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Works of Renowned Area Sculptor Karl Stirner in Payne Gallery

KarlS tirnerBethlehem, Pa., February 13, 2013—An exhibit of works from renowned sculptor Karl Stirner will be displayed in the Payne Gallery at Moravian College from February 21 to April 7. An opening reception and artist talk will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

“Transformations – Works in Steel will feature Stirner’s collection of large to medium-sized steel sculptures and nearly a dozen drawings,” says David Leidich, Assistant Director of Payne Gallery. “Stirner's reputation in Lehigh Valley arts, especially in the city of Easton, is immense. It is an honor for Moravian to display this retrospective of the life work of this 88-year-old sculptor who has make his indelible mark on the art world.”

Stirner is an artist, art patron, mentor, and a reputable figure in the Lehigh Valley, especially in Easton, Pa. The Karl Stirner Arts Trail was dedicated to him by the city of Easton. Stirner and his studio reside in Easton. Stirner’s art career began when he was 23 years old. He studied as a professional drafter and then taught at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Moore and Swarthmore colleges.

He has created over four hundred pieces of art. He is also known for using natural materials he discovered to create his steel sculptures. His art work was on display at the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For a PDF of the book created for the exhibit that contains images of dozens of his works click here.

Payne Gallery is located on Moravian’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pa. The Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. daily, except on Mondays, major holidays, and college breaks. For directions, please call 610-861-1491.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact David Leidich at dleidich@moravian.edu, or call 610-653-5555 at least one week prior to the event.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.