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Grinnell's Skelly named MWC Men's Basketball Performer of the Week

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell College’s Matt Skelly ‘12 has been named the Midwest Conference Men’s Basketball Performer of the Week.

Skelly, a 6-4, 182-pound sophomore forward from Phoenix, Ariz. (St. Mary’s), played a big role in Grinnell’s weekend wins over Lawrence University and Carroll University. He tallied 20 points in a 90-89 victory over Lawrence and was a sizzling 9-of-16 from 3-point range and finished with 30 points in the Pioneers’ buzzer-beater win over Carroll. The win over Carroll was the Pioneers’ first in the last five tries, with the previous victory coming on Dec. 1, 2007.

The Women’s Performer of the Week was Lisa Nassin of Lake Forest College.

Nakamura named to All-MWC First Team for 4th year in a row

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)


For the fourth time in her career, Grinnell College women's soccer player Miki Nakamura '10 (left) has been named to the All-Midwest Conference First Team.

Nakamura, a midfielder/forward from Honolulu, Hawaii (Kamehameha), finished among the Pioneers' all-time leaders in points (127), goals (49) and assists (29). This season, she tied a MWC and program record for assists in a game with five in a win over Illinois College. She finished 2009 with six goals, eight assists and 20 points.

Another Pioneer, Laura McElroy '11 (right), was named to the All-MWC Honorable Mention list. McElroy, a keeper from Springfield, Mo. (Glendale), had an .829 save percentage and 1.71 goals against average in conference play this season while posting two shutouts.

League champion Carroll University swept the individual awards, as Cody Callender was named the MWC Offensive Player of the Year, Ashlee Reinke was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Jason Bretzman won the Coach of the Year award.
All-Conference Release

Boehm, Bradley named to All-MWC 2nd team; 3 other Pioneers on honorable mention list

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)


Grinnell College football players Ryan Boehm '10 and Marquis Bradley '11 have been named to the All-Midwest Conference Second Team for the 2009 campaign.

Boehm, a repeat All-MWC selection after earning honorable mention status in 2008, was named to the squad at a special teams spot and Bradley as a linebacker.

Boehm, who was also a key defensive back for the Pioneers, returned 18 punts this season for 125 yards, a 6.9-yard per return average. On defense, he finished fourth on the team in tackles with 70 while also breaking up six passes. Bradley finished second on the team and third in the conference with 107 tackles, including 16 for loss, and three sacks. He also forced three fumbles, recovered one and had an interception.

Honorable mention selections from Grinnell included wide receiver Robert Seer '12, offensive lineman Chris Jarmon '12 and defensive back Marc Heronemus '11.

Seer led the Pioneers in receiving this season with 47 catches for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 76 yards a game. Heronemus ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 52, including 2.5 for loss, while also intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Jarmon was a key blocker for an offense that produced more than 2,900 yards of offense during the season.

Conference champion Monmouth College swept the individual All-MWC awards, with quarterback Alex Taney repeating as Offensive Player of the Year and Steve Bell winning the Coach of the Year award again. Anthony Goranson was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year.
2009 All-Conference Team

Grinnell soccer teams earn national academic honors

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell College was one of 99 institutions to have both its men's and women's soccer programs earn the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

A total of 576 teams earned the award, 333 women's squads and 143 on the men's side. Squads must have a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be honored.

The Grinnell women are coached by Heather Benning and the men by Brian Jaworski.

Academic Award Winners

Prouty, Exarhos again named to Scholar All-Region Team

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell College's JP Prouty '10 (left) was named to the first team of the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-North/Central Region Men's Soccer Team, while teammate Alex Exarhos '10 (right) was a second-team selection.

Prouty, a defender from Stilwell, Kan., is a biological chemistry major and Exarhos, a defender from Richland, Wash., is majoring in computer science. Prouty is a three-time All-Region selection, twice before earning third-team honors, while Exarhos was a third-teamer last year. Both again helped the Pioneers earn the Team Academic Award from the NSCAA.

Prouty and Exarhos, who are also multiple All-Midwest Conference selections, helped anchor a Pioneer defense that gave up a measly 1.43 goals a game. Both also ranked second on the team in assists with three, while Prouty was third in goals with five. Exarhos had one goal.

One Grinnell women's player, forward Frances Leslie '10, was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Women's Team. An honorable mention selection, the English major also helped the Pioneer women claim the 2009 Team Academic Award from the NSCAA.

Leslie led the Pioneers in goals in 2009, including a four-goal performance against Illinois College that was just one shy of the school record.

See Scholar All-Region Teams

Reich named to Academic All-District First Team; Jamison is Second-Team selection

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 Grinnell College's Henry Reich '09 has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country First Team, while Thomas Jamison '09 was a Second-Team selection.

By being named to the First Team, Reich is now in the running to be an NCAA Academic All-American. That team will be named in the near future.

Reich, a physics/mathematics major from Mahtomedi, Minn., has three conference titles to his credit this school year, winning the Midwest Conference individual cross country crown in 2008 (25 minutes, 51 seconds) and MWC indoor titles in the 3000- and 5000-meter races (8:46.61 and 15:09.55). He led Grinnell to just the third perfect cross country score in league history last fall (1 through 5 finish) and guided the Pioneers to the NCAA National Meet.

He was also the winner of the Roy W. LeClere Award, which is given to the MWC male student-athlete with the highest GPA his junior year. He ranks sixth all-time on Grinnell's 8 kilometer cross country chart and was offered an interview for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Jamison, a history major from Portland, Ore., won the 1500-meter run at the 2009 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He had a clocking of 4:01.07 in the event. Jamison also broke into Grinnell's all-time leader chart in the mile run during the indoor campaign.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic Teams are co-sponsored by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

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Unfinished Business

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Shanghai was our last stop in China, and I was unable to post a blog about our experiences before we flew home. As the largest city in China, Shanghai (the city) is home to as many people as Florida (the state).  Not only do about 20 million people call the city home, but Shanghai is currently hosting World Expo 2010, which is averaging about 500,000 visitors A DAY. Needless-to-say, Shanghai was crowded, particularly in the places which tourists frequent. We made our pilgrimages to The Bund, gazing across the river at the high-rise extravaganza of Pudong; to Nanjing Road with its historic and contemporary department stores and shopping malls, neon lights, and throngs; and to People’s Park with its gardens and museums. Warning:  do not take the subway in Shanghai between 5:00 and 7:00 pm if you are claustrophobic.

But there are areas where we got away from the crowds and discovered a less frenetic side of Shanghai. In the early 20th century, Shanghai was controlled by European countries, each of which had their own “concession” or area under their governmental control.  The French Concession is still an historic district within the Shanghai master plan and retains a quieter pace, with few high rises and a European feel to the streets and shops. We took the metro to the French Concession one evening for dinner, and to another part the next morning to stroll the streets.

When we visited the Urban Planning Institute, we learned more about the parts of the city that the Chinese will preserve in the future.  The third floor of the Urban Planning Institute has an enormous scale model of the city, which really drives home the size of the urban landscape.  Without a preservation plan, it’s clear that Shanghai would likely lose most of its historic treasures in the mad march to modernize and provide for its millions of inhabitants.  Luckily they are working to protect the past as they create the future.

The Shanghai Museum is an amazing institution—one of the premier museums of Chinese art and culture. Like the Nanjing Museum, it has galleries devoted to ceramics, jade, bronzes, lacquerware, but it also has extensive galleries of Chinese painting and calligraphy. We knew we couldn’t see it all, so we concentrated on the paintings, ceramics and bronzes.  We had not had the chance to really look at an extensive collection of historic Chinese painting and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with the scrolls.  The collection is installed chronologically, which is typical in Chinese museums, so we could see stylistic evolutions.  The labels, however, were quite connoisseurial, relating each artist to his predecessors and noting the age of the artist at the time he created the scroll. The labels were not very helpful in pointing out stylistic details or information about the subject.

The huge bronze collection at the Shanghai Museum was a revelation. The pieces, again chronological, were beautifully presented in special cases with good labels.  We were amazed by the intricacy and workmanship of the bronze vessels, which were as much as 5,000 years old.  The galleries finished with a section showing, step by step, how bronzes were cast, which was very informative.

Across the park is MOCA Shanghai.  The curator, Victoria Lu, visited Grinnell a few years ago and I was interested to see her museum. The structure is contemporary and dramatic in design.  The day we visited an Italian motor scooter manufacturer was rolling out three new bikes and the entrance was taken up with promoters and fans of the product.  Inside was a most peculiar show called “Stay Real Forever,” which purported to be a view of the 21st-century generation’s sensibilities. It featured work by KEA, an appropriation artist, No2Good, a creator of popular culture figures (a sort of Chinese Hello Kitty), and Ashin, a rock musician who also fancies himself an artist. The work all tried to critique culture in fairly heavy handed and obvious ways.  The cartoony quality of the pieces had a nice commercial sheen and the “mousy” figures were wildly popular with the camera-wielding teens visiting MOCA. I was not convinced.  C

I may have been unfairly prejudiced against the exhibition since we went straight there from the MoGanShan art district, where we saw a lot of galleries and some really remarkable shows.  But I’ll save that story for another blog. 

Watching and Wanting

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Television is a funny medium. It brings us together through shared viewing experiences, and it isolates us in a pool of light in a darkened room.  We look to the ubiquitous box for information, forgetting that what we see is produced and edited to fit a format. What we receive is someone’s creation.

How fitting, then, for artists to create art from the created reality of television. The four summer exhibitions at the Faulconer Gallery (Grinnell College) delve into the least scripted moments of television as well as the manufactured realities received through the airwaves.  Two of the exhibitions are specifically based on TV as a medium.  The other two dig deeper into the desires that undergird American life. The 4 exhibitions were curated by Dan Strong, our curator of exhibitions and the Gallery’s associate director.

Like a bank of TV monitors, the exhibitions present a sea of familiar (and not so familiar) faces.  Viewers will challenge one another to identify this or that famous person.  Michael Van den Besselaar snags the images for his portraits from TV screens. Caught in a single frame, they lose all quality of animation and are oddly specific and anonymous at the same time. He further underscores the brutality of TV by including his Larger Than Life series—black and white images of the famous and unknown in death, or, as Dan says, their final close-up.  Backing onto these paintings is an actual bank of TV monitors showing Harry Shearer’s (yes, that Harry Shearer) The Silent Echo Chamber. We learn in these largely silent, endless minutes, that all those people we are used to seeing and hearing in animated discussion of the day’s events, first have to sit, and sit, and sit in front of the camera, waiting to be cued. How long must they wait, we wonder? What do they think about as they fidget, stare, or slump? What would we do for minutes on end, with our nothingness recorded on film for posterity?

Watching TV has a lot to do with desire. We want to know. We want to consume. We want to live vicariously. Desire in its most elemental form drives the virtuoso painting Feast by Brian Drury. Without giving too much away, Drury paints the base desires of our creature companions on this American continent, doing what they must to survive and thrive.

Mark Wagner makes desire explicit, in a sense, by literally creating his art out of money, dollar bills to be precise.  Cutting and collaging the myriad details found on the two surfaces of our most common piece of paper, he makes tour-de-force portraits and recreations of famous paintings. Familiar faces from Chuck Close to Mona Lisa, commodified by their monetary materials, underscore the connection between price and value. He pushes this connection further with titles like Employee of the Month, 2006 and Fortune’s Daughter, 2005, which depict people we are unlikely to know but who get their moment of fame (at a specific dollar value) at the hands of the artist.

The exhibition left me thinking about desire, and how it isn’t always pretty. These 4 glimpses of unlooked for longings underscore that what we want most may be more appropriate for the 10 o’clock news than for decent human conversation. As Dan Strong notes, we are witness to the “collision of hopeful ideals and unrelenting reality that is TV” and our larger American life.

A Little Background, Please

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Most days find me at my desk at the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College. Currently I am preparing to travel to China as part of a long-standing faculty exchange between Grinnell and Nanjing University. Faculty from Nanjing come to Grinnell to conduct research and to instruct our students in Chinese language. Faculty from Grinnell travel to Nanjing to conduct research and to teach in their areas of specialty. The exchange is over 20 years old and has forged strong ties between Grinnell and one of the great universities of China.

While in China, I have two specific goals along with my daily task of acting as a sponge to absorb as much as I can of Chinese art and culture. I will be teaching a course on museum studies in which I will try, in four short weeks, to outline the basic issues and ideas behind American art museums. I originally proposed the course because of the explosion of contemporary Chinese art and a desire to better understand the museum worlds of our two countries. I've since learned through a recent article by Barbara Pollack that the Chinese are building and developing over 1000 new museums, but don't have much infrastructure for staffing and running them. I hope my course can be a tiny contribution to the future of museums in China.

I will also be scouting artists and scholars who may be able to travel to Grinnell in 2011 as part of an exhibition in development. Because Grinnell has a long-standing relationship with China, we've wanted to present a Chinese art exhibition. Our first attempt will be an exhibition curated by Deborah Rudolph of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at  U.C. Berkeley. Her show features the beginnings of commercial printmaking in Ming period China. The artists we hope to bring will enliven the exhibition with demonstrations of traditional paper making, woodblock carving, woodblock printing and book binding. Professor Andrew Hsieh of Grinnell College has done some preliminary work on this project, and I eagerly await my chance to carry it forward.

I will be traveling with my husband, Dr. Donald Doe, a lecturer in Art at Grinnell College.  He will be teaching a course on the history of American landscape painting--a tradition, at 200 years old, just a bit younger than the Chinese landscape tradition, which is over 1000 years old. He's excited to see what kind of dialogue ensues around landscape.

I'm delighted that I will have someone with whom I can compare notes every day and who can help puzzle out all the mysteries that abound in the course of travel. Our first stop will be Hong Kong for a few days, then on to Nanjing.  On to packing!