Univ of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design feature


A short article about my visual art practice and the People’s Art History of the US book from a University of Michigan online publication. Thank you to Nick Tobier – one of the more interesting artists working today – for arranging the interview/article. Being featured in this publication was a great thrill for me for I received my BFA degree from UM in 1992 and have fond memories of my time spent in Ann Arbor and the art education that I received that set the stage for much of what I do today.

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PAH excerpt: Living Water: Sustainability Through Collaboration


Here is another link to an excerpt from A People’s Art History of the United States. This excerpt is on Betsy Damon – an environmental and feminist artist best known for Living Water Gardens – a collaborative form of sculpture and community engagement that aims to restore the damage that industrialism and misplaced priorities has had on fresh water sources. Damon is an absolute force. An artist/activist who lives in Brooklyn and someone who has been at the forefront of addressing water issues through art since the 1980s. This excerpt is from the first section of the chapter.


Recap of an Epic Week: Chip Thomas Visits Milwaukee

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A recent essay that I wrote for the Justseeds blog about Chip Thomas who curates the Painted Desert Project and works as a doctor and a street artist on the Navajo Reservation. Thomas is known for his large-scale photographs that he wheat pastes on empty billboards, roadside stands, and other structures throughout the Navajo Nation. In my essay I frame his work as extending beyond street artist: Thomas is a community artist who engages in a collaborative form of visual story telling – one in which celebrates the Navajo people and their culture and history. Here is a link to the essay.

A People’s Art History excerpt: Banners Designed to Break a President


Here is an excerpt from the book that I posted on the Justseeds blog that details the woman’s suffrage movement in the late 1910s and their use of banners. More over, the writing details the National Woman’s Party’s (NWP) use of civil disobedience and banners to escalate the conflict and force the federal government to act – often in repressive ways that created more press for the movement.


music playlist for a People’s Art History

Recently the blog – Largehearted Boy – invited me to post for their series “Book Notes” where authors create a song list that inspired or relates in some way to their book. My list included:

Bob Dylan “Masters of War”

Neil Young “Peaceful Valley”

Public Enemy “By the Time I Get to Arizona”

Dead Moon “Johnny Got a Gun”

Black Sabbath “War Pigs”

The Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime

Ai Weiwei  “Dumbass”

Johnny Cash “Apache Tears”

Joe Hill “There is Power in the Union”

Paul Robeson “Joe Hill”

Woody Guthrie “Ludlow Massacre”

Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy “California Über Alles”

Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddamn”

Rodriguez “I Wonder”

CSNY “Ohio”

Bruce Springsteen “Youngstown”

Sam Cooke “A Change is Going to Come”

Check out their blog for my text on why I chose each song.