Department of Art

Program History

 

history

 

Garwood Hall was built in 1914. Visitors who entered through the impressive east door, walked into a large open space housing the College Art Museum. Numerous display cases were placed throughout the room and plaster reproductions of Greek and Roman sculptures and wall reliefs surrounded the viewer. Large lotus-topped columns lent an exotic Egyptian aura. The College Art Museum remained in the "Arts Building" or Garwood Hall from 1917 to 1959. It was eventually renovated and became home of the Department of Art providing large, naturally lit teaching studios.

 

Department of Art Chairs

  • Kat Myers (2017 - Present)
  • Charles Wright (2007-2017)
  • Jan Clough (2006-2007)
  • Ed Gettinger (1991-2005)
  • Titus Karlowicz (1990-1991)
  • David Raizman (1986-1989)
  • Dan Kuruna (1981)
  • Neal Chassman (1977-1979)
  • Christopher F. Scadron (1973-1975)
  • Gifford C Lommer (1964-1965)
  • Theodora (Polly) Pottle (1928-1958)
    Ms. Pottle, as Head, lead the Department of Art, and art related activities such as the Art Museum, on campus for thirty years. The longevity of her service as Head of the Department is remarkable. The presence and interest of Theodora Pottle can still be felt in our community through the "Theodora Pottle Memorial Collection", her bequest of several works of art placed in public buildings throughout the City of Macomb. These buildings include the Macomb Public Library, the McDonough County Courthouse, and the McDonough District Hospital.
  • Jessie Buckner (1907-1925)
    Ms. Buckner taught drawing and design. It was during her leadership that the "Arts Building", later to become known as Garwood Hall home to the Art Museum and the Department of Art, was constructed.
  • Seth L. Smith
    Mr. S.L. Smith was the first chair of Art at Western. He taught drawing, writing and commercial branches.

 

Theodora (Polly) Pottle

 

Theodora (Polly) Pottle

 

Jessie Buckner

 

Jessie Buckner

 

Seth Smith

 

Seth Smith

 

Grinding on sculpture

 

sculpture

 

Welding base of sculpture

 

welding base

 

Welding base of sculpture

 

welding base

 

Completed 75th Sculpture

 

finished

 

George Potter and Sponsors of Sculpture

 

potter and sponsors