for the Coverage
When Professor Emeritus Robert Bechtle discovered
his "slightly naughty" artistic process of projecting
photo images onto a canvas and then filling in the details, he found,
"That was like a curtain lifting on all kinds of possibilities"
("Inside the Photoreal World of Robert Bechtle," Spring
When someone lifts a curtain we get the inside view, the inside
story. I had seen the extraordinary exhibition of Bechtle's paintings,
highlighting 30 years of his work. But the University magazine profile
gave us that larger view: the story behind the canvas.
Throughout the piece, Rachel Howard added depth and range to the
portrait of Bechtle, filling in many of the details his life we
might not have seen or imagined. Thank you for lifting the curtain
on this artist's life, and providing us with an insightful profile
of yet another of the talented artists, writers, scholars who contribute
to the vibrant artistic atmosphere one finds at SF State.
Creative Writing, SF State
a thrill to see Professor Emeritus Bob Bechtle's watercolor
painting on the cover of the University magazine, reminding us
of our distinctive Bay Area light (on those precious sunny days
at least) and our distinguished faculty in the Art Department
here. Many of our current faculty and alumni are also receiving
critical acclaim for their creative work, further expanding the
University's legacy in the arts.
Thanks for this recognition of the importance of the arts on our
Art Department, SF State
Your spring issue certainly riveted my attention.
I read it cover to cover, including the President's Message, and
took a long, hard look at the birds on the inside back cover.
Keep up the excellent work.
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