Gregg Schlanger is a professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash. He received his bachelor of fine arts from Boise State University in 1987 and his master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University in 1989. Schlanger’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. This includes a community public art commission for the city of Memphis, Tenn.; a community project for the city of Providence, R.I.; and a commission for the public library in Owensboro, Ky. He has received many awards including sponsorship by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Israel-Tennessee Visual Artist Exchange Project Fellowship, USIA Arts America Grant and New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the NEA. Schlanger works primarily in installations and community public art. He is interested in exploring through his projects the potential of creating a better “sense of place” (leading to a respect for that place and the environment). He said he believes this can happen through community involvement and the educational aspects that occur dealing with the various concepts of his work.
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