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Faculty Show in Payne Gallery at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., March 17, 2008— The Payne Gallery is currently exhibiting the biennial Moravian College Faculty Show from March 20th to April 13th, 2008.  The Show features a wide range of works by art department faculty, from traditional methods to cutting edge digital technologies.  This year, works by Krista Stienke and Angela Fraleigh will be a featured aspect of the display that includes works from a number of art faculty at Moravian.

Steinke is a Philadelphia-based artist working in photography, video, and mixed media.  She received a BA in Art and the Advanced Humanities from Valparaiso University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her photography has been in exhibitions from New York to LA and been featured in several film and video festivals around the world, as well as in multiple magazines and public and private collections.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at Moravian College and has previously taught at many other universities.  Her work is represented by the Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, and two of her prints were recently acquired by the Johnson & Johnson Company, and one print by the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.
Steinke will have 8-10 small photographic works included in the show from her series "Backyards, BB Guns, and Nursery Rhymes". In this collection, her goal was to place a contemporary spin on familiar archetypal stories; this series references children’s literature as a point of departure to explore childhood innocence and the peculiar world of make-believe.  The medium is photographic encaustic - images are printed as digital photographs, mounted on wood, and then embedded in wax.  Also included will be a 3 minute video piece called "349 Utopia Drive".

Fraleigh works with paint, both oil and water based, and her work addresses the grand and universal themes of love, sex, and death.  She has an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art and a BFA in painting from Boston University.  Her paintings have been seen in both group and individual exhibitions across the country, recently at the Mark Moore Gallery in LA, and one of her paintings will be featured on the cover of Winter 2008 issue of The Literary Review. Fraleigh currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Art at Moravian College and has had previous professional and teaching experience at a number of other institutions.  Her art has been positively reviewed in such magazines as The New York Times and the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and she has been the recipient of many awards and residencies throughout her career.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.