Bill Lockwood’s first foray into arts programming came in Year TK when he was an undergraduate and booked the Kingston Trio into Dillon Gym. More than a half century after his college graduation, Lockwood, 73, is still booking talent at Princeton’s McCarter Theater and other venues.
Lockwood has been the special programming director for McCarter Theater’s classical music, dance, jazz, world music and world dance, and special events programs since 1963. Lockwood was with Lincoln Center from 1965 to 1990, first as assistant director of programming and beginning in 1970 as executive director of programming. In that capacity, he served as the director of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and also administered other regular performance programs including Great Performers Series and Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors and Serious Fun Festival, a series of performance art and new music series.
He has also served as a consultant to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the development of its artistic and business plans. In 1995 he was named principal programming associate of the $165 million center, which opened 1997.
He continues to split his time between McCarter and NJPAC. In his spare time he is an avid tennis player, gardener, and loyal son to his 99-year-old mother. He continues to attend performances in search of discovering new talent. He also sees many films that may eventually make it to his ever popular Second Chance Cinema, sponsored by the Princeton Adult School.
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J. Seward Johnson, 80, has enjoyed an illustrious career as a sculptor with his works of art being widely shown throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Russia, Italy, and Brazil. Johnson is well known for his highly realistic sculptures of ordinary people doing ordinary things; such as the man on a bench reading the New York Times in Princeton, and the father teaching his daughter to ride a bike on the streets of Hamilton.
You will also find Johnson’s more spectacular visions on view at the 37-acre Grounds For Sculpture artpark in Hamilton. These include his 25-foot-tall sailor and nurse kissing sculpture from his “Icons Revisited” series and several elaborate tableaux inspired by Impressionist paintings. This latter series — with life-sized bronze figures placed amid cunning landscaping — allow art viewers to literally walk into a Monet or a Renoir.
Johnson also has made his mark as an entrepreneurial philanthropist. With the creation of Grounds For Sculpture, the world famous sculpture park; Rats, the five-star rated restaurant that adjoins the park; and a magnificent collection of works of art by many artists valued at $40 million sited along the highways of Hamilton, in hospitals, museums, and elsewhere, Johnson has literally transformed the New Jersey landscape.
Recent projects include the placement of a bronze sculpture in Shanghai, China; an exhibition of 16 works in Albany, NY; and the siting of his 70 by l7-foot emerging giant sculpture in Rome, Italy.
Mel Leipzig, 75, a professor of painting and art history at Mercer County Community College, continues to pursue his two passions: painting and teaching. Born in Brooklyn in 1935, he has had more than 40 one-man shows during his career, with more exhibits scheduled for the fall of this year through the end of 2011.
Among his upcoming exhibits are two one-man shows, the first entitled “Artists, Architects and Others,” at Gallery Henoch, the New York City gallery that represents him, from September 16 to October 9, and the second at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ, from January through April, 2011. Additionally his work will be featured at the Stockton State College Gallery from January to February, 2011, and in a show at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA, from September to December, 2011, featuring three New Jersey artists who paint on Cape Cod.
Leipzig is one of seven painters included in the 2010 book, “Selected Contemporary American Figurative Painters,” edited by Qimin Liu, which introduces contemporary American realist painting to China. His career will be highlighted on New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts” television show, expected to air in January, 2011.
What kid hasn’t dreamed of a job that could take him to major sports events throughout the world? Dick Druckman, 71, left a 35-year career in the pharmaceutical industry — retiring as VP, strategic planning, Bristol-Myers Squibb — to pursue his dream of becoming a sports photographer.
His Gold Medal Impressions Gallery at TK Princeton-Hightstown Road opened in 2009, and features thousands of different sports images — many of which have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Parade Magazine, Squash Magazine, the Associated Press, USA Today, and newspapers throughout the country. He has photographed ten Olympics and eight Super Bowls. Some of his most popular shots include Michael Jordan’s final game in Chicago, Wayne Gretzky’s final face-off in New York, and Lance Armstrong’s seventh consecutive Tour de France victory.
Potter Sheila Coutin first turned to art not as a way to while away her spare time but rather to deal with the stress of her day job. Having spent most of her career as an operating room nurse, including 15 years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Coutin then took on the challenge of running an inner city AIDS clinic in New Brunswick.
In the 10 years on that job she discovered that throwing around lumps of clay became, she says, “a great way to deal with the pain and frustration of watching beautiful young people suffer and die from this devastating disease, and a system that, at least in the early days, didn’t seem to care about them.”
In her retirement she became a Master Gardener volunteer (after the Rutgers Extension Service 40-hour course), took pottery classes at Raritan Valley Community College, and continues to attend workshops at Peter’s Valley Craft Village.
Her work is eclectic, she says, mainly because she would soon lose interest sitting at the wheel making 50 mugs or bowls. Instead she makes both functional and sculptural pieces, much of which is designed for gardens. She has won awards at the Artsbridge Annual Art Show in Lambertville and the prestigious Phillips Mill Art Show in New Hope, PA.
She also works in raku, a fast-firing Japanese technique known for its beautiful lusters and metallic effects. She has discovered through clay that she is drawn to fantasy and intrigued by the combinations and connections between plant, animal, and human forms. The possibilities, she says, are limited only by her imagination.