Paul Solomon

Paul Solomon
Associate Professor of Art, Direct Encounter
(269) 387-5255
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5354 Friedman Hall, Mail Stop 5213
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Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
  • M.F.A., Media Arts, Ohio State University
  • B.F.A., Photography, Rhode Island School of Design

Paul R. Solomon is an associate professor of art at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art where he is a director and lead teacher of the interdisciplinary program, director encounter. He is also a photographer, visual artist and writer. At WMU, Solomon designed a course titled the Skilled Observer in Art, Science, and Engineering. In 2013, he was recognized for his devotion to teaching by Western Michigan University with the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Solomon does concurrent research in many areas. Recently, he increased his focus on topics that intersect with art, design, science and engineering. He co-authored a paper with Dr. Anna Bergqvist, professor of philosophy in the UK, called “Cognitive Penetration in Art and Medicine,” in 2014. The paper was presented at the 4th Annual Medical Humanities Conference at Western Michigan University. In September 2015. Solomon also delivered a paper called “Gimme Shelter – It’s just a kiss away: Sacred Space Through the Eyes of an Artist,” at a retreat sponsored by Hazon, in Falls Bridge, Connecticut.

Solomon’s newest photographic body of work is titled “Boundaries of Eden,” and was shown first, in a one-person exhibition at Canvas Chicago in 2013. This work was recently included in a show in New York called “Rooted: The Ecological Duality of Nature and Jewish Identity.” Boundaries of Eden was featured in an exhibit in the Richmond Center for Visual Art in 2016.

Before coming to Western Michigan University, Paul ran a photographic business in New York City, and taught photojournalism as an adjunct professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He holds a B.F.A. degree from Rhode Island School of Design, and an M.F.A. degree from Ohio State University. He grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, playing in the woods, visiting Thomas Edison’s laboratories in West Orange, and making trips to the Museum of Natural History in New York City.


Paul R. Solomon; Roiled City, from the series Boundaries of Eden

Paul R. Solomon; Roiled City, from the series Boundaries of Eden