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"You Said Something?" is an exhibition of works by Sean Bayliss on view at Vassar's Palmer Gallery through August 5, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--The James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College will present a selection of works by artist Sean Bayliss this summer in the exhibition You Said Something?, on view from June 25 through August 5. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, July 15, from 4:30 - 6:30pm. The gallery will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00pm. In addition, visitors may schedule individual appointments by calling (845) 437-5370. 

Independent writer and critic Michael Wilson noted in the exhibition catalogue that even "when his themes tend toward the dark, Bayliss always aims for beauty. His palette is light, even sweet, and his surfaces display a gentle touch." He continued noting that Bayliss "makes paintings into which verbal language intrudes quietly, sometimes invisibly, but always insistently, as if the pictures were talking or writing to themselves. The words Bayliss uses are drawn from overheard asides and friends' stories, or function as names for situations. They may suggest explanatory captions or narrative speech bubbles, but never comfortably fulfill the demands of either form. They have an intimate relation to the images they accompany, but one that tends not to be immediately clear."

About the Artist, Sean Bayliss

Sean Bayliss studied political philosophy and studio art at Williams College (BA, 1982), and studied painting at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (MFA, 1994), following a year of graduate study at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has shown recently in New York and San Francisco, and was presented as a solo artist with AU Base Art Space at the Brussels Art Fair. Bayliss moved to the area in 2002, and he teaches studio art and art history at Arlington High School, in Lagrangeville, NY.

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 25, 2010