The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will open its 2011–2012 season with an exhibit titled Paul Binai: Fifty-Year Retrospective. The exhibit opens Tuesday, September 13, 2011, and runs through December 3.
The exhibit features a variety of Binai’s paintings, prints, and collages that represent a wide repertoire of works that have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Binai studied at Indiana University School of Fine Arts in Bloomington, Indiana, where he holds B.F.A. and M.F.A degrees. He also has studied at the School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France, and Yale University School of Fine Arts.
Born in Lancaster and now a resident of Indiana, Binai has served as artist-in-residence at Fontainebleau and at Carnegie-Mellon University and served as curator of exhibitions at Detroit Institute of Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. He also taught at Purdue University.
As a Thai-American, Binai has long been interested in the art of Asia and in the fusion of Asian and Western cultures. He identifies Japanese woodblock prints and German Expressionism—the bold graphic art of Die Brücke in particular—as two significant influences on his own art. His vivid “shadow theater” paintings and detailed collages feature subjects drawn from history, literature, news sources, and personal memory.
Describing his work, the artist says, “I try to convey a sense of emotion through coloration.” In doing so, Binai has produced a impressive and world-exhibit body of work that reflects contemporary society with forceful observations on issues and events of our times.
Museum hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, from noon to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and university holidays.
Admission is free. For more information, call 724-357-2397.
September 13, 2011–December 3, 2011University Museum, John Sutton Hall
Features paintings, prints, and collages by world-exhibited artist Paul Binai, with work subjects drawn from history, literature, news, and personal memory.
For more information,
Paul Binai: Fifty-Year Retrospective,