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MCCC Art Professor Mel Leipzig to Discuss
Works of Bonnard and Vuillard Sept. 21


West Windsor, N.J. - Mel Leipzig, nationally renowned artist and professor of art at Mercer County Community College, will discuss the works of noted 19th century French artists Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard in his slide show lecture, "The Paintings of Bonnard and Vuillard," on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at noon. Leipzig's presentation takes place in the Communications Building, CM 110, on MCCC's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Free and open to the public, his talk kicks off Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series for the fall 2010 semester.

According to Prof. Leipzig, Bonnard and Vuillard represent the culmination of a tradition in French painting beginning with Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas. They are best known as members of Les Nabis, a group of young artists committed to creating work of a symbolic and spiritual nature. Their contributions led to the emergence of Art Nouveau during the late 1890s.

MCCC Professor of Art and Art History Mel Leipzig in the studio

As part of his presentation, Leipzig will examine the two artists' use of colors in design and space, as well as their similarities and differences. "Vuillard's paintings are often compared to Ibsen's plays, which vividly portray the claustrophobia of middle class life," Leipzig said. "Bonnard's works deal with art as an expression of pleasure and the joy of life. They are two of the greatest painters of modern times. I look forward to sharing insight on their vast contributions to the world of art."

Leipzig is one of seven painters included in a book published earlier this year, "Selected Contemporary American Figurative Painters," edited by Qimin Liu, which introduces contemporary American realist painting to China. His career will be highlighted on "State of the Arts," a New Jersey Network television show expected to air in January 2011. A longtime Trenton resident, he has exhibited his artwork in numerous one-man and group gallery shows, most recently at the New Jersey State Museum, the Pearlman Gallery at Drexel University and the Villanova University Art Gallery. An upcoming exhibition, entitled "Artists, Architects and Others," opens September 16 at the Gallery Henoch in New York City.

In 2006, Leipzig was elected to the National Academy, an honorary association of professional artists in New York City. He received a Fulbright Grant to Paris and four grants for painting from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. He was the first recipient of the MCCC Distinguished Teaching Award (1980), and was one of the last individual artists to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1996). Other awards include a Fulbright Traveling Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Leipzig studied at Cooper Union, Yale University and Pratt Institute, where he earned his M.F.A.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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