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Wethli Named A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art

Story posted February 15, 1999

Feb. 23, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Mark C. Wethli, who has taught art at Bowdoin since 1985, was named the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art.

"Mark embodies a very broad perspective of the role of art in a liberal arts curriculum," said Alan Wells, associate dean for academic affairs. "He draws inspiration from the humanities and is always pushing the envelope, thinking about art not just as an end in and of itself. He's kind of a Renaissance man."

Wethli came to Bowdoin as an associate professor of art and director of the studio art division after teaching at California State University at Long Beach, University of Northern Iowa and Barry College in Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami in 1971, and his master's there two year s later. He also has worked as an art director at several New York publishing companies.

Wethli's paintings have been exhibited in major galleries and museums from coast to coast. In 1995, he was awarded a $20,000 endowment from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was one of only 21 painters so honored among more than 2,600 applicants, and the only one from New England.

The Boston Globe has called Wethli's small-scale paintings of realistic interiors "austere and classical," where people are not present but are never far away. A reviewer for "Artforum" said Wethli's images "hover…somewhere between the material and the metaphysical."

The A. LeRoy Greason Professorship was established in 1987 with a gift from Wendy A. and Leon A. Gorman in honor of Greason, who served as Bowdoin president from 1981 until his retirement in 1990. Before that, he was an English professor whose creative writing course had a lasting impact on Leon Gorman, '56. Proceeds from the endowment are used to fund professorships in the creative arts, from creative writing and speech to theater, dance, studio art and music.

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