Friday, July 13, 2012; 5 p.m.
Location: gWatson Gallery, 68 Maine Street, Stonington, Maine
Contact: Ron Watson; 207-367-2900
The gWatson Gallery, 68 Main Street, in Stonington, ME is exhibiting new Maine paintings by Barry Gealt along with paintings by Gealt’s former colleagues and students from Indiana University, who have a presence in Maine. The exhibition begins with a reception for the artists on Friday, July 13 from 5 to 7 PM, and runs through August 2.
Barry Gealt holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art . Gealt was a professor in the art department of Indiana University for thirty-two years. At Indiana he was a colleague of Robert Barnes and Nancy Morgan Barnes and taught hundreds of students. Among these students, Sam Cady, John Knight, Ann Lofquist, James Mullen and Pam Parsons will have paintings in this exhibition. Robert Barnes and Nancy Morgan Barnes will also have new work in the exhibition. Barry and Heidi Gealt, who is the director of the Indiana University Museum of Art have spent time in Maine each summer for the past twenty years. Gealt’s paintings on exhibit at the gWatson Gallery have their origin in his most recent trip to Maine in 2011.
Barry Gealt’s work has been featured in more than fifty exhibitions, and his paintings, drawings, and prints are in public and private collections in North American, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Indiana University’s School of Fine Arts is one of the nation’s finest art schools. As other academic programs have gravitated to conceptual art, performance art and a numerous unnamed fads, Indiana’s program has remained a bastion of painting. Graduates from its Master of Fine Arts program teach at art schools throughout the country.
Many artists with connections to Indiana University live or spend time in Maine. Bob and Nancy Morgan Barnes live and work in Searsport. Sam Cady lives and paints in Friendship, Maine. Cady taught for thirteen years at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ann Lofquist taught at Bowdoin College, where James Mullen is currently on the faculty. Pam Parsons summers in Thomaston and teaches at Marywood University in Pennsylvania, and John Knight lives and paints in Portland. Before his death French-born American sculptor Robert Laurent taught at Indiana University and spend summers in Ogunquit
Contact: Irene Eilers, 207.367.2900