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Julie Mehretu ’92

The United States Department of State named Julie as a recipient of its 2015 Medal of Arts. The honor recognizes her internationally acclaimed abstract paintings and prints and her impact in promoting cultural diplomacy. She is one of seven artists so honored. Julie lives and works in New York City. She was the featured guest speaker at the 2014 American Artist Lecture Series in London this past September. Julie is considered to be one of the leading contemporary artists in the United States, and she has received numerous international recognition for her work, including the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the prestigious MacArthur Fellow award.

Amy Reckley ’98

myReckley2Artworks Loveland (in Loveland, Colorado) is hosting an exhibition of Amy’s artwork. Titled “Surface Variations,” the exhibition uses paint, paper, and other mixed media to explore the space between two and three dimensional drawing. Amy captures a shift between sculpture and drawing and challenges our associations with recognizable objects, surfaces and space. The work deliberately changes in orientation and scale to encourage the viewer to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the expanded definition of drawing. Amy majored in art at K and studied abroad in Kenya. She earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from SACI in Florence, Italy, and an M.F.A. in Drawing from Colorado State University. She has exhibited internationally and participated in several residencies throughout the United States. Her exhibition in Loveland continues through February 27.

Christine Hahn, Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Christine was appointed the new chair of the College Art Association’s Committee of Diversity Practices. The CAA Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. It is governed by a 22-person board and has its headquarters in New York City.

Paul Shapiro ’70

Paul Shapiro (second from right) is honored at the ArtSchools Network national meeting.

Paul Shapiro (second from left) is honored at the ArtSchools Network national meeting.

Paul recently received recognition for his work in arts integration at the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. At its national conference the ArtSchools Network cited Paul and his efforts with an “Exemplary Arts Program” designation. Paul is a former actor, Ringling Brothers circus clown and international management consultant. He received the Stone Award in Education when he graduated from K. He is also a recipient of the Winifred Ward Award from the American Theatre Association, and he can be seen with actor Elliot Gould on Netflix in “Switchmas.” At K, Paul majored in political science and studied abroad in Ghana. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Montana.

Genevieve Leet ’11

Genevieve is a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment. She’s working on a dual-track master’s degree in both “Behavior, Education, and Communication” and “Conservation Ecology.” Her new job as curator’s assistant at the Art and Environment Gallery gives her a chance to exercise her passion for painting and the outdoors.

 

Dan Slattery ’79

Dan  is a painter who specializes in watercolors. The former president of the Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. , had an exhibit in his hometown (Mount Morris, Michigan), his first one there. Dan is a graduate of Mount Morris High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and earned a law degree from University of Michigan. He worked as an attorney for 18 years. Dan also teaches watercolor workshops with a focus on landscapes and seascapes. He also has worked in acrylic, oils, pen and ink, pastels, and ink washes.

John Davies ’75

John has written, directed and executive-produced “Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan,” a one-hour film documentary that had its world premiere at Kalamazoo College. Heroes tells the story of two makeshift U.S. aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan during WWII, more than 15,000 Navy pilots who practiced landings and takeoffs on their decks, and the pilots who lost their lives trying. The film also reveals recent efforts to recover and restore some of the more than 100 planes that crashed and sank to the bottom of the Lake, including two that are at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. “Heroes on Deck” will premiere nationally on public television during Memorial Day 2016 weekend.

Drew Brockington ’04

The publisher Little, Brown has acquired rights Drew’s Cat-Stronauts: Mission Moon, a graphic novel aimed at chapter book readers. The story follows the space adventures of a team of cat astronauts as they race to the moon to solve a global energy crisis. Cat-Stronauts is Drew’s debut as an illustrator, and it’s the first of a four-book deal. It will publish in spring of 2017. Drew earned his B.A. at K in art and art history, and he studied abroad in Rome, Italy.