Tim Kennedy, Senior Lecturer
Tim Kennedy received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA from Brooklyn College and he attended the Skowhegan School. Articles on his paintings have appeared in American Artist and Watercolor magazines. His most recent solo exhibition at First Street Gallery was reviewed by Maureen Mullarkey in the New York Sun. He has received Individual Artist Grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2007 he received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He has had solo exhibitions at First Street Gallery in New York City and at the Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis. Mr. Kennedy has taught at Indiana University since 2000.
“For several years my paintings have focused on domestic interiors and yard landscapes in and around our house in Bloomington. The people in the paintings are models, but their arrangement in the interior space loosely reflects my life here through events and situations that might actually occur. The real subject is the microcosm of the painting expressed by the texture of events in the world, color, form and light. My goal is to communicate something of the intimacy experienced in daily life.”
Eve Mansdorf, Associate Professor
Eve received a BS from Cornell University and a MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College in 1990. She exhibits her work at First Street Gallery in New York City. Her work can be seen on their web page and on studiomatters.com
“My primary interest has been in painting the human figure in an interior space. I have been grappling with the problems of combining an oversized format, traditionally the venue of public and heroic painting, with, instead, an emphasis on the private and domestic. I see the still lifes as very related to the figure paintings. Often many of the same objects exist in both. In my most recent still lifes I have been thinking about possessions and their legacy (having recently lost a parent). As in the figure paintings I would like the still lifes to be able to hold several levels of meaning. There is often a sense of pun to them and also a literary quality – I am seeking a painting equivalent for the way in which, in a novel, a characterization can be conveyed by how the surface of things is presented.”
Tina Newberry, Associate Professor
Tina Newberry is a new addition to the Painting Faculty at IU. She comes here from Philadelphia where she has been living, painting and working for over 2 decades. Figuration and a straightforward interpretation of image have characterized her work since she began to paint and during her education. She continues to use herself as a prop to bear the burden of self-analysis and her general humanity. Various pop-psychology ideas and a small interest in lay science have also made contributions to the themes of her paintings. Lately an interest in the Military is adding to the metaphors Tina uses to discuss her issues. The accoutrements of war and the soldier, particularly from a romanticized war like the American Civil War are handy devices to layer ideas on the interiors and figures. Tina has been teaching upper and lower level drawing and painting students since 1988. The range of approach varies with the level of student. As a whole however, she is devoted to helping a student find his or her voice and bring it out to communicate. Whether that communication is brief or complicated, narrative or visceral what we see is what we get with painting. And that is our goal.
Caleb Weintraub, Assistant Professor
Caleb Weintraub makes paintings and sculptures that convey far flung narratives that examine ritual, memory, and collective fears/fantasies. Through the combination of anachronistic props, unlikely settings and an emphasis on material, Weintraub presents uncanny situations that alternate between the viable and the virtual, dream worlds that recall art work from the past and present them as exorcisms. His work is distinguished by an unlikely use of materials, often utilizing paint to mimic sculptural marks and addressing sculpture with a painterly hand.
Weintraub received a BFA degree from Boston university and earned his MFA at The University of Pennsylvania where he studied under John Moore, Alfred Leslie and Jackie Tileston among others. He has had solo exhibits at Peter Miller Gallery – Chicago, Projects Gallery in Philadelphia, and Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY. Weintraub has recently received a grant from the Lilly Foundation for the completion of a large-scale installation entitled, “Snowglobe, a Plastic Dream in a Clear and Present Danger” which will debut in Chicago in 2012. He has had work in contemporary art fairs Scope London, Kunst Zurich, and the Bridge Art Fair in New York. He has been an artist-in-residence at Redux Art Center in South Carolina and The Santa Fe Art Institute. Recent group shows include: the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and Scion Art Space in Los Angeles. Two of Caleb’s works are featured in the book, “Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture” published by Front Forty press and distributed by University of Chicago Press, 2010. Two new works will be on view as part of the exhibition Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection at the Chicago Cultural Center in winter 2012.
Amanda Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor
Amanda received her BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before teaching at IU, Amanda was Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University. She has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Rochester Art Center and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, and a lecture at the painting and printmaking program at Temple University, Rome. You can view her work on her website, amandasmithart.com
Amanda is interested in the relationship between painting and cinema, and particularly with how film imagery heavily influences or ‘contaminates’ the ways people read, remember, and imagine environments. Her paintings of landscapes and interior spaces employ visual cues and archetypical compositions from film as a point-of-departure. These paintings propose alternative ways to read and respond to familiar cinematic spaces, outside of their traditional context of a narrative sequence. A typical cinematic threshold or portal no longer serves as a transitional space to be passed through when it is portrayed in the static space of a painting. Instead, it becomes a contemplative, mysterious, expectant space where resolution is found in the examination of painting form and process instead of through a narrative trajectory.
Barry Gealt, Professor Emeritus
Barry Gealt earned his MFA (honors) from Yale in 1965, and has been teaching at Indiana University since 1969. He is the director of IU’s Studio overseas program, which offers art students programs of study in Florence, Italy. Professor Gealt recently finished some major work, Amerkanische Landschaften, which was displayed at the Gallery Osper in Cologne, Germany. He is also a gifted lecturer, having toured on such subjects as “The Nature of Landscape,” “The Hidden Nature of Indiana,” “To Take a Journey,” “On Artists’ Debts to Other Artists,” and “On Seven Women Artists.”
“When I first visited Etretat in the summer of 2003, I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. Such beauty, such power to the land and so much history. Etretat, nestled on the northern coast of Normandy, is a place of ancient conflicts, artistic mentors and wartime heroes. Artists have been drawn there to create incredible images for many decades. I never could have expected the effect it would have on me. How do you create works of art from a place so well known? How do you pay homage to your heroes? I have enjoyed that challenge for the past four years. These paintings reflect my memory of the changing temperature of light and weather and differing heights of the cliffs and being in the belly of the swell in the waves. I hope you can also feel the breezes of air and smell of the sea.”
Bonnie Sklarski, Professor Emeritus
Bonnie Sklarski heads the graduate painting program and has been an important part of the continuity and reputation of the painting program at Indiana University since 1970. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Brooklyn College. As an early post-modernist figurative artist, she has exhibited widely and was represented by Robert Schoelkopf Gallery NYC, the More Gallery Philadelphia, and currently by Heike Pickett Gallery Kentucky. Her expertise in anatomy for the artist and plein air landscape painting combined with an interest in metaphorical narrative defines her work and teaching.
Regarding art education, she has said, “When I left the world of illustration for academia, it was because the excitement of thinking and talking about Art was more important to me than money…and still is. If we continue to promote an attitude of Art as simple, visual perception, and problem-solving we lose the essence of Art which is to examine our humanity.” Professor Sklarski has been a full professor since 1983, and in 1998 was awarded the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.