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St. Norbert College Art Center to Present F. William Bohné Retrospective

From St. Norbert College, October 8, 2014
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The Carol and Robert Bush Art Center at St. Norbert College will host a new exhibition entitled "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis," a retrospective in memory of F. William Bohné. The exhibition runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 7 and will be introduced with a public reception on Friday, Oct.17, 5-7 p.m. Bohné was an artist and a professor of art at St. Norbert College for forty-eight years; he passed away in April 2014.

Bohné earned a BFA from the University of Dayton and the School of the Dayton Art Institute in 1963. He received his MFA in 1965 from Ohio University, where he studied under ceramic artist Henry Huan Lin.

Bohné began teaching art at St. Norbert College in 1965. During a sabbatical in the 1970s, he completed a residency at the Novia Scotia College of Art. In 1982 he was awarded St. Norbert College's Leonard Ledvina Outstanding Teaching Award.

Bohné's passions were varied, encompassing art history, wine, folk art, popular culture and music. Marcel Duchamp and Wisconsin artist Fred Smith were two of his primary artistic influences. Much of Bohné's work was found-object sculpture, constructed of materials such as beach stones, wine corks, and flattened eye glasses found on the road during long-distance runs.

"Bill was a tremendous artist whose artwork, particularly those pieces he was creating later in his career, are definitely strong works in terms of technique and content," said Brian Pirman, associate professor of art at St. Norbert College.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Shan Bryan-Hanson at shan.bryan-hanson@snc.edu.