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Bethlehem, Pa., November 1, 2006—Artist Scott Calhoun will present a lecture for the Rose and Rudy Ackerman Lecture series on Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Payne Gallery, located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd campus. Calhoun will discuss his process of integrating photo-mechanical images gleaned from nineteenth century society and daguerreotypes to create collages composing a reverie of the human psyche and the Victorian era. The collages depict a period steeped in romanticism but defined by codes of moral etiquette and repressed behavior. His paintings have been described as exotic theater – leaving the viewer to contemplate their content as well as their ability that leads to question the idea of beauty.
The Dallas-born artist, presently living and working in New York City, is influenced by pictorialism, Japanese silk painting, Asian lacquer ware, Victorian fairy painting, and chinoiserie. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993, and earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Houston in 1998. Calhoun’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including venues at Susan Vielmetter, Los Angeles, Ca.; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Tx.; Mixture Contemporary, Houston, Tx.; Diverse Works, Houston, Tx.; Nathan Larmendy Gallery, Ojai, Ca.; the Royal Art Lodge, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
The Rose and Rudy Ackerman Visiting Lecture Series was initiated last year by an endowment established by the Ackermans to foster the arts. Visiting artists are 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 distinguished career at Moravian, he was instrumental in obtaining significant public and private grants to enhance the art department. Ackerman’s works in sculpture and paintings are on exhibition 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 earned 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 honored five decades of the Ackermans’ 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.
A reception for the artist will be hosted after the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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.