One of America's leading contemporary painters will give two lectures at Brigham Young University as part of a more than weeklong visit to the campus.

James McGarrell will lecture about his work in the Secured Gallery of the Harris Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, where 24 of his art works are on display through Feb. 17. He will also speak at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in F-201 of the Fine Arts Center. The lectures are open to students and the general public.The artist will conduct a workshop for the art department while at BYU, said Timothy Rose, gallery director.

"McGarrell is a very important artist on the scene today," Rose said. "We have used slides of his work in teaching contemporary art. We are very fortunate to have this exhibit and to have him spend time working with our students and faculty. He will produce an edition of prints in our lithography studio, among other things."

Rose describes McGarrell's work as "dream-like" and "haunting." "You feel as if you have stepped inside another man's mind, and it's a very special place to be."

The McGarrell exhibit is open Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The art includes a triptych, "Spots: Near Distance," which covers an entire wall.