about the artist
Artist Biography:

Teacher and artist Doug Calisch, has recently completed his twenty-ninth year of teaching at Wabash College. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and his B.F.A. in 1976 from the University of Illinois. He regularly teaches 3-D Design Foundations and all levels of sculpture, ceramics and photography. In recent summers Doug has traveled to the American Southwest with student photographers teaching nomadic courses in black/white photography. Other field experiences have taken him to the Ecuadorian Rain Forest where he has taught Photography and ‰¥þField Observation,‰¥ÿ and to Mexico to teach Sculpture and Environmental Awareness. In 2004, Doug received the McClain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award.

As a professional artist, Doug continues to create public commissions and both sculpture and photographs for exhibition. He exhibits his work throughout the country and has over 25 solo exhibitions since 1990. His work can be found in over 50 public and private collections. Noted public commissions include, an installation for Purdue University, a work for Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie Indiana, and an outdoor sculpture for the city of Osaka, Japan. He continues to work on an ongoing series of wall-relief constructions using found and collected materials to create shrine-like assemblages. Concurrently, he photographs the locations where he scavenges the materials for his constructions. He has received four Indiana Arts Fellowships, a Lilly Open Faculty Grant, a McLain/McTurnan Research Fellowship and numerous awards for his sculpture. He has been the keynote speaker at the Art Education Association of Indiana and continues as an active juror for local and regional exhibitions.