Thursday, December 14, 2006

Butt Painting at Work

Abstractpainting Folks, you can't (and I didn't) make this stuff up (via the ever vigilant people at

A Virginia school system has suspended an art teacher who they say may be setting a bad example for students with his own extracurricular activity — butt painting.

Stephen Murmer, a self-described "butt-printing artist," was placed on paid administrative leave Friday by Chesterfield County Public Schools, a suburban district of about 60,000 students south of Richmond, Va.

Going by the name Stan Murmur, the teacher sells floral and abstract paintings that he calls "anthropometric monotypes" created by plastering his rump and genitals in paint and pressing them against a canvas. His paintings — depicting tulips, tropical flowers and camouflage — sell online for upwards of $900.

Two things:

1.    How do you find a graphic to go with this post (I thought a sample abstract painting was the best I could do)?

2.    How long will it be before Joe Slater comes along and explains to us how butt painting is expressive public employee speech?


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Hey, you're the public employee free speech maven. I'm the public sector union guy. So my questions are: was the woman in a union (if so, AFT or NEA affilliate)?; and if so, is her union going to grieve this discipline?

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Dec 14, 2006 7:47:33 AM

He didn't just use his butt. He used other parts for those fine, thin lines.

Posted by: michael walsh | Dec 14, 2006 10:59:28 AM

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