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MCCC to Host Unveiling Event for Mel Leipzig Paintings March 14

3/2/12

West Windsor, NJ:  Three new paintings by acclaimed artist Mel Leipzig, professor of art and art history at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), will be unveiled at a special event on Wednesday, March 14. The college and Leipzig are co-hosting the event at the Conference Center at Mercer on the West Windsor Campus from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to help raise funds for a new art gallery planned at the downtown Trenton campus.  Gallery needs include track lighting, pedestals, projectors, flat-screens and other display requirements.
Professor of Art and Art History Mel Leipzig

Lovers of Leipzig’s famous art will have the opportunity to purchase signed prints of his painting “By the Delaware-Raritan Canal, Trenton,” as well as signed art booklets that include a variety of his paintings. MCCC art students will also be on hand to share their stories. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artist.

A new art gallery at the Trenton campus will not only provide space where students can display their art, it will also serve as a venue for teaching business, management and curatorial skills.

MCCC and art have a long history in downtown Trenton.  Since 1890, when the Trenton Evening Drawing School opened, the college and its precursor institutions have been known for excellence in art education.  The Evening Drawing School later became The School of Industrial Arts, and then Trenton Junior College, which merged into Mercer County Community College in 1966.

Models for the three new Leipzig paintings were students, faculty and staff of MCCC, including Jeanne Calo, a 95-year old artist and student of Leipzig for more than 20 years. “The Cashiers at the College Cafeteria” portrays John Curt Leven and Tiara Goodman, and “The Math Teacher” portrays long-time MCCC Professor Art Schwartz.Leipzig, a much-heralded painter, has garnered a multitude of awards and honors for his work. He was featured in ArtNews Magazine’s November 2011 issue. In recent years, Leipzig has had shows at the Pennington School, Rider University, Richard Stockton College and the West Windsor Arts Council. His works are part of the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, The White House, and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.

In 2006, Leipzig was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York. His awards and recognitions include a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and a grant in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. Leipzig studied at Cooper Union, Yale University and Pratt Institute, where he earned his M.F.A. Art critic Burton Wasserman has described him as "New Jersey's greatest living painter."

Event admission is free. For further information visit www.mccc.edu or call 609-570-3293.

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