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Cedar Crest College Professor’s Artwork
Featured in Exhibition at U.S. NATO Mission Residence
Allentown, PA (Feb. 12, 2010)—Patricia Badt, professor of art at Cedar Crest College, is one of 14 artists whose work is included in an exhibition organized by the U.S. ART In Embassies Program currently displayed at Truman Hall, the U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission residence in Brussels, Belgium. She flew to Brussels in December to take part in a reception for artists whose paintings are part of the exhibition, titled “Art Across the Atlantic,” and she was a guest of Truman Hall and U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo H. Daalder during her couple of days abroad.
(From left) Cedar Crest College Art Professor Patricia Badt and Elisa D. Harris, wife of U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo H. Daalder, discuss Badt’s painting, Esja, which is pictured.
Badt, who has been a member of the Cedar Crest faculty since 1989, said being part of the exhibition is one of the most satisfying experiences of her career.
“It is a privilege having my work included in the exhibition. It is an honor having my work placed opposite a wonderful and large Willem de Kooning painting,” said Badt, a resident of Orefield. “Meeting Ambassador Daalder and his wife, Mrs. (Elisa D.) Harris, and spending time with them in their home was a treasure.”
Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar said Badt’s work and the recognition she has received set a fine example for Cedar Crest students.
“The Cedar Crest College mission is to educate young women to be leaders on a global scale and I can’t think of a better way to show students that through hard work, they can achieve great things on an international stage,” she said.
Badt’s painting, Esja—originally shown at the Lachaise Gallery at Cedar Crest College last year—is included in the exhibition, which will likely be displayed until Ambassador Daalder’s term expires in 2012. Esja is a volcanic mountain just outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, which Badt became familiar with during an artist residency in Reykjavik in 2008.
Exhibition Curator Camille Benton said of her and the ambassador’s decision to select Badt’s painting: “We chose Esja in part because it fit with our theme of ‘Art Across the Atlantic,’ an exhibition that includes works by European-born artists who have worked in the U.S. and U.S. artists who have worked in Europe, and that reflects the creativity of the transatlantic community. Several of the works focus on aspects of nature and the environment, including Professor Badt’s painting of a specific location in Iceland.”
Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the ART In Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide.