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Allentown, PA (January 28, 2008) - Casey McDonough, the newest addition to Cedar Crest's art department faculty, will create an installation in the Cressman Library Gallery that will be on display from February 1, 2008 - June 1, 2008.  An artist talk and reception will be held after the installation is complete on February 27, 2008 at 5:15 p.m.

Self Assembling Supramolecule (volume Dependant), clay and galvanized wire
McDonough will build a structure made of steel wire and unfired clay over a three week period in the gallery space.  His intention is to fill one whole side of the gallery from top to bottom with the structure before the official opening at the end of February.  Visitors are welcome to visit the gallery during the library's normal hours to view the work in progress.

"I think of it as one piece of art, though it will be quite large if I am successful.  The work will be gaseous and molecular in appearance, so in terms of theme I would say that it is scientific," says McDonough, an assistant professor of art teaching ceramics at the College.  "Science and art-making are both problem-solving ventures, and they both have a fatal flaw; the problems never really get solved, they simply branch out into newer problems with greater implications. We get smarter and everything becomes, amazingly, even more mysterious.  I look at my own studio practice as a method of sorting through what I've been told is the truth."

Casey McDonough received a bachelor's degree in studio art and biology from Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL) and a master of fine arts in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI).  His work has been seen locally at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA and nationally in galleries in Florida, Rhode Island, Ohio and Arkansas.  He served as full-time apprentice to ceramic artist Don Reitz in Clarkdale, AZ and spent a year as artist-in-residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Company in Florida.  He is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and the College Art Association.

"Expand," runs from February 1, 2008 - June 1, 2008 in the Cressman Gallery and is free and open to the public.  The Cressman Gallery is open during Cressman Library hours.  Call 610-606-4605 for hours of operation.  For more information, please contact Brian Wiggins, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.





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