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Payne Gallery Announces Exhibition Schedule for 2009-10

Exhibits to feature contemporary art looking at the survival of the good earth

Bethlehem, Pa., September 4, 2009—Payne Gallery at Moravian College recently announced their schedule of exhibits for the 2009-10 academic year. Now celebrating 27 years of fine art exhibits at Moravian, the Gallery begins the fall season with and exhibit of Patricia Johanson’s work titled, “Framing the World as a Work of Art,” which will run from September 10 to October 18.  All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The Gallery will present a talk at 7 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

“This year’s exhibition program at Payne Gallery is driven by the year 2009 being the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s sail up the Hudson River and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin,” said Diane Radycki , director of Payne Gallery. “Through the lens of contemporary art we are looking at the survival of the good earth and of the fittest (corporate) man.”

Patricia Johanson’s designs are functioning works of art, creating infrastructures that reclaim impacted ecosystems. Her projects involve the design of unusual trails and landscaping features, reintroduce endangered plan and animal species, and create natural oxidation ponds and polishing pools for improving water quality. The works in the Payne Gallery exhibition span a 35 year period from 1974 to the present.  It begins with the drawing (shown in the exhibition "Plant Drawings for Projects," in New York) that generated the phone call from the Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, offering the artist the Fair Park commission (1981).  The show includes drawings and photo documentation on important projects in Dallas, San Francisco, Nairobi, the Amazon, Korea (2 projects), and Salt Lake City, as well as a few other "gallery drawings" of projects the artist would like to build. For more information about her work, visit http://www.patriciajohanson.com/.

The Gallery will exhibit social and political art activist Christy Rupp’s “The Lowgo Project: Guatemalan Textiles,” from October 22 to November 29. Rupp declares, “Due to racism, greed, and war, the concept of individuality has passed its era of relevance. I declare myself obsolete as an individual and am now to be regarded as the brand Lowgo [a play on ‘logo’]. The featured product of the corporation is the making of messes.  Our logos may be found primarily in the indigenous textiles of Guatemala where we seek to patent their tradition as our own intellectual property, paying homage to it while simultaneously defending ourselves against would-be competitor’s court.” Visit her website at: http://christyrupp.com/lowgo/index.html.

The exhibit, “Society of Illustrators: 51st Annual” will be displayed on the Gallery from December 3 to January 24, featuring original works selected from the Society's Annual Exhibition.  These forty works are a representative sample of the best in the six categories of the Annual: Sequential, Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional, and Uncommissioned.  Of the artists in each show, some are familiar, while some are the rising stars of tomorrow. Visit: http://societyillustrators.org/museum/shows/index.cms.

The new year begins with Daniel Anthonisen’s “Recent Landscape Paintings” that will be displayed from January 28 to March 7. Anthosisen is a contemporary Bucks County landscape artist following in the tradition of New Hope painters such as Walter Scofield and Daniel Garber. Learn more by visiting: http://www.danthonisen.com/

The Biennial Moravian College Faculty Show will be held from March 18 to April 18, featuring the work from the College’s Art Department. This exhibit explores a wide range of work using traditional methods to cutting edge digital technologies.

The season concludes with the Moravian College Senior Show from April 25 to May 15, 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.