Press Releases


Date Released: 10/27/2006

The Purchase College School of Art+Design presents four visiting artist lectures in November. All lectures will be held in Room 1016 of the Art+Design Building and are free and open to the public. Abstract painter Medire MacPhee will discuss her work on November 8 at 6 PM. Purchase College alumnus and printmaker Henrik Haaland will speak about his work on November 14 at 4:30 PM. Abstract landscape artist Louise Belcourt will discuss her work on November 15 at 7 PM. Painter Gina Ruggeri will speak on November 28 at 7 PM.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y. For more information, call 914-251-6750.

NOVEMBER 8 Medrie MacPhee creates sensual and painterly abstractions of strange, artificially-colored organic forms by fracturing and reconfiguring familiar cultural objects. She is interested in “the slippage generated between what is tangible and what is imaginary.” Ms. MacPhee received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art. She has exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards from the Canada Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

NOVEMBER 14 Working in the woodcut tradition, Henrick Haaland, a student of Antonio Frasconi and a graduate of Purchase College, creates large scale woodcuts of the rural Hudson Valley landscape that surrounds his home. Haaland focuses on the bridge between the representational and the abstract, organic and stylized. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

NOVEMBER 15 Louise Belcourt is a painter of abstracted landscapes in which the tension between the natural and the man-made evoke air and light with a seemingly simple range of abstracted shapes and lines. A graduate of Mt. Allison University in Canada, she has won awards from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, the Yaddo Foundation and the Milay Colony. Her work has been exhibited at the Wetherspoon Art Gallery in North Carolina, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Drawing Center in New York City.

NOVEMBER 28 Gina Ruggeri makes cut-out paintings on Mylar in which the patterns both define and disrupt the illusion of form. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Yale University. She has won numerous awards including the Guest Artist Competition of the 2003 Tenri Bienniale in Japan, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program Fellowship and the Lower East Side Print Workshop Award.