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University Museum at IUP Opens Mark Bender Summer Show, June 7

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University Museum

Pencil Paint Pixel: 29 Years of Visual Communication

June 7, 2014
July 26, 2014

Univeristy Museum, 1st Floor John Sutton Hall

Illustrator and IUP alumnus Mark Bender (1983) creates award-winning art for a variety of corporations with this exhibit titled “Pencil Paint Pixel: 29 Years of Visual Communication.” It will run from Saturday, June 7, 2014, though Saturday, July 26. The museum’s summer hours are Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m; Thursdays 3:00–7:00 p.m.; and Saturdays,1:00–5:00 p.m. Admission is free, and an opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 12, from 5:00–8:00 p.m.

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For more information, e-mail or call 724-357-2787.

Indiana native Mark Bender is an illustrator for a wide variety of prominent regional and national companies. This summer, the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will feature his work in “Pencil Paint Pixel: 29 Years of Visual Communication.” The exhibition opens Saturday, June 7, and will run through Saturday, July 26, 2014, during the museum’s summer hours.

The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, June 12, from 5:00–8:00 p.m. The University Museum is located in IUP’s Sutton Hall, and admission to the exhibit and reception is free.

Bender’s images illustrate advertising campaigns, magazines and annual reports, packaging, CD covers, children’s books, posters, and murals. Among his clients are IBM, Sony Music, NFL, Heinz USA, Pittsburgh Pirates, UPMC (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Magee Hospital), Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz History Center, University of Texas at Austin, University of Chicago, National Public Radio, and Simon & Schuster.

His work has received international recognition in Communication Arts magazine, Applied Arts Magazine (Canada), 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (Lurzer’s Archive), 3x3 Annual, Creative Quarterly, New York Society of Illustrators Museum, and Illustration West 51.

Bender describes his distinctive style as “classically inspired and hand crafted, combining traditional media with contemporary technology to create compelling imagery...” He draws inspiration from vintage advertising of the 1920s and ’30s, WPA art, and historical propaganda posters.

Bender is a faculty member at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was honored in 2008 with the Inez C. Hall Outstanding Faculty Award and in 2004 with the Faculty Leadership Award. He is professionally affiliated with the New York Society of Illustrators and is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, second largest professional illustration society in the United States.   

The museum’s summer hours are Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m–7:00 p.m; Thursdays, 3:00–7:00 p.m.; and Saturdays, 1:00–5:00 p.m. The museum will be closed July 4.

For more information and to schedule group tours, contact Leslie Kluchurosky at 724-357-2397.

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