Monday, April 30, 2012

Performance and Installation

           I just wanted to give an update to you all about what the Performance and Installation class this semester has been up to.  Students have experienced an interesting introduction to the now stable (rather than extremely experimental) medium. Performances have had a fallen along a beautiful gamut, ranging from eating mac and cheese mixed with screws under the tones of silent conversation to childhood animals being cut at the seams and dissected.  It has been a pleasure to see the aesthetic and conceptual development of the classes participants change and hone. 
          If you see Devon Stivers, Stephanie Barker, Lindsey Smith, Caitlin Hamilton, Shelby or Kayleigh Riddell in the hall or on campus stop them and chat about their work and their experience in the medium. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Congrats to Boris!

A little delayed, we celebrated Boris' promotion to full professor today during our department retreat.
(Yes, on a Saturday, we settled into the Wilson Art Building for a day-long meeting, conversation, and refreshment:)

The "edible art" cake was white on white and prepared at Kroger with an image of Boris' recent painting exhibited in the Wilson Gallery in January 2011 (the show was entitled s p a c e Info here).

As we have not had someone of the rank of full professor in our department since the retirement of Emeritus faculty Jim McCormick and Bob Williams, I should point out that this is the highest rank given to teaching faculty at the college. Promotion to full professor demonstrates commitment to the institution and department through service and/or professional activities. Congratulations to Boris for reaching this highest rank, and truly this honor, of serving the faculty of Georgetown College and our department.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Field Trip: Critical Museum Visitors

This past weekend, students in Dr. Decker's history of art and museum studies courses were able to take in two exhibitions: Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color & A Day in Pompeii. Students took in one or both exhibitions and prepared response papers to these exhibitions, while also earning FLEX credit:) We were joined on Saturday by Drs. Brill and Emerick and on Sunday by several other faculty, including Prof. G. Decker and B. Zakic, and Pawling Hall folks, Drs. Emerick and Henkel. 

On Monday in the upper division courses, we discussed the extent to which we were critical museum visitors. How was your visit? 
In Louisville, Dr. Emerick, Dr. Decker, and Dr. Brill in front of Deborah Butterfield's cast bronze sculptures, Danuta and Burnt Pine. 
At Cincy's Pompeii exhibit, Dr. Henkel makes note of the vessels. 
 Dr. Emerick and Dr. Henkel discussing the subject matter of particular Roman frescos with Dr. Decker and Bess.
 Kurtis and Lynsey pose before studying nearby frescos.

The final exhibition room contains resin casts of the cavities that formerly held bones of animals and people. 

If you participated, I hope you enjoyed the visits to both exhibitions. Looking forward to another great field trip in the fall! 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Opportunity: Position in Education/Web

The act of publicizing a job listing for technology and web work should merit a penance, given that this post is on top of one featuring Wendell Berry. Interested in education/web position. . . read further

A Poem In Your Pocket

"Like Snow"

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out.

Wendell Berry, from "Leavings"

This is the end of National Poetry Month and this Thursday is Poem In Your Pocket day. The plan is to carry a favorite poem in your back pocket to share with friends, family, classmates, etc. I am an admirer of Wendell Berry who recently delivered the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in Washington, DC, the highest honor the federal government has for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.


Image: Wendell Berry, photograph by Guy Mendes

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Face It--Work the Frame!

It's a busy week at GC art!  Not just one but two senior shows open up this Thursday, April 26.  The first, Coming Face to Face, is in conjunction with ArtLAB, the annual exhibition of student course work held in the Cochenour Gallery space.  Coming Face to Face documents a project by Portia Watson who, along with Lexington-based artist Luella Pavey, participated in a program called “Face Time," in which they engaged with a community of refugee children at Cassidy Elementary School and Morton Middle School in Lexington. The exhibited children’s artwork delves into themes of cooperation and solidarity, both of which have been integral to the project.  Join Portia from 4-6 p.m. for a Reception (the children will arrive at 4:30 p.m.).

From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, artists Evelyn Fuson (Photography), April Jouett (Graphic Design), Bess McHone (Art History), Dana Sabato (Mixed-Media) and Devon Stivers (Novice Toymaker) host an Opening Reception for Framework: Senior Exhibition (2012) in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery. 


Friday, April 20, 2012

Opportunity: Position at KHS

Pending funding and approval, KHS is searching for a candidate for a Student Programs Specialist position.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Public Art and the City: Louisville 2012 Review

Last Friday, Peter Morrin and I welcomed close to 90 participants to the second annual public art symposium, held at the University of Louisville. Students from Georgetown College, U of L, and K State were in attendance, as were faculty from the U of L, UK, Bellarmine, Ohio State, and SCAD. In addition arts professionals and curators, including our very own Art Gal, Lori Meadows from the KAC, Karen Gillenwater from the Carnegie Center, were in attendance. The number of artists, in comparison to last year, was significantly lower; but the number of students and general public members had increased!

Before the official "start" of the symposium, several of us trekked to the Rodin on the campus of the U of L to closely view the stone, the bronze, its two layers of patination, and its wax. Above: Shelley Paine and Bernard Barryte closely inspect patina and marks of the patineur as Patrick Mohr looks on.
The symposium began with a session devoted to Rodin's history, his work, emplacement, and critical fortunes. Papers were offered by Chris Fulton and Bernard Barryte (from the U of L and Stanford University, respectively). The focus shifted to the science of Rodin, with papers by conservator Shelley Paine and image specialist Bill Mongon.

Paine and Mongon introduce the science of Rodin's art, above. The Keynote was offered by Renee Piechocki, pictured below.

Session II offered attendees the opportunity to hear "how to" do something in the field of public art. Breakout sessions were chaired by Garry Bibbs (Head of Sculpture, UK), Lori Meadows (KAC), Karen Gillenwater (Carnegie Center), Renee Piechocki (Keynote), and Chris Huskisson (Take it Artside!). Patrick Mohr (SCAD) offered a session on how to create temporary public art.

Session III focused on case studies from the region (sorry, no photos!). The symposium ended with a closing and final thoughts from Earl Grey and Peter Morrin. And, the day ended, as it began, in front of the sculpture, in quiet contemplation.
Above, artist and Curator Malcolm Cochran taking in Rodin. I enjoyed talking with you about this piece, Malcolm!!!
Thanks to everyone who attended this year's symposium.
We look forward to seeing you in 2013.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Work Prints" from a Recent Outing

The following are a selection of photographs from a recent outing. All images were shot on b&w film with a Twin Lens Reflex, medium format camera. The film was hand-processed in the darkroom, scanned, and then edited in Lightroom.

I am certainly intrigued by the location itself, but what seems to be rising to the surface are the items found within the place and how or why they remain.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Opportunity: Visual Resources Position

POSITION: Visual Resources Manager Period: Starting July 16, 2012. RESPONSIBILITIES: James Madison University’s School of Art, Design and Art History (SADAH) seeks a Visual Resources Manager (VRM) who will serve the curricular and research needs of the school in the area of analog and digital visual resources. The VRM also serves as the SADAH liaison to university instructional technology for expansion of the capabilities of the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID). Select responsibilities include: directing on-site image production workflow, consulting with faculty concerning image acquisitions and accessions image orders for inclusion in the school’s visual resources collection, assisting with database administration, quality control, and entry of administrative, descriptive, and technical metadata, training and managing student assistants in image production tasks. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Art or Art History preferred; Master’s degree in Library Science and/or Art History preferred. For full position description and application instructions, please visit and search for posting #0404614. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2012.


Don't miss the NEXUS event of the year this Friday, April 20, 12-1 p.m. in the 
Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery!  
Collectors John Milward and Greg Ladd of Cross Gate Gallery 
will speak about the art of collecting, 
all in connection with the final day for the exhibition  
A Passionate Pursuit: The Milward Collection.
Tom Coates, Bob Ridges, Decoy Duck Maker, oil on canvas, 40" x 48", photo courtesy Darrell Kincer

Monday, April 16, 2012

Carousels and Echoes

Woking on the layout for the show Cincinnati.
detail of the work Place setting
        Students often times ask "what are you working on?" or "whats that for?".  Well all semester I have been working towards two solo exhibitions that overlap for the next month. One entitled Carousels and Shadow Puppets will be up starting THIS WEDNESDAY with an opening that night 4/18 from 5-7pm. The other exhibition entitled Echoes is in Cincinnati and opens THIS FRIDAY with an opening reception that night 4/20 from 6-10pm. The Echoes exhibition is part of a larger event called the Walk on Woodburn Festival. Multiple solo and group exhibitions will be on view as well as a number of other events going on including food, music and such forth. The exhibition is at 2807 Woodburn Ave Cincinnati OH. (one block from Manifest Gallery) 

          So hopefully you find the time to drop by and see what one of your professors has been up to for some time now. Don't forget to also drop into the 930 Gallery in Louisville to catch Darell Kincers show before it comes down. And Congrats on Dr Decker her work on the "Public Art and the City: Louisville 2012 Public Art Symposium". I know a number of students and our Gallery Director were able to go and all I have heard has been rave reviews including the words "wonderful" "interesting" "engaging" and "insightful".  I know Boris is painting away making great works for upcoming events as well. So great work to all of our faculty.  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

next week at COCHENOUR: The Art of Portrait

artLAB Spring 2012

April 13-19

On display is a collection of work from ART370 Topics in Art: The Art of Portrait course. Six students have been working toward developing a better knowledge of the human face. This class has worked from observation of a sitter and from their own imagination.

Members of the class include:

Daniel Cantu

Mallory Meisner

Stephanie Barker

Devon Stivers

Ashley Hewitt

Ariel Sniegowski

*All heads were created with Roma Plastilina over a styrofoam armature with various added materials.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Opportunity: position in NYC

NYC Environmental Protection – Summer 2012 Internships...Repository Description: The DEP Archives is responsible for historical records documenting the development and operation of New York City’s immense water supply and distribution system. Not only are these records historically important to engineering, science, and New York City, but they are also critical to the continuing operation of the NYC water supply system.

Job Description: The Archive is currently recruiting for two types of projects:

1. Rolled Drawing Inventory: create an item-level inventory of wide-format rolled drawings using MS Excel to collect the prescribed metadata. The drawings date from the 1850s-1890s and describe real property and infrastructure for the Croton and New Croton waterworks. Project will involve preservation tasks like removing wooden dowels and cutting paper liners for storage tubes. Due to size (many over 4 feet) drawings will not be flattened.

2. Boxed Records Inventories: creating or adding to folder-level inventories of 20th century boxed collections in MS Excel using MPLP processing guidelines. Collections include Commissioner Subject Files, Real Property volumes, Weekly Construction Reports and Engineering and Design Computations.
....more details below....
Logistics: Internships are unpaid; we are happy to work with interns to meet all school requirements to obtain credit. Schedule is M-F with minimum of two days per week for 10 weeks (starting first week of June). The Archive is located on the east side of midtown Manhattan.

To apply: Please email your resume and cover letter with availability to:

For more information about NYC Environmental Protection visit our website at or our Facebook page

Catalogue Raisonné vs. Auction Record?

In general terms, not with any particular paintings/publications in dispute: Which should take precedence, preserving an essential part of one's catalogue raisonné or establishing an auction record? Consider both long and short term implications, as well as monetary gains of both bargains.

I understand this is an ill-stated Q, as there are certainly many other important and determining factors involved, but would like to hear your broad thoughts on the principle itself, if one at all. What's more important, Catalogue Raisonné or an Auction Record? Thanks--

PS look for an art lab @ LRC next week, featuring work of ART370--

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Public Art and the City: Louisville 2012 Public Art Symposium

Come to the U of L on Friday for Public Art and the City 2012. Free for students.
Join us for the day!

April 13, 2012
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
The Public Art symposium is sponsored in part by the Center for Arts and Culture Partnerships, The Liberal Studies Project, The Morgan Program, Hite Art Institute and The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

8:15 AM—9:00 AM Registration & Coffee
9:00 AM
Welcome – J. Blaine Hudson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, U of L
Sponsors’ Remarks
John Hale, Director, The Liberal Studies, U of L
Lori Meadows, Executive Director, Kentucky Arts Council
9:30 AM-11:45 AM Session I
Rodin’s Thinker Then and Now
Through an examination of material from archives, curatorial, and conservation records, this panel considers the intricate and complex story of the first cast of The Thinker done during the artist’s lifetime, its exhibition in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, subsequent purchase by Baltimore patrons, and purchase by Arthur Hopkins for the city of Louisville before finding its present home at the University of Louisville. The sculpture’s recent cleaning and conservation, which has returned the dark brown patina as Auguste Rodin intended, provides the rich opportunity for professionals to share insight on not only these processes but, also, the history of this work.
Christopher Fulton, Associate Professor of Art History, U of L
Bernard Barryte, Curator of European Art/Manager of
Publications at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA
Shelley Reisman Paine, Sculpture Conservator, Shelley R. Paine
Conservation, LLC, Nashville and Cleveland
Bill Mongon, Accurex Measurement, Inc., PA
Respondent: Richard J. Wittebort, Professor of Chemistry, U of L

Following this session, attendees will view the sculpture together, en route to lunch at the University Club.

12:15-1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Address at the University Club
Growing Successful Public Art Initiatives
Renee Piechocki, Director, Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh, PA

What are elements of a successful public art program? What is the right mix between "best practices" and "best for us"? Piechocki will address the development of public art initiatives in Philadelphia, Portland, Pittsburgh, and Chapel Hill, highlighting how these programs became public art leaders in the field or their region. She will also call attention to current public art issues and ideas.
1:30-2:00 Session II (The University Club)
Public Art How-Tos
How to Get People to Your Art: Karen Gillenwater,
The Carnegie Center for Art and History
How to Secure a Commission: Garry Bibbs, Sculptor
How to Get Public Art Noticed: Christine Huskisson,
Take it Artside!
How to Fund Public Art Projects: Lori Meadows,
Kentucky Arts Council
How to Educate with Public Art: Renee Piechocki,
Director, Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh PA
How to Undertake Temporary Public Art Projects:
Patrick Mohr, Savannah College of Art and Design
2:15-3:15 Session III (Chao Auditorium)
Public Art Case Studies from the Region
This panel offers insight into recent public art projects commissioned, ongoing, and completed in the region.
Mary Bryan Hood, Owenboro Museum of Art
Malcolm Cochran, Finding Time Columbus Public Art 2012
Joanna Hay, Liberty Hall
3:15-3:30 Concluding Remarks

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Opportunity: call for artists

For Current or Recent Students

Deadline for Submissions: April 18, 2012

For details on how to enter visit:

8th Annual



This exhibit is limited to artists who have graduated or plan to graduate in 2011, 2012, or 2013 from an undergraduate program of art or design.

Every year Manifest surveys work by students and recent graduates of art and design programs, seeking to assemble, promote, and document examples of the excellence being achieved by 'new' artists. For a 8th year in a row, we offer this challenge to students in regional, national, and international college programs to show us what you've got, bring it off campus, and share it with the broad Manifest network and viewing public.


Manifest's is now seeking submissions for the Rites of Passage 2012 exhibit. All submissions must be submitted no later than April 18, 2012.

One exhibit will feature the best work from artists about to receive or recently awarded an undergraduate degree from a regional, national, or international college art or design program. All entrants must have received or be scheduled to receive a college degree in 2011, 2012, or 2013, and provide an academic reference’s contact info.

Catalog: Manifest will produce a full-color catalog documenting the work in Rites of Passage. Exhibitors will receive one free copy of the catalog. For examples of past catalogs visit the Manifest Press library.

Submission deadline for entry: April 18, 2012
For details on how to enter visit:

Manifest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.

Mission Statement:

Manifest stands for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications.

Manifest's 2011/2012 season is funded in part by:
ArtsWave, The NLT Foundation, as well as many generous Annual Supporting Members. The Ohio Arts Council also helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
2727 Woodburn Avenue | Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 | 513-861-3638

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Courier-Journal Interview

I was contacted by Matt Frassica at the Louisville Courier-Journal, in relation to my show at the 930 Art Center, to contribute for a short article called "The First Time." The idea is to ask various artists about something significant that was a first time experience. It was hard to pick something specific, but in the end I chose to comment on how the approach to making photographs by the choice of camera will inherently nuance your vision. This is a concept that I've reconsidered a great deal lately, as well as an approach to photography that we tackle head-on in ART 120 Photography.

You can see the article at the Louisville C-J HERE.


Above: "Self-portrait" with an Ikoflex TLR that I inherited from my wife's grandfather. It's probably over 50 years old and currently my camera of choice.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


To follow-up on yesterday's blog, don't miss Professor Graham's performance and installation class's contribution to artLAB, the exhibition currently on view in the Cochenour Gallery.
More student work from his 3D/ceramics class is also on display, through April 13.  
Next week, Professor Boris Zakic's students will showcase their creativity, and during the last week of April, artLAB will feature a project spearheaded by Georgetown College senior Portia Watson.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Ann Hamilton

Thursday was a fantastic day for the Performance and Installation class, and myself. I got to meet and talk with an art hero of mine. When I was a freshman in college I thought I was in my first art class and my mom sent me an article on Ann Hamilton's work in the venice biennale (seen at bottom) and I was blown away. Ever since her work has been a major influence in my life. I have had the great pleasure of seeing many of these pieces in person but nothing could have prepared me to meet her last thursday. I have to admit I was quite starstruck. But she really could not have been any nicer. We talked about my mentor Carmon Colangelo who I know has worked with her in St Louis last year, and we talked a bit about Georgetown and chit chat. If you are not familiar with her work stop reading right now and look her up. There is also an Art 21 video on her HERE
    Her talk was absolutely fabulous and inspiring. If you want to hear more about the talk please stop myself Professor Kincer or any student seen in the picture above.  She was nice enough to pose for our blog after her talk.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Painter of Light has Seen the Light

Well, it is a sad day, in the world of kitsch, popular mass-market and hyped art. Thomas Kinkade has died of natural causes. The painter of light has, dare I say, seen the light?

According to the LA Times, his paintings and other paraphernalia bring the man $100 million dollars a year, which lead Kinkade to call himself "the nation's most collected living artist." But, leave it to wikipedia, already within hours of his death, to add this chatty disclaimer, "

See here for wiki info page and disclaimer and click here for the story of his death.
And, thanks to HD for sharing the news with me.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

All signs point to I-64: calling all art students!!!

Thursday night (tonight), check out a lecture by one of the foremost American artists, Ann Hamilton, whose work is shown below. She is offering a lecture at the Speed Museum TONIGHT at 6 pm. Details here. Prof. Graham's performance and installation class is attending and a few other folks are driving over also. Try to make it. Also, if you have time, stop off at 21c Museum Hotel, 700 W. Main St. They're exhibiting 10 of Hamilton’s archival inkjet prints of “human carriage.”

NEXT WEEK: It's all public art all the time. Public Art and the City 2012 is the second of a continuing dialogue that seeks to engage the region's artists, students, curators, administrators, and other professionals in thinking about and discussing public art in theory and praxis. As with 2011, this year I'm working with the stellar Peter Morrin of the U of L's Arts and Culture Partnerships to plan the symposium. We hope you can join us.

Of special interest, for sculpture students and art majors generally, will be the morning session on Rodin (see images here and on the link)

and the afternoon chat with Malcolm Cochran, who is professor at Ohio State and curator of a city-wide project in Columbus, OH. (Cochran's Dutch Shoes shown below).

Interested? Let me know asap. Students are free and I can submit your registration materials for you, provided you give me the completed registration form. Click here.

See our posts from last year (the 2011 event that was blogged by Boris) so that you can get a sense of the setting. Click here.

Tonight and next Friday -- hop on I-64 and make the trip to Louisville. It's worth the trip! While there, take a few extra minutes and check out the Speed Museum (site of our upcoming art history field trip on 4/21. Will make a post on that later....)