Exhibit of Georg Vihos painting to open at UW-S

An UW-Sheboygan exhibit of the works of Georg Vihos will open after special art reception Friday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show runs through July 27.

Vihos was born in 1937 in Detroit. His art had its roots in his Greek heritage and what he always referred to as a “deep and mystical childhood.” His artistic career spanned more than fifty years, beginning in the late 1950s when he was a student at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. In 1968 he received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Prize, and a year later, he was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellow- ship that took him to Florence, Italy.

Throughout his life, Vihos traveled extensively in Italy, Greece, France and the United States. His art is deeply spiritual and uplifting, capturing the essence of things of the air: birds, feathers, butterflies, and flight itself.

In the early 1970s, Vihos taught at Wayne State University and the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and later at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. During all the years he was making art, he took on many projects with different youth organizations in the Detroit area to help youth-at-risk find their creative voices. He was much-loved by the many students he touched throughout his life. One of his favorite mottos was “You are an artist too!”

His large-scale works are in public and private collections, mainly in Michigan. His work can be seen at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Oakland University in Rochester, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, New Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, and many others.

The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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