Barstow Artists and Speakers

Through the Barstow Endowment, we bring world-recognized artists and thinkers to our campus for lectures, workshops and residencies.

​​​​​​Midland architect Stephen L. Barstow (1941–1992), donated his estate and endowment to the CMU Department of Art & Design upon his death. His generosity has provided students with invaluable exposure to practicing contemporary artists from a variety of disciplines. His contribution continues to fund student Art and Design scholarships, the Barstow Artist-in-Residence Program, the Barstow Lecture Series, and Barstow Artist Workshops.


Each year The Barstow Artist-in-Residence Program provides a residence, studio and university resources to a professional working artist. As the artist-in-residence dedicates time to their studio practice and research, they also engage directly with you through mentorship, individual workshops, studio visits and exhibition opportunities.

To learn more about our current Artist-in-Residence and the AIR program, or to view a list of past AIR recipients,  watch this space for updates. 

Lecture series

Barstow Gallery

The Barstow Endowment brings in nationally and internationally recognized artists who speak about their diverse fields of research.

The goal of the lecture series is to expose our students to a broad range of approaches to creating, thinking, and talking about art and design. Nationally and internationally renowned artists, designers, and art historians visit the campus of CMU to speak and engage with our students, faculty, and community. In addition to giving a lecture, the visiting artists also participate in critique sessions and portfolio reviews with students in our programs, giving the students the opportunity to receive valuable feedback on their work from an experienced, practicing artist. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Past Barstow Lecture Series participants have included Stefan Sagmeister, Shana Parke Harrison, Eduardo Kac, Pedro Meyer, Sandy Skoglund and many others. For a complete list of past speakers, click below.


Artist workshops

The Barstow Workshop Series emphasizes demonstrations and exhibitions conducted on a regular basis throughout each semester, each of which are open to the public. Workshop artists include designers, photographers, painters, sculptors, art historians, printmakers and interdisciplinary artists.

Artists are chosen by the faculty based on student input, and the events work to enhance the theories and techniques being taught in studio courses.

Past Barstow workshop leaders have included: Jeremiah Britton, The Beehive Design Collective, Robin Schwartzman, Cassie Hester, Thomas Allen, Mark Menjivar, Michele Champagne, Kenneth Fitzgerald, Stephanie Milanowski, Douglas R. Ewart


 Margaret LeJeune - 2023-2024 Artist In Residence - Department of Art and Design

Margaret LeJeune is the 2023-2024 Barstow Artist-in-Residence. She is an image-maker, curator, and educator originally from Rochester, New York. Anchored in photography, her creative practice marries art, science, and environmental history. Often inspired by a place-based approach, her work focuses on the climate crisis through investigations of wetlands, habitat loss, and the current mass extinction event. She has exhibited her work internationally, including exhibitions in the United States, South Africa, and South Korea. LeJeune has participated in numerous artist residencies and was recently named the 2023 Woman Science Photographer of the Year by the Royal Photographic Society. View her work here: