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Moravian faculty art exhibition on display in Payne Gallery
Exhibit demonstrates faculty creativity and artistry
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Payne Gallery at Moravian College is now featuring this year’s faculty exhibition, “The Faculty Creates, The Faculty Collects.” The show features over 50 pieces of artwork created by, and from the collections of, 20 faculty members. The exhibit displays traditional media such as painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, hand-made paper, and printmaking as well as the newest in digital technology. The show will run through April 11.
Contributing faculty include Rudy Ackerman, Lee Arnold, Jason Robert Bell, Scott Bolestridge, Jan Ciganick, Jan Crooker, Kristen Morgan Downey, Anne Dutlinger, Seth Ely, Renzo Faggioli, Lyn Godley, Carol Heft, Jeff Hurwitz, Martha Kearns, Barbara Kozero, Gerard Maynard, Lauren Nicholas, Diane Radycki, Krista Steinke, and Doug Zucco.
Subjects range from raku fruit to paintings of fish, photographs of a state penitentiary to historic log cabins done in watercolor, charcoal drawings of mythical beings to hand printed paper of John’s Chronicles. The broad range of subjects and media in this exhibit echoes the diverse talents of Moravian’s art faculty.
Gerard Maynard expertly manipulates digital technology to capture an overview at Ground Zero in New York City. His aerial view of the World Trade Center is a composite of 320 different digital pictures taken from the top of a 13 story building. The resulting image, which reflects the current construction efforts at Ground Zero, is printed with a Light Jet Wide Format Photo Printer on Kodak Endura Paper.
Jason Robert Bell relies on mythology in creating his three charcoal depictions of Kala, a female sasquatch. “Kala is the result of my search for a subject that is at once transcendent, comic, sexual, horrific, and impossible,” said Bell. Combining optical experience with illustrative image, Bell constructs a hideous being that commands respect. “I wanted to create a subject that could serve as a divine and transgressive embodiment of the history of art,” said Bell. “The sasquatch Kala is an alternate Venus, emerging from the sea of culture and our deepest primordial memories. My goal is to seduce the viewer and at the same time distance their reception with a tension between ontological sublimity and epistemological beauty.”
Lyn Godley uses a steel armature, fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, and PVC to create her piece, A Dress for Mom. Rudy Ackerman, along with Jenny Nahan Gidley, is showing a ceramic fresco of sea creatures on a speckled background called “The Minoans Meet Seurat.” Renzo Faggioli, ceramicist-in-residence, has created raku fruit; and Jan Ciganick displays her watercolor depictions of historic buildings. Anne Dutlinger and Lauren Nicholas ’01 implement technology to create a piece that uses graphic musical notation and music from a Japanese composer. Krista Steinke uses video stills on a light box to take viewers on a tour of Europe.
These are only a few of the many works currently on display. For more information, contact the Moravian College Art Department at 610-861-1680.
Payne Gallery is part of Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus on Church Street in downtown Bethlehem. Hours are 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. Information and directions: (610) 861-1680, weekend (610) 861-1667, or www.moravian.edu.