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Street Artist Transforms Walls of University Gallery

Published on August 23, 2012

A wall-to-wall exhibition by Las Cruces, N.M., street artist Bob Diven has converted the LoreBob Diven Wall Street Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University into a colorful thoroughfare, through Oct. 10. The opening reception for “Wall Street (or How to Drive a Street Painter up the Wall),” was held Sept. 1.

Each of Diven’s street paintings has a trompe l’oeil effect, so viewers see subjects in three dimensions. His paintings are noted for their distinct realism in such temporary media as chalk and pastel, creating bold, detailed but fleeting commentary. Although his individual street paintings take three hours to complete, the 240-foot exhibition at Susquehanna took about two weeks to paint onto the walls.

“I think people will be impressed by the quality, the realism, the wit and the illusion of his work in the gallery,” said gallery director Dan Olivetti.

Diven is an award-winning, multitalented artist with credits in painting, photography, street art, sculpture, theatre, film and music. He was recently featured on National Public Radio and in an interview for the New Mexico publication Desert Exposure.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu/art_gallery.


Karen M. Jones


Bob Diven Exhibition Sneak Peek

Street artist Bob Diven converts the Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University into a colorful thoroughfare Sept. 1 through Oct. 10

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