Regional artists to present exhibit at Robert E. Wilson Gallery

FOR RELEASE
2003-08-06
Huntington, Ind.— The Robert E. Wilson Gallery in the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington College is pleased to present “Works on Paper,” a collection of prints and drawings by Christopher Ganz and Paul Schumann. The exhibit will be on display from September 2 through September 25. Admission is free and the exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and before all Merillat Centre for the Arts events.

An artists’ reception and gallery talk is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Ganz graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1995, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking and drawing at the University of Indiana-Bloomington. Last year, Ganz was appointed Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Foundations at IPFW.

“In my work, I convey mankind’s drive to create as a defining yet dangerous component of humanity,” said Ganz. “Through our creative work, we seek to satisfy our imaginations, and through this, we effectively create ourselves. This explains why creativity is such a powerful, obsessive and potentially dangerous urge. I wish for my art to both capture and celebrate this as an almost heroic sacrifice to the human.”

Schumann received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art and a Master in Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Indiana University. Since 2000, Schumann has taught printmaking and drawing at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In the summer of 2000, he received a grant to work with five undergraduate students to research a new lithographic technique in Bloomington, Ind. The research was then presented at conferences in Austin, Texas, and Laramie, Wyo.

“I want to make art that serves as a role model of the ideas I espouse, such as transparency, integrity, tranquility, stability,” said Schumann. “When I was younger, I used to think I had x-ray eyes and could see through objects by crossing my eyes and seeing double. This may be completely unconnected, but could be a distant root to my fascination with transparencies and the ability of being able to see ‘into’ something. When another layer is discovered beneath, a wholeness and sense of integrity and truth is felt. There is an inner or internal quality. To me, truth in art means that something is as it appears – there is no deception. Integrity means that the forms depicted in a piece allude to an internal structure. They aren’t just mere shells. I want to represent a connection between the outer and the inner, to represent a wholeness.”

For further information on the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, contact Rebecca Coffman at (260) 359-4272.

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Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  
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