August 11–September 18
Come celebrate 50 years of Owens Community College in this visual track through time.
Artist: John Gutoskey
October 8–November 6
Wednesday, October 7 · 10–11:30 a.m. (Studio Theatre)
Thursday, October 8 · 6:30 p.m. (Rotunda)
Free and open to the public
"Queer is, by definition, whatever is at odds with the normal, the legitimate, the dominant..." - David Halperin
Through a variety of media, including printmaking, found object, and assemblage, John Gutoskey explores concepts of identity and spirituality. Specifically, how they form, how they function, and how they are manifested in the 21st Century when one is perceived as "queer". Teaming with literary and historical references, popular imagery, and every-day objects (including toy and game pieces), Johnís colorful and inventive works are topical and deeply personal, yet also accessible and broadly appealing.
Born and raised in Wickliffe, Ohio as the seventh of eight children, Gutoskey was tamed of his hyperactivity with a constant feed of "craft abuse," and eventually gravitated toward a career in costume design. Early he worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts for productions in New York City and across the United States in theatre, opera, dance, film and T.V. He later taught graduate classes in millinery, mask making and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Dept. of Theatre.
As he turned his attention from costume toward the object, inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outside art, Art Brut and religious art, Gutoskey developed his own unmistakable style - a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collective in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist halfway.
Gutoskey has a bachelor of fine art in theatre design with a minor in sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis and a masterís of fine art in printmaking and installation with a certificate in LGBTQ studies from the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. He has exhibited widely and his latest series of work, Shaman Johnny, is on view at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan through October 1.
Gutoskey lives and works in Ann Arbor.
November 20–December 18
Show Opening/Reception: Friday, November 20 · 6:30 p.m. (Rotunda)
For additional information, contact the Terhune Gallery at (567) 661-7081.
Tuesday · 1–5 p.m.
Wednesday · 2–6 p.m.
Thursday · 1–5 p.m.
The Gallery also may be opened by appointment. Call (567) 661-7081 to arrange a time.
Owens Community College and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts promotes freedom of expression without restriction on content or form. The views expressed in the works exhibited in the Walter E. Terhune Gallery are those of the exhibitors and may not be those of the Department or the College.
View the Art Gallery Proposal Guidelines (pdf).