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Acclaimed artist Barbara Grossman, whose art is on display in the Williams Visual Arts Building through Saturday, Dec. 11, will give a lecture and attend a reception in her honor during a two-day campus residency this week.

She will discuss her work 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Williams Center for the Arts room 108 and attend a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building’s Grossman Gallery, which is hosting the exhibition. Both events are open to the public.

Originating at Dartmouth College, the exhibit is part of a national survey of Grossman’s career, spanning four decades. It continues to travel to many noted university galleries and exhibition spaces.

Grossman is a nationally acclaimed artist with over 20 solo exhibitions. Her work is included in over a dozen noted collections, including the Corcoran Collection in Washington, D.C.

“Radiant and expansive, Barbara Grossman’s paintings seem large enough to enter, yet their densely integrated compositions extend the viewer’s space in unexpected ways,” says artist Hearne Pardee. “Grounded in observation and perceptual response, Grossman’s paintings convey a sense of everyday reality, yet her formal and descriptive modalities have been fine-tuned to register and convey expressive impulses, much like musical performance, which she often invokes as an emblem of emotional resonance.”

A strong painter rooted in the language of 20th century masters such as Mondrian, Mattisse, and Diebenkorn, Grossman is also viewed as one of the most dynamic master professors of art in the country. She has taught at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, School of Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous other institutions.

The 23,500-square-foot Williams Visual Arts Building is one of the leading high-tech facilities for art education and exhibitions in the nation. It includes sculpture and painting studios, a community-based teaching studio, the Grossman Gallery, a flexible studio area with movable walls for honors and independent study students, a seminar room, a conference room, and faculty studios and offices.

The building was recognized for excellence in design quality with the Silver Medal from the Pennsylvania chapter of The American Institute of Architects, the highest award given by the organization, and by Adaptive Reuse Award from the Easton Heritage Alliance.

Gallery hours are 10-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, contact the Grossman Gallery at 610-330-5831.

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