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Messiah College hosts art exhibit and jazz coffee hour with sculptor Thaddeus Mosley

Thaddeus Mosley
Artist Thaddeus Mosley
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Nov. 8, 2006) — Messiah College’s Aughinbaugh Art Gallery and its department of music will collaborate to host an exhibit and jazz coffee hour featuring abstract artist Thaddeus Mosley. The exhibit is free and open to the public, showing from Dec. 1 to Jan. 28 in the Aughinbaugh Art Gallery in the Climenhaga Fine Arts building on the college’s Grantham campus. The department of music is sponsoring a jazz coffee hour with the artist on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Larsen Student Union, also on the Grantham campus. All are invited to attend; no reservations or tickets are necessary.

Thaddeus Mosley, a sculptor and jazz aficionado, has had his work showcased in many public and private institutions across the country, including two exhibitions at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in English and journalism and spent several years as a freelance journalist as well as a postal worker before emerging into the art world as a sculptor, a vocation that has become a lifelong passion. His work, which he describes as “urban Afro-American-Euro-jazz influenced art,” has appeared in group exhibitions, solo exhibitions, commissions and collections across Pennsylvania and the nation, receiving numerous awards and meeting with excellent reviews. Still enthusiastic and energetic at eighty, Mosley lives and works out of Pittsburgh, Pa.

The coffee hour on Jan. 19 will provide visitors with a chance to meet Mosley and ask questions about his work. As per Mosley’s tastes in music, the Tim Warfield jazz quartet will provide the music for the reception. The quartet—consisting of Warfield (a Messiah College artist-in-residence) on saxophone, Kirk Reese on piano, Steve Meashy on bass and Jeff Stabley on drums—already enjoys local popularity, and Warfield’s personal talents have won him international acclaim. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided free of charge for all those who wish to attend. Though no reservations are necessary, seating will be limited and early arrival is recommended.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,800 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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