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Paul Solomon

Associate Professor of Art
Direct Encounter

MFA in Media Arts, The Ohio State University

BFA in Photography, Rhode Island School of Design


5354 Friedman Hall
(269) 387-5255


403 Park Trades Center www.paulrsolomon.com

Paul R. Solomon is a photographer, visual artist, and writer. He is director, and lead teacher of the interdisciplinary program Direct Encounter with the Arts. He designed a new course, The Skilled Observer in Art, Science, and Engineering, that he will also teach, beginning in 2016. Paul was recognized for his devotion to teaching by Western Michigan University with the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.

Paul does concurrent research in many areas. Recently he increased his focus on topics that intersect with art, design, science and engineering: He co-authored a paper with Dr. Anna Bergqvist, professor of philosophy in the UK, called “Cognitive Penetration in Art and Medicine,” in 2014. The paper was presented at the 4th Annual Medical Humanities Conference at Western Michigan University. In September 2015 Paul delivered a paper called “Gimme Shelter – It’s just a kiss away: Sacred Space Through the Eyes of an Artist,” at a retreat sponsored by Hazon, in Falls Bridge, Connecticut.

Paul’s newest photographic body of work is entitled “Boundaries of Eden,” and was shown first, in a one-person exhibition at Canvas Chicago, in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL, in 2013. This work was recently included in a show in New York called “Rooted: The Ecological Duality of Nature and Jewish Identity.” Boundaries of Eden was featured in an exhibit in the Richmond Center for Visual Art in 2016, from February 18 – April 21.

Before coming to Western Michigan University, Paul ran a photographic business in New York City, and taught photojournalism as an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

He holds a BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA degree from The Ohio State University. He grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, playing in the woods, visiting Thomas Edison’s laboratories in West Orange, and making trips to the Museum of Natural History in New York City.