Carlow University Art Gallery’s Fall 2016 Exhibition Is Illuminations

Carlow University Art Gallery’s Fall 2016 exhbition is titled “Illuminations: Works by Vanessa German, Peter Oresick, and Christopher Ruane.”

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Features the Work of Vanessa German, Peter Oresick, and Christopher Ruane

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University Art Gallery, an academic gallery devoted to exhibiting the artwork of professional local and regional artists, will present Illuminations: Works by Vanessa German, Peter Oresick, and Christopher Ruane, for its Fall 2016 Exhibition.

The exhibit will run from September 6 until December 9, 2016, with the opening reception on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

“Illuminations features the work of three local artists who evoke the traditions of icon painting or biblical parables to bring out focus on the overlooked and to cast light into the shadows of our present day,” said Sylvia Rhor, PhD, professor of art history and director of the Carlow University Art Gallery.

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood.  Her work featured in the exhibit is a response to the shootings of nine church members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, SC, on June 17, 2015.

Peter Oresick, a poet, painter, publisher, and professor, was born into the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and was mesmerized by the icons since he was a young boy.  After participating in a workshop in icon painting offered by a monk from St. Vincent Abbey, Peter Pearson, he began painting icons in the Russian style until 2012, when he merged his passion for western Pennsylvania history and literature with iconography.

Christopher Ruane is a composite artist and photographer from Pittsburgh.  His three works in the Carlow gallery exhibit is drawn from his Sacred Art Modern World series, which updates biblical stories, events, and sacred legends through the use of photography and digital technology.

A public program spotlighting the works of each artist is planned.  The first public program will take place in the gallery on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The program, Peter Oresick: Fuse Lit by the Imagination, will celebrate Oresick’s poetry and visual art. Special thanks go to Oresick, his family and friends for assembling this program.

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