Ellouise Schottler, host of Stories In Time From Home has guest Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. He has been a part of American University for 47 years and counting. Jack and American are celebrating their 15 year anniversary with the Katzen Arts Center. Jack says his secret to success, is doing what the artist wants. He continues to work on Exhibitions, even if its to cancel or reschedule them because of the pandemic. He administrates the Museum with his Amazing Staff, and Fundraises to be able to continue existing.
Recently American University had a virtual guest and man of the year (I nominate him), Dr. Fauci. He was bringing everyone up to date with the course of the Pandemic. Which realistically the Museum won’t be operational until at least April 2021. In the mean time online is where you can find all the programing that the Museum would of had up. Currently there is a Series of Shows called Contested Space. It is specifically designed to address issues in the upcoming Presidential Election. Topics include Environment, Weaponization of Immigration, and Questions of Identity. Jack and Elouise discuss a major problems amongst Artists. What should you do with you Art? One suggestion is Art Connection, which is an organization that takes art and puts it on the walls of nonprofit organizations in Maryland.
Jack also mentions two local artists he believes we all would enjoy. Lisa Brotman a talented Figurative Artist and Joe Shannon a very difficult and controversial artist with extremely challenging art. Definitely visit these artist websites and American University Museum to support your local artist and take some time to reflect on your world and what does these pieces say to you?