Tunxis Community College (Conn.) Professor William Kluba talked about his new book, “Where Does Art Come From?” during a discussion and book signing on campus. A combination of narrative and autobiography which draws on examples from art history, Kluba’s book explores the origins of inspiration and ideas to help readers understand where creativity comes from. It includes techniques to foster inspiration and the creative process. Kluba has been a professional artist for more than 40 years and has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His paintings, drawings, pastels, digital art, and mixed media have been on display at the New Britain Museum of Art, William Benton Museum of Art in Storrs, Slater Museum in New Haven, Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Mo.; and Wustom Museum of Fine Arts in Racine, Wis. among many others. His works are also held in a number of collections including the Library of Congress, Prudential Life Insurance Company, and Springfield Museum of Art (Mo.). Kluba is a professor of fine arts and gallery director of the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at TCC. He is teaching drawing and pastels this semester. Kluba holds an M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin, Madison and resides in Wethersfield, Conn.
You are what you teach. It’s a concept that faculty members in Guilford Technical Community College’s (N.C.) Advertising and Graphic Design Department model not only in the classroom but also outside the classroom in their own artistic endeavors. “Students always want to know what their professors are doing,” said James Williams, associate professor of advertising and graphic design at GTCC. “Teachers talk about what they do, but can they visually show the ideas they teach?” With that in mind, Williams has organized a Faculty Art Exhibit, showcasing original works by 11 faculty members. The exhibit will feature a wide range of mediums including photography, mixed media, graphite and pottery. Williams says the quality and variety of artwork in the exhibition demonstrates that “we are creative in the ideas we teach,” he said.
Vapor (Poesía selecta/Selected Poems), the first dual-language collection of poetry by Javier Ávila, professor of English at Northampton Community College, in Bethlehem, Pa., was recently published by Libros AC, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The volume includes verse from four previously published award-winning collections, displayed in Spanish and English on facing pages. The poems’ themes of mortality, love and time have roots in Ávila’s early life. Open heart surgery at the age of eight impressed Ávila with a sense of urgency, of life happening now and of the need to do what one values in the present. His father’s death in 1996, when Ávila was in his early twenties, impelled him to begin writing poetry to deal with emotional pain. Having grown up in a Spanish-speaking home, but attending an English-speaking school in Puerto Rico, the poet is thoroughly bilingual. Ávila’s poetry is widely anthologized and is on school reading lists. Two of his novels, the thriller “The Professor in Ruins” and the bestseller “Different” have been published in English.