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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

GALLERY EXHIBIT

RICHARD STETSER: "SCULPTURE"

An Exhibition of Carved Wood Sculpture

Allentown, PA (October 29, 2004) - Sculptor Richard Stetser will display a selection of his works for a new exhibition entitled, "Sculpture." The exhibit will be on display in the Tompkins Gallery and will open on November 15, 2004 with an artist talk from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception for the artist.

Stetser, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art and Professor Emeritus of the University of the Arts, also in Philadelphia, says that sculpture has always been his preferred artistic medium. He began to focus on carving with different types of wood around 1980.

"The wood that I work with comes from a variety of sources," says Stetser. "I've had pieces given to me by arborists and some have even come from the area where the city discards trees after they're cut down."

Stetser also stresses that, unlike some other sculptors, he does not begin a work with a maquette or a finished sketch. Rather, he allows the work to evolve as he carves the objects and lets the wood and grain itself dictate much of the final design.

"My way of working involves a range of tools, often beginning with a chain saw and ending with fine polishing equipment, and all the appropriate tools in between such as pneumatic and electric chisels and grinders, drills, electric sanding equipment and a lot of hand sanding," says Stetser. "My primary influences have been Oriental and African carvings."

The pieces featured in his exhibit at Cedar Crest College are a sampling of Stetser's work throughout his career as a sculptor. "Most of my pieces are based on bowl forms. However, these bowl forms are often in non-representative depictions of phenomena in nature such as storms, waves, waterfalls, etc."

Stetser's works of art have been exhibited throughout the Philadelphia area and have received a number of honors and awards including First Prize in a national juried exhibition, "From Soup to Nuts", at the Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA in 1996. His talents have also led to commissions from a variety of sources including the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA, Gloucester County College in New Jersey and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

The exhibit will run from November 15, 2004 through January 23, 2005 and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. For more information, please contact Vicki DaSilva, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.

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