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Art Exhibition, Search the Surface, at Cedar Crest College Jan. 25-Feb. 26

Allentown, Pa. (January 18, 2012)— Cedar Crest College presents Search the Surface, an exhibition featuring the works of artists Pat Badt, Leslie Fletcher, Ken Kewley and Chris Neyen from Jan. 25 through Feb. 26 in the Lachaise Gallery of the Miller Family Building. The exhibition is free and open to the public and an artist reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 27, from 6-8 p.m.

“What our students and the general public will see here are four different people who use line, color, shape, texture and space to convey meaning to varying degrees,” said Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins. “In other words, without representation or figurative elements allowing for recognition the viewer is being asked to operate and connect on a different level than one they are accustomed to.”

Pat Badt specializes in painting, drawing, printing and bookmaking. She is a professor of art at Cedar Crest College and has been the recipient of many awards and prizes including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for painting.

Badt has had many solo and group exhibitions including shows at White Columns, NYC; The Allentown Art Museum, in Allentown, Pa.; and the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y. She has exhibited in such places as Brussels, New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Her work is included in collections at the American Embassy in Riga, Latvia, the Ruth Hughes Collection of Artist Books at Oberlin College, and at Bryn Mawr College. She currently resides in Allentown, Pa.

Leslie Fletcher specializes in drawings, specifically geometric/organic, wash and graphite pencil. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and he has taught at several colleges throughout the Lehigh Valley including Cedar Crest College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College and Northampton Community College. Fletcher earned his B.F.A. from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.

Ken Kewley specializes in paintings and collages. His work has appeared in galleries and exhibitions throughout the country, including San Diego, Calif., Pittsburgh, Pa., Blairstown, N.J., and New York, N.Y., and around the world including Italy and Israel. Kewley has served as guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at several art programs around the world including Jerusalem Studio School (JSS), JSS Italy Program and Lafayette College. He has collections at Yosemite National Parks Museum, University of Arkansas and the Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Kewley earned his B.A. in art from the University of California at Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies.

Chris Neyen specializes in painting, drawing and print. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors including the Communication Arts Magazine’s Award of Excellence, Pam McFadden Memorial Art Scholarship, Print Magazine’s Design Annual and the 2005 Integrated Marketing Awards Print/Online.

Neyen has participated in solo and group exhibitions including shows at Jason Groupp Studio in New York, N.Y., 79 Gallery in San Francisco, Calif., Touchstone Theatre Gallery in Bethlehem, Pa., Payne Gallery in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Allentown Art Museum Community Gallery in Allentown, Pa. He’s been a guest lecturer several times at Moravian College and spoke at the Sheridan School and Wescosville Elementary School, both located in Allentown, Pa.

Neyen earned his B.F. A. in communication arts from the School of Visual Arts and his M.F.A. in painting from the Academy of Art University.

For information on the exhibition, including gallery hours, call Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

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