Artist Robert Bersson to Display Work at Mary Baldwin University

January 4, 2000

Robert Bersson will exhibit his paintings in a show titled “American Images” in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery from January 10 to 28, 2000. An opening reception will be held for the artist on Monday, January 10, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

The work in “American Images” is selected from several different series, beginning with a group of mixed-media collages from 1993 that focus on the American urban-industrial environment to “The American Dream Series” of 1998 which comments on the affluence and consumerism of contemporary American society. The exhibition will also include paintings and mixed-media works that use the image of the American flag as form and symbol to represent the diversity of experiences, challenges and conflicts within our country.

Bersson, a painter who also works in mixed-media, is a professor emeritus of art at James Madison University. Since 1997 he has participated in several group shows and has had six solo exhibitions within the Virginia-Washington, D.C.-Maryland region. He is also a writer, and is the author of the college-level art appreciation text, Worlds of Art, which was first published in 1991. While an undergraduate at Brandeis University, Bersson had the opportunity to study with artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Theodoros Stamos, and Philip Guston.

Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally-recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the College’s academic year.

For more information, please contact Paul Ryan, associate professor of art at Mary Baldwin at 540 887-7196.