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Wittenberg Series Welcomes Visual Artist Derek Boshier For Residency And Exhibition

December 15, 2010  
 Filed in Arts and Culture, Events

Springfield, Ohio — Acclaimed artist Derek Boshier, who came to prominence during the British Pop Art movement in the 1960s, will be in residence at Wittenberg University the week of Jan. 17 as part of the 2010-11 Wittenberg Series.

During his visual arts residency, Boshier will meet with Wittenberg art students in their classes, and he will present a public talk titled “From Doris to Chemical Culture” on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University, 107 Cliff Park Road.

“Extreme Makeover,” a series of Boshier’s ink drawings made on found photography, will be on display in the Ann Miller Gallery in Koch Hall from Jan. 10 through Feb. 18, while an exhibition of his paintings titled “Heroes and Villians” will also be on display from Dec. 18-Jan. 23, 2011, in the Chakeres Gallery at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University. The “Heroes and Villians” exhibit is sponsored by the John Horseman, class of 1976, and his wife, Susan.

Studying alongside David Hockney, Allen Jones and other pop artists at the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1960s, Boshier launched a career marked by stylistic changes as well as changes in medium. From pop paintings to abstract sculpture to ink drawings to photographs and film, Boshier’s work defies classification. His graphic work with popular musical artists such as The Clash and David Bowie brought his work to a wider audience.

Boshier’s art often mixes political or social commentary with the imagery of popular culture and a dose of humor and irony. He recently created a complex — and critically acclaimed — installation, 99 Cent War, which is an indictment of the Gulf War. Boshier also published a hand-drawn, limited edition book related to themes addressed in 99 Cent War. His most recent paintings have included Shelf Life: Paintings and Sculptures About Books.

His work is represented in public collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Boshier also designed this year’s Wittenberg Series poster and coordinating materials. He is a visiting faculty member at the UCLA School of Arts.

The Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. To make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail at

Written By: Gabrielle Antoniadis
Photo Submitted: Taken By Marissa Roth


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