Visitors to WFMU are often amazed and amused by Station Manager Ken's collection of velvet paintings adorning the hallways of our Jersey City home. The whole collection is now available for your viewing pleasure here as a set on our flickr site.
Ken started collecting the paintings about 6 years ago, after the chaplain at Upsala College (who was based next door to WFMU on the Upsala campus) donated 5 paintings he had. These first seeds in the collection include the "Vampire Lady" and the "Fantasy" paintings (one of which later became the subject of a 'FMU t-shirt). Ken became interested in the medium and began collecting them, finding many on Ebay. In particular he was impressed by the ones sold by Bill Robison, a velvet painting collector and dealer who traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to commission most of the works seen here, including the "Velvet Republicans". Ken's favorite in the collection is also his most recent aquisition: Zell Miller, seen above in his Republican National Convention glory.
To the right: JonBenet Ramsey, Dick Cheney, Osama Bin Laden, and George W. Bush. The full collection can be viewed here.