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Visiting Artists Program Calligraphy exhibit, Oct. 6-27

Published: 8-19-2010 9:20 am

Wayne State College will present an art exhibit featuring calligraphy work by Glen Epstein, Oct. 6 - 27, in Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery in Conn Library on campus. The opening reception will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

WSC graphic design professor Pamela Fiedler was a student of Epstein's at the University of Iowa. Epstein was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away in 2008.

An award-winning poet, Epstein was awarded a two-year graduate fellowship to the Writer's Workshop, a famous gathering of the best writers of the late twentieth century including Margaret Mitchell, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irvine, William Styron, Robert Lowell and John Berryman.

During the late 1960s and the 1970s, Epstein studied and practiced calligraphy eight-plus hours a day. From 1980 to the present, his calligraphy and writings number in the hundreds in publications created in New York, Los Angeles and North Carolina.

Kim Merker, founder and director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book, invited Epstein to become a charter faculty member in 1983. The class soon became so popular that within a year, two beginning sections were offered along with an advanced class. Guided Correspondence (part of Continuing Education at the University of Iowa) asked Epstein if he would write a course book and teach a correspondence class. The course book was a national award winner and enrollment reached more than 400 at times.

Beginning in the early 1980s, Epstein taught workshops in every major calligraphy guild and society in the United States, including eight International Calligraphy and Lettering Conferences. He has exhibited in more than 100 shows internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty, Smithsonian, the Chicago Institute of Art, the Newberry and Peace Museum in Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Frye in Seattle, The Brand in Los Angeles and museums throughout Europe, Asia, Australia South America, and Kathmandu, Nepal.

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