The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery will host a new exhibit, “David Damkoehler: Time and Materials – 1969-2008” from Thursday, Feb. 5, to Thursday, Feb. 26.
Damkoehler retired in December 2008 and was awarded emeritus status. He was an early member of the University art faculty, joining UW-Green Bay in 1969.
The exhibition is a retrospective of selected works — sculpture and jewelry — Damkoehler created over the last 39 years. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue that includes an interview with Damkoehler by Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, which gives insight into Damkoehler’s artistic career and his teaching philosophy.
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Damkoehler joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1969, the year the campus opened at its bayshore location. He won the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 1998 for his work as an artist. His emphasis on industrial materials and art metals — using primarily stainless steel in jewelry, flatware and ornaments — gained favorable national attention, with placement in permanent collections nationwide and dozens of national and international exhibitions. He also designed the University’s ceremonial mace, which is carried into commencement ceremonies by the senior-most faculty member.
Damkoehler was honored (from 2002 to 2006) as holder of the Rosenberg Professorship at UW-Green Bay. The Arts and Visual Design (previously Communication and the Arts) professor also won praise for his efforts in building UW-Green Bay’s environmental design program and in lending his design expertise to a variety of local and regional planning initiatives.
Damkoehler taught Art Design Methods; Intro, Intermediate and Advanced Sculpture: Environmental Design Studios I, II, III, and IV; and Modern American Culture.
He is a native of Oconto who earned his bachelor’s degree in art at UW-Oshkosh and a master of fine arts degree from Kent State University.
The opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, with a talk by Damkoehler at 5 p.m.
Damkoehler will discuss his work and artistic influences from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday (Feb. 11, 18 and 25) during the exhibit.
The Lawton Gallery is located inside Theatre Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
If you go
|What:||“David Damkoehler: Time and Materials – 1969-2008” art exhibit|
|When:||Feb. 5-26 with opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. Damkoehler will give artist’s talks at noon on Feb. 11, 18 and 25|
|Where:||UW-Green Bay’s Lawton Art Gallery|
|Cost:||All events are free and open to the public.|
|Hours:||The Lawton Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.|
|Call Lawton Gallery Curator Stephen Perkins at
(920) 465-2916 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Exhibit reception photos by University Marketing and Communication photography intern Adam Koenig.