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Visiting Artist Paul Galloway to present Annual Ackerman Lecture

Paul Galloway's WorkBethlehem, Pa., November 9, 2007— Visiting artist Paul Galloway will present an artist talk in the Payne Gallery Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the talk at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free of charge.

Galloway’s paintings are about youth, and about himself.  In works ranging from self-portraits to images of fictional Mormon communes to paintings based on photographs taken by high school and college kids Galloway explores the pivotal moments of human experience in the contexts of youth culture, religion, and sexuality.

Paul Galloway lives and works in New York City. His work is shown regularly at Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta as well as venues in New York and nationwide. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Time Out New York, and Art Papers Magazine.

The talk is sponsored by the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture Series Fund which is funded by an endowment created by Rose and Rudy Ackerman to foster the arts. Visiting artists shall be invited to present lectures at the college by the chair of the Art Department after consultation with the art faculty.

Rudy Ackerman is professor emeritus of the Moravian College art department where he taught for 37 years before stepping down in 2000. Throughout his career at Moravian, he was instrumental in obtaining various public and private grants to benefit the art department. Ackerman’s works in sculpture and paintings are on display at the Bethlehem Civic Center Sculpture Garden, Lehigh and Penn State Universities, Moravian College, and in private collections. He was featured in Who’s Who of American Art and has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to teaching at Moravian, Ackerman is the executive director of the Baum School of Art and is active in community art events. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown State College (now Kutztown University), a Master of Arts degree from Temple University, and Doctor of Education degree from Penn State University.

Rudy and his wife Rose, who is director of operations and special events at the Baum School, were honored with the Allentown Arts Commission’s Overall Arts Ovation Award in 2004. The award recognized five decades of their unwavering commitment to teaching art, especially to disadvantaged children; transforming the Baum School of Art from an educational center into an arts incubator; and improving the academics, business, and architectural landscape of Allentown.

Payne Art Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 610-861-1680.

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.