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Palmer Gallery features a series of seven exhibitions of drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and animation, through May 20, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The James W. Palmer Gallery III at Vassar College will present a series of seven exhibitions by students of the Vassar's Art Department on view this spring, from Thursday, March 29, through Sunday, May 20. The gallery, located in Main Building's College Center, will be open Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

The first exhibition will be on view through Thursday, April 4. This show will feature selected work from Vassar’s six classes of Basic Drawing, taught by Peter Charlap, Laura Newman, Gina Ruggeri, and Didier William. Each of the students taking Basic Drawing is represented by at least one drawing. Works in the exhibition include drawings of figures, skeletons, architecture, and self-portraits, done in a range of media from charcoal and ink to collage. The closing reception will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 3:00-4:00pm.
The second exhibition, on view from Friday, April 5, through Tuesday, April 10, will present the work of students from Peter Charlap’s Painting I course, which teaches basic painting skills through a sequence of specific problems involving landscape, still life, and the figure. The closing reception will be on Tuesday, April 10, from 6:00-7:00pm.
Intaglio Printmaking will be the focus of the third exhibition, on view from Wednesday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 18. Taught by Didier William, the course focuses on the intaglio techniques of line etching, aquatint, and dry point, as well as their variations, which are applied to making both black and white and color prints. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 11, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

The fourth exhibition will be on view in the Paint and Spackle Gallery on Thursday, April 19.

A fifth exhibition will feature works from Judy Linn's Photography course, on view from Friday, April 20, through Tuesday, April 24. Photography explores the development of an individual photographic language. Technical aspects of exposure, developing, and printing are taught as integral to the formation of a personal visual aesthetic. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 20, from 6:00–7:00 pm.
The Painting II exhibition, on view from Wednesday, April 25, through Monday, April 30, will present work exploring a wide range of conceptual and formal approaches to painting. Taught by Laura Newman, this course investigates painting through a series of assigned open-ended projects. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, April 25, from 5:00-6:00pm.
The final exhibition in the spring series, on view from Thursday, May 3, through Sunday, May 20, will feature both sculpture and animation works. Work from three courses—Sculpture I, II, and Video—will be shown in a variety of media. Sculpture I and II are taught by Tyler Rowland; the video course is taught by Sarah Lasley. The reception for this last exhibition in the Spring 2012 series will be on Thursday, May 3, from 5:00-6:00pm.

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 of Vassar's historic Main Building. 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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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 29, 2012