Visual Voices – “The Other Side Of The Wall …”

Visual Voices, a professional lecture series sponsored by the School of Art, invites eight nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design. In addition to providing a look inside the studios of these top professionals, the series offers students the opportunity to interact with them during daytime seminars and studio visits.

Simon Schwartz was born in Erfurt (former East-Germany) in 1982 and grew up in West-Berlin. In 2004, he relocated to Hamburg to study illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Five years later, he had completed his debut graphic novel, „drüben!“, available in the United States as „The Other Side of the Wall“. In 2016, the english edition of the book won the „American Independent Publisher Book Award“. In 2012, his second graphic novel, „Packeis“, won the „Max-und-Moritz Prize“ for Best German Comic. „Packeis“ is now available in the United States as „First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson“.

In 2012 Simon Schwartz contributed artwork to a memorial and education center located in the former Stasi headquarters of Erfurt. His drawing—printed on glass plates, measuring seven meters by forty meters, and forming a cube around the building—is Germany’s largest memorial for victims of Stasi terror. In 2013, he was awarded the Hans Meid prize for German graphic art.

Simon Schwartz’s comics and illustrations are published regularly
 in various international newspapers and magazines. He currently teaches illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
 More of his work is viewable online at

Lectures are open to the public and take place in Harris Theater on select Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, please contact, Harold Linton.

Past Speakers have included: Anne Harris, Dean Kessmann, Kevin Wyllie, Alyce Myatt, Barry Nemett, R.G. Brown, Karen Kunc, Lynell Burmark, Lucy Lippard, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Steve Heller, Rusty Smith, W.C. Richardson, William Dunlap, Lori Nix, Robert Whitman, Steve Kurtz, James Elkins, Ellen Lupton, Pyllis Rosenzweig, Terry Barret, Kuiyi Shen, Renee Stout, Sam Gilliam, John Moore, Bill Christenberry, Carrie and Kevin Burke.