Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Show opens Jan. 11 and runs through Feb. 11
GOSHEN, Ind. --
An exhibit of recent works by encaustic painter Philip Hershberger
will be on display in Goshen College's Hershberger Art Gallery Jan.
11 to Feb. 11, with an exhibit reception Jan. 11 from 2 to 3:30
p.m. in the gallery, located in the Music Center.
painting is an ancient technique that combines hot wax with resin
and color pigment, and then applied in its semi-liquid form to the
panel as paint. Though the medium is not easy to use, the technique
is known for its tactile texture and beeswax fragrance.
Hershberger's paintings, Lisa Kurts of the Lisa Kurts Gallery in
Memphis, Tenn., said, "His encaustic paintings reflect a delicious
quietude and graceful spaciousness, they also exude excitement and
passion through an inspirational light captured in richly hot to
stonily cool hues. These works allude to the emotional and
spiritual shifting and pausing that occur during the course of
everyone's life through the interplay of subtle and elegant drawing
and powerful, light-filled coloration. They evidence the triumph of
spirit over worldly concerns."
Karl Emil Willers said, "Philip Hershberger works with the
vocabulary of the ordinary, the everyday É However, the
attention Hershberger bestows counteracts and contradicts plain
appearances -- his renderings convey character, presence,
vulnerability and humanity."
grew up in Hesston, Kan., and lives in Topeka, Kan. He has worked
as a full-time painter in his home studio since 1980. Hershberger
received an associate's degree from Hesston College, a bachelor's
degree in fine arts and a master's degree in painting from Emporia
(Kan.) State University. Past honors Hershberger has received
include acceptance into the American Academy of Arts and Letters,
Kansas Governor's Arts Awards and a Kansas Artists
"The work of
painting is a common enough pursuit. Like most everyone else, I'm
simply doing what I feel I need to be doing," Hershberger said.
"I'm finding a deepening appreciation for the rhythm of process.
The more I paint, the less distinction I discern between
occupation, avocation and recreation -- between what I have to do
and what I want to do."
Hershberger Art Gallery, located in the Goshen College Music
Center, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,
from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The building
is accessible to people using wheelchairs and others with physical
exhibits in the Goshen College Hershberger Art
15 -- Patrice Bovo, mixed
media sculpture, through March 17
21 -- Senior Show 1, through
4 -- Senior Show 2, through
23 -- Senior Commencement
Show, through April 25
2 -- Juried Student Show,
through May 17
7 -- Douglas Kinsey,
printmaking & oil painting, through Sept. 15
College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian
liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition.
The college's Christ-centered core values -- passionate learning,
global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and
servant-leadership -- prepare students as leaders for the church
and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program,
Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron's Best Buys
in Education, Kaplan's "Most
Interesting Colleges" guide and U.S.News & World
Report's "America's Best
Colleges" edition, which named Goshen a "least debt college." Visit
Editors: For more
information, contact Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.