Husband and wife artists Pamela Jorden and John Pearson will give a joint artist lecture today at 7:30 p.m. in the Art and Architecture Building's McCarty Auditorium.

Sarah McFalls, the collections manager for the Ewing Gallery, helps plan the event each year.

"The artist lectures are given in conjunction with our Annual Student Art Competition," McFalls said. "Each year we bring in outside jurors to read academic art history and architecture papers and select the fine art and graphic design entries that will be on exhibition."

McFalls said the fine arts and graphic design jurors travel to campus and select the works in person. As part of their visit, they give a public lecture on their work.

This year's juror lecturers were selected by the Visual Arts Committee. Graphic design will be displayed by Michael Hendrix, a UT graduate, while Jorden and Pearson will be the fine art jurors. Both are artists working in Los Angeles who received their MFA from the California Institute of Art.

Jorden, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UT, previously taught painting and drawing classes at UT for the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. During that year, she gave a few presentations of her work to students and a graduate seminar class.

Much of her art has also been on display in galleries all around the country, ranging from New York to California.

"The UT Art Department Visual Arts Committee invited my husband John Pearson, an artist who works primarily with photography and video, and me to jury the student exhibition," Jorden said. "We will also give a lecture for the students and interested art community."

Both Jorden and Pearson will each give a short presentation on their work and talk a little about their common experiences living and working in Southern California. Pearson is also an established artist, with work exhibited in the U.S. in various places such as garages, non-profits, artist collectives, museums and commercial galleries from California to Pennsylvania.

Jorden said she hopes her work will invoke emotions from viewers.

"I make abstract paintings that encourage a phenomenological experience of painterly space defined by color, mark, composition and light," Jorden said.

Jorden's work combines "diverse forms, patterns and colors taken from daily experience and conveyed through an idiosyncratic engagement with abstraction," according to her website.

Jorden's recent work has re-examined, explored and referenced the color theory and visual vocabularies of early 20th century abstraction.

Much of Jorden's new works involves geometrically structured canvases of stained raw linen, and use hot and vibrant colors, contrasting brushstrokes, and alternating matte to iridescent finishes. By combining the visual density of her surroundings with subtle optical effects, Jorden's work suggests the changing effects of light and shifting perspectives.

McFalls said she hopes students will enjoy the artists' lecture and take away something new about art by attending the event.

"UT students can expect to learn more about the artist or designer's process, interest and experiences," McFalls said.