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The Department of Art was honored to have a special visit to our building by internationally renowned artist Andrew Romanoff on Friday, April 18th. Andrew was in Missoula to speak about his Shrinky Dink art at the Museum and then took time to review the works of Mary Ann Bonjorni’s Drawing II class who also made Shrinky Dink images thanks to the generous donation of materials from the awesome folks who run the company. Here are some pics of the Exiled Prince of Russia looking at student art:

You can listen to Andrew discuss his work by clicking Here.

Professor James Bailey was a visiting artist for five days this month at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. While on campus he presented six lectures including: “History of Monotypes: Past to Present”, “The History of Artist Books“, “Steamroller Printmaking”, “Books in the Digital Age” and a public lecture on his own work. In addition, Professor Bailey presented two demonstrations on monotyping, and worked with the graduate seminar class. And he did some gator wrestling:

Professor and Chair Mary Ann Papanek-Miller had two recent exhibitions to note:

1.Studio Montclair 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition“, Ben Shahn Galleries William Paterson University NJ, Juror: B. Venn Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Senior Curator of the Department of American Art at The Newark Museum NJ , previously Curator for touring exhibitions and the Director of Branch Museums at The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY( works included are: Free Water Project; Liar Liar Pants on Fire and Looking for Alice You Won’t Know who to trust 1.1.), March 24-April 22, 2008

2. “20′x20′x20′”, national juried exhibition, Louisiana State University Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge LA, Juror: H. Pescanti Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburg PA (work included is: Free Water Project: Shedding Water III), March 16-April 6, 2008.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Department of Art’s Masters Degree Candidates for Spring 2008 will be delivering their Oral Thesis Defences. Faculty, students, staff and the public are invited to attend. Here is the schedule:

Kathy Rodriguez (MA Defence) Thursday, April 24 at 3.30pm in FA 304
Carlie Magill (MA Defence) Tuesday, April 29 at 4.00pm in FA 304
Hak Kyun Kim (MFA Defence) Thursday, May 1 at 11.00am in the GVA
Kathy Rodriguez (MFA Defence) Friday, May 2 at 10.00am in the GVA
Shandy Lempelé (MA Defence) Monday, May 5, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. FA 304

Dr. Suzanne Gott, Assistant Professor of Art History at the Department of Visual and Aboriginal Arts of Brandon University, Manitoba will present a lecture titled, “Of Hummers, Lufthansa, and Osama bin Laden: Display, Performance, and Global Culture at Asante Funerals” on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM in Fine Arts 302. Dr. Gott’s research focuses on women’s art and visual culture in southern Ghana. She holds Art History and Folklore doctoral degrees in African art from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has written on maternal imagery in Asante court and funerary regalia, on women’s dress and the fashionable display of female wealth, and on strategies of display and performance in Asante women’s funerary presentations. She is co-editor of a forthcoming book on contemporary African fashion, guest curator of The Newark Museum exhibition Glass Beads of Ghana, and consulting African art curator for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

On Thursday, April 24th on The Oval, students of the Department of Art will be selling their works from 11am-2pm. If you are interested in selling your art or getting involved in The Avant Garage Sale, send an e-mail HERE.

HERE IS A SPECIAL TREAT FROM DR. VALERIE HEDQUIST: