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August 8, 2003

Exhibit Showcases Work of Renowned Artist Woelffer

The art of Emerson Woelffer, whose abstract expressionism graces the halls of top museums and galleries throughout the world, will be the focus of a special exhibition at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.

“Emerson Woelffer: Seven Decades” will feature 100 drawings, original prints, collages and paintings spanning seven decades ­ from the artist’s early days as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago to his later works of the 1990s.

Woelffer’s work has been exhibited at numerous art museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. Among the institutions that have put his art in their permanent collections are The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and the Bauhaus Archives in Berlin.

Born in Chicago in 1914, Woelffer had his first exhibition at The Artist’s Gallery in New York City in 1949. As much a teacher as an artist, he influenced at least two generations of artists. He served as a professor at the New Bauhaus under Lazslo Moholy-Nagy, Black Mountain College with Buckminster Fuller, Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts and most recently at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.

A public reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition and will be available in the gallery store. Gallery and store hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Monday, Friday, Sunday and all college holidays.

Visitors to the gallery may obtain parking permits from the vending machine in parking lot 6 at the college. The permit allows visitors to park in any student lot.