St. Norbert College Galleries Director to Host Retrospective to End Career

Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.

From , March 15, 2011
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

In May, Donald P. Taylor will retire after 27 years at St. Norbert College as galleries director, art curator and adjunct associate professor of art. But before Taylor calls it a career, he will host a retrospective exhibition of his work on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Baer Gallery of the Bush Art Center. A reception honoring Taylor will open the show.

The retrospective exhibition will feature Taylor's work from the 1960's to the present, most of it in Taylor's preferred medium, ceramics.

Taylor's art works have touched people all over the world; having appeared in public and private collections in England, the Republic of China, Japan and the former Yugoslavia, as well as in the United States. His works have been featured in more than 100 exhibitions, in Washington, Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Iowa, New York and New Hampshire. Illustrations of his work have also appeared in ceramic books and his pieces have been displayed in numerous exhibitions.

He is well-known in northeast Wisconsin for his ceramics work, and for his efforts on behalf of regional organizations to encourage the appreciation of art in northeastern Wisconsin. Those include the Public Art Committee and the board of directors of the Northeastern Wisconsin Arts Council of which Taylor was president three times.

He received the Community Arts Development Award in 2002 from the Wisconsin Assembly of Local Arts, and an Exceptional Service Award from St. Norbert College in 1999.

In 1986, he formed the Donald P. Taylor Art scholarship, the only endowed art scholarship at St. Norbert College. Taylor, a native of Green Bay and a 1968 graduate of St. Norbert; said he will "miss much and many at the college."

His final exhibit will end at 5 p.m., Sunday, May 15, following commencement events.