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Payne Gallery Exhibits Works by the Guild of Papermakers

Art of papermaking illustrated with books, print types, two- and three-dimensional works, and other media

Bethlehem, Pa., September 9, 2005— The Priscilla Payne Hurd Gallery at Moravian College will showcase works by The Guild of Papermakers and invited guests on September 8 through October 9. Curated by Doug Zucco, an adjunct professor of art at Moravian, the exhibit presents paper in the spotlight, and reflects the creative directions taken by the members of the Guild to create books, print types, two- and three-dimensional works, and other media.

Zucco is an artist who specializes in creating works with hand-made paper. He has offered paper-making workshops throughout the region, including several at Moravian College. He also creates paper and designs and develops books, such as “Seeing Red” by Clytie Alexander. “Live on Paper,” an exhibition from the book project, will begin at the Berman Museum, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pa., in September, and travel to New York and other venues. His work is included in many prestigious collections throughout the United States. Zucco is the recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his book project, Live on Paper, and has also received a grant from the Ford Foundation.

The exhibit features two-dimensional work, three-dimensional pieces, sculptural pieces and books created by the artists from the same basic pulp material into fascinating and innovative works of art. Visitors to the show are reminded that an important element in appreciating handmade paper is to experience touching, which is a unique invitation for this exhibition.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Papermakers is a world-wide organization. The Philadelphia guild, the first paper mill in America was established near Philadelphia by William Rittenhouse, an early German settler. Visitors may tour a working model of the mill today.

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.

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.