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Art of Karl Schrag on View at St. John’s Mitchell Gallery
FOR RELEASE: July 26, 2013
CONTACT: Gregory Shook, 410-626-2539
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College invites the community to the “Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions” exhibition on view from August 28 through October 16. The first major examination of the artist’s work since his death in 1995, the exhibition, curated by Domenic Iacono, director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, features 70 original works of art by the influential artist including paintings, prints, and drawings. As part of the opening reception, Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop. Families are welcome to the opening reception, which will be held on September 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
For more information: 410-626-2556 or www.stjohnscollege.edu/mitchellgallery
Schrag’s art career spanned more than 60 years, and he had strong ties to the New York City art scene. After studying at the Art Students League, he joined S.W. Hayter’s prestigious printmaking studio Atelier 17, working alongside artists Miró, Chagall, and Jackson Pollock. Schrag was named director of the Atelier in 1950 and later began a teaching career at Cooper Union, where he taught drawing and graphic arts from 1954 to1968.
Schrag’s art conveys his ability to see the landscape as if for the first time; the surprise of that special view, the recognition of his ability to feel wonder when looking at nature or figures, and the reward associated with seeing the world through his eyes. As stated by Schrag, “While I believe that the outward appearance of nature is but the shell of a deeper and richer inside world that I wish to understand, I also know that the forms of art are in their infinite relationships charged with profound meanings.”
The exhibition is organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection.
Exhibit-related events for “Karl Schrag: Memories and Premonitions”
September 11 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give lunchtime gallery talk on the “Karl Schrag” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
September 18 Lecture. Domenic Iacono, director of Syracuse University Art Galleries, will give a lecture titled “Karl Schrag and Atelier 17” at 7:30 p.m.
September 22 Opening Reception and Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
October 3 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition followed by a discussion of a related book from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530.
October 8 Seminar. St. John’s tutor David Townsend and artist Ebby Malmgren will lead a seminar related to the exhibition at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556 to register.
October 13 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Karl Schrag” exhibition at 3 p.m.