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College of Saint Elizabeth Opens Art Show, <em>Histories: Figuring It Out</em>

Morristown, N.J. (September 17, 2015) – On Thursday, September 17, from 4:30–7:00 p.m., the College of Saint Elizabeth will open its 29th art show with a free, public reception to meet the artists at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery in Annunciation Center on campus.

Histories: Figuring It Out displays the work of eight different artists whose drawings, paintings, photo-montages, mixed-media sculptures, and installations, reveal many different ways the human figure is used in contemporary art. The show dates are September 17, 2015 to November 22, 2015 and the exhibit is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, 2:00–6:00 p.m.

The artists showing their work are James Adkins from Bedminster, N.J.; David Fertig from Pemberton, N.J.; Ronald Gonzalez of Johnson City N.Y.; Cavin Jones of Philadelphia, PA.; Mel Leipzig from Trenton, N.J.; Kathleen MacKenzie from Rosendale, N.Y.; Giuseppe Munafo of Paramus, N.J.; and Mansa K. Mussa from West Orange, N.J.

Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., director of the Maloney Art Gallery, notes, "For centuries, history painting was considered the most important subject matter for western-trained artists. They would paint interpretive scenes from ancient history, mythology or the Bible to convey searing truths about all aspects of the human experience. Now artists, often focus on bits and pieces of figurative incidents to convey meaning and message. The works which range from traditional imagery and realistic paintings to elaborate assemblages of found objects, give the viewer a cross-section of artistic practice today."

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