CSM art pro­fes­sor awarded grant

Wodzian­ski, vis­ual artist, wins fel­low­ship award

Maryland Independent - - News -

A Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land art pro­fes­sor known for his affin­ity to su­per­heroes, child­hood nostal­gia and sci­ence fic­tion has been hon­ored with a fel­low­ship grant.

Pro­fes­sor An­drew Wodzian­ski has been awarded an artist fel­low­ship grant for 2017 by the District of Columbia’s Commission for the Arts and Hu­man­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the col­lege. The grant was for $6,000, ac­cord­ing to the commission.

“The grant is wildly im­por­tant in part be­cause it has no funding re­stric­tion. With no un­al­low­able costs, I can choose how to best spend this award for my art prac­tice,” Wodzian­ski said. “A por­tion of the grant will cer­tainly pay for ex­pend­able ma­te­ri­als, but I’ll also use the funds to travel and con­duct re­search.”

Wodzian­ski lives in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. He teaches at the La Plata cam­pus now, and pre­vi­ously worked at the Prince Fred­er­ick cam­pus for five years. He man­ages the art labs at all three of the col­lege’s main cam­puses.

The honor and the funding that comes along with the artist fel­low­ship grant came at an op­por­tune time for Wodzian­ski, who will be on sab­bat­i­cal from CSM from June through Jan­uary 2018. Dur­ing that time, he plans to pur­sue his own art projects and hopes to be se­lected for a res­i­dency. He is also sched­uled to cu­rate two fine art shows.

“These ex­hibits are an ex­cit­ing bal­anc­ing act be­tween rose-col­ored nostal­gia and newly tran­scen­dent im­ages,” he said.

Wodzian­ski has been at CSM as a full-time pro­fes­sor since 2005 and as ad­junct fac­ulty for a year and a half be­fore that.

“Pro­fes­sor An­drew Wodzian­ski is one of the more dy­namic and ac­tive in­struc­tors in our Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Di­vi­sion,” said Stephen John­son, chair of the di­vi­sion. “His cre­ativ­ity is dis­played in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties rang­ing from paint­ing works that com­bine pop­u­lar cul­ture and tra­di­tional art to per­for­mance art and his busy sched­ule as a cu­ra­tor of spe­cial ex­hibits through­out the D.C. area.”

At CSM, Wodzian­ski is a stu­dio arts pro­fes­sor who teaches the class Color The­ory and Prac­tice as well as all sec­tions of paint­ing at the col­lege. Wodzian­ski says it is the per­fect job. He is a clas­si­cally trained painter who also al­ways aimed to be­come an art ed­u­ca­tor.

“I’m al­ways try­ing to strike this bal­ance,” he said, be­tween cre­at­ing his own work and teach­ing oth­ers.

Both Wodzian­ski and his art are quirky and mem­o­rable. The art he cre­ates re­flects pop cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly pop cul­ture from his child­hood grow­ing up in north­west Penn­syl­va­nia. He is a fan of film ephemera, and he in­cor­po­rates that in­ter­est into his art.

His of­fice at CSM re­flects his in­ter­est in film, sci­ence fic­tion and hor­ror as well. Stu­dents Page A7 Mary­land In­de­pen­dent who visit his of­fice are met with walls cov­ered with posters from old hor­ror movies, skulls placed amid the books and games on his shelves, and fan­tasy and su­per­hero col­lectible fig­ures stud­ding the walls, shelves and ceil­ing.

In 2011, the Tony Hunger­ford Memo­rial Art Gallery at CSM hosted an ex­hibit of Wodzian­ski’s work, “Games We Play,” that was in­spired by board games and draw­ing toys from Wodzian­ski’s child­hood. In 2010, Wodzian­ski him­self be­came art when he lived in a store­front win­dow for two weeks on U Street NW in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

“I jok­ingly note on my web­site that I work in crocodile tears, puppy dog tails and mag­pie chat­ter. That can be seem dis­mis­sive, but I find it’s sub­tly ac­cu­rate,” Wodzian­ski said. “In part, it ref­er­ences the nurs­ery rhyme ‘What are Lit­tle Boys Made Of?’ It also refers to my silly trans­for­ma­tions on stage and can­vas. For bet­ter or worse, I have an in­cur­able Peter Pan com­plex. I fig­ure it’s best to self-di­ag­nose and keep my paint brushes swing­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about art pro­grams at CSM, visit www. csmd.edu/pro­grams-cour­ses/ credit/aca­demic-di­vi­sions/cah/.

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Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land art pro­fes­sor An­drew Wodzian­ski has been awarded an artist fel­low­ship grant for 2017 by the District of Columbia’s Commission for the Arts and Hu­man­i­ties.

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