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Brief Bio

Since getting an MFA in 1969 at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, I’ve worked as a painter, and taught on the college level part-time, most recently as an adjunct professor at the U-M School of Art and Design. I exhibit artwork with the Washington Street Gallery and the Matrix Gallery in Ann Arbor and this past summer had an exhibition of landscapes at the Center Gallery in Glen Arbor.

Born near Youngstown, Ohio, I studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.) and zoology (endocrinology) at Syracuse University (MS) though I have been painting since I was about 12 years old. It was while taking a seminar in the philosophy of art as a freshman at OWU that I began thinking about and still do think about such questions as: what is art? what is art for? what does it do for us? how does art relate to life?

In the ’80s, I wrote reviews and interviewed artists for the Ann Arbor News and wrote feature articles such as “What ever happened to beauty in art?” as well as a series on art and technology covering the visual arts, architecture, and art documentation.

I’ve also written for the Ann Arbor Observer and journals such as Glass, and Sculpture. In 1995, I co-authored the book, Public Art in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, and beginning in ’99, I served for four years on the Commission on Art in Public Places in Ann Arbor and on juries for the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.