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Susan Wilczak



Visiting Instructor of
Art History

Office Hours: By appointment
 

Teaching Responsibilites

  • Art 111 - Art History Survey

 

Biography

Ms. Wilczak received her B. A. in French and Anthropology from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada. Ms. Wilczak received her Masters Degree in Art History from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. During her graduate studies, Ms. Wilczak worked at the Kresge Art Museum, where she organized an exhibition on Piranesi, The Flint Institute of Arts, where she lectured on Graphic Arts of the 19th and 20th Centuries, and the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Registrar, Graphic Arts and Conservation Departments.

Susan Wilczak has over 20 years of curatorial and fine art management experience during which time she has curated over 100 exhibitions. She has worked with some of the world's finest sculptors and artists through exhibitions and commissions. She has commissioned major works by the glass artist Dale Chihuly and the sculptor Richard Hunt. While playing a part in the Smithsonian Institutes Save Outdoor Sculpture program, she received their Public Awareness Award. She is a former board member of the Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Michigan Legacy Art Park and the Michigan Museums Association.

Her select Publications include, Island Reflections: The Contemporary Art of Curacao, De Pree Art Center and Gallery, Hope College, curatorial remarks for the publication Antepasado di Futuro, Curacao, Richard Hunt in Michigan for Sculpture Magazine and in publication, Three Antillean Artists, Irene van Herksen Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. . Select presentations include: Public Art as an Economic Tool, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curacao, Public Art Advocacy in Southwest Michigan, Midwest Art History Society, and Curatorial Approaches, Dallas University Department of Art.

Ms. Wilczak holds a prominent place in the Midwest fine art and sculpture scene directing and managing regional, national and international exhibitions. In the area of public art programming she has worked with city, county and State officials. Over the past two years she has been actively involved with the visual arts scene on Curacao, Dutch Caribbean. Her Public Art projects include: Mid Town Detroit, the Detroit River Front Conservancy and the Harbor Shores Community Re-Development project in Benton Harbor Michigan.

She currently holds the position of visiting Lecturer of Art History, Hope College in Holland, MI. She has previously taught at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, and Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI