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Chelsea Roberts
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Cedar Crest College Hosts Things Come to Light Art Exhibition

Allentown, Pa. (March 2, 2011)— Cedar Crest College presents Things Come to Light, an exhibition featuring  the works of painter Karen Seapker from March 15 through April 16 in the Lachaise Gallery of the Miller Family Building. An artist reception and talk is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, from 6:30-8 p.m., and the exhibition is free and open to the public.


An oil on canvas painting titled, Upheaval.

Seapker is a visiting artist for Cedar Crest’s art department and is spending the spring semester working on a small edition of prints and artist books, where Cedar Crest students will have the opportunity to work alongside her and observe her work first-hand. The exhibit will be her first to appear in a college gallery since she was a college student, and Seapker is excited by the prospect.

 “An educational setting is rife with conversation and investigation already, so it is an ideal environment for an exhibition,” she said.

Seapker said her artwork is a way to challenge herself, ask questions and create conversations that are relevant to life and painting today. 

“The figures I paint often come from antique photographs and similarly carry their own strong association to a particular time,” Seapker said. “Other times, I may begin a painting simply with a typical abstract gesture, which historically suggests, ‘I am here.’ It records the instantaneous and marks a specific moment.”

Brian Wiggins, Cedar Crest’s gallery coordinator, said that Seapker exhibits the dedication and drive an artist must have to take her artwork to the next level, and serves as a great role model for students.

“She’ll demonstrate to students the importance and necessity to spend time in the studio. Her paintings exude a confidence in handling the material that only comes from working and practice in the studio, Wiggins said. ”

Seapker received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 2004 and her MFA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2009. Her artwork has been included in several exhibitions including P.P.O.W. Gallery, Volume Black Gallery, Sloan Fine Art  and The National Arts Club , all in New York City;  James Cohan Gallery in Shanghai, China; and Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Fla.

The Lachaise Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as by appointment. For additional information about Things Come to Light, an exhibition featuring the works of painter Karen Seapker, contact Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.


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Last Updated: 3/2/11