August 18, 2016
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| Photo: Anne Connell, Cherrylet, 2011.
Silverpoint on oil on panel. 8 x 8 inches.
Courtesy of Stephen Ongpin Fine Art
The Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center will open for the 2016-2017 academic year on September 6.
The season will begin with an extended run of the exhibition, New Acquisitions and Selections from the Permanent Collection, on view from September 6 through 24.
The Permanent Collection includes over 400 works of art encompassing a variety of figural and landscape paintings, drawings, and sculptures. A 1630 early etching by the Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn, The Presentation in the Temple with the Angel, is one of the most recent and notable additions to the permanent collection. It will be on view alongside several other recent acquisitions, including an exquisite woodcut print from the Life of the Virgin series by German Old Master Albrecht Dürer, and a striking large color lithograph by French post-Impressionist Édouard Vuillard.
The Chapel Art Center's major fall exhibition will be The Silent Heart: Modern Illuminations by Anne Connell, on view October 20 through December 10. An Opening Reception will take place Thursday, October 20 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Chapel Art Center.
Anne Connell is a Portland, Oregon-based artist whose intimately scaled paintings and mixed media works combine visual quotations from a variety of art historical sources with a uniquely modern sensibility. Often employing a range of traditional artistic techniques and materials not commonly used since the Renaissance – including silverpoint and applied gold leaf – Connell draws inspiration from Italian architecture, Flemish altarpieces, sixteenth-century German woodcuts, heraldic devices, and the depths of her own imagination to create playful visual worlds that are both inviting and surreal.
Throughout the year, the Chapel Art Center will present a series of associated lectures and public programs. A full listing of programs may be found on the gallery's website as they are announced.