Michael Glier

photo-Michael Glier

Michael Glier ’75, is one of many Williams professors who are also practicing artists. Currently in Botswana, he is working on the third part of an ongoing project that involves painting on location in various parts of the world.

Antipodes, the project, is a road trip to paint outdoors in landscapes on opposite point of the globe. In the summer of 2009, I’ll travel to Botswana, and then in the winter of 2010, to its antipode, Hawaii. With any luck, I hope to spend the next few years visiting other antipodal landscapes to paint. The purpose, besides satisfying my curiosity and attempting to make a few memorable paintings, is both to respond to specific places and to visualize the earth. If we are to maintain the environment so that it’s fit to inhabit, we must simultaneously preserve our neighborhoods and consider the global consequences of our actions. To stretch one’s perception from the local to the global is a feat that requires imagination and empathy. It’s also a challenge that defines our time. Antipodes is an attempt to represent this challenge.

Glier describes the entire project here. From his five most recent paintings in progress, to essays chronicling his travels, the site is an adventure in itself. He writes fluidly, ranging easily from memories of growing up in Kentucky, to farm life in rural Botswana, to a rather frightening encounter while plein-air painting at “Woman’s Rock”. I encourage you to share in the experiences of the talented, adventurous Professor Glier.

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