Ann Hamilton, BFA 1979, is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her environments create immersive experiences that respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Born in Lima, Ohio, in 1956, Hamilton received a bachelor's in textile design from KU in 1979 and an master's in sculpture from Yale University in 1985. Among her many honors, she has been a recipient of the Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship and United States Artists Fellowship, and she was chosen to represent the United States at the 48th Venice Biennale. In 1992, she established her home and practice in Columbus, Ohio. She is a professor of art at Ohio State University.
Thomas Schlotterback, BFA 1954 and MFA 1956, is professor emeritus from the Art Department at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. While Tom no longer teaches, he continues to produce and exhibit art, crediting the training he received at KU and “personal resilience.” This past year his works have been shown in juried exhibitions at the Art Center Gallery of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, the Northwest Art Center at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, the Target Gallery of the Torpedo Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, and the College Art Gallery of Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Alex Kvares, BFA in printmaking, recently opened an exhibition in Atlanta at the Romo Gallery.
Kiel Johnson and Kristin Miller, art graduates, were both featured in the publication New American Painting, No. 67, Pacific Coast.
Kristi Arnold, BFA in painting in 2001, recently completed a Fulbright in Poland (2006 J. William Fulbright Research Grant, Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland).
Art alum co-chairs SECAC panel
Mark Hosford, BFA in printmaking in 1998, co-chaired a panel at the SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) in Nashville. Hosford is currently assistant professor at Vanderbilt University.
Andrew Hadle, a KU School of Fine Arts sculpture graduate, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2006.
Anthony J. Pontius, who received his MFA in art last year, will take part in a show entitled "Leave New York" on Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Sweet Home Gallery in New York. Pontius is currently an artist in residence at the Des Moines Art Center.
Michael Brenner, a Lawrence artist and Kansas University graduate has been awarded $500 as a first-quarter winner of the internationally acclaimed L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest for new and aspiring illustrators of science fiction and fantasy. Brenner will attend the award celebration in Hollywood later this year and participate in the Writers and Illustrators of the Future creative workshop. He also will illustrate one of the winning stories to be published in the "L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXI" anthology. Brenner has an undergraduate degree in design and illustration from KU.
David Reisman, (BFA painting, 1980), has had a book published. Entitled Foreign Objects, the book is a compilation of pen-and-ink drawings, executed in 1995 and 1996, from artist/writer David Reisman's dream journals. Surreal, funny, and at times unsettling, Reisman's drawings feature friends and family, acquaintances, a variety of character types, and celebrities including Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Jackson Pollock, and David Letterman. While Foreign Objects is a kind of unconscious autobiography, the book may be seen as an effort, as his brother Carl Reisman notes in his foreword, to "help us to build bridges, however rickety, between our secret selves and consciousness, and between our isolated selves and humanity."