TBAC to recognize Artist-in-Residence

Chad Szatkowski

Thunder Bay Arts Council and the TBAC Gallery present Chad Szatkowski as Artist-in-Residence for the months of January and February.

A collection of Szatkowski’s work will be on display at the TBAC Gallery during both months. An open house is planned in his honor this Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at gallery, located at 127 W. Chisholm.

As an artist, Szatkowski enjoys sculpture, water painting, acrylic paints, chalk and Indian ink. He has done several murals around the Alpena area for the public and private sector. He also has designed T-shirts and business signs, including logos.

An Alpena native, Szatkowski was born deaf in 1973 and has never heard a word as the nerves in his inner ear never developed.

“I have always had an interest in art in many forms,” he said. “I entered into the International Arts Festival for the hearing impaired and got Best of Show for my artworks, including Gold Medal necklace. I took First Place in photography and pointillism.”

Szatkowski received an Associate’s Degree in Visual Communication in Fine Arts at Northwestern Michigan University in Traverse City and a Graphics Art Degree from Alpena Community College. He also did an internship for tattooing in Grand Rapids.

“I wish to thank the Arts Council for the generous offer to display my works, and hope they will be pleased with the different medium I have to show,” Szatkowski said.

Friday’s event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.