Art Galleries to Open Sultz Exhibit on Dec. 4

MACHIAS, ME – The Art Galleries at the University of Maine at Machias will feature the work of Downeast artists Phil and Jan Sultz, beginning December 4 and running through the end of January.

Phil Sultz began his art education at the Albright Art School in Buffalo, New York, and in 1954 he was awarded a full scholarship to Cranbrook Academy of Art. He began teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design in 1958. In 1962 he took leave and enrolled in the Accademia De Bella Arte in Rome where he was represented by Galleria 88. The following decades he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Webster University in St. Louis, where he is Professor Emeritus.

Phil received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting in 1975, and in 1976, was included in a bicentennial exhibition in New York, entitled "Forty Years of American Collage" at Buecker and Harpsichords Gallery. He has exhibited extensively, and in Australia, Canada, Italy and Finland. In New York, he is represented by the Allan Stone Gallery.

Jan Sultz initiated and developed the ceramic program at the Kansas City Art Institute in the late 1950’s, and later at Webster University in St. Louis, where she taught for 24 years. Since leaving college teaching, she has continued to make stoneware ceramics at her Marion studio.

Her career in art began under the tutelage of Warren Robinson at Wagner College, culminating in an early exhibit of paintings at Contemporary Arts Gallery in New York City. Her direction toward clay forms developed later as a graduate student at Cranbrook Academy of Art, under the influence of Maija Grotell.

Galleries where her work has been exhibited include A.J. Bueche Fine Art, Northeast Harbor; Bates College, Lewiston; Allan Stone Gallery, New York; Lill Street Gallery, Chicago; Signet Arts Gallery, St. Louis; XXI Ceramic National, Syracuse, NY; and America House, New York.

The two artists live in Marion Township, where they continue to work daily on their art. This exhibit is their second show at the UMM Art Galleries.

An opening reception for the Sultz exhibit will be held on Friday, December 4, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., providing an opportunity to meet the artists and hear about their work. Refreshments will be provided.

In addition to this show, the smaller gallery is currently exhibiting “Appalachian Traces: Landscape Studies in Textiles,” a collection of textile panels created by UMM history professor Kay Kimball.

The UMM Art Galleries are open 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and are located on the first floor of Powers Hall. For more information, please call Art Gallery Director Bernie Vinzani at (207) 255-1279.

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