"Class Act" At The Gallery Through Feb. 11

1-20-05


Jonathan Allen

Mel Leipzig, one of New Jersey’s shining lights in the fine arts and a long-time professor at Mercer County Community College, has selected four young painters for a current exhibit at the college’s Gallery through Feb. 11.

Last year Leipzig painted the four art students, with their artwork behind them, in the college’s painting studio. He was so taken with their work that he suggested the current exhibit to Gallery Curator, Tricia Fagan. “These are extraordinarily talented and dedicated young artists,” Leipzig said. “Their work bodes well for the continuing vitality of painting in New Jersey.”

The artists are Jon Allen of Trenton, who graduated from Mercer last spring and is currently attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; Clint Inting of Trenton, a current Mercer student; Olivia Jupillat of Hopewell, a Mercer graduate now attending Mason Gross School at Rutgers University; and Sid Whitfield of Willingboro, who will graduate this coming spring. Whitfield is assisting Fagan at ARTWORKS as the college begins its second semester of art classes at the Trenton site.

According to Fagan, “One of the fascinating things about seeing their work all together is being able to see how – although each has a uniquely personal style already established in their work – their close association has allowed them to borrow from and riff off of ideas from each other.”

A Trenton resident, Professor Leipzig is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient. He has participated in numerous one-man and group shows from the East Coast to Moscow, and his works are part of many permanent collections, including those of The White House and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. The recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Paris in addition to many other awards, Leipzig earned a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University, and a certificate from The Cooper Union.

A Gallery talk with the four artists will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.

The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday and Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. For more information call 609-586-4800, ext. 3353 or ext. 3589.

 

 

 


Olivia Jupillat


Sidney Whitfield


Clint Inting

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