The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will
celebrate spring with a colorful collection of paintings and drawings in an
exhibit titled “Roots and Wings: Maura Koehler Keeney and David Tomb.” The
exhibit opens April 5 and runs through May 17, 2014. Admission is free. The exhibit will
open with a free public reception on Saturday, April 5, from 6:00 to 8:30
The featured artists share
a connection to nature involving a fascination with the intricacies of its life
forms and a concern for their struggles to survive in changing climates.
Keeney’s (painting seen below) early work
focused on printmaking and drawing and has evolved to painting with oil on
large canvases. Her bold paintings of plant forms magnify their details and
emphasize the play of light on petals, leaves, bark, and intertwined roots.
Keeney explains, “By
studying a minute part, I am looking to understand the whole. In fact, the
wondrous complexities of one chestnut on a tree or one tree in a forest can
help us in comprehending much of our world.”
Keeney received her BS
and MA degrees from IUP and has exhibited throughout Pennsylvania and New
York, including award-winning works at the Westmoreland Art Nationals, Southern
Alleghenies Museum of Art, and Penn State University’s Robeson Gallery, among
Tomb (painting seen above) describes himself as
a “bird nerd kid” with a BFA in painting and drawing from California State
University, Long Beach, Calif. He spent 20 years painting portraits before
returning to his first love—birds.
His colorful paintings and
drawings are inspired by birding trips and his research at science institutions
in California and New York, with his current work focused on birds of the
He is a cofounder of
Jeepney Projects Worldwide–Art for Conservation, which supports efforts to
advocate for endangered species and foster habitat conservation. Tomb has
exhibited nationally, and his work is in the collections of the Huntington
Library, the Oakland Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the U.S.
Embassy in the Philippines, and the Consulate General of the United States:
Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.
In conjunction with the
exhibition, the Indiana Garden Club is sponsoring a public competition to
create living materials arrangements based on individual art works, with
participation limited to 10 people. The arrangements will be displayed at the
opening reception and during the following week, and a People’s Choice Award
will be determined by the votes of visitors to the exhibition during that week.
For information, contact the garden club at 724-541-4318, or e-mail IGCinformation@gmail.com.
Two exhibition tours with
the artists will also be offered, including Saturday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m. with Tomb and Wednesday, April 23, with Keeney.
The University Museum is
located on the first floor of John Sutton Hall.
The museum is open
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday, noon–7:30 p.m.; and
Saturday, noon–4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and all
university holidays. For additional information and to schedule group tours of
the exhibition, please call 724-357-2397.
This exhibition is
supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association at IUP and by
private donations. The museum also receives grant support from the Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
April 5, 2014–May 16, 2014University Museum, Sutton Hall
Nature’s color and intricate details are highlights of Maura Keeney’s floral and plant form paintings and David Tomb’s paintings and drawings of tropical birds. A public reception will be held on April 5 at 6:00–8:30 p.m.
This event is over.
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