Ethnic Heritage Museum’s Polish Gallery profiles Roland Poska

From press release

The Ethnic Heritage Museum’s Lithuanian Gallery, 1129 S. Main St., Rockford, is honoring local artist Roland Poska from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26. Poska has lived in and continues to work in southwest Rockford. He will demonstrate, on a small scale, the process and materials he uses to create his unique art.

Poska was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1938 to the parents of Lithuanian descent.

When he was about 10 years old, the family immigrated to Rockford. In the 1950s, his father bought the building that housed the Labunski bakery on Lincoln Avenue. His growing-up years were spent in southwest Rockford. In 1957, he graduated from Rockford West High School. He has attended Beloit (Wis.) College, University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and has a bachelor’s degree from Rockford College and a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy in Michigan.

He began to share his talents with the Rockford community as an instructor at Rockford College in 1963-1964. He has served as head of printmaking at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. His achievements also include being co-founder of the art school now known as the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Additional merits include Fishy Whale, a studio to help publish artists, and working as a consultant for ArtsPlace, a summer youth apprentice program for youth. He describes his work as “Deckle edge and defining the great human race.”

The Lithuanian Gallery of Ethnic Heritage Museum will share the history of Roland Poska’s art composition and theory beginning with his workshop Sunday, Sept. 26, at the museum. The Roland Poska exhibit will run through Nov. 28.

The community is welcome to attend the opening of this exhibit Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Ethnic Heritage Museum. There is no admission charge, although free-will offerings are appreciated. The museum is also open during the week by appointment for private tours and visits from school groups. Visitors may call the museum at (815) 962-7402 to schedule a weekly tour.

From the Sept. 22-28, 2010 issue

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