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CONTACT: Beth L. Lorow
Artist Philip Pearlstein to give lecture at Messiah College
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2005) — A leading artist in American realism, Philip Pearlstein, will give a lecture titled, “A Legacy of Observation,” at Messiah College on Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Immediately following Pearlstein’s lecture will be a roundtable discussion on “Drawing as Foundation,” with artists Lois Dodd, Ben Frank Moss and David Dewey as well as art critic Maureen Mullarkey. Both events will be held in Poorman Recital Hall in the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on the college’s Grantham campus. A reception will follow the lecture and roundtable in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery in the lower level of Climenhaga. All three events are free and open to the public.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1924, Pearlstein has been described as one of the most important innovative artists of the contemporary Realist school. At the beginning of his career, Pearlstein painted mostly landscapes, but he is most known for his paintings of male and female nude figures. He studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology and received his master’s degree in art history from New York University. In 1983, the Milwakee Art Museum honored him with a retrospective exhibition. Currently, he resides in New York City.
The lecture, roundtable discussion and reception are in celebration of a major gift to Messiah College from Eileen White, the niece of the late artist Bill White, who was a friend of Pearlstein. The gift includes 135 wax, plaster and clay maquettes and cast sculptures, and more than 500 drawings – the largest gift of art the college has ever received. A portion of this artwork is on display in the exhibit, “A Legacy of Form: Bill White,” from Feb. 18 to March 23 in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery at the college. The gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2–5 p.m. The gallery will be closed from March 5 to 13 for spring recess.
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005