Art Faculty Share Experiences of Turkey

Detail from Dixon's 'Shared Histories/Ortak Tarihler' seriesDetail from Dixon's 'Shared Histories/Ortak Tarihler' seriesTwo Albion College instructors share unique and fascinating views of ancient and modern Turkey in a presentation Monday, November 21 at 4 p.m. in Bobbitt Auditorium. Studio art professor Michael Dixon and visiting art historian Veronica Kalas both traveled to Turkey this year for scholarly and creative projects.

Studio art professor Dixon applied his Albion College Blanchard Fellowship to a four-month stay in Turkey earlier this year. Living with a Turkish family of African descent, Dixon immersed himself in the unique biracial African-Turkish experience to produce a series of paintings. Kalas, a visiting professor of art history, has spent many years studying early Christian imagery in the region. She also works with the Smithsonian Institution, guiding tours of “tunnel cities” in Turkey, underground communities established by early Christians to avoid detection among the larger community.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Art and Art History department manager Sue Havens at or 517/629-0246.