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University professor to showcase artwork

Posted by Ashley Wise on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 13:09 PM

andrew heisey art exhibitAndrew Heisey, assistant professor of art at Waynesburg University, will present a collection of his work in an exhibit from Tuesday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Oct. 19, in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

With this gallery exhibition, Heisey illustrates the development of one’s personality by combining old objects into something new. These “new” objects often take the form of fragmented figures. The lack of a whole figure compels the viewer to focus on the object itself and not the person. While looking at the fragmented parts, one may recognize some of the objects within the sculpture:  a rock fragment, wires or pottery shards. 

According to Heisey, as viewers identify some of the objects imbedded in the sculptures, a picture of what that object once was appears in their mind. Heisey says it is as if the object stirs up a memory of something long lost and a sense of preservation of the past is conveyed – old memories preserved in resin or clay.

Heisey has exhibited work throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. His sculptures have been featured at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, on the cover of Messiah College Magazine, at Elizabethtown College art galleries, at Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery, The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and several other galleries in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining Waynesburg University, Heisey served as a high school art teacher at Harrisburg Christian School in Harrisburg, Pa., and adjunct professor of art at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from The University of the Arts, a Master of Arts from Bloomsburg University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Messiah College.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

Call 724-852-3274 for more information.

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