Art Professor Mel Leipzig Examines
"Use of Black and White in Painting" Sept. 27
Windsor, N.J. - Renowned artist Mel Leipzig, professor of
art and art history at Mercer County Community College, will
present an illustrated lecture, "The Use of Black
and White in Painting," highlighting works from the
Renaissance to Contemporary Art, on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 12
noon. Leipzig's slide show 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 is the first in Mercer's Distinguished
Lecture Series for the fall 2011 semester.
Leipzig will feature one of his own paintings, along with
those of notable artists including Piero della Francesca,
Paolo Uccello, Pieter Brueghel, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse,
Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Edouard Vuillard and Fairfield
Porter. "As colors, black and white are very important
elements in painting," Leipzig said. "I want to
demonstrate how both are used to create a focal point, clarity
of illusionistic space, unification of design, a sense of
light and a greater intensity of color."
long-time Trenton resident, Leipzig's own work continues to be in
demand. His paintings will be featured in an exhibition entitled,
"Fathers," from Sept. 12 to Oct. 6 at The Anne Reid '72
Art Gallery at Princeton Day School. He is also part of an upcoming
exhibition, "From New Jersey to Cape Cod," which opens
Sept. 17 and runs through Dec. 4 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in
Dennis, Mass. In January, the newly-renovated gallery at the National
Academy Museum in New York City will showcase his paintings.
In the past year, Leipzig has had shows at 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."
For more details about MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series, click
or call 609-570-3324.
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