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Payne Gallery Exhibit to Highlight “Sustainability in Painting”

Constance DiamondBethlehem, Pa., January 9, 2013—Payne Gallery will exhibit Constance Garrow Diamond’s “Sustainability in Painting” show from Thursday, January 17 to February 17. The exhibition includes 35 works of art constructed by utilizing different forms of collage using acrylic/mixed medium on paper. An opening reception featuring a talk by Diamond will be held on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Diamond was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Long Island where she now lives. Following her love of painting that she started at the age of seven, she earned a B.A. degree in art from New York University, a Master’s degree from Queens College, and a Ph.D. in art from New York University. She has taught art in high schools for many years and more recently has taught college level art at SUNY.

This exhibition supports Moravian College's SUSTAINABILITY |IN FOCUS themed programming for the 2012-13 academic year. “Sustainability is, by definition, a concern with the future,” Diamond notes. “The means of enhancing and protecting that future are various. Creativity, innovation, making fresh and sometimes unusual connections between supposedly disparate ideas is basic. This definition of art and the definition of sustainability are the same – protecting the future through providing the conditions for growth is the goal of both of sustainability and art. Being aware, alert to consequences, unafraid to try new ideas, and open to failure are the operative ideals.”

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, have any questions regarding physical accessibility, or would like more information please contact David Leidich at dleidich@moravian.edu or call 610-653-5555.

Fashioned out of what had originally been a small gymnasium, Payne Gallery was built in 1911 to allow post-Victorian young ladies of the distinguished Moravian Seminary to perform their "physical culture" exercises. Over time, however, the gymnasium fell into disuse. In 1963, the Art Department set up studio classes there. Then in 1982 the former gymnasium was converted into the Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Gallery. The gallery, named in honor of Priscilla Payne Hurd’s parents, was made possible by her extraordinary generosity. 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. Payne Gallery is open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Mondays, major holidays, and college breaks. Admission and parking are free, and the Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Bethlehem is sixty miles north of Philadelphia and ninety miles west of New York City.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pa. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their futures. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.