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Art by John Fennell on Display in Bookmark Cafe

Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor John Fennell has been a painter as long as he’s been a journalist. In 25 years as a writer and editor, Fennell has worked in almost every variety of print media: a wire service, newspapers and magazines. He is also the editor of a book on typography and the author of a biography. He joined the MU magazine faculty in August 2005 and holds the Meredith Chair for Service Journalism. He teaches writing and magazine publishing.

During his 13-year tenure as editor of Milwaukee Magazine, the publication was nominated for the National Magazine award, the Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial reporting (twice) and won more than 160 national and local awards. Under his leadership, the magazine was also honored by the Society of Publication Design, the Society of Illustrators and won more awards than anytime in the history of the magazine, including two gold awards for general excellence.

He has exhibited his paintings in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis and in Columbia at PS Gallery. There is a current exhibition of his abstract work, “The Geometry of Light,” in the School of Journalism’s Strategic Communication office in Walter Williams Hall.

He can be reached on campus at 321A Lee Hills Hall, 882-8966.

A review of John Fennel’s Night Lights series.