John Bowman, professor of art, and Ann Shostrom, assistant professor of art, recently participated in a group exhibition, Geisterschatten (Ghost Shadows), at Dadapost Gallery, Berlin, Germany. The title refers to both the shadows of the World Trade Center, which fell across the Tribeca neighborhood where Bowman, Shostrom and a host of other artists lived and worked for more than 30 years, and a Chinatown gang who used the neighborhood for the disposal of victims of gang violence three decades ago. Other artists in the exhibition included Lance Cain, Gregory Hilton, Jean Holabird, Mark Sweeney, and Charles Yoder.
The exhibition was the first reunion of the artists since September 11, 2001, and reflected the experience of living and working in that neighborhood while celebrating the unity and determination of their creative community. Howard McCalebb, the director of Dadapost, was an artist residing in New York who relocated to Berlin shortly after the destruction of the Twin Towers.
Bowman is currently the professor-in-charge of the School of Visual Arts' drawing and painting concentration. His paintings and drawings have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. A working artist who has lived in New York City for decades, Bowman has shared his experience and contacts with students, and has often been the bridge between art school and the art world. In addition to his own teaching and professional experience, he helps bring dozens of visiting artists to the School of Visual Arts, and then connects those artists with students beyond the lecture and classroom environment.
Shostrom’s paintings operate within the seams of fine art and craft tradition using collage in modern and folk art. A native of Chicago who lives in New York City when not teaching at Penn State, Shostrom received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and M.F.A. from Syracuse University. She has exhibited in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally, including the Lindhart Foundation in Prague, Art Now in Goteborg, Sweden, and Rule Gallery in Denver.