James Yood has been an educator, critic, essayist and media commentator on visual arts for over 20 years. He is currently faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in the School of Art History, Criticism and Theory. Active as a contemporary art critic and essayist, Yood is Chicago correspondent for Artforum and temaceleste, and a regular contributor to GLASS magazine, American Craft, Aperture, and Art and Auction. Educated at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Chicago, Yood is the author of several books on contemporary art, including Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists, Gladys Nilsson, Second Sight; Printmaking in Chicago 1935-95, and Jon Kuhn: The Story of a Glass Sculpture, amongst others. Yood has lectured widely, is a consultant to Encyclopaedia Britannica and a regular contributor to WBEZ National Public Radio in Chicago. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Portland State University’s Art Department offers free public lectures every Monday night of the school year. The PSU MFA Monday Night Lecture Series is supported in part by PICA, Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Disjecta, Le Happy, Wealth Underground Farm, Bear Deluxe Magazine, Northwest Film Center.