Ron Scott Teachworth
I am the founder of the Detroit Art Review. The mission at the Detroit Art Review is to review visual art exhibitions in the Detroit Metro area. Philosophically, our audience is broad and diverse. I like A.O. Scott’s explanation, “that we are, in fact, all critics, because criticism informs almost every aspect of creation, social interaction, and private feeling.”
I was born in Detroit, attended graduate school at Wayne State University in painting, and I have always considered myself part of the Detroit Art Community. I have written and published a novel, a collection of short stories, and a young middle school picture book. I paint and write full time.
In the writing of art criticism, there are primarily three types of writers: Journalists, Art Historians, and Artists. I fall into category three, as I have a visual art practice and have exhibited for over thirty-five years, primarily in southeastern Michigan. Because I had worked in public television as a writer/producer, I developed some writing skills, and when I retired from that profession, I turned my writing to art criticism and fiction.
I usually select an exhibit where I feel I might have something to say that is constructive. This would usually be a painting, photographic, sculpture, or mixed media exhibition. I prefer working on solo exhibitions that provide me with some space to go deeper into the work. I try to understand the perspective of the artist through an artist statement or an interview. I visit the exhibition space and take notes that capture my reaction to the work in the present. I do a rough draft as soon as possible and then begin the research process. I add the research elements and imagery to the polish. The final stage is submitting to an editor for his/her review. Each writer has their own style and approach to writing reviews at the Detroit Art Review. Contact: ron1441(at)comcast.net
Dennis A. Nawrocki
Dennis A. Nawrocki serves as adjunct faculty in the department of art and art history at Wayne State University. He directed Center Galleries at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies from 1990 to 1998, in addition to teaching art history there from 1990 to 2005. Author of Art in Detroit Public Places (Wayne State University Press, 2008) and a freelance critic, Nawrocki has reviewed national and international exhibitions for Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, New Art Examiner, and Metro Times.
K.A. Letts is a working artist http://kalettsart.com and art blogger http://rustbeltarts.com. A graduate of Barnard College (BA History) and Yale Drama School (MFA Set and Costume Design). In addition to writing for Detroit Art Review, Letts reviews art in the Great Lakes region for Ann Arbor Current, The Toledo City Paper and AADL Pulp. She is also the Detroit Editor for the Chicago-based New Art Examiner. Letts has shown her figurative paintings and drawings regionally and nationally.
Jonathan Rinck studied at the smallest university in Canada and the oldest university in Scotland. In addition to the Detroit Art Review, he has written for Sculpture magazine, Hyperallergic, Michigan History magazine, Publishers Weekly, and a smattering of other fine print and Online publications.
Nadja Rottner is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She holds dual Master’s degrees in Art History from the Karl Franzen’s University in Graz, Austria, and Columbia University, New York. In 2009, she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, discussing the understudied performances of Claes Oldenburg. Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, Hunter College, and the New School for Social Research in New York City, as well as at the California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco.
She writes in the fields of modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on American and Latin American art after 1945. In her writing, she engages with art of all formats located at varying intersections: between the visual, literary, and the performing arts, between art and technology, art and science, as well as art in transnational contexts.
Clara W. DeGalan
Clara W. DeGalan attended the University of Michigan and recently graduated with her MFA in painting from Wayne State University. She is a painter who exhibits in the Detroit metro area on a regular basis and has written for various publications. She teaches drawing and painting as an adjunct instructor for various Universities.