Dejan Atanackovic 10/20 – 11/2


WMU School of Art Visiting Artist
News Release

Dejan Atanackovic
Florence, Italy
Studio Arts Centers International (SACI)

October 30 – November 2
Tuesday, October 31
Slide lecture on his own work
7:00 p.m., Room 2302, Sangren Hall

November 2 – 17
Multimedia Installation
Gallery II, Sangren Hall
Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Since 1994, the visual art projects by Dejan Atanackovic – personal work and curatorial projects – have been presented internationally in numerous exhibitions in the form of video installation, music, and public intervention as well as curatorial concepts featuring works of artists, art students and psychiatric patients. His works have been selected for international art festivals in Florence, Milan, Belgrade, Sarajevo, and Quebec City among others. In collaboration with Belgrade’s Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKd), he developed a public art project entitled Perfect Future (CD-ROM, posters, billboards and gallery installations) produced by the Center and financed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999-2001).

Since September 2000 Dejar has been teaching multimedia at the US university program Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. In 2001 he initiated the Outside, a project of international cultural and didactic exchange, accomplished through seminars and workshops in the field of visual art and culture. Atanackovic is the author of the Outside Project book Letters on the Body: Projects for a Sustainable Sacred, for the publisher Morgana Edizioni, Florence 2003. In collaboration with Oscar Antino, he is also the author of the Outside Project web site. At the competition Premio Web Italia, this web site was awarded Best Design in 2003.

Since June 2003, Atanackovic’s multimedia installation Golem Project has been presented in Belgrade (Belgrade Cultural Center and October Salon), Sarajevo (Winter Festival) and in Florence (La Corte Arte Contemporanea). In 2004 he curated an exhibition entitled Infinity Enclosed, on the theme of memory, death and desire in contemporary Italian art, with works by Robert Gligorov, Luca Matti, Aroldo Marinai, Melania Lanzini and Krista Steinhauer (Belgrade Cultural Center, SACI Gallery). Dejan Atanackovic is currently living and working in Florence and Belgrade.

Charles Garoian 10/16 – 10/19

Charles Garoian

WMU School of Art Visiting Artist
News Release

Charles Garoian
Director, School of Visual Arts and
Professor of Art Education, Pennsylvania State University

October 16 – October 19
Artist-in-Residence in Art Education

Thursday, October 19
Performance: hyper/ventilation
7:00 p.m. Dalton Center Multimedia Room

Charles Garoian comes to Western Michigan University as a noted performance artist and art educator. He is the Director of the School of Visual Arts at Pennsylvania State University since 1999 and a Professor of Art Education there since 1991. At WMU, he will conduct workshops with art education students and give a performance in the Dalton Center Multi-Media Room. He has performed, lectured and presented workshops in such places as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, the Werkleitz Biennale in Germany, The University of Bristol in England, the Robert McDougall Art Gallery and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dr. Garoian earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1984, and has seventeen years of experience teaching high school art. A performance artist since 1970, he has developed and implemented critical thinking processes in visual art studio and art history courses based on the radical strategies of performance art. He used similar methods to develop interdisciplinary and intercultural programming and outreach at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. Most recently he was a featured performer at the William Saroyan Festival in Fresno, California, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Laura Adams Guth – Visiting Artist

Little Lolitas, Blaine
October 2 – 6, Artist-in-Residence in Photography
Tuesday, October 3
Slide lecture on her own work
7:00 p.m., Room 2320, Sangren Hall

Laura Adams Guth works primarily with photography-based media. She earned her MFA in Photography from the University of Oklahoma School of Art and a BA degree cum laude in art history and literature from University of Maryland European Division.

Among Guth’s awards are a Fellowship with the Photography Institute at Columbia University, New York, and a 2005 OVAC Artist Award of Excellence, juried by Marc Pascale of The Art Institute of Chicago. Much of her work deals with family and memory, subjects ranging from her children to an extended cast of family members, past and present. She has exhibited her photographic series Playhouse and Garden both nationally and internationally.

Her Current series Guilty Pleasures is touring nationally and utilizes experiences of family and home (inspired by family members’ acquisitions) to extend a dialogue regarding the commercialization of memory and nostalgia as manifested in collectible objects employing stereotypes such as gender, beauty and sexuality.

Guth is also holding a video workshop with the WMU Photography Students with a 1 night screening on Friday October 6, 2006 in the South Gallery of East Hall from 5-8pm.

Image Credit: Laura Guth, “Guilty Pleasures: Little Lolitas, Blaine” crystal archive print, 18” x 24”