Art History Prehistory to the Renaissance
What you'll learn
- Help you pass college.
- Visit a museum or art gallery and know what you are talking about!
- Impress your friends and lovers!
- Pass any basic level art history class at the college level.
The history of art from Prehistory to the Early Renaissance
This is part one of a year-long college-level survey course in art history. This course covers art history from the Prehistoric Era to the beginning of the European Renaissance.
This course also covers ancient non western art in the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
This course is designed as a basic college-level survey of art history. I provide an online textbook as well as study guides and worksheets. This course covers the language used to discuss art. A complete overview of art, culture, and architecture.
Each work is covered in depth, the works physical or formal properties are discussed such as technology used to create the work, color, medium, materials, composition, and shading.
The symbolism of each work is discussed and how to interpret the interrelationship of symbols in a work of art.
This course is the actual content of a course I taught at an accredited college in California called Ohlone college.
I designed this course as a series of clear, non-jargon laden video lectures and texts designed to help any student who wants to pass AP art history and or any beginning level art history survey course.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES:
To assimilate a working knowledge of the periods traditionally known as Ancient, Classical, Medieval, African, Asian (India, China, Japan, or Southeast Asia), MesoAmerica, etc.
To develop an awareness of the monuments, techniques and media used during these periods.
To discover the stylistic differences and modes of of expression peculiar to different cultures.
To introduce to the student, significant examples of the visual arts pertinent to gaining a working knowledge of Ancient Art and Architecture.
To prepare students for ensuing courses of Art History.
To increase a student's sensitivity to the art of both the European and non-western cultures.
Hi! I'm Kenney Mencher. I am a semi retired professor of Art and Art History from Ohlone College in Fremont. (Now I'm a full time artist and I teach part time at West Valley College in Saratoga California.) My lecture style is casual and clear. I don't believe in using a lot of jargon or overly complicated language. Here's the rest of the stuff you might like to know about me:
Resume: KENNEY MENCHER
1993-1995 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH MFA Painting
1991-1994 University of California, Davis, CA MA Art History -Thesis Title: "Vampires, the Audiences they Consume."
1988-1991 City University of New York, Bronx, NY Magna Cum Laude; BA Art History
1985-1986 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH & Spring 1988
1981-1985 Art Students' League, Manhattan, NY
1978-1982 Art & Design High School, Manhattan, NY
2019-Present Instructor Art History, West Valley College, Saratoga, California
1999-2016 Professor of Art & Art History, Ohlone College, Fremont, California
1998-1999 Instructor of Art History & Western Civilization, San Francisco University High School
1996-1998 Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, Texas A&M University, Laredo, TX
1995-1996 Curator of Visual Resources, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1995-1996 Adjunct Instructor, University of Chicago, IL
EXHIBITIONS: Solo and Two Person 2012 Ohlone College, Fremont CA Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist. (Solo)
2012 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento CA Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist. (Solo)
2012 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist. (Solo)
2012 Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos CA Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist. (Solo)
2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA Renovated Reputations: Paintings, Installation and Mixed Media by Kenney Mencher with publication edited by the artist. (Solo)
2009 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA In Black and White: Monochromatic Paintings by Kenney Mencher and Caroline Meyer
2009 Dahlia Woods Gallery, Dallas, Texas Cool Shades, Kenney Mencher and Linda Sheets
2008 Art Museum of Los Gatos, California Sex, Politics and Misogyny Peter Langenbach and Kenney Mencher
2008 Sequential Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon Cads and Coquettes (Solo)
2008 Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, California Lovers and Liars (Solo)
2007 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA Faces and Farces (Solo)
2007 Dahlia Woods Gallery, Dallas, Texas The Return of the Maltese Falcon (Solo)
2007 Gallery 2611, Redwood City, California Clichés and Characters (Solo)
2006 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico Kenney Mencher: Recent Work (Solo)
2006 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA Apperceptions and Allegories (Solo)
2006 Norton Studio Gallery, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA Being There (Solo)
2006 Esteban Sabar Gallery, Oakland, CA Similes and Sayings (Solo Show)
2006 Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA Mixed Metaphors (Solo Show)
2005 Dig Fine Art, Providence, RI Clichés & Proverbs (Solo Show)
2005 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA Hamlettes on Wry (Solo Show)
2005 Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA (Solo Show)
2004 Louie-Meager Art Gallery, Gary Soren Smith Center, Ohlone College, CA Dress Code (Solo Show)
2004 STRS Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2002 Louie Art Gallery, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA Too Knew: Kathryn Frank and Kenney Mencher
2001 Craighead-Green, Dallas, TX Kenney Mencher and Connie Connally
1997 Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX Art Department Teaching Gallery Relationships (Solo Show)
1997 Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX Noir Images (Solo Show)
1994 Brody Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH Androgynous Paintings of V. (Solo Show)
1993 Garden Gallery, Sacramento, CA California Landscapes (Solo Show)
2011 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA The Men's Room
2010 Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA Go Figure
2010 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, California, Resurgence
2008 ArtHaus Gallery, San Francisco, California Figurative Works by Gallery and Guest Artists
2007 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM 14th 14th Annual Realism Invitational 2007
2006 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM 13th Annual Realism Invitational
2006 Triton Art Museum, Santa Clara, CA Beyond the Likeness: Self Portraits by California Artists
2006 Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, PA The Go Figure Show: Artistic Interpretation of Figure Elements
2005 Klaudia Marr, Santa Fe, NM 12th Annual Realism Invitational
2005 Blue Line Gallery, Atlanta, GA Grand Opening Group Show
2004 Craighead-Green, Dallas, TX
2004 Red Ink Studio, San Jose, CA
2003 Hang Gallery Palo Alto, CA One More Thing Before I Go
2003 Hang Gallery San Francisco, CA Can't Sleep
2002 Hang Gallery San Francisco, CA Small Works
2002 The Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA The View from Here: Anna Conti, Joel Tarbox and Kenney Mencher
2002 Period Gallery, Omaha, NE Painting
2002 Period Gallery, Omaha, NE Faces 2001 Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas TX Connie Connaly and Kenney Mencher
2001 Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA The Figurative Show
2000 Bryant Gallery, Jackson, MI Works on Consignment
2000 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA Small Works
2000 Hanson Gallery, Knoxsville, TN Faces and Figures
1999 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA First Annual Realism Invitational
1999 Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas TX Consignment Works
1999 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA Anniversary Group Exhibition
1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA Small Works
1998 Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA Nancy Switzer, Milt Kobayashi, and Kenney Mencher
1998 Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas TX Consignment Works
1998 Craighead/Green Gallery, Dallas TX Michael Magovoro and Kenney Mencher
1998 Primary Object Gallery, San Antonio, TX
1996 Martin Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, TX Ron Hoover, Katie Pell and Kenney Mencher
1995 Tangeman Center Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH Thesis Exhibit
1994 Mason Fine Art Gallery, Mason, OH Jan Brown Checco, Ken Landon Buck, Irwin Greenburg, and Kenney Mencher
1994 KZF Gallery, Cincinnati, OH Manmade and Natural Landscapes
1994 Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY Consignment Artists Show
1994 Semantics Gallery, Cincinnati, OH Burrell, Simmons, & Mencher
1994 840 Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH The Innocent Eye Test
1993 Davis Art Center, Davis, CA
1992 Images Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 The National Arts Club, Manhattan, NY Fifteenth Annual Student Exhibition Honorable Mention
1986 Arts Consortium Gallery, Cincinnati, OH Monumental Still Life Drawings
1986 Chidlaw Gallery, Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH Show in honor of scholarship recipients
LECTURES & PAPERS DELIVERED
2006 Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA The Figurative Tradition and Realism
2003 Hang Gallery San Francisco, CA Can't Sleep
2002 Hang Gallery Painting
1999 Guest Lecturer, Sacred Heart High School St. Peter's Cathedral
1999 Guest Lecturer, Sacred Heart High School Constantine and Early Christianity
1998 Guest Lecturer, Sacred Heart High School Monasticism/Scholasticism/Catholicism
1997 Laredo Rotary Pompeii as an Artifact of Civic Pride
1996 Guest Lecturer, Classics Week, Texas A&M University, "A Brief Tour of the Acropolis"
1993 Guest lecturer, University of California, Davis, CA "Mannerism and Architecture"
1992 Guest lecturer, University of California, Davis, CA "Art as Ideology"
1993-1995 Full Tuition Scholarship, University of Cincinnati OH
1991 Departmental Honors:Art, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
1991 Geldwerth Scholarship, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
1990 Jacob Hammer Memorial Award in Playwriting
English Dept. Lehman College, Bronx, NY
1990 Raymond J. Sontag Prize History Dept. Lehman College, Bronx, NY
1986 Tuition Scholarship, Cincinnati Art Academy, OH
THINGS IN PRINT
"Renovated Reputations Paintings and Fiction Painted and edited by Kenney Mencher" by Joshua Rose, American Art Collector February 2012
Kenney Mencher Renovates Reputations at the Art Museum of Los Gatos KQED By Ben Marks | Dec 12, 2011
Shotgun Review Kenney Mencher and Carolyn Meyer: in BLACK and WHITE by Mary Anne Kluth Arthaus (Editor's Note: This review was originally intended for publication in Artweek.) July 18, 2009
In BLACK and WHITE Submitted by bbamsey on May 8, 2009
Bear Flavored, Aki Choklat and Christian Trippe, (Veenman Publishers: London) 2007
“Brushing Up: A Handle on Glass" Kenney Mencher, The Artist Magazine, November 2007
“Return of the Maltese Falcon" Envy Magazine, September 2007
“Variations on a Theme" Kenney Mencher, The Artist Magazine, June 2007
Telling Tales on Canvas Rebecca Wallace, Palo Alto Weekly January 26, 2007
Controversy is in the eye of the beholder in Boehm exhibit, By: Sandra Kraisireideja, North County Times 2006
"The Eyes of the Beholder" Jack Fischer, San Jose Mercury, 2006
"All Too Real" By Kelly Vance, East Bay Express, 2006
"Art scene by Bill Van Siclen: Works that deal with doubt, mystery and ambiguity" by Bill Van Siclen, Providence Journal - Providence, RI, USA 01:00 AM EDT on Thursday, September 8, 2005
"His art's too racy for walls at CalSTRS" By David Barton Sacramento BeeFriday, April 16, 2004
Letter to the Editor in Response to Sac Bee Article 2004
"Teachers' group removes professor's suggestive art" by Monique Beeler, Oakland Tribune also published in the Fremont Argus Friday April 23, 2004
"Center for the Arts exhibits 'Relationships'" Laredo Morning Times 29 May 1997, 1C.
"Kenney Mencher's 'Noir Images' exhibit at LCC" Laredo Morning Times 6 April 1997, 1C.
"A&M International art Professor's 'Noir Images' opens April 11 at LCC" LareDOS April 1997: 34.
"A&M International University art professor in SA gallery show," LareDOS December 1996: 14.
Dan R. Goddard, "Painters Figure out unique ways to portray people," San Antonio Express News 20 November 1996:
"University art professor in SA gallery show," Laredo Morning Times 24 November 1996, sec. Local: 23A.
Lucy Gail Llenado, "EYE to EYE, Artist:Kenney Mencher," Everybody's News 1 September 1994: 5.
ILLUSTRATIONS Jonathan Woods, Bad Juju and other Tales of Madness and Mayhem, (New Pulp Press) 2010 Cover Design and Illustration
Dave Zeltserman, 21 Tales from the Modern Master of Noir, (New Pulp Press) 2010 Cover Design and Illustration
Gil Brewer, Flight to Darkness, (New Pulp Press) 2010 Cover Design and Illustration
Hannah Gerber, How to Grow Up and other Poems, (Outskirts Press, Denver CO) 2007 Cover Illustration
Josh Kornbluth, San Francisco
Howard Tullman, Chicago
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Lester and Eileen Traub, Los Angeles, CA
Founder's Title & Trust, Sacramento, California
Mary Kissler, Curator of Print, Art Museum of Auckland, New Zealand