No Sanctuary From Public Criticism: Meet Philip Krejcarek, Photographer

What would you do if you were an artist whose work was suddenly the topic du jour of a conservative talk show radio? Meet Carroll University Professor Philip Krejarek, a photographer who faced public criticism for his exhibit, "Sanctuary."

While the subjects in Krejcarek's  2008 show involved the female form and themes of early Catholic concepts of adoration of women, Belling described the art as being lewd and criticized Krejcarek’s work as being anti-Christian. Belling's primary complaint was that the public relations official from Carroll University wouldn't make comments about the exhibition. But despite criticism on talk radio, the university stood by Professor Krejcarek and allowed the exhibition to continue.

You can hear a ten-minute clip from one of Belling's shows on the topic here: [audio http://www.aclu-wi.org/mp3/Belling2_03-07-08.mp3]

Philip Krejcarek has been a Professor of Art at the Waukesha’s Carroll University since 1977 and has been the Chairman of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts since 2009. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has published books of his work including the 1997 “Digital Photography: A Hands-on Introduction” and the 2003 “An Introduction to Digital Imaging.” His collections have been featured in the Milwaukee Art Museum; Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee; Denver Art Museum; Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine and across the City of Milwaukee. Gallery Night in the Historic Third Ward: Meet Professor Krejcarek The ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation will host an event featuring three Milwaukee area artists who have faced some form of censorship or limits on their expressive work.  The “Eye of the Beholder: Censorship in Art from Eden to Milwaukee” event will be held on Friday, April 20, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Artists include Philip Krejcarek as well as Anne Kingsbury and Fahimeh Vahdat. Learn more about the artists on our blog.  The Robert Marshall Building is a sponsor of the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation event.

The Gallery Night event is free, but donations in support of the civil liberties litigation and public education work of the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation are welcome. You can RSVP to the event or share it on Facebook. For more information or to be a sponsor of the event, contact Marion Ecks at mecks@aclu-wi.org.

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