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Minnesota artist is focus of film, exhibit at Furlong Gallery

February 26, 2013

The life and work of James Bakkom, a Minneapolis artist and film production designer, will be the focus of two events at University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Furlong Gallery.

The documentary, “Getting Lost in My Own Art” by Mark Wojahn will be shown at the gallery at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

James BakkomThe short film covers Bakkom’s life growing up in Wisconsin, his early work as a cowboy artist in South Dakota and later as a production designer in Minnesota, including for the films “Sweet Land,” and “Detective Fiction.” Bakkom, now semiretired, has returned to his roots as an artist.

The showing Thursday will be the Wisconsin premiere for the documentary. It premiered in Minnesota at the Twin Cities Film Fest in 2012 and on Minnesota Public Television in January.

The screening will be preceded by a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Furlong Gallery, with Bakkom and Wojahn scheduled to attend.

The event also will kick off the exhibit “The Creative World of James Bakkom,” which runs through March 29 featuring production drawings, paintings, film stills and video.

The events and exhibit are free and open to the public. Furlong Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on the first floor of Micheels Hall.

For more information, contact Professor Susan Hunt, 715-232-2261 or go to James Bakkom's website.

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