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Cedar Crest College Confers Degrees for 430 Graduates at Commencement

Allentown, PA (August 18, 2011) – Cedar Crest College presents the artwork of Gail Heidel and R. Justin Stewart from Aug 24 through Oct 5 in the Lachaise Gallery of the Miller Family Building. The exhibition is free and open to the public, with an artist reception and talk scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 20, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Heidel and Stewart will showcase their ceramic installations–three-dimensional artwork that transforms a space into something of their own design. Finding space for artwork of this magnitude can be challenging which is why, according to Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins, it is a great opportunity for Cedar Crest to host and make this type of artwork available to both the College community and the surrounding area.

“As a teaching gallery it is important to bring as many different modes of art-making to our campus as possible to further the intellectual growth of our students and our community,” Wiggins said.

Gail Heidel earned a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and an M.F.A from the University of Minnesota. She also completed a post-baccalaureate program in ceramics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her work will be appearing in exhibitions throughout the East Coast including the Clay Art Center, Port Chester, N.Y.; The Vault Space at Quirk Gallery, Richmond, Va.; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine (2012); and the Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Heidel has extensive experience in the field, having done installation, art handling, fabrication studio and more. She has also worked as a professor for many years. Heidel currently works as an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College in New York City.

Stewart earned a B.F.A from Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He received awards for his artwork including the International Sculpture Center 2007 Student Achievement in Sculpture Award and the Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize.

Stewart’s artwork has appeared in several exhibitions including Gallery of Contemporary Art at University of Colorado at Colorado Spring, Colo.; Mesa Art Center, Arizona; Soo Visual Art Center, Minnesota; and +Plus Gallery, Colorado. He has been an artist in residence at Red Line Studios, Colo., in 2009 and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska, in 2005. Stewart lives and works in New York City.


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