Case receives Fellowship

Katharine Enoch

Emerita Professor of Art Alice King Case received a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, one of the most outstanding art colonies in America, and will be residing there November of 2004. Case will use the five weeks allotted to focus on producing her artwork.After receiving her B.A. in Art from Coe College, Case went on to complete her master’s after passing through the art programs of Benington College in Vermont, the Massachusetts College of Art, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Case, who has been an emerita professor for four years at LU, teaches Beginning and Advanced Figure Drawing. Prior to this, Case taught at Lawrence for 24 years as director of art education and an instructor in studio art.

Case describes her work as “mixed media oil drawings” which she does on paper so that she can travel everywhere with her work. “Nothing is important except for the surface and the way I go at it,” expressed Case, who considers herself an abstract expressionist. In the past, she claims to have been a realist and a figure painter. “Alice’s rapport with her subject is complete, it is the passion for the churning, rolling, dripping, busy-ness of the natural world that ignites her inquiry,” said Donna Brodie, the executive director of “The Writer’s Room,” of Case’s exhibition at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum.

Case has been an active member of the Appleton art community as a participant in the Bra„tt Group. After signing an exclusive contract with the Waterstreet Gallery of Princeton, Wis., which features contemporary Wisconsin artists, Case will participating in a two-woman exhibition.

Past exhibitions have been displayed at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and the Allen-Thomas Gallery, both fairly local, while other works can be found in numerous private collections. Case’s achievements have also included partial fellowships awarded in 1999, 2001, and 2002 and she has periodically been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center since 1999.

To apply for the fellowship, Case submitted 20 slides of her work. She emphasized that rather than select pieces she thought would appeal to the jury, she chose pieces of her work that she “simply loved.” Case was competing against thousands of slides from candidates around the country.