WSU School of Art and Design 17th Faculty Biennial
January 24 - April 12, 2009

At a research university, student learning is greatly deepened. Young people who seek training and critique observe the model of their teachers, faculty who are themselves engaged in advancing their fields. Students stretch and test themselves, but they also see firsthand how their professors create art and scholarship that reflect and take part in the contemporary art world.

It is a great honor for the Ulrich Museum of Art to present the 20 faculty of the School of Art and Design at Wichita State University. This committed body of teachers are simultaneously exceptional artists, art historians, and graphic designers. In 2009, the school’s faculty includes:

Ted Adler, ceramics
Stephen Atwood, foundations
Barry Badgett, sculpture
Robert Bubp, painting and drawing
Ronald Christ, painting and drawing
Mary Sue Foster, art education and textiles
Jim Hellman, graphic design
Frederick Hemans, art history, ancient and classical
Kirsten Johnson, graphic design
Annette LeZotte, art history, Renaissance and Baroque
Diane Thomas-Lincoln, decorative and ornamental painting and design
Wyatt McCrea, photography and art education
Monika Meler, printmaking
Jeff Pulaski, graphic design
Linda Robinson, photography
Lisa Rundstrom, foundations
Royce W. Smith, art history, modern and contemporary
Annie Strader, ceramics
Dale Strattman, photography
Levente Sulyok, painting and drawing


noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 5
Believable Fictions: Three Ways with Ronald Christ, professor of painting and drawing, and Life Under Pressure: Re-Contextualizing the Print with Monika Meler, assistant professor of printmaking
Ronald Christ’s studio practice includes work in oil painting, opaque watercolor, and drawing. He will reveal his approach to these distinct media. Monika Meler creates prints that question and push traditional printmaking. She will discuss her work and the relevance of classic forms of printmaking today.

noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 12
Turning the Wheel with Ted Adler, assistant professor of ceramics, and An Art for the 21st Century: Community, Growth, Audience, Object, Investigation with Robert Bubp, associate professor of painting and drawing
Ted Adler will discuss present-day practices within the ancient tradition of wheel-thrown pottery. What does it mean to assess contemporary or critical perspectives when considering pottery and ceramics in the 21st century?
Robert Bubp now incorporates audience participation in his artmaking as a means to explore community growth and development. He will discuss a new direction balancing art object, community activism, and urban planning.

noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 19
Looking Through the Surface with Barry Badgett, associate professor of sculpture, and Ogallala Vision with Diane Thomas-Lincoln, assistant professor of painting and drawing and director of Art and Design’s decorative and ornamental program
Barry Badgett uses translucent surfaces in sculpture to interpret personal experiences, objects, and ideas.
Diane Thomas-Lincoln explores the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest underground water tables, through landscape paintings and collage. The project, spanning 15 years, has taken her through six states and nearly 3,000 miles.

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 19
210 McKnight Art Center West (WSU School of Art and Design) with a reception immediately following at the Ulrich Museum of Art
From the temples of ancient Greece to the soup cans of Andy Warhol, art history at WSU covers thousands of years. What many don’t hear about in the dark lecture halls of art history is the fascinating, often intensive, research that art historians undertake. Distinguished WSU art historians have researched and published on a variety of topics. Join us as they reveal the intricacies of their scholarship and we appreciate what moves them.
-Conservation and Curatorship of the Ancient World: The Archaeologist’s Responsibilities with Dr. Frederick Hemans, associate professor of ancient and classical art
Indiana Jones never had to conserve a site or accommodate tourists and school groups. Hemans describes his recent involvement in the renovation of the Isthmia Museum in Greece, a major sanctuary site in one of the most active archaeological areas in the world.
-Eyes are the Window to the Soul: Joos van Cleve’s Husband-and-Wife Portraits with Dr. Annette LeZotte, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art
During the 16th century, the Dutch painter Joos van Cleve produced a series of pendant portraits of husbands and wives that demonstrate an unusual approach. LeZotte’s talk examines the original method of portraiture for married couples and its significance.
-Super Size Me: Thinking about Contemporary Art Festivals, Mega-Exhibitions, and Biennales with Dr. Royce Smith, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art
International art festivals and biennales have become popular venues to showcase contemporary art and its evolving practice. What cultural impulses gave rise to and propel the new phenomenon? Smith probes this question and its relationship to economic development, postcolonialism, and postmodernism.

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