November 4, 2010
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
Traversing with Mentors and Social Responsibility through the Visual Arts
Don Desmett is founding Exhibitions Director of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University. Desmett received his M.F.A. from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has a B.F..A. from The University in Akron. From 2000 to 2004 Desmett was Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He also served as Director and Curator of The Tyler Galleries at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia (1990-98).
Desmett has organized major exhibitions for The Museum for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous exhibitions at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia.
Desmett has published a number of exhibition catalog essays, including Sculptural Concepts and Charismatic Abstraction, for the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Arnold Mesches Painting History, for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The Price of Powerfor the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Jerry Kearns Deep Cover: The Deadly Art of Illusion andMike Glier: Garden Court for Temple University's Tyler School of Art. His latest exhibition and exhibit catalog project was Yinka Shonibare, MBE: Film, Photography and Sculpture that recently closed at the Richmond Center in October of this year.