Sheridan College to host artist residency at Spear-O-Wigwam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Sheridan College to host artist residency at Spear-O-Wigwam

The Sheridan College Art Department is excited to open its inaugural Spear-O-Wigwam Artist Residency and Art Student Intensive Program, Sunday, Aug. 31, through Sept. 7. University of Akron (Ohio) professor Charles Beneke will serve as the first resident artist.

Beneke was invited by the Sheridan College Art Department faculty.

“Charles is an amazing internationally renowned artist and educator,” said Jason Lanka, Sheridan College art faculty. “In exchange for four days of quiet creative time at the Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus, Charles has graciously agreed to design a three and a half day art intensive experience for six of our most deserving and hardworking art students.”

This year Sheridan College art students will be creating and binding sketchbooks to complete a project on space, place and travel, Lanka said.

“It will be an amazing experience for our students and faculty,” said Lanka, an innovative and well-respected faculty member.

This new program has been supported by the Sheridan College Foundation, Sheridan College and the staff off the Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus, Lanka said.

“We are excited to continually diversify and expand our academic offerings at Spear-O-Wigwam,” said Trudy Munsick, Dean of Outdoor Education and Health Sciences. “This is going to be a great partnership with the Outdoor Education and Art departments at Sheridan College.”

Beneke, originally from Suffolk, Virginia, earned a Bachelor’s in Art and Psychology from Kenyon (Ohio) College in 1990, according to his biography on www.charlesbeneke.com. He worked as a graphic designer in New York City for four years before attending the University of Connecticut, where he received his Master’s in Fine Arts in Printmaking and Mixed-media in 1996. From 1997-2001 Beneke was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wyoming. He is currently a professor of art at the University of Akron Myers School of Art, where he is the printmaking area coordinator.

“His work in a broad range of print media, painting, new media, and installation addresses climate change, urging the viewer to confront his/her role in the fragile state of the world environment,” according to www.charlesbeneke.com.

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