January 19, 2010

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — An exhibition of graphite drawings by Rosalyn Richards, professor of art at Bucknell University, was shown at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Tianjin, China, last month.

The exhibition," Strokes and Expressions," included a sculptural installation by Deng Guoyuan, dean of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts.

Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery, and Cindy Peltier, operations manager with the Samek, traveled to China with Richards, visiting the studios of graduate students in painting and critiquing their work.

Lectures and classes
While in China, Richards met with printmaking students at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts School and interacted with students in painting, animation, drawing and sculpture.

As a visiting artist and lecturer, she gave a lecture on her own work to the department of oil painting and spoke to students about how studio art is taught in the West. "I explained the differences between studying at an art school and how art is taught in our liberal arts colleges," said Richards.

"I also answered the students' questions regarding teaching methods, new trends or directions in painting in the West, issues regarding technical and conceptual approaches to teaching and studying painting, and the importance of art and the creative process," she said.

Traveling exhibition
Richards and Deng have contributed to the traveling exhibition, "Strokes and Expressions: Works on Paper," which will be shown at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell in January 2011. Organized by the Samek Art Gallery and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum, "Strokes and Expressions" focuses on their works on paper.

"Deng and Richards investigate how we see and understand the world," said Mills. "Both make ambitious large-scale works on paper that are abstractions and part representations of the natural world. They share a profound and intensive focus on a subject, media and technique. In their hands, these elements fuse to become the singular works we see in this exhibition."

Noted artist
Richards, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1982, has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work in painting, printmaking and drawing is represented in many museum and corporate collections, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Chicago Art Institute, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts. Recently her work has been added to the corporate collections of US Airways, Agilent Technologies, Guidant Technologies, IBM and Bayerische Landesbank. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Philadelphia, and has been included in numerous national and international group exhibitions.

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