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Professor and Artist Mel Leipzig and His Work are in Demand


West Windsor, NJ: Mel Leipzig, a nationally renowned realist painter and professor of art at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is now 75, and has no intention of slowing down.  This winter and spring his work will be on exhibit at four area galleries, he will be featured on New Jersey Network, and he will present a lecture at the college, where he always draws a packed house.

Leipzig will examine the societal impact of modern and post-modern art in a slide/lecture “Collage and Its Influence” Tues., Feb. 22 at noon in MCCC’s Communications Building, Room 110, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Free and open to the public, the talk kicks off Mercer’s Distinguished Lecture Series for the spring 2011 semester. 

"The Cooking Teachers" by Mel Leipzig is on display now through Feb. 18 at the Stockton College Art Gallery H113.

The technique of collage, first invented in 1912 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, involves the pasting of materials such as photographs, newspaper and fabric on a flat surface.  According to Leipzig, the medium inspired the works of noted cubist Juan Gris, DADA and surrealists Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Max Ernst, George Grosz and Hannah Hoch, African-American artist Romare Bearden, and pop artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Tom Wesselman -- all to be featured in his presentation. 

Leipzig’s life and noted career will be highlighted in the documentary, “Mel Leipzig: Everything is Paintable” on New Jersey Network’s “State of the Arts” Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.  It will also run Jan. 28 – Feb. 3. 

This month, “Mel Leipzig: Paintings – Michael Graves, Teachers, and Others,” opened at the Art Gallery at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.   The exhibition, which runs through Feb. 18, features his paintings of colleagues at MCCC.  The Stockton exhibit also includes a five-panel painting of Leipzig’s friend, the architect Michael Graves, who designed Stockton's Arts and Sciences (AS) Building.  He will present the slide lecture, “Mel on Mel” on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in the AS Building at Stockton College, Room 102 Lecture Hall. 

Leipzig’s work will also be featured in “Mel Leipzig: Life” at the Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton College through May 29, “Mel Leipzig: Semi-Retrospective” at the Rider University Art Gallery, which will run March 10 - April 17, and “The Influence of a Teacher: Mel Leipzig and Proteges” March 6 through April 29 at the West Windsor Arts Council.  

A longtime Trenton resident, Leipzig has exhibited his artwork in numerous one-man and group gallery shows, including the New Jersey State Museum, the Pearlman Gallery at Drexel University and the Villanova University Art Gallery and his works are in the collections of such places as the White House in Washington, D.C., The Whitney Museum, the Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, Conn. and the New Jersey State Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City.  His numerous honors include a Fulbright Traveling Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award.  He joined the faculty of MCCC in 1968.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, visit www.mccc.edu or call 609-570-3324.

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