Monday, October 15, 2012

IN MEMORIAM: Marc Awodey, 1960-2012

Marc Awodey
November 4, 1960 - October 13, 2012

Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of Vermont Art Zine

Trees by Marc Awodey, 2011
From Meg Brazill, Editor: I just heard a few hours ago that Marc Awodey passed away yesterday. I have heard that the family is planning a memorial service and that they will let people know when plans have been put in place.

If there's one thing I've discovered in the short time I've know him: it's impossible to pigeon-hole the man. Marc was a teacher, a mentor, a poet, a writer, a painter, a critic - so many things to so many people. He was the consummate artist - a huge appreciator of art while remaining critical. For me, Marc's advocacy of art, especially the art scene in Vermont, was what impressed me most. I will miss his assistance finding - and posting - news of interest about openings and exhibits around Vermont, and the many artists and writers he's already introduced me to. And I will miss his sense of humor, his activism, and his outspokenness.

Along with Janet Van Fleet, Marc co-founded, co-published and co-edited Vermont Art Zine in January 2009. After three+ years of this labor of love, they turned the Zine over to me in August 2012 to edit and publish into its next phase. I'm forever indebted to both of them for putting this fine work together to benefit the Vermont art scene. Marc's most recent review for Vermont Art Zine was covering the sculpture for Art Hop 2012.

When we were last in touch, he was finishing a proposal for teaching a writing workshop and had just referred several writers to Vermont Art Zine. He was looking forward to a site visit at Castleton State College where he was scheduled to have a show - and to the group show he was in, "The Art of Horror" at S.P.A.C.E. More images of Marc's work and a review of his 2011 exhibit at Johnson State College can be found here:

Rest in peace, Marc. You will be dearly missed and well remembered.

Venus by the Pool, by Marc Awodey, 2011

I'm reprinting here (with minor edits) his Wikipedia entry:

"Marc Awodey (November 4, 1960 - October 13, 2012) was an American contemporary artist and poet. His poetry collections include "Telegrams from the Psych Ward" (1999), "New York; A Haibun Journey" (2003). and "Senryu and Nudes" (2008) from Kasini House Books. He's also author of the collection of essays "Art and Machine: 95 theses" (2004) discussing his poetry vending machine project of the late 1990s. Awodey's paintings can be found in the Vermont State House collection and in many private collections throughout the United States. A prominent solo exhibition of his paintings was held in the lobby of the Vermont Supreme Court in 2008.

Awodey studied painting under George Earl Ortman at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and received an MFA from Cranbrook in 1984. He served on the faculty of Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, and Johnson State College. As an art critic, Awodey wrote over 500 reviews for Vermont's alternative weekly Seven Days. He also wrote for Art New England."
- End of Wiki entry.