Thanks 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 2006).
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
It was 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 campus.
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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