Human-Animal Relationship Inspires Printmaker, Visiting Artist Diessner

Nancy Diessner

A chance encounter at a roadside store in Montana a few years ago led Nancy Diessner, Bowdoin’s Spring 2017 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist, into a warehouse full of taxidermied animals. She found the experience unsettling, but in that she also found inspiration. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Dave Fogler ’90 on ‘Visual Effects in Film – Art, Craft, and (Sometimes) Bad Movies’

Image from ‘Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ (2015). Courtesy: Industrial Light & Magic

Dave Fogler ’90 has worked on special effects in the movie industry since 1997, when he joined Industrial Light & Magic as a model maker. He is currently putting the finishing touches on Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest in the Transformers series, in which Fogler is visual effects supervisor. Fogler recently visited campus, where he spoke with students and talked about his career. Read more in Bowdoin News.

‘Righting a Wrong’: A Commemoration of Japanese-American Internment (Smithsonian)

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, a new exhibition at the National Museum of American History, commemorates the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 regarding the incarceration of Japanese-American citizens during World War II and comprises photographs, letters, and artifacts from the camps.

The curators hope the exhibition will remind Americans of their history and help them make sense of the present. Read more in Smithsonian Magazine.

Two European Culture Capitals are Partying Like It’s 2017 (Newsweek)

Two European cities — Aarhus, on the coast of Denmark, and Kingston-upon-Hull, 450 miles away on the coast of England — promise year-round celebrations of art and culture to boost their morale and economies.

Aarhus, awarded the EU’s Capital of Culture, hopes to connect to residents and art lovers by focusing on children. Hull, second place in the U.K.’s City of Culture, aims to heal divisions in the maritime community by creating open art spaces of public involvement. Read more.