed the 2012 production of Orphee et Euridyce. Phillip is the scenic designer for Buried Child.

    2011-12 Visiting Artists

    Casey James, Composer & Songwriter

    Casey James is an award winning composer and songwriter, with over 100 songs recorded by major artists. He has written hit songs for Elton John, Bell&James, and the O'Jays, scored films, documentaries, industrials and commercials, written music for Dance and the Theatre, composed for jazz orchestra and ensemble.

    James will be in residency winter and spring 2012 collaborating on the spring production of Mirabelle: A Breeze. James was the composer for the original music in Seattle University Theatre Division's 2010 production of Island of Slaves.

    Hear a sample from the original production of Mirabelle!

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    2010-11 Visiting Artists

    Cyrus Khambatta, Performer & Choreographer

    Cyrus Khambatta is the artistic director of the innovative Seattle based dance company, Khambatta Dance Company (formerly Phffft!). The company brings together athletic movement and split-second timing with a theatrical flare. Khambatta's choreographed and improvised works have been presented throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Latin American and received California's Damen New Choreography Award in 2004.

    Khambatta's residency included a summer 2010 Stretch workshop, and movement choreography for the spring production of Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata.