Villanova Art Gallery Features MCCC Professor Mel Leipzig


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- "Mel Leipzig Recent Paintings," dedicated to the painter's late wife, MaryJo, will be on exhibit at the Villanova University Art Gallery Jan. 9 through Feb. 19. An artist's reception is set for Jan. 16, 5 to 7 p.m.

According to critic Burton Wasserman, "The paintings of Mel Leipzig are virtual prisms in which perceptions of the world that surrounds us are refracted with sensitive precision and the exercise of extraordinary poetic license."

Leipzig, a long-time professor of art and art history at Mercer County Community College, has participated in numerous one-man and group shows from the East Coast to Moscow. His paintings are often on display at the Gallery Henoch in New York City. His works are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Jersey State Museum, the Morris Museum, the Noyes Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, the Jersey City Museum, and the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.

Leipzig 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 Distinguished Teacher Award at Mercer County Community College in 1980, and one of the last individual artists to receive a grant, in 1996, from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, he was elected to the National Academy in New York City. He studied at Cooper Union, Yale University and Pratt Institute, where he earned his M.F.A.

The Villanova gallery is located at the Connelly Center, Second Floor, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085. More information with a slide show is available at the gallery's website, here.

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