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John Hitchcock - professor and artist, UW-Madison

Professor and Dean of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. Recipient of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant; Jerome Foundation Grant; the Creative Arts Award and Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts, Hitchcock’s works on paper and multimedia installation consists of prints and moving image that mediate the trauma of war and the fragility of life. Images of U.S. military weaponry are combined with mythological hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains of western Oklahoma to explore notions of assimilation and control.

Bury the Hatchet is artist John Hitchcock’s mixed media, cross-disciplinary, multi-sensory installation. Hitchcock combines his interests in printmaking, Rock n’ Roll, and Kiowa and Comanche history into one visual expression that offers a re-telling of the narrative of the American Frontier. Working from the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, Bury the Hatchet explores issues of assimilation, acculturation, and indoctrination through oral history and music. Bury the Hatchet develops a shared language to interrogate historic and modern institutions to prompt a re-definition and re-imagining of our present reality.