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This article by Fran Ianacone was prepared for the April 6, 2005

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Celebrating the Life and Work of Garden State Artists

Back in the 1920s, when Europe was considered the center of the art

world, many talented American artists lost commissions, and some their

livelihoods, because it was considered more fashionable in this

country at that time to hire a European artist.

In 1928, the American Artists Professional League (AAPL) was formed to

publicize American portraitists. One of the primary objectives of the

original members was to persuade the U.S. Senate to attach a rider to

a Congressional bill requiring that all official portraits, when

purchased with taxpayer money, had to be painted by American artists.

They succeeded, and that requirement remains to this day.

Originally the New York chapter of the AAPL served as the leader of

all of the state chapters, but in 1975, the New Jersey chapter,

NJ-AAPL, incorporated as a separate entity. Today the New Jersey

chapter is a totally and financially independent entity, whose

unstated goal is to ensure that New Jersey is no longer regarded as a

stepchild to New York in the world of the arts.

If, like many, you are unfamiliar with the range of artistic talent in

New Jersey, the spring members exhibit of the NJ-AAPL at the

Bordentown Gallery, opening Wednesday, April 6, is a good place to

start your education. On April 10, the museum will host an artists’

reception, open to the public, during which awards totaling over

$3,000 will be presented. The top award, Best of Show, brings $750.

Charles McVicker, a Princeton resident and signature member of the

Garden State Watercolor Society and the New Jersey Watercolor Society,

who is also listed in Who’s Who in American Art, serves as the judge.

Kathy Shumway-Tunney – an artist, League member, chairperson for the

upcoming show, as well as a descendent of Pablo Picasso – says the

show underscores the importance of promoting New Jersey artists. "We

often hear comments from people who had no idea of the quality of the

artists who live and work here. This organization provides exhibit

space and gathers artists together to be recognized and – hopefully –

sell their work."

The NJ-AAPL has just over 100 members, all of whom must pass a juried

review of their work. The peer review is conducted by teachers and

professional artists with years of experience who are qualified to

determine an artist’s eligibility. There are only a few but

significant rules for applying for membership: candidates must be 18

years or older, functioning as a professional visual artist in New

Jersey, and working in the traditional realism style.

The spring members exhibit features the work of approximately 45

artists. Shumway-Tunney approached Bordentown Gallery owner John

Schroeder, who represents her and several other artists, and explained

that the AAPL was looking for new avenues to showcase New Jersey

artists. Schroeder graciously offered the use of his gallery as a way

to not only highlight the talents of the NJ-AAPL members, but also to

promote the other artists he represents.

Schroeder moved to Bordentown 20 years ago, after retiring from the

Trenton Police department. His wife, Nina, encouraged him to pursue

their joint love of collecting and exhibiting art on a full-time

basis. The result became the Bordentown Gallery, a colonial building

with 1,100 square feet of exhibit space with a wooden floor and

windows facing the street . The gallery features oil, watercolors,

pastels, and mixed-media paintings, as well as sculpture, wood

carvings, ceramics, and racu pottery.

"I think the show is going to be exciting for people in this area,"

says Schroeder. "People from Haddonfield or New Brunswick don’t often

have an excuse to travel (to different parts of the state), so I think

this location is going to be convenient for everybody. It should bring

a lot more art appreciation to the area. And it highlights Bordentown

– which is very historical." Shumway-Tunney and Schroeder agreed late

last year to hold the exhibit in April to take advantage of

"visitor-friendly" weather when people are ready shake off winter and

get out and explore.

Shumway-Tunney explains the AAPL’s process for deciding which artists

get selected for a particular show. "We send out a prospectus to our

members giving the specifics of each show. For instance, to be

exhibited in the Bordentown Gallery, each work had to be no more than

28 inches in either direction, and that includes framing. This is due

to the available space in the gallery, not to any aesthetic

sensibility on the part of the jury."

And they’re very strict. "Once we establish the guidelines, anyone who

doesn’t read the prospectus or thinks we’re kidding and shows up with

something larger, doesn’t get to exhibit. This way, the members know

what to expect and are confident that the judging will be fair and

impartial because everyone has to conform to the standards."

Shumway-Tunney, a professional portrait painter for 30 years, has

painted Peter Kahn, president and CEO of Dow Jones; George Gallup,

chairman of the Gallup Institute; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Anna Quinlan, among others. Originally from Essex County, she attended

Caldwell College, but left before graduating to get married. She now

lives in Chesterfield with her husband, Gene, an engineering manager

for Lynch Exhibits, which builds tradeshow exhibits.

Shumway-Tunney submitted a self-portrait for this exhibit. "I’ve been

submitting self-portraits now for the past couple of months to juried

shows, and they have been very well-received. I’ve even won awards for

them. I think it’s because you don’t often find portraits done in

pastel. In the manner that I do them, they actually look like oil

paintings. They’re very, very realistic."

She admits she inherited much of her talent. "Both of my parents drew

and painted. I grew up in a household where that was standard

operating procedure." Her mother, Helen, a promising artist in New

York City, was approached by Disney scouts upon high school graduation

in the late 1930s to work as an illustrator for the company. Her

father, Edgar, was an advertising executive for a number of banks in

New Jersey and New York. Her paternal grandfather was an architect and

her grandmother an art teacher. It is through her grandmother that

Shumway-Tunney is related to Picasso, a fact she learned just a decade

ago. Her grandmother Blasko was born in 1889, a cousin to Picasso’s

father, Jose Luis Blasko. Picasso’s father was also a painter and a

teacher from a moneyed family who had fallen on hard times. Due to a

tumultuous relationship between father and son, the younger Picasso

took his mother’s maiden name.

In addition to Shumway-Tunney, artists from all over the state will

show and sell their work. Included will be sculpture, and some

mixed-media pieces, possibly pen and ink and pastel. Howard Koslow,

one of the League’s best known artists, designs stamps for the U.S.

Postal Service, including the 100th Anniversary of the Brooklyn

Bridge, the 200th Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution, and

the 250th Anniversary of Princeton University. A NJ-AAPL board member,

Koslow will be exhibiting an oil painting.

Marge Chavooshian, a Trenton artist and long-time teacher, is a

well-respected watercolorist. Chavooshian, along with Burt Longenback

of Clark, and Frank Bernhardt of Whiting, will exhibit watercolors.

Francis McGinley, the president of the NJ-AAPL, who lives in Toms

River, will exhibit an acrylic painting.

Shumway-Tunney believes exhibits like the League’s spring members show

are essential to the League’s mission of promoting the work of New

Jersey artists. "There are artists older than me who have been out

there battling for years and years. Years ago there were opportunities

provided by large exhibitions where artists from all over the country,

even the world, were invited to attend. These exhibits literally

launched their careers. We don’t have that kind of promotion going on

in this country. It’s either limited to museums or local organizations

like ours. I would love to see a situation where other state and

federal organizations promote large exhibits to really get out there

in the media – to make people aware of these things.

"People really need to see the arts as something that’s meant to be

enjoyed. I think the average American is very intimidated by the arts.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people who feel that unless an art critic says

this is good, or this is representative of something you might

appreciate or buy, people are reticent to admit they like something.

And yet, they know intuitively what they like. So you have this

conflict between really liking a piece and wondering if your friends

will like it. Ultimately, art really is about enjoyment and personal

pleasure."

Spring Members Only Show, New Jersey chapter of the

American Artists Professional League, awards reception, Sunday, April

10, 4 p.m., Bordentown Gallery, 204 Farnsworth Avenue. Princeton

artist Charles McVicker, a member of the Garden State Watercolor

Society, is the judge. On view through May 18. 609-298-5556.

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Art in Town

Dynasty Arts, 20 Nassau Street, Unit F, 609-688-9388. The recently

opened Chinese antique and art gallery features a silk-screen series,

"Last Dynasty," oil and watercolor, and limited edition prints. Artist

and owner, Lu Zuogeng, combines Chinese brushwork with Western

watercolor. Also, Chinese antique furniture of Ming and Qing

dynasties. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to

6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street,

609-921-6748. "Princeton Recollects" exhibition was organized to

celebrate the accomplishments of the Princeton History Project. In the

1970s and 80s, the project was dedicated to collecting and preserving

memories, and publishing "The Princeton Recollector," a monthly

magazine. The exhibition includes original letters, documents, and

artifacts. Free. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place,

609-497-7990. "Design Matters," the seminary’s history in typography,

photography, illustration, paper, ink, and other graphic elements. The

designs are on posters, magazine covers, websites, greeting cards, and

brochures. Gallery talk and reception with the artists on Monday, May

2, 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. On view through May 27. Open Monday to Saturday,

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. "Jane

Lawrence Paintings." On view through June 11. Gallery open Monday to

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m; and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

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Area Galleries

Abud Family Foundation for the Arts, 3100 Princeton Pike, Building 4,

Third Floor, Lawrenceville, 609-896-0732. Exhibition of paintings,

"New Naturalism," by Alberto Rey. A professor in the art department at

SUNY-Fredonia, he was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States

with his parents as a child. On view through April 14. Gallery open

Wednesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.

E.M. Adams Gallery, 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-5667.

"Moods, Myths, and Spaces: The Varied Visions of Ed Adams and Robert

Beck" featuring paintings showing the two artists’ interpretation of

10 themes including streetscape, interiors, landscapes, tension,

tranquility, love, floral, and a myth-based image. Gallery talk on

Sunday April 10, 2 p.m. On view through April 17. Gallery hours are

Monday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 8

p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown, 609-298-3742. Opening

reception for "Picasso Kids Exhibition," a showcase of works of kids

ages 7 to 17. Some work for sale. Through May 22.

Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. "Glimpse of

Yellowstone and Yosemite," by photographer Martin Schwartz and

"Hieroglyphs" by photographer Nick Barberio. Through April 17.

Gold Medal Impressions, 43 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor,

609-606-9001. Newly-expanded gallery of photographer Richard Druckman,

a freelance photographer for Associated Press. Six rooms and over 250

photographs of professional football, basketball, hockey, tennis, and

Olympic events. Photographs for sale are matted and framed and in a

variety of sizes and prices. Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. A

seasonal outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring the ISC Outstanding

Student Achievement Awards Exhibition. "Twisted Logic" by Patrick

Dougherty," Earthwords and Geoglyphs" by Australian artist Andrew

Rogers. Show continues to May 1. "Focus on Sculpture 2005," an annual

juried exhibition of photographs by amateur photographers and the

figurative sculptures of contemporary Norwegian artist Nicolaus

Widerberg. On view in the Domestic Arts Building to May 1. Open

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November to March; open Tuesday

to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., April to October.

Hopewell Frame Shop Gallery, 24 West Broad Street, 609-466-0817.

"Spring Sampler," a multi-medium exhibit by Susan Freeman of Cranbury.

Works include drawings, etchings, papercuts, wall sculptures, and

household goddesses. On view through May 28. Gallery hours are Tuesday

through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. Shared

exhibition featuring recent paintings by Micheal Madigan and sculptor

Jim Jansma. On view through April 16. Gallery is open Tuesday through

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

La Principessa Ristorante, Route 27, Kingston Mall, 609-921-3043. "La

Dolce Vita, " a collection of original photographs from Italia by Ed

Tseng. The exhibition remains on permanent display. Restaurant hours

are Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.;

and Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Riverrun Gallery, 287 South Main Street, Lambertville, 609-397-3349.

"Another Look: 1970 to 2004," an exhibit of Alan Goldstein’s 34 years

of painting and sculpture, is featured through April 11. His 1973

painting, "Absolutely Sweet Marie," includes the watery shape of

Marie’s face. Gallery open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to

5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

Taste of the Town, 5 Railroad Place, Hopewell Borough, 609-466-3666.

"Reflections of Italy," an exhibit of photographs by Michele Bartran

Mosner. Through April 14.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. Medieval, Renaissance,

and baroque galleries are open. The museum’s galleries are open

Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tours

are given on Saturdays at 2 p.m.

"Recarving China’s Past: The Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the

Wu Family Shrines," a collection of pictorial wall carvings that have

been recognized as apart of mid-second century funerary structures.

Through June 26.

Also, "Some Art of the ’80s," art examined through the works of

contemporary artists including Sandro Chia, Eric Fischl, Robert

Mapplethorpe, David Salle, and Sean Scully. Through June 12.

The Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington,

609-737-6128. Exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the fire that

destroyed the school’s O’Hanlon Hall. Artifacts,news clippings, and

photographs assembled by archivist Mary Alice Quigley. The building,

built in 1900, was the largest building in Pennington Borough when it

burned to the ground in a fire on January 16, 1980. Through April 15.

Exhibit hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 9

a.m. to 4 p.m. in accordance with the school calendar.

Rider University Art Gallery, Bart Luedeke Center, Rider University,

609-895-5588. "Isaac Witkin, Out of the Crucible: Images Born of Fire

& Water," featuring the work of noted contemporary sculptor Isaac

Witkin. On view through April 10. Gallery hours are Tuesday through

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

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Art in the Workplace

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Campus, 609-252-5120. Outdoor sculpture

show features works by seven prominent East Coast artists: Hope Carter

of Hopewell, Kate Dodd, Richard Heinrich, John Isherwood, Joel

Perlman, John Van Alstine, and Jay Wholley. Exhibition is on view

during business hours and will remain in its location for two years.

The artists were selected by a panel composed of Alejandro Anreus,

veteran curator and scholar, Jeffrey Nathanson of the International

Sculpture Center, and visual artist Sheba Sharrow, working under the

guidance of Kate Somers, curator of the company’s corporate gallery in

Lawenceville.

Johnson & Johnson, Administration Building Atrium, Grandview Road,

Skillman, 732-524-6957. Ricardo Barros presents "Facing Sculpture," a

portfolio of photographic portraits features 30 black and white

portraits of contemporary sculptures. He also celebrates the recent

publication of his book, "Facing Sculpture: A Portfolio of Portraits,

Sculpture, and Related Ideas." Through May 6. Appointments required to

see the exhibition.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville, 609-895-7386. New

Jersey Teen Arts Touring Art Exhibit. On view through June 3.

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Art by the River

Artsbridge, Prallsville Mills, Route 29, Stockton, 609-773-0881.

Opening reception for the group’s 11th annual juried show under the

leadership of Mick Byers and Judith Hoctor. Music by the Acoustic Jazz

Unit. Show remains on view through April 24. Exhibit is open daily 11

a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville. "Field and Stream,"

a shared exhibit of watercolors by Gail Bracegirdle and digital prints

by Alan J. Klawans. On view through May 1. Gallery hours are Friday,

Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. Annual

Spring Exhibition featuring the watercolors of Joanne Augustine and

introducing a special show of a group of artists who participated in

the Delaware River Sojourn during the summer of 2004. On view through

May 29. Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300. "Joseph

Crilley," an exhibition of new works in oil by Bucks County painter.

Works may be viewed at www.gratzgallery.com. Galley talk on Thursday,

April 14, 7 p.m. On view through May 8. Gallery hours, Wednesday to

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; and by

appointment.

New Hope Arts, Union Square, West Bridge Street and Union Square

Drive, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Second annual New Hope Sculpture

Exhibition featuring an indoor exhibition of more than 88 works by 43

nationally and internationally recognized artists and an outdoor show

of seven large-scale works installed throughout the town. Through

April, 2006.

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Art In Trenton

The Classics Return, Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632. Shared show "The Classics Return" with works of Bernard

Moore, Susan Kiley, Anthony Colavita, and Aundretta Wright. Through

February 27. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, 1

to 4 p.m.

Gallery 125, 125 South Warren Street, Trenton, 609-393-8998. "Moscow

Makes, Trenton Takes," an exhibit of close to 40 mid to late 20th

century Russian paintings from the personal collection of Trenton

businessman, Shelley Zeiger. On view through June 3.

New Jersey State Museum, Galleries at 225 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "Vision and Voice: Princeton Artists Alliance in

Dialogue with Contemporary New Jersey Poetry," an exhibit of over 40

works by New Jersey artists and poets. Margaret M. O’Reilly is

curator. Through May 13. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 9

a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776.

"Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Old

Barracks," a display in the exhibit gallery is included in the tour

admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the last tour is

at 3:50 p.m.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Calm Between the Storms," an exhibit of

close to 70 works of Hungarian Interwar Art from the Salgo Trust for

Education. Through September 4, 2005. Museum hours are Tuesday to

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Hunterdon Museum of Art, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, 908-735-8415.

"Almost Human: Dolls and Robots in Contemporary Art" and "Steve Gwon

365: A Drawing Installation." Exhibit of recent paintings by John

Goodyear. Goodyear’s recent works continue to be rooted in the history

of art, pulling baroque and modern masters into contemporary works.

Exhibits on view through June 12.

James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge Street, New

Hope, 215-340-9800. New Hope satellite facility opens with the

relocation of the popular, interactive multi-media show, "Creative

Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and Artists," featuring 19th and

20th century painters, writers, composers, and playwrights. Also on

exhibit, "Pennsylvania Impressionists of the New Hope School." Also,

"The Contemporary Eye" featuring the contemporary art scene focusing

on 12 regional artists who work in media including painting,

woodworking, and photography. Artists include Ricardo Barros, David

Ellsworth, Marily C. Gordley, Judith Heep, Alan Lachman, Ann Lovett,

Robert Ranieri, Chalotte Schatz, Mavi Smith, Susan M. Twadus, and

Valerie Von Betzen. Through May 8, 2005. Museum admission $6 adults;

$2 youth. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.Closed Mondays.

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Artists Among Us," a permanent interactive exhibit

dedicated to the history and legacy of the artists who have made New

Hope an internationally recognized arts colony. It is a permanent

exhibition. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10

a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission $6.50

adults; $4 students.

Also, "Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After." The 88

photographs were produced over a 12-year period by the English

photographer Michael Kenna. On view through April 10. $4 in addition

to regular admission.

Also, "Playing Around! Toys Designed by Artists," an exhibit

highlighting 50 interesting pieces from the Arkansas Art Center’s

collection. Toys are made from clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and

found objects. Hands-on section of toys. Through May 22.

Also, "Animals on the Loose: A Mercer Menagerie," an exhibit designed

for children ages three to eight and their families. Extended through

December 31.

Monmouth Museum, Brookdale Community College, Newman Springs Road,

Lincroft, 732-747-2266. "Dinomight," an exhibit of robotic dinosaurs

set in a realistic environment feature Tyrannosaurus Rex and 15 of his

full size, prehistoric pals, move, roar, threaten, stalk, and nurture

their young. Dino Learning Center activities includes dig for fossils,

dino climb, dino puzzles. Through June 5. Visit www.monmouthmuseum.org

for information. $7. Open Monday to Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10

a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 709-721 Catharine Street, Philadelphia,

215-922-3456. An exhibit of 88 paintings focuses on Rajput courts of

India from the 17th to 19th centuries. Illustrates themes of pious

devotion, poetic love, the play of Hindu gods, and the pleasures and

intrigues of court life. Exhibit runs through mid-April.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632. "The

Classics Return," featuring works of paintings by Delores

D’Achille,Salomon Kadoche, David Rivera, and sculpture Jim Gafgen. On

view through April 24. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Zimmerli Art Museum, George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick,

732-932-7237. Ongoing exhibits are "Art in Paris from Daumier to

Rodin" and "Japonisme: Selections from the Collection." Also, "Beyond

the Limits of Socialist Realism: Part II: Theater Posters from the

Soviet Union," through July 31. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10

a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours

every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free. Free

admission on the first Sunday of each month.

Also, "Original Illustrations for Children’s Books." Through July 17,

2005. "Allusive Form: Painting as Idea." Through April 30, 2005. "The

Color of Night: How Artists Work with Darkness." Through July 31,

2005. "Soviet Propaganda Posters." Through July 31, 2005.


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