Hiram College’s Art Department and Center of Integrated Entrepreneurship will present an art exhibition, “Clayton Pond 50 Years Later: A Retrospective of Paintings & Prints” in the Art Gallery of the Gelbke Fine Arts Center, 12000 Winrock Road, from January 18 through February 18, 2011. A gallery reception will take place on Friday, January 21, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will include an artist talk in the gallery at 6 p.m.
In addition, as part of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship’s “Fireside Chat” series, the artist will speak on “the Business of Art” on Wednesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. in the East Hall Forum. Pond will also deliver a Convocation slide lecture on his artwork and working methods on Thursday, January 20 at 12 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Kennedy Center. All events are free and the general public is welcome to attend.
Pond’s paintings and prints transform the familiar objects of everyday life – even mundane utilitarian items like chairs, radiators, and fans – into monumental icons of American culture. A pioneer in screen printing processes, Pond presents his subjects with his characteristic use of bold color intensities, contrasting color relationships, and a degree of abstraction and pictorial flatness. Coming of age in New York City in the late 1960s, Pond’s paintings and serigraphs reflect aspects of the Pop art and Op art movements, but ultimately reflect his own uniquely personal style.
Clayton Pond began his art studies at Hiram College before moving on to advanced work in Pittsburgh and New York. This exhibition brings Pond’s art back to Hiram, and charts the progress of his prolific career over the years, as well as recent developments in his work.
Pond’s paintings and prints are in the permanent collections of more than 50 museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Directions to Hiram College can be found at www.hiram.edu/visitors/gettingtohiram.html. For more information, please call the Hiram College Art Department at 330.569.5304, or the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship at 330.569.5330.
The Art Gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.