Cassils lectures at art museums, universities and college across the globe.

In their speaking engagements Cassils projects a combination of strength and vulnerability. Intersecting art with LGBTQI rights and anti racist practices, Cassils delivers an animated reflection on the imaginative power of visual art as a tool for social change.

Imparting an empowering message about personal responsibility, Cassils lectures on art evoke empathy and its failures, moving audiences towards respect and appreciation of all individuals while advocating for positive change.

For a full list of past exhibitions and accolades click here.

Cassils has lectured and participated in panels internationally:

  • MIT (Boston, MA)
  • Manifesta (Palermo)
  • MUMOK (Vienna, Austria)
  • New York University (New York)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  • Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York, NY)
  • UC Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
  • Goldsmiths, University of London (London, UK)
  • Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
  • Schwules Museum (Berlin, Germany)
  • American Studies Association American Society for Theatre Research San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art (Kuopio, Finland)
  • Design Academy (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Canada
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
  • Pennsylvania Museum of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Cassils is the recipient of the following grants


Cassils Presents “The Resilience of the 20%” at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat

“The Resilience of the 20%: The Monument Project” is a series of sculptures formed by a series of kicks and blows during the performance, Becoming An Image, in which the artist attacks 2,000 pounds of modeling clay in total darkness. Read more.

Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU

In collaboration with VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), the department of Craft/ Materials Studies, Painting + Printmaking, Photography and Film and Sculpture and Extended Media, will present a student led discussion session with visiting artist Cassils, whose work is included in the ICA’s inaugural exhibition, “Declaration”. Moderated by MATX doctoral student Tracy Stonestreet, four graduate students from each department will lead a Q & A discussion with Cassils.

Vital Signs Performance Series, Stanford University, 2017-2018

Curated by Cassils, Vital Signs is a performance series during the 2017/2018 academic year at Stanford University in California.

Vital signs are important indications of the status of the body’s life-sustaining functions. Vital Signs is also a series of live performances and artist talks spread over the academic year at Stanford University. Focusing on elements of performativity, each quarter will pair artists from different generations. Assessing urgency, these artists will offer a broad approach for triaging the social body. With the use of different formal and conceptual strategies, measurements can be taken and assessments made, giving us clues to diseases and possible progress toward recovery. The series aims to highlight and showcase underrepresented performance forms such as experimental performance art, durational art, and body art, among others, by artists from underrepresented communities.

More information on the time, location, artists and their performances can be found on the Vital Signs website.