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Works from the Society of Illustrators 51st Annual Exhibition in Payne Gallery

Bethlehem, Pa., December 8, 2009—Payne Gallery at Moravian College is exhibiting forty original works selected from the Society of Illustrators 51st Annual Exhibition. The show runs until January 24, 2010. The works are a representative sample of the best in the six categories: Sequential, Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional and Un-commissioned. Of the artists in each show, some are familiar and some are the rising stars of tomorrow. A DVD featuring three of the sequential animations is included for exhibition.

The Society was founded in 1901 as a group of nine artists and one advising businessman with the credo, “The object of the Society shall be to promote generally the art of illustration and to hold exhibitions from time to time.” Members have included such prominent illustrators as Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parish, N.C. Wyeth, Charles Dana Gibson, Frederic Remington, James Montgomery Flagg, and Howard Chandler Christy, with special guests like Mark Twain and Gloria Swanson.

In their early years, the Society made heavy contributions to the war effort during WWI and WWII, in order to boost morale and support through their illustrations, and they continue to document activities of the military around the world.

In 1981 the Museum of American Illustration was established, which today possesses 1,500 works of art by such legendary artists as Rockwell, Pyle, Wyeth, Kent, Peak, Fuchs and Holland. The Society makes regular contributions to community service, political issues and student scholarship, along with holding sketch classes, lecture series, social gatherings, and annual exhibitions in recognition of the greats in the field of illustration.  They continue their mission of supporting the art of illustration and its constant evolvement.

Payne Gallery is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College, in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Gallery is open noon - 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 more information, contact David Leidich, Assistant Director of Payne Gallery at 610-653-5555, dleidich@moravian.edu or visit 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.