Cyclical Paintings on View at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

September 21, 2006

The the public is invited to experience the exhibitionHow to Live Without Fearby painter Mark Van Buskirk will be on view in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery October 2?27.

Van Buskirk’s formal and conceptual approach to creating art are process-oriented. “I work on a series of small, fast paintings and then dive into larger, more intensive works. One of the most important aspects of painting to me is how the work is crafted. This begins before I even pick up a brush – Small, humble observations of the everyday are worth taking time. My small paintings are poems – short, lyrical, and immediate. The large ones are novels – long, carefully plotted, and polished. Characters appear and reappear as they address the demands of life,” he said.

Van Buskirk currently resides in Richmond, Indiana where he is an associate professor of painting at Earlham College. He received his BA with distinction from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Boston University. He is also the recipient of several travel grants to further his creative practice and research, including a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship in 2000 to work in Cape Town, South Africa. He has participated in numerous solo exhibitions and juried shows throughout the midwest and northeast.

A reception for the artist will be held Monday, October 2 at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.