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Payne Gallery Announces 2007-08 Exhibition Schedule

College Celebrates 25 Years of Payne Gallery at Moravian

Bethlehem, Pa., September 19, 2007, 2007—Payne Gallery at Moravian College will host an exciting, eclectic schedule of exhibitions for the fall season This year marks the Gallery’s 25th Anniversary, and the first exhibit will feature works from the Moravian College permanent collection. The Payne Gallery is nationally known for having one of the finest collections of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings in its acquisitions.

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.

From the present time until October 21 the Gallery will display, The President Selects, featuring favorite works selected by Moravian College president, Dr. Christopher M. Thomforde. His personal choices are from the Moravian College permanent collection which is comprised of fine art from Pennsylvania impressionist painters. Some of the artists represented are W. Elmer Schofield, Edward Redfield, and Daniel Garber. A sub-show of pictures, books and artifacts, gleaned from the Moravian Archives will accompany the display.

Leonard Ragouzeos :Ink Paintings and Drawings will be exhibited from October 25 to December 2. The exhibition focuses on the latest works of Leonard Ragouzeos, artist, painter and educator, after he retired from teaching art for over thirty years. His large-scale renderings “take from the past to create something new. The dark richly worked surface of his ink drawings, as well as their figurative subject matter, can be traced back to artists like Rembrandt.”  He states that “for the past few years I have been working in a more illusionist, representational manner and have refrained from employing color because color has specificity and its own language. Currently Ragouzeos is a member of the River Rock Artists living in Newfane, Vermont, who annually on a July weekend host an open studio tour. Opening night reception — 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Curator Angela Fraleigh will bring the exhibit Out of Time to Moravian from December 6, 2007 to January 27, 2008. The exhibit will showcase a range of artists working with the notion of time that leads to various interpretations, whether from personal recollections, or a public sense of nostalgia. Creating a moment in time through social space or projecting a memory into the future, each artist plays with the notion of the temporal. Angela Fraleigh is assistant professor of art at Moravian College. An accomplished artist, she earned her B.F.A. at Boston University and her M.F.A. at Yale University School of Art.

From February 7 to March 16, 2008, Payne Gallery will present Grace Graupe-Pillard: Displaced/Interventions. This mixed media body of work by Grace Graupe-Pillard has been described by Robert Mahoney, art critic for the Star Ledger, New York, as “…The most important aspect of the Interventions series by Graupe-Pillard is that they represent sincere political statements that nonetheless, in their execution, acknowledge the complexity of real-life problems…” “Grace Graupe-Pillard is best known for her shaped, cut-out paintings of street people that she adheres directly to the wall. Recently she has returned to a more conventional painting format. But her technique is still curious, starting with Photoshop and ending up on canvas -- though it gets her where she wants to go.”

The Moravian College Faculty Show will run from March 20 to April 13, 2008.The Biennial Moravian College Faculty Show highlights work from the Moravian College Art Department. It features all disciplines of the art department: ceramics, paintings, videos, graphics, sculptures, digital pieces, and photographic images to offer a view that explores a wide range of work using traditional methods to cutting-edge digital technologies.

 The season concluding with the Moravian College Senior Show from April 17 to May 11, 2008, 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.

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.

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.