Thursday, August 11, 2011

FACULTY NEWS: Movers and Shakers

Stephen Berens, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, was one of 150 art professionals from around the United States brought to San Francisco to attend the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Warhol Initiative Convening June 21-26. The Warhol Convening is meant to foster deep discussion and critical thinking around emerging trends, current challenges, and the future of artist-centered culture. Professor Berens was invited because of his experiences as one of the co-founders and editors of the art journal X-TRA.

Micol Hebron, assistant professor, Department of Art, Wilkinson College, has curated an exhibition of 26 contemporary artists from Utah. The exhibition, titled “West of Center”, opened at Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, on July 16th and continues through Aug. 6.Professor Hebron has been on professional leave for the past year while she has served as Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Salt Lake Art Center in Salt Lake City. The “West of Center” exhibition represents a summary of the artists she has encountered in Salt Lake City during the last year. An unprecedented survey of Contemporary Utah art, 12 of the artists will be present at the opening, and 2 of them will present performance art pieces.
In association with West of Center, Professor Hebron also led a panel discussion at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions July 17th.

Anna Leahy Ph.D., associate professor of English and her husband (pictured left), Leatherby Libraries associate librarian Douglas Dechow, Ph.D., authored an article about the Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Collection in the “Soundsing” section of the current Air & Space Magazine, a Smithsonian publication. The couple writes Lofty Ambitions, a blog about aerospace, aviation history and related issues. The article was timed to coincide with a finding aid describing the collection that is now available on the California Digital Library’s Online Archives.

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