BU professor exhibits everyday beauty

Date: 11/13/06

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania art professor Vincent Hron will exhibit his paintings in a show organized by BU students from Nov. 16 to Dec. 3 in the Haas Gallery of Art. An opening reception will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the gallery, featuring a presentation by the artist. Open gallery tours will be offered on Monday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Hron’s works range from still-life paintings and interiors to landscapes and images of his family. His recent series of kitchen sink paintings, included in the exhibition, encourages viewers to find beauty in everyday life, according to Hron. He intends for his paintings to shed a new light on ordinary objects and daily routine. “The only reason you make a painting is because somewhere, deep down, you hope it’s going to make a difference,” he said.

Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., Hron received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Drake University in 1984 and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1987. In the same year, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the State Art Academy in Karlsrhue, Germany. Following his year abroad, he returned to Omaha, where he continued to paint and exhibit works until accepted a teaching position at BU in 1996. Hron has received awards such as a 2003 Pennsylvania Council on the Visual Arts fellowship for painting and has exhibited works in galleries across the country.

The exhibit was organized and installed by students in the Museum Exhibition class, taught by Andrea Pearson, associate professor of art and art history. The students worked with all aspects of creating an exhibit and each chaired a committee, including gallery design, brochure production, reception, publicity and tours, images for documentation and transportation of works.

Haas Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.