‘The Real Me’ on display at BU

For immediate release: August 11, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s fall art exhibitions will start with “Carl Gombert: The Real Me,” from Monday, Aug. 25, through Friday, Sept. 19, in the Kehr Union, Multicultural Center. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge. A reception for the artist will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Gombert will lecture about his works Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

“The Real Me” consists of 24 pastel and acrylic self-portraits. Every portrait illustrates the same pose, but the subjects are ethnically and racially diverse. The artist said he wants his audience “to consider whether we, as people, are more different or more alike” and “to confront both personal and public attitudes about race, ethnicity and class.” Gombert has placed questions like “Who lacks faith?” and “Who loves his country?” between each image to further investigate personal, as well as global, views on diversity.

Gombert, associate professor of art at Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., earned a degree in drawing from The University of Akron, a master’s degree in painting from Kent State University and his doctorate in fine arts from Texas Tech University. He has exhibited his work at Lindsey-Wilson College, Kentucky; Scapular Gallery Nomad, the Philippines; Texas Tech University; Avampato Discovery Museum, West Virginia; and the Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama. He has also won many awards and his works are included in the collections of the Tennessee State Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, Cleveland Indians Inc., and the Knoxville Convention Center.

Haas Gallery will be closed until 2009 due to renovations of the Haas Center for the Arts. During construction, exhibitions will be held in alternate venues on campus. Contact the Multicultural Center at (570) 389-4510 or BU’s art department at (570) 389-4646 for hours during this exhibition.

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.