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September 2013

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, Offers Exhibition of Abstracts

Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, will present Abstract Invitational, a collection of abstract paintings and sculptures which features artists from the piedmont area of North and South Carolina, on view in the Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, located in the Harper Center for the Arts, from Sept. 12 through Nov. 27, 2013. A reception will be held on Sept. 12, from 5-7pm.

Artists participating in the exhibition included: Daniel Bare, Martyn Bouskila Felicia van Bork, Linda Hudgins, Robert Levin, Dale McEntyre, Christopher Rico and Valerie Zimany.

Abstract art or “non-objective art” uses a visual language of form, shape, color, line, brush stroke and other applications to create an independent expression possibly inspired by visual references or an internal monologue. Abstract works can also be simply described as spontaneous and emotional expressions, free of any associations with meaning but purely an expression of the visual language through a given medium or media.

The “abstract” art movement began in the early twentieth century and has evolved to this day to a very broad array of art forms used. Basically it is known as a way to self-express in a very freed up way which coincides with current themes in history today.

Curated by Ann Stoddard, Gallery Director and College Curator of Harper Gallery, Abstract Invitational brings works to the Harper Gallery of a wide range of self-expression through the broad art movement of the abstract genre. Artists’ works in this exhibit use traditional media for their “abstract” art works in this colorful exhibit which includes the whimsical glassworks by renown glass artist Robert Levin; the thought provoking capricious works on paper by Felicia van Bork; the flirtatious painterly color swirls of Linda Hudgins; the importantly defined brilliantly colored shaped canvases of Dale McEntyre; the dynamic stormy paintings by Christopher Rico and the contrasting methodical and deliberately calculating rhythmic geometric paintings by Martyn Bouskila, surreal ceramic concoctions by Daniel Bare and Valerie Zimany’s erotic clay sculptures.

This exhibit of works by artists working in their personal visual language to express and celebrate thought provoking self expressions released into an abstract and removed art form is one to visit many times to view, study and explore your own interpretations!

The Harper Center Gallery hosts four exhibits each year - two exhibits of work from nationally recognized artists, the Senior Art Major Exhibit, and the Annual Student Exhibit.

Presbyterian College is located on a beautiful 240-acre campus between Columbia and Greenville in South Carolina. It offers challenging academics and a culture of honor and ethics that prepare students to be leaders in their communities. PC students benefit from exceptional faculty who take a personal interest in their students’ well-being, both personally and in the classroom. The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened in 2010 and is dedicated to the ideals of leadership, honor to the profession, and service to the community.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or visit (www.presby.edu).

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