A native Saint Paulite, Bethany discovered her love for the arts while a student at Kalamazoo College, but also quickly discovered making art is not her forte. Since receiving a master’s degree in arts administration, she has worked within arts organizations and for artists, holding positions at the Walker Art Center, the Women’s Art Resources of MN (WARM), the American Craft Council, the Playwrights’ Center, Rain Taxi, and currently, as Executive Director of Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. When she’s not working with writers and artists, she can be found volunteering at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport helping lost travelers, judging National History Day events, and serving on the board of the Somali women’s health organization, Isuroon. She also reads a novel a week, attends 150 art and theater events annually, travels outside the country at least once a year, obsessively collects handmade jewelry, and is training for her third triathlon.
Helen is having her first solo exhibition of paintings at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana, during the month of October. This exhibition focuses on her scenics and still-life paintings of Montana, where she now lives. You can see her artwork on her website.
Congratulations to Danny, whose documentary film, “The Stories They Tell,” was a 2015 official selection of the Lake Erie Arts and Film Festival, which took place in September. For more than 15 years, Kalamazoo College Professor of Psychology Sui-Lan Tan (who is married to Danny) partnered every Kalamazoo College student in her Developmental Psychology class with a child at Woodward Elementary School to create a children’s book together. The “Co-Authorship Project” has expanded education beyond the four walls of the classroom–giving psychology students rich insights into the development of young children, who in turn learn about literacy, social interaction and perhaps even catch a glimpse of their potential futures.
Kathleen is assistant professor of art therapy in the Department of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin-Superior. She earned her B.A. degree in studio art from K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned her M.Ed. degree in art education from Wayne State University. Kathleen has more than 15 years of experience in the art and art therapy fields, including time spent as a visiting instructor of art and art history at K.
Shivangee has been named the new director of Lawyers for the Creative Economy, a program of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture, and creative design industries. The program delivers free to low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources and services to artists, creative practitioners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Shivangee helps identify legal issues likely to affect artists and other creative persons and enterprises, and she determines the appropriate legal support and resources needed. She also prepares Michigan attorneys to provide artists with basic intellectual property knowledge and resources through her work at periodic workshops, public lectures, orientations, and forums. At K Shivangee earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in religion and economics and business. She studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Shivangee earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
Last October Judy was the featured artist at the 37th annual Quilt Show, sponsored by Washington State Quilters. Judy worked for two decades as a family practice physician in California. Her family’s roots trace back to the hills of West Virginia, where one of her grandmothers was a quilter. That fact and occasional visits to quilt museums in New England and Europe during a 40-year span kept her interested in quilting. When she retired in 2006 she started making quilts herself. She uses a long-arm quilting machine, “basically a sewing machine mounted on a big frame.” Judy has taken classes and taught herself the craft by watching videos and reading books. Since her retirement she’s made about 50 quilts. Asked in an interview about her thought process during the making of a quilt, Judy replied, “I think about classical music or Billy Joel or Elton John, because I like to have music on while I’m quilting. But I think about quilting and various patterns and what I’m going to do half the day, because it’s so fascinating to me. I spent my whole professional life being very technical, very scientific, very linear. And there’s a lot of that in quilting. You have to sew a seam and make one point come to another point. But what’s fun is that I can also ask myself, ’Can I try this? What if I do that?’ I couldn’t do that very much when I was in medicine.” Judy’s extensive post-retirement travel has influenced her work. She’s learned about fabric arts in countries such as Mozambique, Tanzania and Nepal. “Quilting has given me a way to connect to the women in those countries,” Judy said. “They may not quilt, but you can still immerse yourself in color and fabric.” Interestingly, Japan is a country where quilting is taking off. Explained Judy: “Japan already had a long tradition of handmade fabrics, but not patchwork quilts. Then the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” was syndicated in Japan about 15 years ago and became wildly popular. Because there were a lot of quilts in the show, reproducing this primitive American art form took over in Japan. Now, the Tokyo International Quilt Festival in January is the biggest quilt show in the world, with a whole section devoted to “Little House on the Prairie”-style quilts made by Japanese women.” Judy matriculated to K from Hillsdale, Michigan. At K, she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany.
Judith won the “People’s Choice” award during the Artists League of the Sandhills’ 19th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale for her oil painting “The Fisherman”. The award is given to the artist whose painting receives the most votes during the exhibit’s four-day opening weekend. Judith and her husband Rich Winkley ’71 live in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Jennifer works for the Tweedle Group in Europe. She travels the world (sometimes for work, sometimes on her own) taking pictures and keeping a blog about her adventures. Her photos and postings are amazing. Jennifer writes: “I’m a modern day nomad. When I’m not traveling for work, I explore destinations, both on and off the beaten path, all over the world. I love to experience new cities, cultures, food, adventures… what ever life has, I want to experience it all. My family and friends have often said that they live vicariously through my travels. I want to share these with you and hope you enjoy.” At K Jennifer majored in psychology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.
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.
Artworks 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.