Assistant Professor, Painting/Foundations
Fortushniak’s landscape paintings have evolved from commentaries about our poor stewardship for the environment to subtle commentaries about our corroded hearts. The re-contextualization of appropriated figures from art history in his paintings creates multiple time frames to convey that the concerns for the heart and soul are the same in the present as they were in the past.
Fortushniak’s recent solo exhibitions include “In a Little While”, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio; “Out of the Pit”, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.; and “Paintings”, College of Southern Nevada Fine Arts Gallery, Nev. Recent group exhibitions include “Tempo”, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio; Halpert Biennial, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Ashville, N.C.; and Westmoreland Museum of American Art Juried Biennial, Greensburg, Pa.; along with public collections at Spencer Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, and the Des Moines Art Center.
MFA in Painting, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
BFA in Painting, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Mich.