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Leonda Finke brings Sculpture, Drawings & Medals to Special Exhibit Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney


Allentown, PA (August 14, 2006) – Leonda Finke, an internationally celebrated artist best-known for her sculptures and medals of the female form, will present more than 25 of her works in a new exhibition at Cedar Crest College.  Her show, "Expressive Gestures," runs from September 6 through October 3, 2006, in the LaChaise Gallery, with an opening reception on September 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  During the reception, Finke will also sign copies of her recently published self-titled book.

Finke Sculpture

Finke has been creating sculpture and bronze medals for more than 50 years.  Her skill at depicting human emotions through art, primarily from the female perspective, has won acclaim throughout the world.

"For me, making art is about process.  Reaching for a vision that evolves as the sculpture is repeatedly destroyed, then reworked," says Finke.  "The state of the world I've always known – its violence, its turmoil and its beauty – all affect my work."

She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and was the recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award of the American Numismatic Society, received a gold medal from the National Sculpture Society and two awards from the National Academy of Design, which elected her an Academician in 1994, among others.  A self-titled book of Finke's work, photographed by David Finn, was published by Ruder Finn Press, Inc. in 2006.

Finke's bronze portrait of Georgia O'Keefe is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.) and other works can be seen in such prestigious collections as the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.), the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), the British Museum (London, England) and the Museum of Foreign Art in Bulgaria.  Her sculptures add to the landscape of parks and public spaces including Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet, SC), Corporate Park (Atlanta, GA), Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ) and The Century Association (New York, NY) among many others as well as private collections in the U.S., France, Belgium and Japan.

The artist has chosen to dedicate the Cedar Crest exhibit to the memory of President Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, who passed away July 10, 2006, and will donate one of her works to the College's sculpture collection, which Dr. Blaney greatly expanded during her tenure.

The reception will be held on September 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in The Lachaise Gallery in the Miller Family Building.  For more information about the exhibition or to RSVP for the reception, please contact the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.  Media inquiries can be directed to the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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