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Bethlehem, Pa., October 31, 2007— Payne Gallery at Moravian College is currently exhibiting large-scale ink paintings and drawings by artist Leonard Ragouzeos. The exhibition will be displayed until Sunday, December 2, 2007.
Ragouzeos is artist, painter, and educator. His 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.
Ragouzeos was born and raised in New York City and educated in its public schools and colleges. He left in 1974 with an M.F.A. from Herbert H. Lehman College S.U.N.Y. in painting, and six years of graphic design employment. He and his wife Bobbe moved to the Midwest where he took a teaching position at Iowa State University. He attributes living on the plains to teaching him to see space and the void as vital elements, equal in effect and importance to the forms and objects engaged within that space. He also learned to garden and understand landscape and the integration and interdependency of all life forms. In 1980, he began teaching at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he remained until retiring in the summer of 2005, and finally settling in Newfane, Vermont. Throughout his teaching career, he maintained an active studio, continuing to paint, and exhibiting his works.
Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on the corner of Church and Main Street. 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.
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.