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Lore Degenstein Gallery to Feature Painters’ Works

Published on April 3, 2013

“Presence,” an exhibition featuring the works of contemporary figurative painters Ann Piper and Aaron M. Brown, will open in Susquehanna University’s Lore Degenstein Gallery on April 13 and will run through May 10.Pressence The public is invited to an opening reception, featuring a talk by the artists, at 7 p.m. on April 13.

Piper, assistant professor of art at Susquehanna, and Brown, a representational painter, create pieces that combine elements of observation and psychology, as well as the objective and subjective. The exhibition will feature oil paintings, but will also include some drawing and mixed-media pieces.

In their work, the human figure becomes a locus of alchemical change. It is placed at the center of a pictorial drama in which mundane aspects of the everyday world shed their familiar roles, becoming harbingers of transformation.

Brown and Piper, who are married, have had individual pieces included in previous shows in the Lore Degenstein Gallery, but this is the first exhibition featuring their own work exclusively.

“I think people are going to be impressed by the high quality and imagination of the artwork as well as the amazing talent of these two artists,” said Dan Olivetti, director of the Lore Degenstein Gallery.

Piper teaches studio art at Susquehanna, and her work has been shown in exhibitions nationwide. She is the recipient of many awards, including an artist’s residency in Roswell, N.M., and has been featured in publications such as “The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing,” curated by Norman Lundin.

Aaron M. Brown is a representational painter whose list of exhibitions and awards includes grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund. His work has been featured in many publications, such as New American Paintings, The Artist’s Magazine and Harper’s Magazine.

Susquehanna University’s Lore Degenstein Gallery presents work by both professional and student artists in five exhibitions a year. It is open daily from noon to 4 p.m. and is located in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center. All Lore Degenstein Gallery events are free and open to the public.

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