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Payne Gallery at Moravian College Announces Exhibition Schedule

Exhibits to Feature Textiles, Photography, Painting, Sculptures, and More

Bethlehem, Pa., September 3, 2008—Payne Gallery at Moravian College recently announced their schedule of exhibits for the 2008-09 academic year. Now celebrating 26 years of fine art exhibits at Moravian, the Gallery begins the fall season with and exhibit titled, “String, glass, red chili peppers, and more,” which will run from September 4 to October 12.  All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The artists will present a talk at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The show features recent works by 3 nationally recognized textile artists: Catherine Billingsley, Jan-Ru Wan, and Christine Zoller. The Gallery space will be covered with a textile installation that includes contemporary and traditional techniques.

The exhibit titled “Virginia Creighton The American Landscape: The Hudson River and the Bethlehem Steel Plant” will be on display in the gallery from  October 23 to November 23 The exhibit tells a painter's tale of two rivers. The Hudson in New York and the Lehigh in Pennsylvania are the focus of this magical exhibition by landscape painter Virginia Creighton.

From December 4 to January 25, the Gallery will exhibit “Form in Space” that showcases a range of sculptors working with the notion of forms occupying an environment. This group of renowned artists have been brought together for the first time by artist-in-residence Renzo Faggioli. The exhibit will fill the gallery inside and out--on the grounds surrounding the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus.

“Re-Generate, Re-Image, Re-Focus: New Directions in Photography” will be display from January 29 to March 1, 2009 in the Gallery. Through process, technique, concepts, and methodology, these artists are constantly redefining traditional interpretations of photography. This group exhibition will explore contemporary visions and new frontiers in photo-based work, including video, new media, and a variety of unique approaches to the over 150-year-old medium. The Curator is Moravian College Professor Krista Steinke Finch.

The works of John Clem Clarke, an internationally known artist with work in major museums and collections, will be featured from March 12 to April 19, 2009. “John Clem Clarke: New Old Masters,” will contain his series re-working the old masters—such as Rembrandt's "Night Watch" and Velasquez's "Las Meninas"—both popular icons of the late 60's, and were reviewed in Time magazine.

The season concluding with the Moravian College Senior Show from April 26 to May 11, 2009, is the special event of the annual exhibition program. The show represents four years of hard work by the students, and incorporates in the exhibit the varied disciplines taught in the art department at the College.

Fashioned out of what had originally been a small gymnasium, the building housing Payne Gallery had been constructed in 1911 to allow post-Victorian young ladies of the distinguished Moravian Seminary to perform their "physical culture" exercises. Over time, the gymnasium fell into disuse. In 1963, the Art Department seized the opportunity presented by an idle space and set-up studio classes in the space.  In 1982, the former gymnasium was converted into the Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery. The gallery, named in honor of her parents, was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Priscilla Payne Hurd.  In 2001, the interior of the gallery was renovated to Smithsonian exhibition standards.

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The gallery is closed Mondays, major holidays and during school breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For information, call 619-861-1491. For more information, contact David Leidich, assistant director of Payne Gallery at 610-653-5555 or by email: dleidich@moravian.edu/. Visit the website at: http://home.moravian.edu/public/art/gallery/.

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.