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"Relegere," a series of works by artist Cheryl Chapman will be on view at the Palmer Gallery, July 1-August 5, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar College's James W. Palmer Gallery's summer exhibition will feature the works of Louisville, Kentucky artist Cheryl Chapman. Chapman's new series of paintings Relegere will be on view through August 5 in the Palmer Gallery located in the College Center of Vassar's historic Main Building. There will be an artist's reception on Thursday, July 14, from 5:00-7:00pm.

In her artist's statement, Chapman noted that "The physical properties of paint, to me, embody the elements of sensualexperience. The luminous, organic pigments can be manipulated to give voice to vision. As a painter of non-objective and abstracted form I see the process of painting as a way to allow a visual vocabulary express, with color and composition in the material world, ideas for which words and explicit symbols are inadequate."

In Relegere, she seeks to convey "the living dynamic created by the binding together of the rudiments of culture. The energy is as individual as the parts themselves and frequently as powerful, if not more so. It is a fluid entity without matter; intangible but present."

Her work has been included in solo and group shows throughout Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia, and is included in many private and corporate collections. 

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, July 1, 2011