Silver Lake College has named its art gallery for Green Bay sculptor and ceramist Donald P. Taylor, a former SLC adjunct art professor.
“Don has helped support the space and has been a good friend of the art department for a number of years,” said SLC Art Professor Sister Mariella Erdmann.
Taylor has donated money and art supplies and was a consistent presence as the space on the Manitowoc campus was being renovated, Erdmann said.
“Every time I had a question, I asked his advice and he gave it,” she said.
Taylor arrived at Silver Lake College on Wednesday night thinking he was taking part in an artist reception for the opening of his exhibit. What he didn't know was that the reception also served as a celebration of naming the gallery in his honor.
“What an amazing surprise,” Taylor said. “It’s always been a pleasure to work with Sister Mariella and the college. It was great fun helping with this gallery.”
The Donald P. Taylor Gallery, formerly known as Gallery 117, was completed in June 2014.
Taylor, who taught at SLC in 1984-85, retired in 2011 from St. Norbert College in De Pere after 27 years as its galleries director, art curator and adjunct associate professor of art. Upon retiring he was granted the honorary title of Director of Galleries and Curator Emeritus. Taylor spent a total of 41 years in higher education.
An exhibit of Taylor’s works, aptly called “Is There Life and Art After Retirement?” is on display in his namesake gallery through March 25. The exhibit features pyramidal objects and tree-derived forms.
The public is invited to view the exhibit from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Silver Lake College is located at 2406 S. Alverno Road. For more information, please call (920) 686-6181.