April 6 at 6:30 pm
In addition to serving as juror for the Spring Show, Wegman will engage with students and faculty and present a free public lecture on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 pm at Edinboro University’s Cole Memorial Auditorium.
Working in Los Angeles in the early 70s, William Wegman became a pioneer in the developing medium of video art and a key figure in what came to be known as West Coast Conceptual Art. His early works with his dog, a Weimaraner named Man Ray, and collaborations with a subsequent, ever-growing cast of Weimaraners, led to several decades of 20 x 24 Polaroid images; video and films for Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street; a feature length film,The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold, and commissions ranging from the Metropolitan Opera and Wallpaper Magazine to a cover for the New Yorker. Wegman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and with Jay Leno, The Colbert Report and the David Letterman Show.
Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. He received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1965 and an MFA from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana in 1967. Wegman’s photographs, videotapes, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. His retrospective William Wegman: Photographs, Paintings, Drawings and Video toured throughout Europe including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Kunstmuseum, Lucerne; the Frankfurter Kunstverein; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Wegman is the author of numerous books for adults, over a dozen books for children and, most recently, William Wegman: Paintings (spring 2016/Abrams) with essays by Martin Filler, Amy Hempel, Robert Krulwich and Susan Orlean. He is working on a new book, surveying almost fifty years of photographs with his Weimaraners, which will be published by Thames and Hudson in 2017. Wegman lives in New York and Maine.