College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Folio
The College of Arts and Sciences “Centennial Folio” brings together ten outstanding works of art, contributed by ten outstanding artists—all A&S alumni or faculty or supporters. We appreciate their generosity as much as their virtuosity, and wish to share these fruits of their creativity with our faculty, staff, students, alumni and other supporters.
In a world so preoccupied with the practical and the momentary, beauty is perhaps the most precious gift of all. And, in a college of the liberal arts and sciences, we approach beauty from many perspectives—from the study of aesthetics, to the study of art history to the production of art works, to the study of perception. Yet the gift of beauty itself transcends, I believe, all disciplines. And while we cannot always change the world, we can sometimes make one place and time more human and more beautiful.
We present this “Centennial Folio” in that spirit and in the haunting words of Nietzsche:
“Set around you small, good, perfect things . . .Their golden maturity heals the heart. The perfect teaches one to hope.”
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Louisville
October 22, 2007
Folio sales will benefit of the College of Arts & Sciences Centennial Scholarship Fund
Centennial Folio Artists
Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Ann Price Davis graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in art history in 1973. After almost 20 years working as a graphic designer, she returned to school, earning a Master’s in painting from the University of Louisville in 1999. While making prints is her current love, learning new techniques in other media is a passion. She has attended programs such as Frogman's Press, Shakerag Workshops, Anderson Ranch and Santa Fe Workshops to study alternative photographic processes, wood-working, book arts and jewelry design.
The ephemera of the natural landscape and of her own garden are a constant source of inspiration. She is married, has two grown children and continues to live in Louisville.
James Doiron received his BFA in 2002 from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1997 James mounted his first solo exhibition in Louisville at The Vine Gallery and has subsequently gone on to show regularly in cities from Detroit, Michigan to Dublin, Ireland, including three solo shows. In 2000 he was awarded an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy and invited to return the following year to work at the internationally renowned Venice Biennale Exhibition in the American Pavilion.
Julius Friedman is an award-winning graphic designer and co-founder of Images design studio in Louisville, Kentucky. Friedman's work has been featured in major design journals and exhibited in museums nationally and internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Poster Art ( Warsaw, Poland) and various corporate collections. Friedman has also lectured extensively on design in many cities across the country.
Sam Gilliam, America's leading black artist, creates painterly abstractions with saturated color and a highly improvisational and spontaneous technique. During the late 1960's Gilliam's interest in the flexible properties of canvas led to his innovative manipulations of both canvas and paper and a series of work which were created and subsequently hung or suspended without traditional stretcher supports. Gilliam's explorations in the areas of printmaking have been equally dramatic and have included the use of handmade papers and paper pulp, dyes, and paints combined with a combination of stitching flocking, embossing, collage, and screenprint techniques. Gilliam’s acclaimed works are in the museums and private collections around the world.
Currently the Director of the Hite Art Institute, Professor Grubola's drawings most often employ graphite and/or silver point. Among printing processes used are Cliche-verre (hand-drawn negatives printed using platinum based photographic process) and lithographs. While recent series of work involves images and references to groupings, family and marriage through symbolic use of sticks, roots and branches with draped cloth, in this new print for the Folio, Grubola has undertaken exploration of celestial themes with references to star chart and the Hubble Space Telescope. There are also cross-references to drawing as a process in the print that combines lithography with digital imagery.
Maryville (TN) College Fine Arts Division Chair, Mark Hall, a MA graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences in 1977, says “My babysitters in the 1950’s were a 11” b/w TV and Uncle Miltie, Edward R. Murrow and Ernie Kovacs” so his world view developed in unusual ways. Besides U of L, he has studied at Hanover College, the Christian Theological Seminary, Indiana State University and the University of Chicago and worked in museums from Indianapolis to Chicago. Consequently his love of printmaking is informed by sources as diverse as medieval manuscripts, Roger Brown, Morris wallpaper and Indian mandellas. He remembers an early instructional admonition to “Steal from great art and maybe some of it will rub off.” And so, he does.
Ed Hamilton, an imminentsculptor and a recipient of numerous awards, specializes in public art. His most recent public work is "The Spirit of Freedom," a tribute to the Colored Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War stands in the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC. Hamilton has also done famous monuments dedicated to Booker T. Washington, Joe Louis, York (William Clark’s manservant on the Lewis and Clark Expedition), and the slaves who revolted on the Amistad. Currently, Hamilton is at work on a major commission for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration in 2008.
Art Education Professor Barbara Hanger is interested in depicting landscapes as representational images that also reflect abstract concerns such as shape, geometry and form. The drawings are a synthesis of images both remembered and imagined from repeated trips taken to Italy, the coast of Georgia or other travels. She begins with sketches and gradually eliminates detail until the essence of the composition remains. Her digital print in the Folio combines her elegant drawing style with trompe l’oeil effects possible when exploring modern technology.
Lisa Simon received her BFA in 2001 from the University of Louisville, where she concentrated in painting and printmaking. In 2002, she was awarded a distinguished Fellowship at Michigan State University where she completed a dual MFA degree in painting and ceramics. Lisa is currently teaching foundations at Jefferson Community and Technical College, making art in her Louisville studio and tending to her most precious charge - her daughter Sophie.
Faculty member since 1974, Professor John Whitesell's current work is inspired from natural sources and printed in relief and stencil techniques. A past chair of the Department of Fine Arts, and a distinguished teacher, he received an Indiana Arts Commission Fellowship in 1979, a Kentucky Arts Commission Grant in 1980 and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1984. His works are in over forty U.S. and international collections.