Lessons 2018

William Earl Kofmehl, III
Artists in Residence: September 21, 2018 – July 28, 2019
slate, water, chalk, wood, reclaimed cast aluminum, paint

The work is delving into subject object interplay Impersonal and the personal The gaze Oral and Literate Culture Storytelling through seven performative lessons delivered...


The work is delving into subject/object interplay. Impersonal and the personal. The gaze. Oral and Literate Culture. Storytelling through seven performative lessons delivered throughout the entirety of the exhibition.

Varied forms of didacticism utilizing a linguistic approach teaching the unique, and irregular, English letter combinations. This approach initiates functionally illiterate students into the arcane mysteries of the English language, opening for the reader the “Thousand Most Common English Words” as well as thousands more in associated “word families.”


Curated by Adam Welch

About the Artist

William Earl Kofmehl, III, is a sculptor and native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kofmehl studied fine arts and civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University before earning his MFA from Yale University. He has exhibited work around the United States and internationally, and has held adjunct professorial appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (France), University of Pittsburgh, Geneva College, and Robert Morris University. Kofmehl’s work is composed of reclaimed cast bronze and aluminum alloys harvested from Pittsburgh’s industrial history. As a multidisciplinary artist, Kofmehl looks at the intersections between factual information, historical events and fictitious stories while commenting on social roles and divisions of labor.